Guys I'm overall new to this game, and even more new to BMs. I've been playing with mine for around 5 days and he's currently lvl 30.
I read A LOT about them in the forums, even gathered information to make it the best way possible, and just when I was feeling confy with my cool bear, everything I knew was flushed with this update.
Eventhough BMs were one of the few classes who got busted by the update, a lot of things changed, now I'm completely lost about everything, stats and skills wise.
Now bear form is gone, the effect its still there but now we remain in human form, this make the class a bit cooler since a lot of people was trying to find a way to not being always a bear. Also with the huge damage boost (I can one-hit regular mobs with a 4k crit brutal strike at lvl 30-.-) having the actual capability of being DPS is now a reality, IMO. I was partying in Sea God temple, and while a same lvl ranger had a threat of 50k, I had a threat of 160k in grizzly form, if we divide that threat by 3, we were almost dealing the same DPS.
I also noticed that the animations in bear form (human looking) are a bit faster, does this make the class a bit better for pvp?
The tankiness was boosted too, now we have more powerful self heals and party heals, also party buffs.
So, in a few words, what do you Bm experienced guys think?, what are the new ways of building bears?, is it viable to make an hybrid that can kill fast as a human and can OT or MT as a grizzly? What skills build do you suggest?
PS: Maybe is a little bug, but I'm taking the same damage in human form and grizzly form, when grizzly is supposed to have 50% defense, is it happening to you too?