My Claws hit for about 1400-1800 like you said and crit for about 4k on a dummy. Rake ticks at 1350 x4. Minor but not insignificant. Any max level Druid using Feral abilities is either in a situation in pve where mana or spells are a major issue (thus DPS matters, and there would be time to swap weapons) or in pvp when going for a quick Maim, where time spent in cat is the biggest issue.
There is your problem, you are gauging this off of a dummy, where on a live target, in PVP Rake will hit substantially harder than Claw. It also costs 5 less energy.
Also, unless you are putting talent points into the feral tree for this, you are waiting a very long time for that "quick maim", considering the costs for Rake, Claw, and Maim and the fact that without Feral talents you start at 0 energy.
In the grand scheme of things, all the little uses non-Ferals get from Claw all over the game out-weigh removing the ability's combo point generation.
Not really, since as we have stated, there are still Rake and Shred as viable CP building options if you are trying to build CPs.
Actually claw does more damage for casters because it's based on weapon DPS (which is substantial even for a caster) while rake only uses attack power. My balance druid does about 1400 damage with claw and about 140 (initial) damage with rake (level 88 dummy).
There again, Dummy =/= Actual Enemy target w/ Armor.
08/28/2011 03:16 PMThey would probably give cp's on druids/rogues before trying to make a mind spike for energy users.
Posted by Gankage
I would be completely fine with that, but since Rogues have a way to transferring their unused CPs to a different target, and Ferals just get stuck losing them, this is my current solution.
@ Hrothegar : You are trying to make two different arguments work together to prove your point when your two arguments being used are working against each other. You claim that Ferals need a CPG, but when we explain that there are 2 available, you complain of their damage, yet you dismiss the fact that for non-ferals, Balance spells will do more damage. Figure out which argument you are going to use and stick with it, don't try and switch them up to prove your invalid point.