Ghostcrawler recently stated that they had not yet fine tuned patch 5.4. Yesterday we got the first of those changes, mostly for the better.
- Arcane Shot has had its damage reduced.
- Aimed Shot, Explosive Shot, and Kill Command have had their damage increased.
- Details here.
The amounts aren’t the important part, necessarily. We likely haven’t seen the last of these small tweaks, so trying to extrapolate rotational or dps differences at this point is still premature. But what IS important is that Blizzard recognizes that Arcane was getting too close to signature shots in overall damage. This is a step in the right direction to make signature shots the overwhelming priority they should be.
One last change that is in this current build:
- Item – Hunter T16 2P Bonus: Aimed Shot, Arcane Shot and Multi-shot reduce the cooldown of Rapid Fire by 8 seconds per cast (down from 9 seconds).
I assume this is just a balancing issue, and shouldn’t be seen as an outright nerf. It still seems like a very interesting, and potentially powerful, set bonus.