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3-09-2011 @ 8:00AM
The Bear pve changes are minimal (and disappointing) and I suggest the the Swipe cd reduction was aimed at giving the low level Bears more to do in dungeons. While we will probably use it on cooldown at 85 for trash packs in heroics, I'm not convinced it will be all that big an improvement to our AoE tanking, as Swipe really only does a very moderate amount of threat. Even so, if we now incorporate another Swipe into the "rotation", don't we just end up with a macro like "/castsequence Thrash;Swipe(Bear);Mangle(Bear);Swipe(Bear)" bound to a key that we just spam (and occasionally tab to move the Mangle around)?However, what Blizz really needs to do (and I'd hope perhaps you'll champion the cause) is address Thrash. Thrash is supposed to be a bleed, yet both the impact hit and the dot are mitigated by armor. It's the only bleed I know of in the game that works this way. There have been many posts on the forums about this, yet there have been a total of ZERO responses from Blizz. Not a "we'll look into it"; not a "we are aware and will address in an upcoming patch"; not even a "working as intended".
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