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12-22-2011 @ 10:25AM
I'd love to talent my pet into either a tanking, ferocity or dps pet regardless of current family in Cataclysm. Talents could be a way to do this, but then I'd like to choose all/most survival talents and not be forced to choose between dps talents for tank pet and vice versa, so Shark Attack or Spider Bite and Great Stamina or Natural Armor and Taunt or Revengeance are bad options. Others are good suggestions. Mauled or Fire Breathing is a nice choice between aoe or multiple target tanking/damage options and an increased single target damage talent would fill in nicely there.Alternatively pet talents could be to choose which buff the pet brings instead of tying that to family, and let BM hunters get access to a top tier that gives an exotic buffs and let all hunters tame the (currently) exotic pets. I want a Loque'nahak but don't like BM much.
12-22-2011 @ 10:27AM
You can do this in MoP: tame a pet, any pet, and you can choose to make it tenacity.The idea of the talents, however, is to try to make meaningful choices. Hard choices is the goal. So if you're choice is spider bite or great stamina... that's not a choice: there's a right answer. If you raid you take the dps, if you're tanking you take the stamina. Every raiding pet would be specced the same.The goal here is to have choices where there isn't a perfectly clear "right" answer, so that not all raiding pets are specced exactly the same, and so making the decision involved a decision.
12-22-2011 @ 12:43PM
I'm looking forward to the new player talent trees in MoP, but I'm not sure the talents for pets have to be similar hard choices; The talents could also be used for customizing the pet instead of choosing a tenacity/cunning/ferocity spec, but both works for me as long as we get pets that can tank and pets that can dps. I'd argue that Great Stamina or Natural Armor is only interesting for a tanking pet, for raiding stamina is the right answer every time, unless our pet's are going to tank in raids/dungeons. Heart of the Phoenix or Cower is a better one for dps, but for tanking I'd go with cower almost every time.Using talents for choosing which buff to bring would improve choice and letting BM choose from a final tier or two to get an exotic buff and/or more tanking/dps would be nice.
12-23-2011 @ 2:18PM
I have always liked the Idea of allowing All hunters tame any pet, remove the Exotic term.But give BM hunters an extra talent tier or special pet ability that makes it worth going BM for. This way a BM can tame any pet he likes as well and still have a special ability added on and the hunters can tame some of the more interesting pets, or use the ones they already have without the special ability.On the specs, I think it would be interestig for the pet talents to tie into the Hunter talents, depending on your spec and choices your pet will gain cetain abilities automatically, then add a few choices that would modify the behavior of the pet, like staying targeted on whatever I want him on and not switching when I do ( make it a talent choice)
12-23-2011 @ 2:24PM
How about for a BM special talent and Pet Battle Res, instant cast Pet res, get them back into battle fast.
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