Ok. I did have deep wounds initially, but was told that the damage from xtra heroic strikes from battle trance would help more than just a bleed that occasionally comes up that does a percent of my 1 hander. I've heard debates back and forth on this, but am open to try anything. I'll switch it back and see how much changes.
The dps don't generally switch over to my bird too much, but as I understand it they shouldn't need to.
My damage from heroic strike with my first spec wasn't too much, only about 10% overall. Have yet to try this new spec this week but will update as soon as possible.
I use recklessness generally as soon as i'm able to attack the bird and when it comes back off CD I use it right after he eats a worm, and I need to work on coordinating it with shield block + SS. But I do use Shield Block on CD.
Thanks for the advice thus far, I'll update with new info after my raids this week.
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