Monday Morning, Spec Diagnosis

It’s a dreary day here, as it has gone from a beautiful, sunny weekend to a very rainy Monday. But that’s OK. The rain makes it smell nice outside. Hopefully all of you wished your mother a happy Mother’s Day.

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I think over the course of the weekend I re-specced 6 times. I decided to go Beast Mastery for some 3v3 Arena games, where we managed to pull out a 6-4 Win/Loss ratio. Instead of going with a cookie-cutter Marksmanship build, we decided to go for burst and see how that worked out for us. In most situations we found it was great, as I would be the first target, Bestial Wrath and the Beast Within would allow me to break free and start kiting. If the opposing team switched targets I could then hunker into a BM shot rotation and royally unload on someone. I actually think our 4 losses came from Ret Pally/Warrior teams with a Druid or Shaman healer.

One of the specs I tried this weekend was a 7/20/34 build. Interestingly enough, a comment was left asking me to write about this spec and break down what it does. And I am only happy to oblige.

First of all, take a look at the spec here. What you are looking at is a build attempting to squeeze as much damage out with a Survival spec as possible. The concept is similar to that of a Barrage build but with a few noticeable differences. Most notably, 7 points in Beast Mastery and the sacrifice of any mana efficiency talents.

Improved Aspect of the Hawk is an incredibly great talent for PvE purposes. Having another haste proc can do wonders for your DPS or for your mana pool. And even as Survival, a pet can bring a significant chunk of DPS. So taking two points in Focus Fire not only offer a 2% flat increase in damage, the increased critical strike chance of Kill Command is just icing on the cake.

Make note that in the build I linked I have 5 points in Efficiency, lowering the cost of our abilities by 10%. If you are your guild’s designated Improved Hunter’s Mark person, the ability to sustain this build is diminished somewhat.

The Survival tree is a little different than other builds, mainly because we have far fewer points to fudge with when designing the spec. We are essentially making a beeline for Expose Weakness. In fact once we get to Expose Weakness we only have a single point left to do anything with, which is why you find that single point in Thrill of the Hunt.

This tree can be changed around a bit however, depending on your personal level of progression. For example, looking at the list Alumatine has compiled here, if you view under Monster Slaying you can see if the talent would be beneficial to you at all. Also, the single point in Entrapment is mainly to meet the talent level requirement so we can move down to the next tier.

If you are interested in this spec, you should note a few things. One, it can be very mana intensive. During a heroic Mechanar run I was noticing how much I was tearing away my mana pool. If you are going this spec for raiding, I would make sure that you are going to have access to support classes to help you sustain your pool. Because you are going to need mana as much as a Blood Elf junkie needs mana pots in the back alleys of Silvermoon City. Friggin’ addicts.

You will also notice that I have Improved Feign Death in the build I linked, as well as the spec I am currently using. I did this for a couple reasons. One, I have a lack of alternative talents to place the points in that would even be marginally useful for raiding. And two, Improved Feign Death can be marginally useful for raiding. :) I figured I have seen a few resisted Feign Deaths lately, and while it hasn’t caused any issues, early on I do have to throttle my damage and I don’t want to be threat capped for 30 seconds.

According to Alumatine and his testing this spec would actually provide more DPS than a Barrage spec, but I decided to take the middle ground and go with Barrage and take all three points in Thrill of the Hunt.

I really should get some pretty pictures to sprinkle in this post. It seems kind of long. Let’s see . . . there we go. I think the picture up there illustrates how I feel today. Although typing something and adding something earlier in the post doesn’t really make sense. Oh well. :)

About Drotara

Drotara (or BehemothDan) considers himself a geek on many levels. A web developer and programmer by trade, he has no shortage of geeky hobbies. When not fulfilling husband and daddy duties, he enjoys WoW, the WoW TCG, Magic: The Gathering, and great board games with friends and family.