So for survival hunters simming under tanks it mean thats the spec was scheduled for execution. An eleventh hour call from the governor however has given survival a stay of execution because maybe blizzard noticed that no damage dealing spec should ever be under tanks and surely no pure damage dealing class should be under tanks. But hey, at least we always had the slow, boring, clunky and caster feeling MM spec now right?
Just before the 6.0.2 patch was going to be released blizzard announced that there were some things the sims missed. Surprising isn't it? Tin foil hat going on here. The sims did not miss anything, blizzard is just covering their asses right now with some last minute changes. Tin foil hat coming off.
The changes that apparently everyone missed show that the bottom specs like retribution paladin, shadow priest and survival hunters all apparently got buffs no one noticed while the top specs from the warrior, warlock and mage classes got nerfs that were also missed. Amazing coincidence isn't it?
So now we will enter 6.0.2 when it comes online with no idea where survival will really be. It is actually kind of fun to think about testing things out on live but who knows if the changes were enough, or too much. Only time will tell.
The other hunter specs did not receive any changes but survival received some decent buffs on their most used, and most powerful, abilities which should help their AoE a little and their single target even more.
Black Arrow, Explosive Shot and Serpent Sting have had their damage increased by 12%
Some how, if you believe blizzard, everyone missed this. If you ask me I say it was just added before the patch as a way to save face for such a mismatched damage dealing line up from top to bottom that saw the top spec doing double the damage of the bottom spec. Increasing the bottom and decreasing the top should do a lot to close the gap, but will it be enough?
I plan to test out survival with the 12% buff when it goes live to see what it looks like, at the worst that 12% should be more than enough to get us over tanks, but will it be enough to get us more than bottom damage dealer. Only time will tell.
Happy patch day.