Unbearably HoT

Everybody hop on the loot train!

Posted by in Cat, Feral, Guide, Weapons

As promised, I’ve gone through the 3.2 DPS Gear Spreadsheet and updated it with all the new Coliseum items, including the crafted Leatherworking pieces. You’ll also find that some of the numbers look a little different than before—that’s because some of the stat values changed. Remember: Please to brain. Although gear is first sorted by the number of sockets, the number of sockets do not necessarily guarantee the best piece of gear. Armor Penetration is currently the best stat to stack at higher gear levels, so long as you have…read more


Can’t wait until November? Hot 3.2.2. action here!

Posted by in Cat, Feral

In a shocking turn of events, Blizzard has already posted details regarding the next patch—three months in advance. How does this affect us Druids? Unless you’re super pumped about Onyxia (and presumably didn’t farm her for eight thousand years in vanilla), there isn’t much on our horizon save this: Feral Combat Predatory Strikes: This talent now also causes the druid’s finishing moves to provide a 7/13/20% chance per combo point to make the next Nature spell with a cast time below 10 seconds instant cast. What’s great about this change…read more


Not the same old “sheet:” 3.2 DPS Gear Recommendations

Posted by in Cat, Feral, Guide, Technical

A “filler arc” is a phrase used to describe a short side story in a serial comic book or TV show that diverges from the main storyline. It’s often used as a device to prolong the life of a series, give the producers/creators more time to work on the plot, and ostensibly to give the viewer time to catch up to the main story. Remember when your elementary school teacher would take a day off and leave the substitute with four thousand worksheets to keep you busy? It takes up…read more


Too little, too late.

Posted by in Cat, Feral

On the heels of me actually trying to use my brain to make some thoughtful damage reductions, Blizzard went ahead and did it anyway: Mangle: Ranks 4 and 5 base points reduced by about 11%. Scaling from attack power unchanged. Rake: Ranks 6 and 7 base points on initial and periodic damage reduced by about 7%. Scaling from attack power unchanged. Rip: Ranks 8 and 9 base points and points per combo point reduced by about 6%. Scaling from attack power unchanged. Savage Defense: The animation for gaining this buff…read more


Constructive Reconsideration.

Posted by in Cat, Feral, Rant

As I started writing this article, Wintersdark responded to yesterday’s piece with the following: I’d like to see other classes able to get great dps when handled as masterfully as a cat putting out consistently astounding numbers. Exactly! Part of the fun in Feral DPS is the challenge the rotation affords—and I’d hate to see it go. While it’s possible to tune down our damage while simultaneously simplifying our cycles, why not step up everyone’s game and put them to the test? Sorry, I’m dreaming again. Blizzard’s reality is that…read more