Less QQ, More Mew Mew

If you were to believe all the caterwauling on the Druid forums, you’d think the sky was falling. You’d think cats were being nerfed hard into the ground and that ferals were about to wink out of existence.

The fact is, nothing could be farther from the truth.

Here’s a bit of history:

In Naxxramas and even Heroics, cats were topping charts quite easily. We were out-dpsing those who were higher level than us and those that were even higher-geared than us.

In Ulduar the gap has been narrowing, allowing other dpsers to shine on fights (Think Hodir, Freya, Iron Council – do not think XT, or Vezax)

Now, I know the cat rotation is hard (I noticed myself this weekend I was pulling 3k on a target dummy with a sloppy rotation, then actually buckled down and paid attention and managed 4k), and that because of its challenge (I think most of us relish the challenge) we should rightfully see big numbers.

And we do.

And even after these nerfs we STILL WILL.

Because scaling remains unchanged, lesser-geared druids will notice a larger drop in dps than higher-geared druids, but it shouldn’t be enough to drop us to the bottoms of the charts. As long as you’re alloting your stats correctly and executing your rotation well, you should still enjoy robust numbers.

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  1. The only worry I have is that it’s pretty well known that we kinda…well, we suck with scaling right now. So come 3.2, it might be that we’re dropping a bit further back than I’d like. We’ll see.

    • Wintersdark
    • June 22nd, 2009

    Exactly. At t8 gear levels, the actual dps loss is around 1%. No big deal.

    I’m happy to pay that for all the 3.2 goodies.

    • Tigerfeet
    • June 23rd, 2009

    Kal – yeah, that is a worry. I think in T8 we’ll be fine, but depending on itemization, etc, for T9 I think we might start slipping. It’s something to keep an eye on, but I don’t think it’s something to get into a tizzy over right now. 🙂

    • Razor
    • June 24th, 2009

    1%? Went to the dummy doll in Silvermoon, 3000k dmg on each.

    Live 4075 dps
    PTR 3525 dps

    Not happy with this, but need to test with 25-man raid buffs.

  2. When I see feral kitties nowadays, it makes me want to roll a druid.

    Oh wait, I did.

    In any case, It’s nice to have a spec that re;lies on effort doing DPS. DPS shsouldn’t be mindless, and should reward those who actually pay attention!

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