WASP Stands for Winning All Standard PvP

Not Pictured: Running screaming Alliance.

Not Pictured: Running screaming Alliance.

Wasps.

Who knew they were so deadly in PvP?!

As I’ve said before, I’ve found out that for Beastmasters a ferocity pet is a really big advantage and a really big help; but to the extent to which I saw, I had no freakin’ idea.  I was truly astounded.

1.  Talenting a Ferocity pet for PvP is a cinch.  It sacrifices a minor DPS loss for a substantial amount of HP.  Cello, at level 80(yeah, that took awhile), has 18 000 hp when I’m in my PvP gear.  18 000.  18 000.  That’s more HP than what I have in my PvE gear!

2.  On the topic of that DPS loss, it’s hardly noticeable.  Cello is constantly hitting for 500-600 damage on plate without Bestial wrath.  He hits clothies for up to 800 without Bestial Wrath.  Priests run away in fear.  He’s like a rogue, but half the size and twice as hard to run away from.  With Bestial Wrath, I can burst down 2 clothies in the space of 18 seconds with Call of the Wild on.  I didn’t bother to look at numbers, Cello and I were killing too fast.

3.  Ferocity brings one of the most helpful little things I’ve seen: Heart of the Phoenix.  Retadin thought it would be funny to see my wasp die.  Took him 2/3 of his HP.  Oh hey, human? Look behind you.  Cello is angry.

4.  Wasps are unique from other ferocity pets in that they have Sting, which is a little bit of damage wrapped in a faerie fire.  There are 2 fun parts to this: first, it’s nature damage.  Because it’s spell damage, it goes through armor.  Secondly. it has a 4.2 second cooldown.  4.2.  Why is this good? It means that the chances of Sting falling off are nil, and more importantly… more chances to crit.  Many more chances to crit.  Crits cause Ferocious Inspiration.  Ferocious Inspiration causes me to deal so much more damage it’s not funny, which in turn causes me to giggle devilishly with glee.

5.  Wasps are so inconspicuous that most people aren’t going to kill the little thing.  Non-beastmasters use wasps, so the pet musn’t be that big of a deal.  Well, you guessed wrong punk.  I hope you feel better about your bad decision, but remember this: never underestimate something with a stinger the size of your torso.

6.  Did I mention this guy soloed a Priest? The extra 9% crit chance helps.  Just saying.

7.  There are 2 problems with using a Ferocity pet as BM.  The first problem is you can’t benefit from Roar of Sacrifice, an incredibly fun and useful ability that allows you to take 30% less damage, which is re-directed towards the pet.  This is an especially good ability for a Beastmaster since it only has a 10 second period where it isnt active.  Secondly, I normally use a Cunning pet.  Cunning pets have Roar of Recovery, which essentially extends our mana pools by an additional 30% every 2 minutes.  There have been a few times where I would normally have mana with a cunning pet, but I didn’t because Cello can’t use Roar of Recovery.  However, both of these issues are neglected in a BG setting for one very good reason: death comes on wings of focus fire.  If you are targeted, chances are you are dead.  Secondly, if a fight takes so long that you run out of mana, chances are that you can jump into Aspect of the Viper for 4 seconds, or that you’re able to drink, or that you’re going to die.

All things considered, I’m very happy with Cello in a battleground setting! It’s harder to kite things around, but I kill them that much faster so I’m not too worried.

Move like a butterfly, sting like a bee? Yeah, I can understand that now.  I wouldn’t have imagined me liking a wasp this much in my life ever, but Cello managed to impress me in every way.

Encore mon ami, your wings beat a beautiful music.

10 responses to “WASP Stands for Winning All Standard PvP

  1. I could never get behind ferocity pets in PvP, Roar of sacrifice has saved my ass too many times to count.

  2. My hunter hasn’t hit 80 yet so I know this may change, but I’m not sure if I’d personally devote any points to HotP. No matter what pet I use it rarely dies in PvP, mostly because my opponents usually have a “kill the hunter and the pet stops eating our face” philosophy.

    Of course that doesn’t always work out for them, unless they’re lousy no-good rogues who need their 11 million stuns and ways to crit me to be hit with the nerf bat.

    *shakes fist*

  3. Heh, my philosophy with fighting hunters is “sit on or incapacitate the hunter, fear the pet. Nuke hunter”

  4. @Kordwar

    Please don’t sit on me. I just had my tabard dry-cleaned.

  5. I’ll admit, it does a good amount of damage and the sting is a nice thing against those stealthies, though your chimera still owns face in our 2v2 matches =D!

  6. Spiders have been my fav do far for PvP…. the Web is something that has came in SO usefull during PvP.

  7. For what it’s worth, Ayamiss isn’t shrunkified. :D

  8. Good write up Klin,

    I’ll have to try one of these. I’m still survival at the moment in the BG’s – but have been wanting to try beastmaster again just to see how it works. Try a hyena sometime if you get a wild hair to level another pet. I love them in WSG. They don’t get to net you or pin you the way a spider or crab might, but their 50% movement impairing ability is only on a 20 second cooldown which allows for even more applications during one harried flag return.

  9. @Windpaw
    … I dislike you intensely. I finally had ALL my pets at 80 and then you come in here, stuffing ideas in my head…

    I’ll be sure to give it a shot!.. despite my better judgment.

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