So, recently a new glyph was announced on the ptr build notes, and it is very exciting news for us pet tankers.
The Glyph of Mending increases the amount healed by Mend Pet by 40%. So, what are we looking at here? Well, the max rank of Mend Pet is 5250 over 15 seconds, or 350 HPS. Of course, if we are pet tanking we will have SB and BotR, increasing it to 525 HPS. So, either way you calculate it, this will add an additional 210 HPS, provided you have both +healing talents.
In concert with Silverback, the HPS on our pets is starting to become quite considerable. Of course, Sb depends on your pet’s total health pool, but with a stam set and proper builds, Sb will pass up the 210 mark. All told you will be approaching 1k HPS with mend pet, a far cry from the 350 base HPS Mend Pet rank 10 does.
While this is an obvious boon for using your pet as a main tank, it will also increase our potential for soloing/duoing instances. Whether or not this glyph gets a slot on the team for pvp, I can’t say.
I am encouraged though that blizzard has introduced three new ways for us to increase our tenacity pets survivability. My only hope is that they reconsider making pets uncrittable through talents. In the past, I have advocated that Improved Aspect of the Monkey include the extra reduction needed, as well as adding the dodge bonus to the pet. I have now considered that for pvp, they will not likely make pets uncrittable with talents so low in a tree.
My suggestion now is to add the crit reduction to something higher in the tree, since BM isnt considered the top pvp spec, effectively putting the ‘uncrittable’ status out of reach for serious pvp. It could be attached to Animal Handler, Catlike Reflexes, Kindred Spirits, or Beast Mastery. From a conceptual sense, Animal Handler and Catlike Reflexes make the most sense, and from a practical or budget standpoint Animal Handler and Beast Mastery make the most sense. Beast Mastery has always been underwhelming as a 51 pointer. The new talents help this, but I think there is room in there for a little more power.
I may sound like a broken record, always talking about crit reduction, but I believe it should be the number one buff we should be requesting, as it would greatly increase our pets reliability as tanks in advanced content.
I have no doubt though, that the new glyph will be a must have for my pet tanking build.