Ironic huh… Only a few short weeks have passed since I swore off Beast Mastery, yet here I am returning to my beloved PvP spec.
This time’s it’s business though. A few guildies and I started a 3s team mainly for fun, but after getting our asses handed to us the other night, it wasn’t so much “fun” for me anymore. My healer is new to arena, and is still working on his game and his gear. Meanwhile, he’s been having a terrible time trying to keep me up, as I’m the opposing team’s focus-fire target about 99.9% of the time.
I tried Marksmanship out for about a dozen matches and had similar results to that of Survival. My survivability was about the same, burst and Readiness were awesome, but it didn’t really seem to be the answer for us. If I were an elite Hunter I suppose I would be able to lead us to 2200 and beyond, but “elite” I am not. I’m pretty good, but unless I have fairly strong teammates, I’m not going to be able to do anything spectacular.
Our team composition isn’t bad (Unholy DK, Prot Pally and Hunter), so I feel like we can end up being somewhat competitive with a little more practice. I’m hoping that Beast Mastery will allow us to overcome the slump we’re in, then maybe once our Pally’s up to speed a bit more I can respec back to SV or MM and make a run for our S7 weapons. Meanwhile, I’ll have a level 80 Chimaera chilling in the stable waiting to unleash his fury in 3.3. 😉
Anyway… combined with our need to shake things up, the increased survivability Beast Mastery will offer me, and the exciting pet buffs headed our way in 3.3, suddenly Beast Mastery is looking like a decent option right now. I’ll let you know how it works out. 😉
One thing worth mentioning… I had a tense 1v1 with a Ret last night in Wintergrasp. We were alone outside the fortress and I’d say the “duel” lasted nearly two minutes. He killed me with about 1% left, then he died about 2 seconds later to my poison DoTs.
The cool thing was… my pet was level 75, I was still glyphed for Survival, and he had 3 stacks of Tenacity. 😉 Maybe BM isn’t dead… I’ll let you know.