I’m not gonna lie, at first I didn’t think the lack of pet changes on Thursday would bug me so much. After all, GB just said they were looking into pets, they never guaranteed we would have changes this week. Fine, my fault for getting ahead of myself. I thought I could wait.
But I find myself increasingly livid that we didn’t get anything this week. If they needed a week for the dust to settle, then why didn’t they just release our buffs on 4/9? Why is that there is a 2 week delay between the end of the IB buffs and our (only possibly) buffs? It just doesn’t make sense to me that they would release a hotfix with no changes for FL4K when they said they were looking into him, especially when there is only 2 weeks left in the month for Mayhem 2.0. I wish I could write this off as paranoia, but I don’t think they have any buffs ready for pets. I can’t help but feel that we’re going to get some untested tacked on buffs that’ll bring pets up for M4, but won’t matter at all past that.
I’m starting to feel extremely afraid that they’re going to do the same thing they did in November when they buffed pets up to M3, but left them completely impotent for M4. After the Tr4iner COM I can’t feel entirely confident that GB has a handle on what the problems we have with pets are. We just want damage and survivability for our pets: not enough for them to room clear like DT did, but enough damage for them to handle enemies on their own and not die if left alone for a second. And we want this to be available to us at the endgame max difficulty, not 3 levels below that. I don’t expect my pet to solo Valkyries, but when I get to the bridge my pet should be able to help me thin out those mobs.
I want so terribly to be proven wrong. I’d love to just stick my foot in my mouth and look like a fool once GB releases the hotfix notes on Thursday. Yet with what we’ve received for pets so far, and all that still needs to be done, I can’t help but feel apprehensive. It’s been 7 months since release, and I don’t think I can wait any longer for the Beastermaster to have an endgame viable pet build.