Survival Hunter Class Changes in Patch 9.1 PTR Build 38511 – Guide Writer Analysis and Feedback

Survival Hunter Class Changes in Patch 9.1 PTR Build 38511 - Guide Writer Analysis and Feedback

For Survival Hunter, Grayhound gives his opinion on the adjustments to Raptor Strike, Mongoose Bite, and Flanking Strike.

Patch 9.1 PTR Build 38511 Spell ChangesPatch 9.1 PTR Official Patch Notes for April 29th

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Survival Hunter

Specialization (1)

  • Raptor Strike   A vicious slash dealing (100%115% of Attack power) Physical damage.
    Effect #1 Effect #1 School Damage
    Value: 0 (AP mod: 11.15)

Talents (1)

  • Flanking Strike  You and your pet leap to the target and strike it as one, dealing a total of (117%135% of Attack Power + 117% of Attack Power ] Physical damage. Generates 30 Focus for you and your pet.
  • Mongoose Bite   A brutal attack that deals (90%103.5% of Attack power) Physical damage and grants you Mongoose Fury.
    Mongoose Fury
    Increases the damage of Mongoose Bite by 15% for 14 sec, stacking up to 5 times. Successive attacks do not increase duration.
    Effect #1 Effect #1 School Damage
    Value: 0 (AP mod: 0.91.035)

Survival Hunter Guide Writer Perspective

Currently the only changes for survival on PTR are the 15% Buffs to Raptor Strike / Mongoose Bite and Flanking Strike. It is important to remember that Mongoose Bite is a separate spell and not just a modification of Raptor Strike, so it does not gain double the benefit. All of these buffs are focused on pure single target abilities, since Survival is currently one of the weakest, if not the weakest, specs in the game in this category. At the same time, it’s likely not intended at the moment to risk buffing AoE scaling too much, which is why it was only done for single target abilities.

Overall you should expect to see 5-7% DPS gain in single target depending on your gear and build. This does raise the value of Mastery: Spirit Bond a bit, but it is still unlikely to be anywhere close to the other stats. Nesingwary’s Trapping Apparatus builds do gain a bit more scaling potential from this going forward, however I still don’t expect Survival Hunter to leave the bottom 5 single target specs even with these buffs (in part due to being that far behind, in part due to a number of other specs that it could’ve potentially passed, also getting their own buffs). As such, I personally hope that this isn’t the end of tuning cycle, and we see a significant buff to mastery, rather just another % aura band-aid fixes.

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