I mentioned yesterday on Twitter that I would be taking some looks at Guardian DPS today. I did just that and here are my results.
Please note that all tests were conducted under the following conditions:
- Using ungemmed, unenchanted 483 PvP gear.
- Using Soul of the Forest and Heart of the Wild for max DPS.
- Not using any cooldowns (Berserk, Enrage, etc.) since they are now actually defensive cooldowns.
- Attacking the boss target dummy in Stormwind while fully armor debuffed.
0 Vengenace Bear
Here’s the 0 Vengeance Bear “control” parse. Please note that his parse was done while dumping all Rage to Maul. A rotation of Mangle > Lacerate > Thrash Upkeep > FFF was used. Considering my previous Guardian 0 Vengeance parses were in the neighbourhood of 25k, this seems much more reasonable for a tank. Damage is also much more evenly distributed across the top 3 abilities (Mangle, Lacerate, Melee).
Here’s the Guardian Cat “control” parse. Note that very few (if any) Ferocious Bites were actually used. Due to the terrible combo-point generation in this gear, a huge portion of the potential DPS is sacked in favour of maintaining Rip uptime. Once our Haste and Crit improves, it’s very likely that Guardian Cat DPS will see a sudden jump once we can reliably generate enough combo-points to throw in a Ferocious Bite every Rip cycle.
In any case you can clearly see from the parse that Guardian Cat DPS is currently about 20% higher than 0 Vengeance Bear. This means that once you dip below say 30% Vengeance on a tank swap, you’ll want to jump into Cat form for the highest DPS. Of course this will vary from encounter to encounter. Fights with very quick tank swaps (like Ultraxion) there won’t be any point since you’ll have to taunt right back in 7 seconds or less anyway. Additionally fights with large amounts of raid damage (Spine, Madness) will keep your Vengeance high enough when not actively being melee attacked.
In order to optimize your DPS as a Guardian, having a mod that keeps track of your Vengeance is going to be almost essential. If you can find one that will let you set warnings at certain values, that’s even better. I don’t know if such a thing exists though. If it does please tell me.
Heart of the Wild: Guardian -> Cat
Unsurprisingly nothing has really changed with Heart of the Wild. I ran 5 individual parses, all linked below. In each parse I edited the combat log such that the first entry was activating Heart of the Wild, and the last was it fading. This was done to skew the results in favour of HotW as much as possible.
Max DPS: 31,470
Min DPS: 27,807
Avg DPS: 29,212
As you can see this is well below an average Feral’s DPS. Tinderhoof ran some Feral parses and his average as around 41k (and I even think that is way low compared to other DPS classes). So at best HotW Guardian -> Cat is ~30% below a pure Feral. Based on what I know of the goals for Heart of the Wild, that is far short of the target.
I keep expecting Heart of the Wild to get fixed, but it keeps not happening.