Highlights from the PTR 3.1

This isn’t a complete list, but just some of the main things that caught my eye. The PTR continues to go through lots of changes. Documenting every single thing that gets changed would take more orcpower than I have lying around. But I do want to touch on some of the highlights that have caught my eye.

Glyphs

Glyph of Explosive Shot: For those still looking to be Survival come 3.1, we can take even more steps to make sure that Explosive Shot has a ridiculously high critical strike chance.

Glyph of Mend Pet: No longer, now known as the Glyph of Mending which increases the healing of your Mend Pet ability by 40%. That’s a solid change in my opinion, especially since pets have talents to regain happiness.

Glyph of Kill Shot: I think this is a very solid glyph for both PvE and PvP. A 6 second reduction on Kill Shot, bringing its cooldown to 9 seconds. I don’t think it will fit into my PvE glyph (depending on the spec I choose) choices but it’s not bad by any means.

Glyph of Raptor Strike: Blizzard’s way of making Hunters want to use Raptor Strike again? It’s certainly not a bad glyph for PvP by any means. Since you only get to use Raptor Strike in melee range, it’s safe to assume that if you are using it, you certainly don’t want to be in melee range. Save your healers and take 20% less damage.

Combined with talents like Survival Instincts and the damage reduction adds up.

Mechanic Changes

Rilgon found a great post on Elitist Jerks which he linked to on Twitter. You can find it right here. Here’s the basic premise behind it: Pet hit is being affected by Focused Aim. If that’s not exciting I dunno what is. You don’t have to avoid it when being concerned about pet hit. If this changes we will hear about it of course.

We are also seeing a reduction in the mana hog known as Chimera Shot with its cost being lower to 12% base mana, down from 16%.

One nice change to look at for Survival is the refreshing effect that Explosive Shot should have on your Immolation Trap. Similar to Chimera Shot refreshing your Serpent Sting, in most fights a single Immolation Trap should last you the entire duration of a fight, which combine nicely with Glyph of Immolation Trap.

There was also a also a rumor that I have not confirmed that the 30 second cooldown on Lock and Load has been removed. So with Immolation Trap and Black Arrow ticking all the time hopefully we will see Lock and Load proccing a bit more.

I think we are getting down to the last few weeks of the PTR being up before this goes live. My guess is 3 more weeks and the patch will hit. With Blue asking the focus to be moved to the Argent Tournament it makes me think that they are feeling confident in their current raid situation.

Thoughts, comments, opinion,s or interesting things I might have missed, be sure to share them in the comments.

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.