In the event that I spec BM for a raid. You betcha.
I did a fourth and final DPS test tonight with my Chimera. It seems like the combination of Froststorm Breath, Wolverine Bite, Owl’s Focus and Roar of Recovery is just that good. The 2.1 second cooldown on Roar of Recovery makes a fairly substantial difference.
It seems as if the Chimera suffers from the same spell hit problem as Loque’nahak, but even with the 4 Froststorm Breath misses he still smoked my two exotic Ferocity pets by a mile. I’m almost wondering if these misses are Blizzard’s way of equalizing spell attacks with physical attack dodges and parries. If pet spells always hit, then caster pets would have a leg up for sure.
However, in referring back to my previous tests with Loque and Krush, they each had one dodge and one miss respectively. Four Froststorm Breath misses seems a bit excessive in comparison. Hmmm..?
My shot rotation was very close to the previous tests with Loque and Krush. I wanted to get this fourth test in because in 1-2 of the previous tests his pet happiness icon was yellow. I tossed him a few bowls of stew tonight and got him good and happy.
Again, here are the final results from testing out my three exotic pets on the heroic target dummy. Tests were done without any buffs, and with no use of Rapid Fire or on-use trinkets. Cooldowns were not timed, but simply just blown as they were available.
Chimera: 1958.1 Overall DPS
Devilsaur: 1831.9 Overall DPS
Spirit Beast: 1770.6 Overall DPS
BM is really the only tree that I think will see the benefits of a Cunning pet for raiding. The other specs won’t have enough points to spend in order to get the full potential from the pet, not to mention having the longer cooldown on Roar of Recovery. The Cunning pets offer tremendous synergies for BM Hunters.
I think MM and SV Hunters are going to be looking at wolves as a first or second choice. The reworked Furious Howl is just too nice to pass up. I don’t think that a 30% mana regen over 9 seconds every 3 minutes, is going to be worth the AP and DPS loss from not using a wolf.
I havent done a complete test with my wolf as BM, but I messed around on the dummy for a few minutes, and while my DPS was higher, it resulted in a net DPS loss. However, he’ll be rolling with me while I am MM, that’s for sure.