Joot! Achieved my first Outland exalted with the Sha’tari Skyguard, and went on to do nothing with it except say “Joot!”. Well, I’m not interested in getting a nether ray epic mount, the tabard is okay as a kind of “Hey, I got friends in high places, god, yeah, pun intended” badge of honour but not as good as my guild tabard. The only item that slightly piqued my interest was the Skyguard Silver Cross which I’ve heard both good and bad things about as far as usefulness goes but, as far as I see it, I’ve had Bladefist’s Breadth since level 62 and, yeah, it’s more my fault than the trinket’s that I don’t use it quite as often as I could. So, 4g from my growing epic mount fund isn’t much to ask to put it to the test in my own time. First impressions, has pushed my critical strike rating back above 25% since changing out of my PvP gear and in a short solo . That’s a good start! I’ll give it a go in an instance and keep the Breadth handy, I suppose.

I mentioned a few days ago about moving six points from the first tier of the Survivalist tree, losing my increased combat range and 3% of extra damage against humanoids, in favour of a 30% increased bonus damage from critical strikes. Well, I’ll be honest, I’m not happy with it. My overall DPS has gone down enough to make me uncomfortable and as for that +30% crit damage? One word: Underwhelming. So with Karazhan coming up next week (we hope), I am proposing a shift from this to something that has a more survival-based side salad.

Sacrifices are a grim fact of life and, you know, I’m going to miss the Improved Hunter’s Mark for the boost it gave kitty and the instance-tank assistance but if it has to go, it has to go. Likewise for Aimed Shot but the potential gains outweigh that loss. The extra 5% of critical strike chance that Lethal Shots affords I think is far too precious to lose, at least at this stage in the game with my current gear. Savage Strikes is one worth putting on probation, I might be only using my double-swing Wing Clip and Raptor Strike macro on the way through people back into range, it’s better to make them hurt, right? Right?

Clever Traps I’ve used before and is very valuable so that’s definitely on the team, similarly Improved Wing Clip has been tested before and gave good enough proc rates to, every so often, allow me to drop a class-suited trap at the feet of my opponent and still get into range. A Snake Trap for a mage? Yup, I’ve learned the hard way on that one a few more times than is noobishly necessary.

So all that remains is the difficult last two points. Is Deterrence worth spending a point on? I’m thinking it could earn its keep against melee classes as I charge in to dispense a Clip. Maybe then the final point popped into the Catlike Reflexes box? See, I’m not sure, and I’m certainly not about to start blowing a great deal of my carefully-gathered Epic Mount money into mucking about with two points, my next respec is probably going to cost me 40g as it is.

I hate decisions like this. /sob.

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