So as everyone knows 2.4.2 was released yesterday and the patch notes included the line:
“The pet ability Growl will no longer scale with pet Attack Power and now scales with the hunter’s Attack Power.”
Of course it’s plain wrong. Mania verified it, I verified it. I think even Rend in UBRS knew that growl hadn’t changed, and he hasn’t been seen in years.
Ok, fine. Bliz doesnt’ know what’s going on, and I guess I had come to terms with that over the course of the test realm saga. For me, there were actually 2 bright spots. First, it meant that I could continue the pet review without having to account for a change in mechanics. Big win there. I think I’m on course to get it finished before WotLK. Even if major changes happen there, the review can still serve as a baseline for comparison. That’s all I really wanted from it. A consistent, impartial voice about the merits of each family while holding all other things constant. (BTW: Serpents done, dragonhawk at level 69.)
The second, boon being that I found an awesome way to solo via the MM spec. I was probably more excited about this. I actually think I could mathematically prove how awesome the spec is for soloing. In fact I have several half written posts on those subjects, including leveling guides. Then, this comes up on the bug forums from Mania’s post:
“There is still a bug with Growl that is allowing it to scale with some pet attack power buffs as well as the hunter’s attack power. This (scaling with PAP buffs) will be fixed in a future patch, until then enjoy the extra threat from these buffs.”
“It (growl) may not scale at a rate that you like but it does scale at the rate the developers currently want.”
So, they 1) knew the patchnotes are wrong, 2) cut-off all discussion about them being wrong (twice), and 3) still published those wrong patchnotes. That deserves a Chief Wiggum, “That’s some good work there, Lou.”
The other 2 parts are what really have me peeved. No growl bonuses from +PAP in the near future, and current scaling ‘working as intended (TM).’ I did some number crunching, and what I found was that pre-BC I was about 150 RAP short of scaling, and right now as BM, I’d be about 450 short of scaling. Seeing as my RAP tripled over those 10 levels, that seems reasonable. EXCEPT! My DPS is at least 4-5x what is was rather than the expected triple. Why? Steady shot. Before the only thing I could add to my Auto Shot while soloing was an arcane every 6s, and a Serpent’s Sting (remember that?). The spec I have been testing for the road from 70-80 has it’s head on the chopping block without even having a chance to prove itself. (For now I’m still loving it.)
I have to ask myself why am I upset at a non-change. Mostly because they still intend to change it. Hunter’s have been having more and more pet threat issues. With welfare epics, even casuals like me are running into the issue. However, while we are looking to improve threat, Bliz is going to reduce the only methods we have to do so.
I’ve heard people saying that this is all because of the gold farmers. They can turn on a bot to just auto shot and mend pet, never having to worry about pulling agro. If that’s the case, what does this change do to prevent it? Those guys are not getting all epiced out, they’re buying BoE greens from the AH. I doubt they’re anywhere close to the scaling threshold.
This is obviously a change looking ahead to the next 10 levels. My hope is that there’s something coming that will make this tolerable. For now, I’m just annoyed at lies (claw damage scaling and 1200 RAP lol), double-speak, and miscommunication.