If you weren’t planning on buffing AoE damage you could have just said so.
I honestly laughed when I read this “buff” a slight buff to beast cleave maintenance is not an aoe dps buff.
So it fails to solve
the tier interaction with covenant abilities that aren’t night fae(or necro but there’s also a severe lack of damage therE)
The lack of solid sustained single target damage
the lack of reasonable cleave damage
Empowered cobra shots can cleave
Empowered cobra shots add a DoT
Kill command crits now cleave
Empowered cobra shots makes the next barbed shot apply to multiple targets
any of these would be a measurable boost to aoe, tuneable to not make them outlandish.
Combine that with the easy fix of just reverting the 40% to the accidental 100% of early PTR and the spec is in a solid position.
This is just confusing, especially from the standpoint of “We heard your issues with lack of aoe damage and have responded with a buff that doesnt increase aoe damage”
The increased communication is appreciated, I’m not going to call this a bait and switch but it’s definitely an odd decision by devs, which speaks to a lack of experience with the class.
If you’re looking for QOL changes now there’s still the matter of animal companion nerfing everything from Mikanikos Bronn to our own Murder of Crows damage.