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3.3.3 Mangle changes

It’s been a few days since my last post, due to a few factors (Yay for my $100 cable modem not lasting a month…thank god for tethering). CD successfully took down 25M BQL pre-nerf (pre-buff?), and should be rolling through the rest of ICC soon. I’ve finished my 4pT10 and have reclaimed my place near the top of the DPS charts…or so I think. :)

I’m motivated to write today though because of the new feral changes recently announced. (Unlike all the other bloggers, I don’t see the point of commenting on the Cataclysm stats changes. Let’s wait for the details, IMO.) From MMO-Champion:

  • Mangle now increases the damage of bleed effects for 1 min. (Up from 12 sec)
  • Mangle (Bear) now increases the damage of bleed effects for 1 min. (Up from 12 sec)
  • Mangle (Cat) now increases the damage of bleed effects for 1 min. (Up from 12 sec)
  • Glyph of Mangle: This glyph now provides 10% increased damage done by Mangle instead of increasing the duration of the debuff.

Cats:

This is a decent buff for most of us. Most DPS warriors are specced Fury these days, so typically we’ve been required to keep Mangle up as part of our rotation unless there’s a bear druid tanking (also rare). We’ll still have to Mangle, but much less frequently, which frees up more energy for Shreds. This has three benefits: first, Shred has about a 20% higher DPE than Mangle, so that’s more base damage. Second, it’ll be much easier to ensure we get the three Shreds in needed to fully utilize the Glyph of Shred. Third, it’ll make the rotation easier. Yawning (the new Toskk) has already updated the calculator at Toskk’s site, so feel free to run your stats there, but my estimate is a 2% projected DPS increase, with an actual DPS increase of ~4-5% from being better able to follow priorities. (The simulator assumes you always get your 3 shreds in, for example, but this isn’t always the case currently, if you have to refresh Mangle twice, Rake twice, Savage Roar and TF/Berserk is on CD.) Of course, if you already have someone running Mangle, then no increase for you. :) The glyph is certainly improved, but it won’t replace your usual three. It will be good for PvP or leveling, which is nice.

Bears:

Well, the Mangle change doesn’t affect you (since you were Mangling on CD anyway), but the Glyph is now a viable third option for a bit more threat. If you’re running a full bear spec (without Shredding Attacks) and are forced to do some cat DPS, you’ll be mangling instead of shredding, so this will help with that as well.

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Choose your own (solo) adventure

So, with my work schedule being a bear (heh) for the next few weeks, I’ve been spending most of time on Alaron at odd hours. As such, I’ve been exploring the solo content available to him, which is a much wider spectrum then you would imagine. (For what it’s worth, my bear gear is basically a mix of Naxx-25/Ulduar-10, but with the beautiful beautiful Ulduar-25 Twisted Visage staff.) Over the past two weeks, I’ve soloed-

  • Onyxia (40-man lvl60 boss)…cake, pain in the ass fight more than anything else…almost think it might have gone faster as resto. Thankfully, you can still melee Ony in P2 (her flight phase) but it’s a pretty small hitbox, and she moves constantly.
  • Zul’Gurub (20-man lvl 60 raid, all bosses)…all easy. One was slightly challenging- the bat boss who stops to heal…luckily, its a long cast, but she usually chains it with a fear, so I had to be fast with Feral Charge to interrupt.
  • Most of the BC 5-mans on heroic…Kael’thas is challenging, but not too bad if you start as cat and get a Rip up, to give you enough burst dps to get him to 50% before he pyroblasts. One of the bosses in Coilfang is tough too (does the DoT that keeps ticking until you’re healed to full)…can’t remember the name or where he is right now.
  • Part of Karazhan (working on currently)
  • Meathook in CoS Normal (because I got overconfident after doing Heroic Black Morass) Tough fight, but not really tactically interesting, purely a gear-check. Downed him on third attempt with the use of Indestructible Potions.  Got stomped by Salramm, though.

I plan to keep working on Kara, finish the BC 5-mans, then go give AQ20/MC a shot (BWL and AQ40 are probably not realistic, but I might give it a go…maybe give Gruuls/Mags a shot too just for kicks). After that, I’d like to  see how many WOTLK instances I can do on normal…I’d imagine I’ve got a shot at the non-lvl 80 ones. If you’re interested, I’m about to put a post up about soloing Big Bad Wolf in Kara, which is quite possibly the most epic solo fight I’ve done.

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