While personal testing is certainly something we support at EJ, we require that posters also link their methods and findings so that the community can evaluate them thoroughly. With literally nothing of the sort in your post it is no better than me stating we'll be getting a legendary that fires Cheez-wiz.
Posting some findings from today. Build 15799. Really looking for other players feedback.
They were live tests so there is a chance of human error, RNG etc so it's not set in stone.
Feel free to comment or disagree.
The data was gathered as Survival on a boss dummy.
Buffs present were 10% haste and 10% AP.
Parses were done with the available PvP gear minus the Insignia of Conquest. (chance on hit to proc agi)
Equipped item level on character sheet was 451.
Data was gathered with Recount, Ingame macros and I was ment to upload to WoL but apparently i forgot to start logging -_-
Tier 4 Talents; Fervor - Readiness - Thrill of the Hunt
Readiness is the top DPS choice for this tier.
The focus gained from Fervor & Thrill of the Hunt just don't make up for the ability to reset your cooldowns.
The rotation / priority is fluid with the only time being focus starved when you use A Murder of Crows at the wrong time.
By wrong time I mean when you have 60 focus and Explosive shot & Black Arrow are coming off cooldown.
Thrill of the Hunt has some nice synergy with Lock & Load. If both buffs are up at the same time, it will consume Thrill of the Hunt first and because Lock & Load is active explosive shot isn't put on cooldown.
Was hoping for the same synergy with Master Marksmen but alas it consumes the instant Aimed shot first.
Tier 5 Talents; A Murder of Crows - Dire Beast - Lynx Rush
In terms of raw DPS A Murder of Crows comes out on top.
Dire Beast wasn't too far behind but in a min / maxing world Crows > Beast.
Like above the rotation / priority is fluid without the need for the extra focus from Dire Beast.
Lynx Rush was lagging behind by around 4,000 dps overall. Was great for burst damage, but the longer the fight the worse it will be.
Lynx Rush can also be parried while the pet is running around.
Tier 6 Talents; Glaive Toss - Powershot - Barrage
The level 90 Talents are useless single target. Using them gave no noticeable dps gains and my dps was actually higher without using them.
I might even go as far as to say they're useless all together, once you start adding more targets to get the extra damage from them you'll probably end up using Multi-Shot instead.
I expect that Crows & Readiness will be the way to go for all 3 specs for your average raid.
Lynx Rush is the only talent effected by spec and even then I don't think as BM it will close the gap.
I was planning to do some more parses as Beast Mastery and Marksman but;
Beast Mastery - Frenzy is annoying is hell in its current form. In one attempt the pet went an entire minute without gaining a single stack of Frenzy and then at other times it would get all 5 stacks very quickly.
As for Focus Fire use I was attempting to mimic live by using 2 stacks (16%), sometimes the pet wouldn't even make 2 stacks, it would get 1 then the buff would drop.
Marksmanship - Careful Aim skews the data, I was doing some tests on the dummies at Argent Tournament so Careful Aim wouldn't be in effect but obviously it skews your data since the dummy is only level 80.
The damage for pets ranged from 140-270k
Ferocity pets will cast Rabid when summoned, it lasts for 20 seconds so it has 100% up time while they are active.
For pets to use their buffs or debuffs they must be set to auto cast on your pet bar or spellbook.
The average Stampede at level 90 should do around 1 mil damage in its current form.
So which spec is doing the most damage currently ?
According to my data from today Survival is in front with Marks coming in 2nd and Beast Mastery coming in 3rd.
This was a little surprising because a couple of weeks ago Beast Mastery was looking very close to Survival.
Really looking for other hunters feedback, especially those with more data on Beast Mastery and Marksman.
Do you agree or disagree with whats been said ?
If you disagree why ? What does your data suggest ?