Aspect of the (Dragon)Hawk and Its Consequences
You have learned a new spell: Aspect of the Dragonhawk (Rank 1).
Wait, what? Did my attack power bonus seriously just go up by 75 from Aspect of the Hawk (Rank 8)?
This new spell essentially make Aspect of the Hawk obsolete beginning level 74. Any enhancement to this spell will apply to Aspect of the Dragonhawk.
To better display this boost in attack power bonus, I’ve provided this graphical analysis:
You will notice the linear increase during each expansion, but with each expansion, the linear progression increases by more than two-fold. This has been somewhat reflective of the combat rating system when you take a look at the stats for Wrath of the Lich King. (296 is the new hit cap? What!)
But what’s the impact of this?
At level 73, I am upwards of more than 2800 RAP when Aspect of the Hawk and Trueshot Aura are on. Now, at level 74, I’m reaching that 3000 mark. I honestly will not be surprised if end-game hunters in Wrath can see 4000 RAP fully buffed.
This kind of progression can become detrimental. As the curve becomes steeper and steeper, the combat rating system becomes too cumbersome to maintain. It becomes a true inflation, and gear in future expansions will provide ungodly high numbers for Agility, Stamina, etc. The statistical gap between levels, say, 89 and 90 will be so large that players may not be able to keep up.
Leveling actually becomes more difficult because the difference in future ranks of the Aspect matters, and the wait to train the new rank will be a hindrance.
So what’s the takeaway of this?
Aspect of the Dragonhawk and its 230/300 attack power bonus are surely something to see, but if you’re ever caught without it on, the penalty to your DPS output can be very high. Players will have to be more aware of what Aspect they have active (Dragonhawk or Viper).