Just did M+ for the first time this season, and it was devastating. I feel OK in raid at the moment, although if you buy into subcreation.net, ferals are no great shakes in raid either (at the moment ferals are the only spec on F tier in M+ on subcreation, including all dps, healers, and tanks, but are C tier in raid).
Here are my thoughts:
There are three buffs:
- One whose primary benefit is haste…thanks Ray, we ferals <3 haste. I’m not sure why Blizz didn’t pick “highest secondary stat” to equalize the benefit across specs like they’ve tended to do as of late.
- One whose primary benefit is reduced CDs. I think overall this is fine, but it’s going to be just like the tier set, it desyncs us with things we’ve build around (like trinkets and the cool weapon from last raid), so the benefit is bittersweet.
- One whose primary benefit is stealth. Well, that will save on my invis pots at least…oh, wait…
To top it off, the new affix adds a whole lot of aoe, which was never our specialty. In fights where I could at least give the benefit of our single target niche, I now find my initial burst is diffused (yes, I’m nightfae, so convoke loves to moonfire the new runes that somehow fly just far enough away, and invariably for those fights, most dps classes will take the haste buff over other choices. In short, in ST fights which I could justify my existing in the M+ with very strong showings (if not outright dominant) last season, I can’t even keep up this season.
The one thing that may have been to help our position in M+ would be to help mitigate our weak point (aoe). Yet, at the end of PTR, Blizz did an essentially untested 65% reduction in that tier bonus. I can’t think of anything they’ve nerfed that much in one increment. I am actually pleased to see they decided return to incrementalism with this latest buff, but I suspect it will need to be followed up with succeeding changes.
I am aware that it is early days, so I’ll withhold judgement as scaling takes place with new gear and legendaries, but as of now, much of the joy of M+ as of now is substantially diminished this season.