As always, this is still the PTR and things can still change — note how much things have changed back and forth already for this PTR cycle. But alas the latest incarnation of the patch has Blizzard following up on the big blue post and removing Readiness entirely from the hunter arsenol. The idea is they will somewhat compensate hunters by adjusting the mechanics of some defensive abilities, and letting Stampede go back to doing 100% pet damage in PvE only.
Whether this is a good balance isn’t something that can be easily determined — the wholesale removal of Readiness after balancing all hunter specs around it this expansion could have a lot of minor impacts that we won’t realize at first — though certainly the dps loss is the easiest and most noticeable.
Here are the latest changes:
- Readiness has been removed entirely. Weep o ye hunters; weep and despair.
- Deterrence now has a 3 minute cooldown and 2 charges (so you can use it twice in that period)
- Disengage has had its cooldown reduced to 20 sec, down from 25 sec
- Stampede damage is no longer reduced by 75% outside of arenas and rated bgs