Here are my baseline DPS test results for BM vs MM from a test that I did two weekends ago. The key word of that sentence is “my” results. My results are based on me; my gear at the time (4 pcs of T9 i232s), my talent trees, my rotations, etc. Again, it’s important to note that these results are only good for me and shouldn’t be taken as fact.
In order to get a baseline DPS measure, I followed the guidelines over at WHU which meant:
- Heroic test dummy – standing still and shooting.
- No trinkets used
- No bestial wrath
- No rapid fire
- No buffs of any kind except Aspect of the Dragonhawk
- DPS until mana runs out and it’s at that point that I recorded my DPS.
- Same pet used for both specs – Shakti, my lv 80 cat.
- Unfortunately, Call of the Wild was not turned off and definitely could have altered the results during some tests.
- I am also too cheap to glyph myself for a test so the MM spec was tested glyph-less while the BM spec was glyphed.
Warning: boring graph ahead!
The Results: A difference between the 2 for me: 108 DPS or less than 4%. Really nothing to get too excited about. Sure with raid buffs the difference would probably be bigger but no where near the 20% difference hype.
I’m not switching my primary spec to MM or anything but I will admit that I find it interesting to try something different with my main. It helps make those heroic dungeons that I’ve run so many times interesting again. I’m excited about the potential of changing my spec based on the raid composition.
Before I can actually count on it as a reliable alternative, I need more practice with the MM rotation. I need to learn the keybindings better so that it’s less of a free for all, buttons gone wild party. In a fight where movement was required, I’m sure that my BM dps would beat my MM dps. I also need to adjust my action bars so that the same spells are in the same place for both specs. I’ve come too close to pulling a group before the tank instead of placing a hunter’s mark on the skull target. And I better get some MM’s appropriate glyphs while I’m at it.
Another unexpected positive from this whole experience is having a Wolf to serve as my pet for MM because he’s not just any wolf. I can’t stand the horrible underbite and overbite fangs that the Northrend wolves have. I find them horrible to look at. Instead, I opted for a oldfashioned model. Wolfsy was the plainstalker I tamed in Mulgore, at level 10 or so, as part of the hunter taming questline. He’s always had a special place in my heart but somewhere along my travels, I freed him. Wolfsy is back with me now, with a new frost covered white coat of fur thanks to Northrend. Honestly, it brings me joy to have him by my side again. Maybe it’s just me but just because I’m not a full-time Beast Master Hunter, it doesn’t mean that my pet is not important.
So I hereby relinquish my claim on the name “Sellout” to those who may be interested!