We’ve received conflicting reports from the PTR on Steady and Cobra Shot cast times. Frostheim claims that our casted shots are “not changing at all” in the present PTR build; however, a thread over at the Arena Junkies forums asserts that cast times have been reduced by .5 seconds. Who is right? Well, according to my tests, the AJ thread is right. See my numbers on Steadies, Cobras and Aimed Shots after the cut.
For this testing I got rid of all sources of Haste (talents, gear, etc.), stripping down to my guild tabard and my gun (which has no Haste on it). I did this on both the PTR and on my live server. This left me with the base cast times for Steadies and Cobras when shooting at target dummies. I imported Quartz over to the PTR so that I could get initial duration reads on the casts. Quartz does not set its displayed cast times by tooltips; rather, its cast times reflect the actual duration of whatever the present cast is. It should therefore be a reasonable initial test of the different claims.
The Quartz cast bar showed a 2 second cast time on Live and a 1.5 second cast time on the PTR. This initial test suggests, then, that the cast times are shorter on the PTR. However, I wanted a backup test to confirm the results.
The next test involved an out-of-game stopwatch and queued series of casts of 12 casts each. If there really were a difference between the PTR and Live, then the PTR cast series should be about six second shorter than the series run on Live. That is, it should take roughly 18 seconds to cast 12 Steadies/Cobras on the PTR as opposed to 24 seconds on Live. I found this to be the case: I got 18-19 second series on the PTR and 25-25 second series on Live.
I performed similar tests with Aimed Shot. I could not run series (obviously), so I just checked Quartz and fired Aimed Shots in pairs. The Quartz cast bars showed 2.9 (Live) verus 2.4 (PTR) second cast times, and the fired pairs showed a difference of six versus five seconds. These findings support a conclusion that hardcast Aimed Shots are half a second shorter in duration on the PTR.
Overall, my tests suggest that the base cast times on Live and the PTR are different: the PTR casts are .5 seconds shorter for Steady, Cobra and Aimed Shots. As always, keep in mind that things on the PTR are suject to change.