As you guys probably know, we have a new pet talent replacing avoidance. Now that a 90% AOE reduction is baked into pets, culling the herd was replaced in the talent tree exactly where avoidance was. It provides a 3% damage done boose to you and your pet every time it procs, and procs from pet crits on their focus dump ability (claw, bite, or smack).
First, what is it’s uptime? Because this scales with pet crit, raid buffs play a part in this. On a target dummy, I measured a fairly low uptime, however I’ve seen raid parses with 70%-80% uptime. That’s a pretty nice buff.
Second, what will this change? Mainly, you want to make sure that your pet is never focus starved. If you skipped that single point in go for the throat because you felt you had a better use for it, you might want to reconsider your options now that focus dumps contribute to the uptime on this thing. This also slightly increases the DPS we can get from crit, as our crits give our pet focus.
Lastly- while this is much more of an upgrade for BM hunters, I still haven’t seen any compelling evidence that BM has caught up with marks and survival. At least not yet. I suspect this might happen at later levels of ICC gear, but if you really like BM, the gap between theoretical top DPS has never been narrower. At least not since they nerfed scorpids and steady shot ;)