They say the first step is to admit you have a problem.

Yes, I have to come clean. I am a FeralByNight addict.

Now before you banish me to the land of feral posers let me explain why I just can’t stop using this addon.

I absolutely love the fact that there is some mathematical formula that lets me know when to FB and when to not.

Yes, it is simple as that folks.

For those that don’t know what the addon FeralByNight is, it uses some underlying math on feral DPS mechanics that makes suggestions of what your next attack should be in your DPS rotation. You can find it’s homepage HERE.

Some would consider an addon like this cheating, or facerolling, or whatever the kids are calling it these days but I am here to tell you it just doesn’t work that way.

If berserk is available it constantly spams in your face to use berserk. We all know there are right times to pop berserk and wrong times and the addon can’t tell this to you.

On the same note we know to maximize DPS there are times where getting a rip or rake in early, or an FB late eeks you out a little more damage.

Bottom line FeralByNight is showing you what you should do next in a completely stationary fight such as Patchwerk in Naxx. (XT is a similar situation but I find myself getting away from the MT when I get bombed so it’s not completely stationary.)

What FeralByNight does do for me is keep track of when my rake and rip need to be reapplied, when my savage roar needs to be replenished, and when I get a clearcasting proc. Of course there are other addons that can give you this information as well but the fact that FeralByNight helps me decide when to use FB in my rotation edges out the other addons. It also lets me know when it is a good time to use Tigers Fury, but honestly I never had any trouble knowing that and I am not sure it even recommends it at the right time usually since a lot of other factors can come into play that mess up the recommendation.

One thing you will have to get used to when using the addon is that depending on your latency, lag, and reaction times what is recommend can change before you get to that next keypress which is just another reason why I use it just to keep track of things for me more than a faceroll hit whatever comes up in the middle of the screen.

Granted if you are some machine and can stay still and keypress as fast as the addon can compute the math it probably will give you the best DPS imaginable but I just don’t see using it that way as realistic since there is just too much other stuff going on in boss fights to just watch the addon and press the corresponding keys.

6 Responses to They say the first step is to admit you have a problem.

  • Bar says:

    Hello jacemora, my name’s Bar and I also have a feralbynight problem. You are not alone.

    I also don’t live and die by what it tells me to do though as it doesn’t include in it’s math all of the situational factors like boss novas or fly aways, etc. where it may be better to clip a savage roar than FB, or let SR fall off for 1 tick in order to refresh 5cp rip just before I have to run away from the boss. Best part for me is that it allows me to see in BIG icons what is falling off rather than look down to small icons that distract me from things like standing in fire… Honestly it saves me from ‘standing in fire’ deaths so much cause I don’t have to focus on combo point bars or buff/debuff timers. After installing this mod I went from MT most of the time, to the rl trying to find even pug tanks over losing his top dps

  • Lennie says:

    I got hooked on face smasher on my Dk and found face mauler for my druid :)

  • Jacemora says:

    @Bar

    Enjoy it while you can before the next kitty nerf in 3.2.

    @Lennie

    I use face smasher on my DK because I have no clue how to play one. My DPS using it isn’t great most likely because it has the same limitations of FBN. I would bet if I learned the DK class I would do better but with how little I play him there really is no point in it. Using the addon was better than nothing though and I am sure it helps when I kill the random mob in front of my ore.

  • Vallen says:

    I don’t use the addon nor do I plan on it. Just a personal preference.

  • Jacemora says:

    @Vallen

    I was a little skeptical myself at first considering I don’t even like using macros and I keybind very few abilities but I found it really was the best visual tool for knowing where I am in my rotations.

    If I see it suggest a rake I know it is down and even though after running away from a boss and I come back and it suggests something else I remember that rake is still down and needs to get back on.

    I just prefer it over BadKitty which is what I was using before and Chronometer before that.

  • Oak says:

    I am not a fan of facerolling. I will admitt I would find it much harder to keep my rotation going without any addons however. I use Auracle and Cooldown Buttons with OmniCC as well as Energy monitor. I guess its a matter of preference and pride :P

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