The Mangle debuff now lasts 60 seconds as of patch 3.3.3.
At first this really bothered me. I’ve always been proud of the fact that I have the toughest “rotation” in the game and this seemed like it was dumbing it down.
The more I thought about it, the more I realized this was a change for PVP purposes. Generally in PVP you don’t have time to get a tight rotation in, so this if probably a huge buff in there. It still felt a little weird, but I kinda grokked why at least.
And on the scale of making kitty dps easier, I guess this was only a minor buff. (Actually the way it can tighten up the constant juggling act can be a pretty signifigant DPS buff though.) And then I thought about how I loved when I’d end up with a bear tank or an arms warrior and wouldn’t have to worry about that.
So since there are ways to avoid applying it in the first place and there’s a pretty good reason for it, I guess I won’t let it bother me /too/ much. Part of this is, this is the first real change I’ve seen to ferals since I first dinged 80, I kinda thought Blizz was happy where ferals are and we could remain untinkered with until the coming of the Cataclysm.
I can’t find the post now, but I did have to chuckle at something I read in the forums to the extent of, “Feral Druids are weird. They’re the only class/spec I know that complains when they recieve a buff.” And you know, he’s right. I think that says something about kitties in general, we play the class because we enjoy the challenge. (Just to lump all kitty druids together in one fell swoop there. 😉 ) Make it too easy and ~shrug~ what’s the point.
What do ya’ll think about the change to Mangle or the challenges of being a kitty?