I’ve noticed somewhat of a lack of information out there regarding Beast Mastery. Not many people talk about it and it’s often dismissed since Marksmanship is the raiding spec of choice for the majority of Hunters. Personally, it’s all I’ve really been playing in Legion, so I thought it would be worthwhile to answer some of the most common questions people have about the spec in regards to PvE content. If I miss anything, ask in the comments and I’ll either answer there or add it to the FAQ if necessary. Most of this info is also covered in my Wowhead BM guide, but some may prefer it in this format instead.
At the bottom you’ll also find a guide for how to sim your own personal stat weights (which is always a lot better than using weights you find elsewhere).
This FAQ will be kept up to date as new patches and hotfixes are released.
Last Updated: January 18, 2017 — Some adjustments to talent recommendations
Beast Mastery remains as my favorite spec. It might not pull off the single target numbers of Survival, but it’s pretty darn close. It also has Beast Cleave, the most badass AoE in the game (especially with that new claw effect it received in 6.0). And most importantly, I just enjoy playing it more than the other specs. Recently there were a couple of hotfix buffs to stats which gave a decent little bump to Beast Mastery, though not as big as I was hoping.
- Mastery: Master of Beasts’ effects have been increased by 12.5%.
- The Haste stat is now 11.1% more effective. For example, characters at level 100 now receive a 1% increase per 90 Haste (up from 1% per 100 Haste).
Combined, these buffs only result in a 2-3% overall damage increase for BM (perhaps slightly more for AoE damage).
Prior to this, Multistrike was (barely) the best performing stat for BM in single target, but now it is Mastery. The question is, should you bother swapping your enchants from Multistrike to Mastery?
Jan 14: This article has received some updates due to hotfixes. Updates are in red.
Multistrike is good. Really good. You should probably enchant all of your gear and gem with nothing but multistrike for the time being. The one exception would be if you exclusively play Marksmanship. In that case, I’d probably still stick with crit — at least until your buffed crit is above 40%. After 40% (43% technically) its value starts to diminish because the extra crit is wasted during Careful Aim.
Anyway, back to multistrike. Even if one of your specs is MM, I’d still enchant with multistrike if you equally play another spec along with it because multistrike is no slouch for MM either.
For Beast Mastery, it’s not light years above the other stats. However, it’s usually at the top, or at least tied for the top (will vary slightly based on your gear). Update 1/14: With the recent hotfix to the value of BM Mastery, the Mastery stat is now the top stat for BM. However, Multistrike is still good and not too far behind. As someone who plays both BM and SV, I won’t be switching my enchants away from Multistrike at this time. Multistrike’s true value is unleashed with Survival. With my gear currently, 1 point of multistrike has nearly the same value as 3 points of haste. Wait… what?