I went through normal and nightmare pet spec'd, and I knew that was going to stop being effective at 60, but apparently it stops being effective as soon as you enter hell difficulty. My dogs die like wet paper bags. The gargantuan stays up okay though.
So, I need a new build. This being hardcore spirit vessel is mandatory. I'd also really like to keep jungle fortitude, but if I have to go rush of essence + vision quest I suppose I will.
I'm not high enough level for bears yet (I'm 51), so I'm thinking phantasm. Can you do phantasm without VQ? I hate to dedicate 4 skill slots to spamming cools. I've been thinking about doing this:
I'm not sure if rush of essence alone is enough to make phantasm viable. I guess if I need VQ I could adapt the build to this:
I hate to lose jungle fortitude and splinters, but if I have to I guess I have to. Technically I could keep splinters, but I'm not about to put spirit walk on cooldown just for mana, my get out of jail free card has to be ready when I need it.
Are there other good builds I should consider? What about at 54? What's the standard hardcore bears build look like? I was thinking something like this: