In Which Tiger Proves She Knows What She’s Talking About

I finally got to put all my hard brain-work to the test.

On Sunday I participated in a 5-hour mega-raid that spanned the entirety of Naxxramas, the Eye of Eternity, and wrapped up with the Obsidian Sanctum (1D).

First of all, raiding for five hours is rough. Second of all cats can DPS. Like mad we can DPS (4k worth of dps if you were curious). Third of all, with the new Shred glyph, our rotation has a lot more wiggle-room.

But yes, the entire five runs I got to run around in my pure, unadulterated kitty-ish glory. I also realised that I doubt I could lead raids from a DPSing role. Whilst DPSing my attention was focused intently on my timers and my own position (I’m notoriously poor at getting out of whirlwinds), leaving little to no attention to spare for the actual raid.

It was a very good thing that I wasn’t leading at this point, so it wasn’t an issue.

Back to the ‘rotation’. With the refreshing on Rip (and the longer Rip through another glyph) I found myself with extra combo points to burn. Burn on what? Ferocious Bite of course!

In the past I would probably be able to FB once every other boss or so. I just wouldn’t ever usually find myself in that perfect zone where Savage Roar had enough time, Rip had been recently refreshed, I had five Combo Points, and Tiger’s Fury was off (or nearly) Cool-Down. Now however with the extra super awesome long Rip I’ve found myself in that situation two, three, sometimes four times during a single boss encounter!

With practice I think I could do even better.

Haste, is AWESOME now. The very first thing I noticed when I started to dps was now I have flashing paws of kitty fury! Pa-pa-pa-POW!



Lots and lots of fun!

As it’s Monday, I’ll leave you with a little Moosik. πŸ˜‰ Rolled up just for me, to you, from Pandora. The Killers, All The Things I’ve Done. (Maer, you should enjoy this)

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    • Dairykween
    • April 20th, 2009

    Yay Tiger!

    I don’t think it’s humanely possible to kitty DPS and raid lead to be honest – I think any melee spec is at a big disadvantage already and the complexity of the cat rotation just compounds this issue.

    Glad to hear things are going well πŸ™‚

    • Banshee
    • April 20th, 2009

    I’ve only had a browse through your site, but I really like what I see. I’m a resto who levelled as kitty and only went feral in the middle of BC to help the guild get raiding.

    Now I’m really keen to use dual-spec to go kitty again, and more importantly to do it well. I’ll be going through your posts in more detail in the next few days as time allows (RL…. too many commitments!). And from what I see this place will be somewhere I’ll be returning regularly. πŸ™‚

    • Tigerfeet
    • April 21st, 2009

    Banshee – Welcome to the joys of feral! My information tends to be a bit more on the anecdotal side of things (I’m a terrible theorycrafter). If you’re looking for hard numbers I definitely recommend Karthis over at Of Teeth and Claws: I got my current specs from him because I was pressed for time and failed to prepare properly for 3.1 πŸ˜‰

      • Banshee
      • April 24th, 2009

      Yep, ‘Of teeth and claws’ is bookmarked too, along with ‘Druid Kitty’. And so are you, I like anecdotes as much as I ike getting into the nitty-gritty of a spec.
      Really nice site here, and despite your attempts to snd me elsewhere, ‘I’ll be back!’
      lol πŸ™‚

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