Posts Tagged ‘Beast Master’

First off…this is funny…


Ok, now onto the fun stuff. These are suggestions but more so, they are just to show you “How I roll.” I encourage you to learn your spec, and make the decisions yourself. So far, this has worked for me, but I’m always learning and always up for suggestions, if you are curious about why I did something one way, feel free to tell me a smarter alternative, and I’ll take it under advisement.

Beast Mastery is, I believe, about pet survival first and pet dps second (and sandwiches made outta things your pets kill third). Your pet doesn’t survive, your dps drops. That’s how it works. Beast Mastery isn’t shots, isn’t traps, isn’t fluffy white clouds of whip cream(mmmwhip cream…)its pets and pet survivability.

Get it? Got it? Good.

Next: imp-hawk

Attack speed increased by 15%. Sign me up. Just because pet survivability is a BM’s primary focus doesn’t mean we ignore the damage. Faster attacks, more dps. Its pretty, take it.

focused-fireWho says your pet can’t help you, and here’s how indirectly. This is another BM must have in my book.  Plus  you increase your pet’s crit when you use Kill Command (which is something you should be spamming when available).

revivepetYou’ll find that a lot of buffs and bonuses, not to mention a large portion of your damage, are only available to you when your pet is active. It’s my personal opinion that that makes this talent necessary for any BM. If your pet dies in an unfriendly fight, you’ll need it back fast. For this reason I also encourage Glyph of Revive Pet.

At this point in the tree to move on you’ll find you have an extra point that you need to spend. I can’t make an actual decision on what to spend it on, but it has to be spent, so basically I just throw it into “Thick Hide.” From what I’ve seen it doesn’t really matter where you throw it though, as long as you move on past this point. Feel free to disagree.

aspectmasteryIsn’t this just plain cool? Since most of the time you’ll be in Aspect of the Dragonhawk you’ll get a 5 % damage reduction on top of a 30% attack power bonus.


Do it. Davlin Seal Of Approval.

unleashed-furyYou’re BM, your pet is around 30% of your total dps. So if you increase that, you increase your awesome factor. Damage increased by 15% means a higher dps. Don’t you want a higher awesome factor?

mendpetPet survivability is the name of the game. No shot priority, no trap dancing. If your pet dies, you lose 30% of your dps, you turn into a goblin after an teleporter malfunction and are no good to the raid. So improving heals on your pet is a MUST! Some people argue that for raiding they expect residual heals from the healers to handle their pets. I disagree with this on the fact that I’ve rarely seen a healer (shy of one or two awesome ones) who watch the pets as regularly as we would like. Do you really want your dps relying on the ability of your healers to watch your pet. Your pet is yours, and therefore your responsibility. If it dies, its not the healers fault, its yours. Not to mention, healers will undoubtedly ignore curses and diseases and whatnot on pets. Healers have bigger fish to fry. Get Improved Mend Pet. Plus the mana you’d be spending on a more expensive Mend Pet with no points in the Improved talent would be better spent spanking Ulduar.

ferocity1Crit strike means a chance at double the usual damage…so you want your pet to have that. I mean…your pet is 30% of your DPS!!!

spiritbondPet survivability first, then dps, pet can’t kill if it ain’t alive. That being said, this talent I could probably be talked out of. I like the increased health regen for myself and my pet. It makes me happy. This one’s up to you! (didn’t think I’d let you make a decision did you? I’m just that kinda guy!)

intimidationThis is more of an ability for soloing, but lets face it,  you can’t get Bestial Wrath without getting this one. And you only went BM for Bestial Wrath, so deal with it. On the plus side, I love this ability for soloing or 5 man tanking with Bubba. You get a ton of threat gen, and stun a target, allowing for more damage, and more threat. Totally wicked. (That’s right, I said wicked, wanna fight about it?)

bestial-disciplinePet focus is like your mana, they use it to cast the hard hitting abilities that cause the more damage. So by doubling their Focus regen, they can put out double the amount of damage faster. (or something like that, the math is there…I promise)

frenzyLess time between attacks, means that the pet puts out more dps. This talent isn’t filled because I put points elsewhere…stay tuned…you’ll see the rest below this post! I promise, Dav doesn’t lie.


ferocious-inspirationYou know what’s better than increasing your dps? Increasing everyone’s dps. Foshizzle?

Also, as BM your Arcane shot is an important part of your rotation. You’ll want to do everything to up that Damage. At this moment I encourage Glyph of Arcane Shot. Rock on.

bwZOMG!! ISN’T IT AWESOME! Like Totally!

Seriously though, it speaks for itself. 50% additional damage. I don’t need the “Don’t feel pity or remorse” I’m Davlin, those words are foreign to me.

Everything after this is icing on the cake.

serpentsswiftnessBecause of this ability, BM doesn’t really have to worry so much about haste. Haste makes you hit faster, hitting faster increases your DPS. That rocks.

cobrastrikesLook!!! More abilities that increase pet Crit chance!!! Seriously, you should be rocking the pet crit. Pet crit is pretty. Why? Pet Crit= More DPS!

beastwithinBestial Wrath isn’t near as cool without this. Plus, with a hunter’s ability to drain mana super fast this helps big time.

Oh, and that whole pity thing again here. Heck, I take candy from kids. Its easier then beating up the homeless for their change and then buying it.

longevityThis is one of Dav’s favorite talents. 30% cooldown reduction means more Bestial Wrath and less time between the pet’s special abilities or what I like to call them “Kick Ass” abilities. Tied up with Bestial Discipline, this means that the pet will be able to, in essence, spam its abilities, increasing your dps by butt loads. Seriously, not thin person butt loads either, like fatty at the fair butt loads. I did the math, its there.

kindredspiritsPet damage yay!!!

