Unbearably HoT

This Doesn’t Feel Very Good: Feral State of Play in 5.3

Posted by in Feral, Rant

What do you do when you’re not satisfied with your DPS output? Well, first I evaluate my sobriety.[i] If that’s not at issue, I complain about it to Lycentia and deflate into a wasted husk of futility. After five minutes or so of that, it’s time to get serious. I start by asking myself a few simple questions. 1.    Did I die?[ii] 2.    Was I forced to DPS in front of the boss?[iii] 3.    Was there a lot of target switching?[iv] 4.    Did I forget to eat/flask?[v] 5.    Is there…read more


A Whisker Closer to 85

Posted by in Cataclysm, Feral, Guide

During the past week I’ve frequently asked myself what my time is worth;[i] specifically, whether the time it’s taking me to level a new druid (Smirkfang[ii]) is worth the $55 it would cost to realm and faction transfer Runyarusco.[iii] I’m inclined to say, “Hell yes!” but the reality is that it currently costs over $40 to fill my tiny Civic’s gas tank. Priorities, right? Thus I’ve resigned myself to the drudgery of questing through levels one through eighty-five all over again. Low-level content is greatly improved, so much so that…read more


Azerothian Idol: 3.3 Edition

Posted by in Bear, Cat, Feral, Guide

If you’ve been reading this site with any frequency, you probably know that I love to collect and examine the benefits of idols. Having an arsenal of these easy-to-acquire pieces allows the intrepid feral a measure of versatility that doesn’t require re-gemming or building a second armor set—although obviously, some are more useful than others. Previously, I provided the following table as a quick-and-dirty guide for what you should pick up: Idol Effect (Cat Only) Idol of the Ravenous Beast Increases the damage done by Shred by 203. Idol of…read more


Well, that was quicker than I expected.

Posted by in Feral, Patch Notes

In a most fortuitous coincidence, Blizzard is releasing Patch 3.2.2 today just as AION boasts its first opening day. I’ll be the first to admit that this is happening earlier than I anticipated; naively, I assumed that because the supposed WoW anniversary is in November, we’d be seeing an Onyxia release about then. If previous PTR patch notes can be trusted, we can be squaring off with the Brood Mother this evening! But let’s be real—what can we ferals expect? The amount of ArP gained per point has been reduced…read more


(Armor) Penetration: How hard will it be in 3.2.2?

Posted by in Cat, Feral, Guide

For the past two weeks I’ve essentially been MIA as I finished up a series of massive projects at work and took a high-fiving trip to Chicago. During that time, of course, we’ve learned that in 3.2.2., the value of Armor Penetration will decrease to 110%, down from 125%. Has the so-called stat-of-the-gods fallen from its golden pedestal? Hardly. What we’re seeing is approximately a 12% nerf, if the old ArP hard cap was 1,230 and the new hard cap will be 1,399.57. Druids everywhere have bemoaned their long ride…read more