A quick unscientific post on 4T11

So I did finally try out 4T11 for the bonus.

Here is my personal opinion based on feel and watching the meters.

I didn’t like it.

Here are the following setups I tested…

  1. 4T11 (no helm) – Reforging to mastery where possible, then haste where possible, crit when haste and mastery unavailable. – It felt fine but damage looked lower.
  2. 4T11 (no helm) – Reforging to mastery where possible, then crit where possible, haste when crit and mastery unavailable. – I instantly missed the energy from the high haste from a feel standpoint.
  3. 4T11 (no helm) – Reforging to mastery where possible, trying to hit a balance between haste and crit. – Felt better but damage still looked lower.
  4. 2T11 (gloves and pants only) – Reforging to mastery where possible, then haste where possible, crit when haste and mastery unavailable. – It felt fine but damage looked lower.
  5. 2T11 (gloves and pants only) – Reforging to mastery where possible, then crit where possible, haste when crit and mastery unavailable. – I instantly missed the energy from the high haste from a feel standpoint.
  6. 2T11 (gloves and pants only) – Reforging to mastery where possible, trying to hit a balance between haste and crit (basically I do this by not reforging gear unless I can reforge into mastery. This leaves me with some gear with haste and some with crit. Basically if I could get mastery I would give up haste first. If an item has mastery already I just leave the Crit and Haste alone on the item – Felt better than the reforging all haste to either mastery or crit strategy or the reforging all crit to haste or mastery strategy.

To me the 4T11 bonus once you factor in having to maintain it using mangle (x3) and watching something like power aura’s timer (and choosing where to clip it for a refresh which ends up necessary when you sacrifice all your expertise and hit.) just isn’t worth it. It’s a complete hassle and if it provides any gain it is too slim to want to mess with another thing to watch. Maybe if I was hit capped and expertise capped and could risk refreshing in the few seconds before it’s expiration I could see it but when sacrificing those 2 secondary stats I only felt safe refreshing it with around 10 seconds left on the buff.

The best thing to do, as I have said in the past, is try these different configurations for yourself and see how they feel and perform in your particular situation and play style.

IMHO with Firelands this close buy T11 for an offspec before worrying about filling the 4T11 bonus for feral DPS.

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