Some feral things


#1

Hi team.
I’ve done a bit of testing and also have a string here which isn’t quite giving me the answer the simulator is giving, although it’s within the error margin.

Summary

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Feral as highest spec:
Single Target AMR Gearing Strategy.
Gems: Epic
Enchants: All
Gem/Enchant threshold: 0.25%
Azerite threshold: disabled

Talents: Sabertooth, Soul of the Forest, Brutal Slash, Bloodtalons
23515 DPS with BiB gear for Brutal Slash
23607 DPS with BiB gear for Primal Wrath but simulated with Brutal Slash.

Obviously a very small difference but way better for AoE which the gear will be shared with. This is the tricky bit for the optimiser, I’m not sure if you can push it towards the slightly better result but better all round traits but I thought I’d bring it up.

Looking through the AMR rotation I noticed that there is no longer a note to ignore Brutal Slash if you’ve got three Wild Fleshrending traits, a quick test indicates that is correct.

I’m not sure what #12 is doing there, what happens if you’ve got at least one of each trait?

Before this patch I’d played around a bit with the rotation to modify the opener to use Berserk and Tiger’s Fury before the pull, it gave a positive result in damage then but isn’t now.
23619 DPS AMR rotation with logging.
23363 DPS My kludge rotation with logging.
For some reason it’s wasting an extra ~40 energy even though the opening sequence shows energy at 141.9 after gaining 50 from the TF.

23436 DPS my kludge with the pre-fight start time shortened to -2.5s, from -3.
This shows 148.1 energy after the 50 from TF but still wastes and extra ~41.

I think you can see the rotation from that link @Swol.
I’m not very good at modifying the rotations and this is based on the old AMR default, I did add comments to bits I’d changed.
I meant to post it a while ago as I was getting ~1200 DPS more but I stopped working on it since I’ve been trying to play Terror Turkey as it’s just better for groups to have less melee. :frowning:


#2

I haven’t had feral as my top spec recently, I was changing things around to see if the 415 hat I got was good for either DPS spec. Unfortunately it isn’t very good. :frowning:

Changing it back so Balance has first pick, but excluding the 415 chest, Feral is suggesting to take one Iron Jaws but looking at the sim damage breakdown a Maim is worse than a Ferocious Bite. There was another post about this a few weeks back, I guess you need to tweak it again as it was fixed back then. With two Iron Jaws it is slightly better.


#3

Those two Thrash lines are really for viewing purposes. You want to use Thrash if you have wild fleshrending and/or twisted claws. I could put in a line that says to use it if you have Wild Fleshrending and also a line to use it if you have Twisted Claws, but then they would be duplicate actions. So instead I say: use it if you have Wild Fleshrending (which includes that line in the rotation). And then I have another line that says to use it if you have Twisted Claws, but only if you don’t have Wild Fleshrending (because the line is already added to the rotation if you have Wild Fleshrending). The result is that only one Thrash action gets added to the rotation when you have one or both of the traits.

I can do a test for Iron Jaws. My latest testing shows that the damage difference between using Maim with 1x Iron Jaws and not using it is extremely small. So, I decided to leave it in because that makes ranking Iron Jaws much more reliable. If a trait has zero value when you have 1, it becomes a very special and difficult case to rank. Maim with 1x Iron Jaws does less damage than Ferocious Bite, but it costs less energy, so the difference isn’t as pronounced.