Blizzard just released the latest patch notes for 4.3.
Beast Mastery and Survival have both received some minor buffs to try and bring the specs more in line with Marksmanship’s DPS.
- Beast Mastery
- Animal Handler now increases Attack Power by 30%, up from 25%.
- Explosive Shot damage has been increased by 15%.
Neither buff is that noteworthy from a PvE standpoint, as both specs will likely still trail behind MM, but buffs nonetheless.
However… I’m pretty excited about the buff to Animal Handler – especially for my Orc BM Hunter. 🙂 I’m not too concerned with end-game DPS these days, but a buff that’s going to help my pets to rip players up just a little more efficiently in BGs… oh yea, that’s good stuff.
Right now, Survival PvP is a bit of an oxymoron, but the %15 damage boost to Explosive Shot will certainly help those repping the spec in battlegrounds.