I’ve got to get you guys the summaries for the poll we just took, and I will… but this couldn’t wait.
I’ve been reading through the streams of info from blizzcon about cataclysm, and most of it is pretty cool. I don’t know about some of my favorite zones getting blown to bits, but there is plenty to distract you from that. No more mana, Human and Undead hunters, pet scaling, pet talent tree choice….the list goes on!
What really has me worried is the stat overhaul as summed up on wowheads blog.
I’ll cut out all the non hunter stuff:
So why does this have me worried?
Well, because hunter tanking has always seemed like an afterthought to me, our buffs, and a few of our nerfs, always seem intended to fix some other problem, not to buff or nerf pet tanking. Furthermore, we have only had one official post about pet tanking and blizzard’s intentions, as far as I know.
So this leaves us with a stat system that will likely ‘unintentionally’ either screw us over, or accidentally set the stage for a new era of pet tanking. Im worried about the first one.
Our pets have stamina, and a handful of mitigation stats. The only way to boost survivability was to stack stamina. Recently we got resilience, providing us with crit reduction. Now, it looks like we may be stuck with stamina again, with no hope of crit immunity, since its only achieved through talents. There is a random hope, however, that we may be able to wear bear druid tank armor and really go off the straight and narrow to stack random defensive stats. I’d also hope for some blocking talents in the tenacity tree.
In the threat department, we may be a little more safe. Talents and attack power scaling is where we pick up our threat, which needs alot of help. Who knows, maybe we will get lucky here.
The stat change is not the only looming threat to my tenacity focused site here. They are considering letting us choose our talent trees for our pets, basically allowing any pet to be a ‘tenacity’ pet. Talk about blurring the lines this site is built on! If that change goes through, I’d have to completely reimagine the site. Any thoughts on either of these topics is very welcome.
I promise I’ll get to those poll results 🙂
EDIT: These thoughts are pretty raw, and I was considering something else, and that is how they plan to handle dodge from agi. If our pet gets scaling agi, we may just get a mitigation and threat stat that features heavily into our natural gear. Of course, this will have limitations, as hunters, rouges, and enhance shammies can’t have a game breaking amount of dodge.