I took my Devilsaur and manual rotation into a 25 man Obsidian Sanctum run last night. There was no Hunter loot to roll on and I didn’t win the Dragon Hide Bag or Large Satchel of Spoils, but what I did do was top the damage meters, which included besting a comparably geared Survival Hunter. I know that versus a well geared and skillful Surv Hunter I’d be choking on their dust, but it’s comforting to know I can still compete amongst the mere mortals.
The night before I did a 9 man guild run on Sartharion and got my T7 gloves. Stats-wise, for a BM Hunter they are a slight downgrade from what I had been using, Handgrips of the Savage Emissary, but the 2 pc. item bonus is the kicker. The additional 5% pet damage more than makes up for some of the AP and crit rating that I lose.
This was only my second 25 man run in WotLK, and both times I have come out on top for overall damage, and this time I even topped DPS as well. I’m curious to know how other BM Hunters are doing compared to other high damage classes including Survival Hunters. I feel like we’re still pretty competitive when it comes to raid DPS. Surv Hunters, Blood Death Knights, Rets and Elemental Shaman have been the classes/specs I’ve noticed to be consistently high on the meters. In my guild, I usually trade off with a Blood DK and sometimes Fury Warrior for top damage.
Although I’m really hoping we see some buffs in 3.1, I am enjoying having to really work to compete for a top spot in the damage department. We had it easy-mode in TBC, it’s serious business now. 😉