After finally overcoming my post-patch depressions i logged in my hunter and joined a Zul Gurub raid. Messing with my UI and experimenting with all kinds of stuff.
I noticed that my pet (eaven no point spent in Beastmaster) now is way stronger than before. Having more armor, more HP and doing about double the damage than before.
I experimented a bit with what i can do. Especially with my pet.
At High Priestess Arlokk i tried to tank the panthers at one side with my pet (we had only 2 tanks). It worked actually quite well. I think i lost one single panther until she stealthed the first time.
At Hakkar i sent in my pet after a view sec and it had enough aggro to hold Hakkar after the MainTank was in MindControl.
However, eaven though playing a spare tank with my pet worked better than expected and way better than imaginable before the patch, my pet died without healing.
Unfortunately pet healing got decreased considerably with the patch: The new Skilltrees (Druid in Treeform,...) and other changes lead to setups with healergroups that do crosshealing instead of spreading the healers among the raid. At least more than before the patch. This is a good thing, but most interfaces don't show pets of other groups. And Emergency Monitors that could have shown pets (squishy, etc..) are now only known from history books.
So i ask for more pet support in all your raid addons out there!
I'd like to see the pets in grid, in easyraid, etc.. what raid unitframe addon is out there that supports it?
No RaidStatus Addon takes the pets into calculation!
And why can't i set a pet in the MT list in oRA or any other *RA?
I think i can do a good Job with my pet, as long as i get the necessary support, so please - if you are brushing up your addon, consider adding support for pets too! The feline friends will eventually save your ass somewhen!
SInce I'm a beastmaster now and my dear bear called Kirby (I have him since my hunter was lvl 12 back these days very early 2005) is a real monster. He got 9500 amour, ~8000 hp and around 160 dps full buffed up. I've tanked with him trough MC and in parts of Naxx (Deathknightwing and the famous Faerlina adds.) and it worked like a charm.
The mainproblem was: Our healers and buffers are really pissed of by us BM hunters, because there is NO petsupport in the Bllizzard Interface and in nearly any addon.
The buffproblem with blessings ist the one, but the missing healthbars for raidpets or the missing possibility to set my beloved Kirby as a MT is a real pain for me, my supporters in the raid (Those people who really watched what Blizzard has done to our pets, it's like having a VW Golf 1 before the patch and now we have a Humwee ^^.) and for the other bms (We have 3 at the moment, it's a really good way to get the mob off the offtank and do his job and he can put out is little 2H and do some dmg, well, we have more offtanks than deftanks in our raid. ^^).
It's just a stupid idea, but how about a special addon only for pets to get their health and buffinfos and debuffs etc. Something like oRA2's Player Targets, but only as a way to get these pets on the screen for our healers. ^^
About the poor Party Pet/Raid Pet support in the Secure Frames: What is it that doesn't work?
Are the Frames missing updates or so?
And are there possible workarounds, or is that all blocked due to "security"?
I mean, i would rather have a couple of frames that need polling for updates and have other glitches than have no frames at all.
Not eaven the Blizzard UI properly supports pets. I have no addon that messes with my bars, but when my pet dies in combat, funny things happen to the pet action bar...