Last week I was feeling a little sentimental about those pieces of gaming code we Hunters call pets. In order to go after King Krush I had to abandon what was one of my all-time favorite pets – my Wind Serpent, “TROGDOR”. This was a sad moment for me, but I had no other choice. He had to go. I released him in beautiful Darnassus so that he could go frolic with the hot Night Elf babes, or cross the channel back to Kalimdor to his homeland of Feralas if he got homesick.
TROGDOR aka Arash-ethis was one of many pets I’ve enjoyed having over the past couple of years. Like most of my former pets, he is a rare spawn. This particular pet was also rarely seen with other Hunters because it used to be one of only two white Wind Serpents without the dreaded caster stats. The other one was Hayoc which also is rare spawn. As far as I recall, I was possibly the only Alliance Hunter on my server with a white Wind Serpent.
Wind Serpents took a huge hit in usefulness with the new WotLK pet skills. This pet used to do insane DPS for me before they put the 7 second cooldown (10 second cd w/out 3/3 Longevity) on Lightning Breath. In TBC with 2/2 Go For the Throat and over 40% crit raid buffed, he was BURNiNATING like a madman. He would often out dps our tank in 25 mans.
He was also great for PvP. The high damage, coupled with the non-armor-mitigated ranged attack was great for our double-dps combos. The fact that he would still cast damaging attacks while snared was awesome too.
Once I saw that they made Wind Serpents Cunning pets and put the cooldown on Lightning Breath it saddened me deep down. I thought, what on earth will they be good for? At least if they were made a Ferocity pet they’d still be viable for raiding. Cunning pets need utility, not a pure dps attack. Lightning Breath should have some sort of debuff attached to it as well.
And so it goes… another victim to the ever-changing rules in the World of Warcraft. I’ll miss you old buddy.