Mania reports that Call Stabled Pet, which is on a nasty 30 min cooldown, is now linked to swapping specs, so the cooldown is refreshed every time you swap specs. This is great for alot of hunters who were planning on switching between BM and the other two specs, because now they won’t get stuck without a pet.
This was only an issue if you needed to use an exotic pet. So what this amounts to for tenacity lovers is that now you can use your worm and rhino with BM, even if you only plan to use it for one fight. With no restrictions on pet choice, we are now free and clear to swap to BM for a fight.
Some players have scoffed at dual speccing for ‘pure’ classes, saying that switching between pvp/pve, or dps/dps isnt as meaningful as switching between say dps and tanking for a warrior, or healing and tanking for a druid. But for us pet tankers, dual speccing is amazing. We can go to a raid as a dps spec, all the while representing a valuable resource to our raid, unbeknownst to them. At any time we can pop into our tanking spec, bust out our tenacity-pet-tanking-specced-beast-of-wonder. Need Four Horseman off tanked? Ok.
This is great because it can be a very difficult sell to a pug, or even a guild run, to let the hunter step into the instance as a tank spec. Now we don’t have to. We can speak up only when the need arises, and save the day.
Unfortunately, the need for the day to be saved will diminish. With dual speccing also comes alot more players with the same ability. Need an extra tank for just this fight? Well, chances are there are now a few people with tanking specs just waiting in the wings. So I offer this peice of advice: Be at the top of your game. Have a full set of tanking gear, and know your fights inside an out. That way if it comes down to you and the half geared offspec tanking player, maybe you will get picked, and you’ll be ready to shine if you do.
Beyond this, I’m really hoping for some flukes in ulduar, where pet tanking will be the best option. Maybe it will be some boss fight mobs that do heavy aoe that your tenacity pet could tank off to the side. Anyway, lets keep our fingers crossed.