I don’t really care about movement speed, although, its always fun to out run everyone’s favorite Death Knight on runs back from the graveyard.

beastmasteryEveryone treats this like the only good thing to come from it is Exotic pets. Its not, as a matter of fact, if that was all it did and I didn’t have Frejya the spirit beast, I’d say screw it and save these points for something in the Marksman tree. What it actually does is give you four more points to spend in your Pet’s Talent Tree. You can spend these however you want, but what I do is put them all into more dps abilities. Oh, and improved cower…for some reason, even without growl on, Frejya and my moth, Boop love taking threat.

That gets us out of the BM tree and into Marksman, I’m going to do a quick screeny of how my points are spent and a cursory explanation of why.


18 points in the Marksman tree, each with the idea of making me crit more and making me shoot faster. Careful Aim, Lethal Shots, and Mortal Shots are all for upping my crit and improving my attack power. You’re a BM hunter, that means that your pet is all fine and dandy, but what about your shots. You still shoot, and you’ll need these.

The next points, I threw into Improved Arcane Shot, and this is why: Your BM basic rotation is Serpent Sting, Arcane Shot, and 3 times Steady Shot.  That’s the basic rotation. Some people throw a point into Aimed Shot, adding that to their rotation, but that lowers your initial damage and makes you kinda weak on fast fights. How important is Arcane Shot?

25manThis is at the end of a 25 man up to Patchwerk (back in the day). Arcane made up 18% of my damage. That’s a high percentage when it comes to shot output, so you’ll want your rotation pumping out the pain. Thus, Improved Arcane Shot FTW!

Finally, my last two points go into Rapid Killing. I just love this ability. I can use Rapid Fire more often (more Rapid Fire=More Haste=Able to put out more shots=MORE DPS) and I get a 20% increase to my next heavy shot. Woot! Me likey.

Ok y’all, that’s my BM Talent Tree spec and my thinking behind certain talents. Its humorous, not too serious, but I’m truly behind this thinking. Feel free to critique, I would yours. Also feel free to copy it. Cuz I rock, and you know it.


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Ok, BRK is in an uproar about the new changes mentioned on the PTR, and I normally like to avoid them, but I think these, plus his reaction, warrant a call out of mine own.



They did what they said they would. Marksman got a plus in mana regen. A very nice plus…a “make Davlin jealous” plus.

What’s with the 15% haste in auto shot for marksman? Is that where their throwing the ammo pouch haste bonus?

Survival is getting its explosive shot nerf. Just like they said. Why? Because Blizz believes that they are pulling too much damage. I hate nerfs as much as anyone, but hey, this one doesn’t sound too bad.

Gorilla pummel got nerfed. Why? Because hunters saw it and immediately screamed “PVP!” Could you imagine how insane it would be, trying to cast against a gorilladin hunter? Yeah, Blizz can, so they nerfed it. Why is BRK freaking out? I’m completely unsure. I mean, he doesn’t even like pvp.

Maybe he’s upset at the Explosive shot nerf, especially since, when I checked him out today, he was back into survival.

Personally, I am a little upset by stoneform nerf (no longer 8 second immunity to diseases and poisons and bleed effects after casting it) but I’ll deal, as long as it still cleans the stuff off of me.

Why aren’t I upset?

Because the specs are leveling out, all becoming beautifully viable options, no matter what you choose (and there were no destructive BM nerfs).

Sounds to me like Blizz is getting things right for 3.1.

Dav hopes so.

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I might be one of the few, but I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a blogger who doesn’t troll forums. Sorry, it just ain’t my style.

That being said, Rilgon posted a comment on how Marksman spec was looking to get improved mana regen, and in posting this, he linked a Ghostcrawler statement I wanted to note…


This is interesting since the previous goal had been to aim at bringing Survival and BM closer to MM, with MM being where the Blizz said that they wanted hunter damage to be at.

This kind of gives me a warm fuzzy feeling for BM, a “I wonder” feeling for what they are going to do to Marksman, and an indifferent feeling about the future nerfage of SV.

As a sidenote, I’d believe that the Mana Replenishment improvement aimed at Marksman is going to have to be talent based…Which makes me wonder what talent is getting changed or what talent is getting the axe…?

This was just Dav pondering the ponderable.

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You read the headline correct! Ghostcrawler of the Dev team over at Blizzard announced today that they had all come to the conclusion that they “Over-nerfed BM.” They’ve planned to buff BM before the opening of Ulduar by making changes to Kindred Spirits and Serpent Swiftness.

What does this mean?

It means that, yes, while our shots have been nerfed, Blizz recognizes that the hardest punch to the BM gut was the nerfing of Pet DPS. Thus the improvement of Kindred Spirits will make pet damage better and Serpent Swiftness will give us a bit more haste, which is awesome, since if we shoot faster, we do more damage over time.

They won’t return us to anything near pre-3.0.8, AND I DON’T WANT THEM TO. Our pets were the problem and our current shot rotation as BM, while weaker than what it was, is more efficient. A boost to pet damage and haste is just what the doctor ordered.

We’ll still see a lot…and I mean a lot of QQ, but heck, I’m pretty sure that this pardigm shift that we call 3.0.8 was just shifted in our favor, so maybe the QQ will quiet down a little.

You’ll hear me rant more about this in next week’s podcast, I promise.

I’m so excited I could cry.

Eresin, I do hope that you haven’t respecced Survival yet.

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