Angry Cat Noises

Ok, so at level 77 I’m probably a little late on this. My only defense is that I’ve been training skills whenever I feel like it and usually not until I start having trouble killing things.

Anyway, last night I had the pleasure of running Violet Hold and then completing the Amphlitheatre of Anguish quests… and I ran as DPS. It’s been a while since I’ve run as DPS and there was one very telling difference to my rotation.

Angry cat noises.

If you’re feral, and you’ve reached at least level 75 you’ve probably noticed you have a sparkly new skill you have to make room on your cast bar for (I think I ditched Pounce so I could make room). This skill would, of course, be Savage Roar.

Savage Roar Rank 1
25 Energy    100 yd range
Requires Cat Form

Finishing move that increases attack power by 40%.  Lasts longer per combo point:
1 point  : 14 seconds
2 points: 19 seconds
3 points: 24 seconds
4 points: 29 seconds
5 points: 34 seconds

Now, I’m not much for crunching raw numbers and making magic pop out. I’ll leave that to those with the patience to do so. The way I enjoy theorycrafting has absolutely nothing to do with theory.

I enjoy going out and seeing what happens!

Last night was the first time I ever worked Savage Roar into my attack cycle. My first impressions were giddy laughter at the sound effect. Like the title states, it’s angry cat noises, sounds that harken back to my days spent glued to the Discovery Channel… I sounded like a savage wild kitty out of deepest Africa!

So, about halfway through Violet Hold I decided to bring my Recount up. I always have it running, but I don’t always have it showing. I figured, hey, as fun as this skill sounds, if it’s hurting my DPS I don’t really want to be using it. So I brought up Recount.

Savage Roar was not hurting my DPS. It was very much doing the opposite. I was, specced somewhat will-he nill-he in a messy hybrid leveling build, pulling 1,300 solid dps at lvl 77.

I also dominated the DPS chart.

Let me repeat, for the first time in my entire furry feral life I was dominating DPS. It felt good. It felt damn good.

Now, I was running with a warrior, a priest, and two warlocks. Warlocks are supposed to be monsters when it comes to DPS. One was 77 like me and the other was 74. I don’t know what specs they were running, but I do know that after last night they’re re-tooling to see how they do.

That’s fine, I’m not looking to get into any epeen contests at this point in the game. I am simply reveling in the fact that, specced messey hybrid as I am, I’m finally able to pull out a respectable amount of DPS when called for.

A few notes on my spec and attack sequence:

  • I’m specced for mangle spam. I haven’t invested many (if any) points into the skills that make Shred worthwhile. I’m usually grinding mobs on my own, tanking, or in PvP. In all those situations I can’t really be bothered with proper positioning, so mangle-spam is best for me at this point in time.
  • I don’t pounce, I don’t ever really use Ravage either. It’s just personal playstyle that, and if I start to DPS in 10 and 25-man dungeons Ravage will probably become my opener of choice.

My attack sequence usually looks like the following:

  • Mangle
  • Rake
  • Mangle to 5 combo points
  • Savage Roar
  • Rake
  • Mangle to 5 combo points
  • Ferocious Bite
  • Insert Tiger’s Fury whenever it’s off Cooldown and I’m low on energy
  • Berserk whenever I feel like it
  • Repeat

You’ll notice the omission of Rip. This isn’t because I think Rip isn’t worthwhile. Honestly, I have no idea if it’s better or worse than Ferocious Bite. I just use Ferocious Bite because when I’m grinding by myself one good FB crit will finish off whatever I’m fighting. I have it arranged on my cast bar so that it’s convenient and I didn’t feel like re-arranging things for that instance. Now, if I get to go DPS something else I’ll replace FB with Rip and see what that does, but I’m not going to sit and crunch numbers.

Suffice to say, Pre-Savage Roar I was piddling about at 700-800 DPS. Now I’m pulling 1,200-1,300 DPS.

So roar kitties! Roar to the skies! *myao-waaah-yoooow!*

I will be spending Thanksgiving with my family. WoW time will be limited and most likely blogging will be non-existant. I hope everyone has a happy holidays and drive safely!

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  • Comments (6)
    • Faerun
    • November 26th, 2008

    Yep, you want to have SR up ALL THE TIME 🙂 It’s basically our equivalent to a rogue’s slice & dice. I’ve even seen rotations where you only bother getting one or two combo points before putting up SR because it’s that good. I’m not high enough yet to have it, but it’s what I heard on the intertubes.

  1. You should put up SR before Rake. Why? Because by itself (at least with my gear) it ups the damage Rake does by about 200 per tick. For me, it jumps from ticking at 950 every 3 seconds to about 1150 every 3 seconds. Certainly not a bad increase (~66DPS to put up SR before Rake.)

  2. Yeah, when leveling, I find I can kill things even faster if I Rake into a SR into Mangle Spam. I haven’t see any mob so far (lvl 78) that will live though that 14 seconds. Granted, I’m pretty much fully cat spec and picked up my tanking stuff as I leveled but it should work just as good.

    • Jeursey
    • November 26th, 2008

    Rip is good. You can generally assume for ANY class that damage over time abilities will give you more damage return per energy/mana/rage whatever! When you’re killing things way fast it’s not important, since they die before you get full benefit, but if you are going to be DPSing bosses, you are definitely selling yourself short with Ferocious Bite instead of Rip.

    • Lithios
    • November 30th, 2008

    SR has changed my life (well…not really)
    but going from 600-800dps in and instance to 1000-1200 is almost like night and day. I actually top alot of charts now, was an amazing feeling to out DPS a rogue one lvl higher then me im old kingdom.

    • Palewren
    • December 8th, 2008

    An FB crit may do a bit more damage than rip will depending on trinket procs etc. A regular FB doesn’t even come close.

    Once you have shred specced (42 energy as opposed to 40 mangle) shred (or mangle) to 4 (or 5 on a crit) Savage roar, shred to 4 (or 5 on a crit) rip. Then it’s a question of how long the fight is and how quickly you are generating combo points through crits.

    SR > Rip > FB > Rip > SR > RIP > FB > SR

    You get the idea.

    If your combo point gen is slow due to lower crit, SR and RIP toggled with the occasional FB due to a streak will maximize your dps. Allowing either of those to fall off in favor of FB will result in a significant loss of dps.

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