I touched briefly on all the bosses in previous posts; once in our normal mode clear of the boss and once again in my discussion of the three specializations. In both, I heavily insinuated Survival was the best choice for Jikun. For the most part, I stand by that comment.
However, I've been spoken to a lot about Marksmanship on this fight and I'd like to share some more specific experience using MM for Jikun. As such, I've gone into my stream and highlighted a video segment from this weeks raid. It's also just a good fight to be thinking about, since it's coming up quickly for heroic content. Though maybe 4AM isn't the best time for me to be doing so? Ehh.
First of all: Jikun was changed slightly since my posts. Previously, in order to get Primal Nutriment, you had to pick it up from the yellow globules. Not just that, you had to pick it up from the front tip of the yellow globules. The changes have since made it incredibly easier to get the primal nutriment buff. Now all you have to do is touch any globule - and some of the trail residue works just as well. Basically, if you're anywhere in the vicinity of Jikuns mouth / falling globules, you're going to get your buff.
This is absolutely excellent news because it makes maintaining this buff easier, lines up with timing better and allows you to benefit your damage while preventing a green pool from landing on the platform (just watch your damage intake). You want to grab this as much as possible while ensuring you have enough flights to hit all your nests. I tried to make sure I was able to have my primal nutriment buff before I had to go to my lower platform to benefit my AoE burst as much as possible.
This also has excellent potential for AoE clean up of loose juveniles in the air. You can pop your wings before a Feed cast, grab your primal nutriment, then use the rest of your air time AoEing extra birds in the sky. Hopefully you don't have a lot of loose juveniles, though!
You'll notice in this video that I lag behind on my first nest. You'll also notice that the Feed timer on my Big Wigs is coming up. My waiting was definitely on purpose, because I knew those few extra seconds of down time was going to have a big payload as soon as I grabbed a nutriment from the air. Go too soon and you miss out. Watch out for other casts, though: if Jikun is about to do Quills or Downdraft, the Feed cast will be delayed.
You can also use your wings to escape from being blown off by Downdraft, which is very useful for LFR.
My performance in this video as Marksman was higher than most people have been seeing as Survival, and since I usually don't rank as survival (usually float around 90-105% of the rank limit for this spec, alas), I gathered this meant I did particularly well and someone could potentially learn something new about timing that would help them.
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