Well we were wondering what happened to the pet scaling we had so looked forward to in 3.3, and now we know its still on the board, but it looks like we’re going to have a bit longer than we had hoped.
While it seems like we’re probably going to have to wait until Cataclysm to see our pet scaling, there are some good things to take from this brief statement. First is the news that pets in the current build are scaling with 100% of hunter stats. That means that in the current Cataclysm build, pets are scaling with Agility, Defense, Dodge, Parry, and even block is we so choose. The agility scaling (hopefully) will provide a great new source of dodge scaling, and this will open up a whole new realm of possibility when it comes customizing our pets for enchants, gems, and off-pieces like rings, amulets, trinkets and cloaks. It may make talents like Improved Aspect of the Monkey and Deflection options for a more avoidance oriented build.
The second piece of good news is that the door isn’t entirely closed on seeing this before the next expansion. While personally I’m not expecting this to ready for the next patch, there’s always hope.