I’ve been testing, feeling, experimenting… use any other words you deem appropriate, but I’ve been in a dilemma.
I’ve been torn between Survival and Beastmastery for PvE for the longest time. For the past 3 weeks I’ve been dancing between the two trees. Marksmanship just isn’t my cup of tea, so it’s not in on this.
It seemed that Survival did better DPS. It STILL does. But I don’t like it. For almost half the effort, I can do more DPS in survival than I can in Beastmastery. I never have to change Aspects for more then 3 seconds, and I don’t have to worry as hard about my pet if he gets hit by a Heigan wave.
But it’s just that: it’s too easy to do well with. Survival is boring to me. Complex Shot Priority System(SPS) my ass; I’ve got the damn thing down to a science. Black Arrow, Serpent Sting, Explosive Shot, 3 Steady Shots, rinse and repeat steps 3+4 until Black Arrow is usable again. Kill Shot whenever possible.
Aside from the occasional movement on my end, I don’t really do much else. I actually fell asleep at my keyboard playing like this.
Beastmastery might be an easier SPS, but it is so much more fun for some weird reason. Having to switch between Aspect of the Viper and Aspect of the Hawk creates interest. Having to worry about the movement of my pet is much more of an issue, and this creates interest. Having a pet the size of a school bus creates interest.
I have to work harder for lower DPS, but it’s more rewarding. If my Ego is telling me I should be topping the meters, I’ll tell Mr. Ego to stuff it. This isn’t about Ego: this is about being able to stay awake to play my damn game.
Hail to Beastmastery(even if it is sub-par at the moment)!