So with Cataclysm looming and an extended maintenance coming tomorrow, I think it's pretty safe to say that 4.0.1 is coming down the pipe sooner rather than later. And I haven't personally gotten a beta invite (nor did I really try - time is tight).
Every class is going through a pretty significant redesign - ArPen is going away, single target DPS is supposedly going to be more important for 5 mans than previously, and talent trees are getting completely redone. I'm hoping this means a renaissance for Arms PVE DPS. I've always loved Arms, and just can't get into Fury. I run with a Fury offspec though (when it's not a 2nd prot spec) because Arms DPS has been so lackluster as we got deeper and deeper into the expansion and it's more fun (for me) to do 10k DPS than it is to do 6k DPS.
Looking at the talent trees for Cataclysm, this build is what I came up with for Arms PVE DPS at 80. I'm sure it's not perfect theorycrafted, but I think overall it's a pretty solid build to start out with.
What is everyone else thinking? Is Blizzard going to finally deliver competitive PVE DPS for Arms? Any thoughts as to the best build(s) for it at 80 and 85? How are tools like Sweeping Strikes and Bladestorm going to play out in a world of neutered AoE tank TPS? Does anyone have experience with Arms on the PTR or Beta that they'd like to share?
Looking forward to your answers (and to the patch).