Now that Patch 3.2 is here I wanted to review and summarize some of the information I've posted previously. Its been a while since this patch first hit the PTR and I'm sure a lot of people don't remember all of the different changes involved. These are the things Moonkin Raiders probably want to pay the most attention too.
Eclipse: The Starfire and Wrath buffs from this talent are now on separate 30-second cooldowns. In addition, it is not possible to have both buffs active simultaneously
This is by far the biggest change in the patch for Moonkin raiding. It has a lot of different affects that you will want to pay attention to.
- New Rotation: Gone are the days of Solar vs Lunar. All moonkin should now use what I call a "Twisting" rotation.
Don't get freaked out that you will now be doing something different then you’re used to. It actually makes the Moonkin rotation easier. Start your rotation as you normally would by applying Fairie Fire and the DoTs. Then pick a nuke and start casting. In most cases it doesn't really matter if you go for Wrath or Starfire first, because they are about the same in value. Once you proc Eclipse, switch spells. Continue with the same nuke until you proc Eclipse again and switch spells. Reapply DoTs and debuffs as needed. This is a little controversial but I reapply DoTs during Eclipse until the last 4 or 5 seconds of the buff.
- Stat Valuation: Having a new rotation will change the way we value stats. Here are the new stat valuations I posted a couple of months ago.
Stat No Lag With Lag 11% Haste With Lag Hit Rating 1.608 1.595 1.614 Spell Power 1 1 1 Haste Rating 0.678 0.389 0.941 Crit Rating 0.753 0.741 0.742
Some people will look at these number and automatically say "haste sucks now." That is not what these number say though. First of all, the third column shows that haste is still a very valuable stat if you’re below the haste cap of 400.
It's also very important to remember that while haste above the haste cap is not as valuable as Crit it still has value. Starfire is a big part of the new rotation and Nature's Grace will Not be up 100% of the time. Favor Crit over Haste on a point for point basis if you’re above the Haste cap, but don't avoid it. It will still increase you’re DPS.
- Addons: Much has been made of addons like Squawk and Awe since WotLK was released 9 months ago. Up until this patch they were pretty much required for a moonkin to push out maximum DPS. Well that is no more, but I would suggest you be careful about dropping them. I plan on keeping Squawk and Awe for now because I want something to remind me which Eclipse I have. It will also let you know when you can proc either Eclipse.
There is a lot of new gear in this patch for obvious reason, but this is the only piece you should care about right away. On the PTR this idol cost 25 Emblems of Triumph. Assuming the price stays the same I suggest you get 25 EoT's as quickly as possible and buy this idol.
It is by far the best idol of all the options available. Early reports from the PTR said that it had a 70% to 90% proc rate with no internal cooldown, and I have not seen any reports to suggest that this has changed. Assuming that this is the case then this idol provides a static 200 increase to Crit Rating since you’re virtually assured a 100% up rate as long as you keep Moonfire up.
Tier 9 Set Bonuses:
- 2 pieces: Your Moonfire ability now has a chance for its periodic damage to be critical strikes.
- 4 pieces: Increases the damage done by your Starfire and Wrath spells by 4%.
Increases the bonus granted by Eclipse for Starfire and Wrath by 15%.
Some players say that they are going to skip 4T9 and use 2T8 until Icecrown is released and we have a new tier of raiding. That is not necessarily the best policy. 2T8 is definitely vastly superior to 4T9 but the Tier 9 pieces have superior stats in addition to the set bonuses. my math showed that it is beneficial to drop 2T8 if you can equip 4 pieces of T9-258 (the highest ilevel Tier set). Until then, stick with 2T8. The T8 pieces I would use are the legs and shoulders.
There is nothing in this patch that will change our spec right away. As long as you’re using a fairly standard raiding build, there is no need to change anything. However, I do want to remind everyone that the 2T9 set bonus will significantly improve the value of the Improved Moonfire. I don't suggest picking it up now, but please keep it in the back of your mind that when you get the set bonus you will probalby want to drop two points from Moonglow and pick up Improved Moonfire.
Balance of Power: Now reduces all spell damage taken by 3/6%, rather than reducing the chance to be hit by spells by 2/4%.
The Tooltip on the PTR said that it also increased your chance to hit by 3/6%. I just want to remind everyone that it actually did not have this impact on the PTR and was likely a typo. Don't expect to see this on live.
There are a lot of profession changes in this patch but the changes to Jewelcrafting are probably the most relevant. Epic gems are getting introduced in mass with patch 3.2. Some of you may be thinking about holding off on upgrading your gems, but I recommend against it.
If you’re like me you have 10+ sockets in your gear. If you upgrade all of your sockets then you’re looking at a 30 - 40 stat increase in your spell power. The other thing to remember is that not all fo the fights in the Trials will be available in the first week. They are phasing its release much like they did for Sunwell. Therefore many guilds will still be raiding Ulduar, and you won't be seeing a lot of upgrades from the higher tier of raiding right away.
Also, I know replacing all of your gems right away sounds expensive. However, remember that you can buy them with Emblem's of Heroism. If you’re like me then you have hundreds of Emblems laying around and you can get some more easily buy running heroics now that there will be greater interest again.
My Gear Lists:
I am sure I will get requests to update my gear lists the same day that the patch drops. Unfortunately, with the way I build it, that is not possible. I will update it as soon as possible. The old list was built with a Lunar valuation in mind, but it is still fairly accurate. Just remember that if you have two items with relatively similar values but different stats. The Crit one will be better after the patch.
- Dragon's Eye Gems are no longer Prismatic. If you’re using them to get socket bonuses or meet your meta gem requirements, you need to change them.
- Item Comparisons: Holding the shift key while hovering over an item will now display the stat differences with the item currently equipped in the relevant slot. - You may not care but this is a big deal to me.
- New Druid Forms: This is definitely an exciting part of the patch, but I wanted to remind everyone that Moonkin form as not been changed. Don't be surprised when you log in and see the same old gray or yellow moonkin you’re used to.
- Swift Flight Form: Druids who have acquired a mount able to go 310% flight speed will now also go that speed while in this form. - This is another change I'm excited about, but you may not be. If you have been able to obtain one of the super fast mounts, now you won't have to use it to benefit from it.