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Balance 8.1 Changes

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Patch 8.1 is coming and with it Balance will see some changes to our Traits, Stats and Talents which I will go over. Traits and Stats: Mastery increased baseline from 11% to 12%, and Starsurge/Solar Wrath now scale fully at that percentage. Overall buff 4-6%, Mastery should now sim roughly equal to other stats. Great change now Mastery is not a dead stat and gearing becomes basically ilvl over all.
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Cat Chat - 8.1 PTR

in Feral Feral
In this Episode of Cat Chat we look at changes in 8.1 PTR and some brief discussion of yesterday’s Azerite hotfixes. It’s important to note as we do in the video but these changes are datamined, and as such they’re not final. If you have any feedback please submit it on the forums! Datamining can be found here
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Feral Opener Reference

in Feral Feral
General Feral Opener Sequence Note about openers An opener is not a big part of your dps. To most this might be immediately obvious, but a lot of people tend to vastly overrate the importance of a good opener. With that caveat out of the way, here is the current reference opener which we intend to keep up-to-date through the expansion. If you have any ideas about how to improve this opener, feel free to contact me.
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Balance BFA FAQ

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Does ______ trait stack? Yes. The flat damage portions of traits stack like the moonfire increase for potm or streaking. The % chances to proc on others does not. Starlord Optimization? Don’t worry about it too much, just don’t spend astral power with 4 secs left. Optimal Opener: Starting at -2s before pull -> wrath, wrath, dot, dot, wrath to ~40 astral power, CA/Incarn, FoN/FoE/WoE, regular rotation.
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Cat Chat - Emergency Cat Chat

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In this (emergency) Cat Chat Xanzara and Guiltyas discuss the 5 minute old feral hotfixes and their notes for the future. Quick summary: These are not primarily number changes, they don’t intended to buff/nerf us. Its more about gameplay feel. These type of changes would typically occur on PTR or during Betas - it is very rare that Blizzard do these kinds of changes mid-patch via hotfixes. We should probably be grateful that Blizzard is at all willing to make these types of adjustments right now and we look forward to near guranteed “mini-rework” in a future patch.
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Defensive Trinkets

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Tanking trinkets in BFA suck for survivability. That’s fine, you probably shouldn’t be relying on your trinkets to survive anyway. Remember that your main stat is good defensively in this expansion, and take whatever high item level trinkets with your main stat as the base stat that you can. Know what secondary stats are good for your spec, and try to get trinkets with your main primary as a base and main secondary.
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