So I’m slowly catching up with the pet news from beta build 8962 (which I barely got to see) and 8970 (which I missed entirely).
There are a lot of exciting and interesting changes, no doubt.
But my favorite change by far? No more pets with inferior caster stats!
The beasts that used to have caster stats still have a mana bar in the wild, and they will use it to cast spells at you when they attack. But once you tame these beasts, all of their stats become exactly the same as a regular pet of the same level.
I can’t tell you how happy I am to see the end of caster stats. Not only does this simplify the Petopia database, but it opens up a whole bunch of pet appearances that were previously only available if you wanted to deal with the considerable downside of casters.
(A number of people mentioned this in comments or e-mail, but I want to thank Valashe of Cenarion Circle especially. This orc hunter sent me 15 screenshots of various ex-casters and their normal counterparts illustrating the changes, and saved me countless hours of tedious work. Thanks, Valashe!)