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12-29-2011 @ 3:39PM
Can someone explain the jump for Arms? My understanding before the patch was that Arms was going to fall further and further behind Fury, yet here (25-H) it seems to be one of the top performing specs. Is it tier bonuses? Fight mechanics? I can see how it's powerful AoE would be ridiculous on a fight like the skittles boss or Madness/Spine, but I doubt that would be enough to skew things so heavily.
12-29-2011 @ 4:12PM
More or less, arms didn't get better, fury got worse. Arms numbers were skewed lower during FL because most top players were fury. In addition, gurthalak, the super sword off deathwing, has a higher proc rate as arms over fury because of the arms mastery and the way dual wielding affects procs. Lastly, warriors are skewed on ultraxion due to the high incoming damage. At the end of the fight the incoming damage = Infinite rage = heroic strike spam all day long.
12-29-2011 @ 4:14PM
I think it's the T13 4-piece set bonus. Mortal Strike has a higher proc chance, even considering the fact that it has a longer cooldown.
12-29-2011 @ 4:16PM
@ KormexYeah, Fury was nerfed in 4.3. Dual Wield Specialization (one of their specialization passives) no longer increases physical damage by 5%.
12-29-2011 @ 4:19PM
It's not the T13 bonus. Any cleave or AoE fight will certainly favor Arms. I think this another example of what happens when spec stigma goes away. After the Fury nerf a lot of the better Warriors went Arms. It's been a solid, yet underrepresented spec for a while now. I'm not sure where it will end up with BiS gear but I don't think Fury has quite the superior scaling that some are claiming. In contrast to Feral druids, Warriors are extremely good on Ultraxion as the passive damage provides essentially endless rage, particularly during the execute phase. This holds true across quite a few fights in DS. The same thing happened in ICC - when warriors don't have to manage rage their damage can get out of hand quick.
12-29-2011 @ 4:21PM
@ SidfishI don't play a Warrior so I don't understand the AoE mechanics of either spec but shouldn't a large AoE fight favor Fury because of Meat Cleaver and a small AoE fight favor Arms because of Sweeping Strikes?
12-29-2011 @ 4:23PM
Two things - Savage undeserved nerf to fury combined with the fixing of the Deep Wounds bug essentially nerfed fury AGAIN.Arms and fury were pretty close before, now arms is easier to gear, has a pretty fun rotation, and can be designed for either huge AoE or better single target.
12-29-2011 @ 4:32PM
@ Harvoc - Not necessarily. Sweeping Strikes combined with Blood and Thunder and alternated with Bladestorm gives Arms some frightening AoE capability. Fury's AoE isn't bad, it's just not Bladestorm.
12-29-2011 @ 7:29PM
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