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I'm looking over some of the changes to Demon Hunters in 7.1.5. I understand why everyone is concerned but I don't see people talking about the potential in these changes. Given some of the Nighthold drops (Metamorphosis cooldown reduced with auto attacks) and the new legendary shoulders (Metamorphosis cooldown reduced with fury spent) as well as the changes to our skillset, it feels like we're being set up for max uptime Metamorphosis builds. The irony, is that it would make the changes to Demon Blades make a lot of sense. Effectively, it may give Demon Hunters an even more reactive way to play the class. A couple of things I'm looking at here...

Blind Fury: Eye Beam Generates 35 fury every second and it's duration is increased by 50%.

paired with...

Demonic: Eye Beam causes you to enter Demon form for 8 seconds after it finishes. 

While the soul of these abilities hasn't changed, their effectiveness can now be considered. This would give us an on demand Demon form with enough fury to last the entire 8 seconds. After which, we could manually enter Demon form and begin a rotation. If you open with Meta, go into rotation and exit meta with an eye beam, you could feasibly reset the cooldown on Meta within a few rotations. I don't know if Demon Reborn (Invoking Metamorphosis resets eye beam etc...) plays into this style at all but I will be doing some major testing when the patch drops. 


I'm sure I haven't been the first to consider this, but I'm not seeing a lot of discussion on the topic right now. As of this moment, the playstyle does not exist. Whether or not it will in the upcoming patch remains to be seen. But I believe this is the first time it can be truly considered. Demon Hunters were made to release the beast within. It would make sense if Blizzard wanted to tailor gameplay towards that philosophy.


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Hi, I actually have a thread up on mmo champ with the current most optimal build, in case you wondered, I tested the demonic build as well (got some ss) and it seems like it does roughly 50k less dps then the felblade build popular on the ptr atm. Not only that but it bursts really badly, about 500k+ less depending on rng.


Demon reborn has no effect on this however demonic appetite does, since the soul fragments it drops reduces your eye beam by 5 seconds. Also using unleashed power instead of master of the glaive gives you free stun that could give you even more fragments to reduce the cooldown. 

Disclaimer: unlike what the tooltip suggests, you don't HAVE to stun the target to get a soul fragment, even if It's immune it'll have a 30% chance to drop on, which can then be used to reduce the cooldown of your eye beam.

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