I’ve just crafted Rylakstalkers after theory crafting with it for a while now. I’ve been using SFE and it’s gotten me through HC CN and we’re now 2/10M and I’m sitting around 211-212 ilvl, everything I’ve heard is that Rylakstalkers is meant to scale better at some point in the expansion than SFE before any buffs/nerfs to legendaries are considered. I’m not going to talk too much about how annoying SFE is to actually use as that’s been mentioned plenty but more talk about a possible viable alternative to it.
I don’t want to have to reroll as MM and learn a new spec if possible but although my parses are usually good and my dps is consistent I’m just starting to be outscaled by MM hunters in my guild by a pretty big margin.
The top MM hunters are hitting 7.1-7.2k dps whilst BM is only 5.6-5.8k according to warcraftlogs. This margin in difference is also echoed in my own guild as I’m the only BM hunter currently but I feel pressured into learning MM the further we get into Mythic progression.
The reason I picked this fight to discuss is because Hungering Destroyer is a ST boss and in theory the ability to dps constantly throughout all mechanics(apart from Consume) should in theory highlight the strengths of BM compared to MM.
Sims with my SFE gear set reach around 5.1k whilst my Rlyakstalkers gear set reaches only just short of 4.9k.
At first glance it might look like the 2 sims are comparable when you consider the theoretical vs actual dps for someone of my level but I’m assuming I might not be reaching some sort of breakpoint to make better use of it.
This led me to consider whether changing covenants to Kyrian would be a possibility, the only mention I could find of there being any reason to consider Kyrian over Night Fae is a very brief mention on WoWhead:
The closest thing to a legendary interaction that Beast Mastery Hunters get is if you consider the extra crit damage from Rylakstalker’s Piercing Fangs as an interaction with the crit chance provided by Resonating Arrow. However, this is not enough to make it better than Soulforge Embers. Really there are no meaningful legendary interactions and your BiS will not change.
From other places I’ve been reading, the 2 covenants are comparable when Single Target dps is concerned but both SFE and Night Fae edge out when more targets are concerned. Whilst about half the bosses in CN are almost completely ST, the others are more AoE heavy depending on what difficulty you do them on. Which leads me to ask whether or not Kyrian+Rylakstalkers could somehow ever be able to beat NF and SFE in their current state.
I’ve currently spent a lot of anima into the Night Fae covenant sanctum and wouldn’t really want to switch without some more opinions being considered. I’ve not met another hunter that wasn’t Night Fae and the logs seem to suggest something similar but I was hoping someone would be able to comment on whether it was worth making the switch now, considering mythic progression, to either Rylakstalkers over SFE for ST fights or Kyrian or both and what Kyrian performance was like for AoE compared to Night Fae.
Looking forward to any replies on this as I can’t find anyone really talking about any of this in detail.
(I would’ve liked to post links to logs/sims but I’m unable to )