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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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Ok, General Thoughts on Hunter Nerf.

Pets are uber weaker. I’m a BM hunter. I notice pet damage. Pet damage is much less, especially in Jaffa (wind serpent) vs. Frejya (spirit beast). I’d almost say that Spirit Beast is actually better, but that’s just in comparison to my other pets I think, so I won’t make that assumption. Bubba (Gorilladin) did his job well, which was hold mobs for me to volley. I didn’t watch his dps.

That brings me to Volley.

30% decrease very easy to see. Ouch.

Steady Shot. Yes its nerfed, this is countered though with…

Arcane Shot. Buffed. Less mana cost. I’m very happy.

I normally drain mana like a dying man in the desert would drain a glass of water, but tonight Mana wasn’t drained so badly, and life was good.

Now for the numbers (or explanation of general numbers because numbers are the devil).

Against a boss target dummy, my dps with Jaffa was down by about 20 percent.

In Heroic UK, my DPS with Frejya was up by about 1000. It was nothing for me to top the DPS charts. I normally have to fight to stay even with my Fury warrior buddy. Not tonight, it was really easy to hold the top slot all night. Yay to new shot rotation. Yay “Serpent Sting, Arcane Shot, Rapid Fire, Steady Shot” Rinse repeat.

So…I don’t think it was a nerf. I think that abilities got nerfed, oh heck yes, but in the end, depending on your chosen shot rotation and play style, I think it might have either been a static change or…be careful….a BUFF.

*dodges nerf bat*

That’s my opinion for tonight. I’ve never had a heroic that easy. And I held the tops of the charts all night with little effort.

–Davlin

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