Ok, so I saw some people on youtube discussing about feral druids pooling enery as bears, since we are pretty much energy starved quite easily.
I haven't really pvped on my druid since the new patch came out, still I decided to run some tests on this matter, I am using the same gear from the end of the expansion, so mainly I am gemming agi, agi/mastery and pvp power, all reforges to mastery after hit cap. There may be better gemming/reforging nowadays.
What is bear form energy pooling?
Well, pretty simple, you keep on cat form until you consume all your energy, them, instead of waiting in cat form for energy you shift to bear and use bear abilities for a few seconds and then go back to cat when you are full (or near to full) energy bar.
If you execute the rotarion well you can mangle/maul + thrash + maul and get to cat with a near to full energy bar.
Things my tests indicate:
- You do the same damage with bleeds on cat or bear.
- Assuming you are without energy, you are mainly doing the auto attack damage, which, with my gear is 6335 (I tested by attacking a dummy for one minute, I used glyph of savage roar to keep it up all the time with no combo points).
- For a base compare, bear auto attack damage is 2635.
- Magle crits the dummy for 25k, Maul for 9.7k.
Testing on the dummy I got pretty close results doing pure cat vs cat/bear (but I am no where near perfection with the new priority rotation, and I would miss the pooling a lot on).
The main thing I noticed is that it is VERY hard to keep bleeds/savage roar up doing this, it was the first time I tried, so it probably get a lot easier as you keep testing.
Anyone been trying this? Someone with better latency or that is more used may post more precise results.
Those results doesn't include burst moments (I did used tiger's fury + eng glove, but didn't use incarnation, zerk or trinket).