Posts Tagged ‘beast mastery’

Ok, ran Heroic Utgarde Keep, again, as to see more of what might have been done to my dps. (Actually I ran it because it was the heroic daily and just so happened to be the exact same heroic I ran the night before and was all excited).

Anywho, my summary:

Yes, my overall DPS has dropped. By around 400 dps. What does this mean? It means that I still can be at the top of the charts, its just not as easy as it was. Pulling over 2000 dps is still easily done, as long as you pay attention to your rotation.

I use Serpent Sting and the Steady Shot glyph so that Steady Shot can proc 10% more damage, and I just tonight added the Arcane Shot glyph as to save even more on mana costs.

Before I ran into Heroic UK, I went and respecced. I basically robbed points from talents that I didn’t really think I needed and threw them into Improved Arcane Shot, as Arcane shot now makes up around 30-40% of my rotation damage. The way I worked it, I still have Aimed Shot, which I like having as its instant cast, aids my other shots, and ruins the target’s healing. Plus its only one point! What a steal. Anyways, so I respecced. I even got Frejya the Rabid ability in  her tree, which I had avoided previously for reasons I cannot begin to fathom.

Against Ingvar the Plunderer Punk:


Easy peasy. In the words of Pike: “Beast Mastery is not dead, my friends.

A quick call out to you all as well, hunter or not, how has the patch effected you? I’ve been noticing a lot of hunters are split on the issue, and my buddy over at Blogger (80 Elite) seems to have not seen much change for his spec in DK. What about the rest of you? (more…)


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Know your role!

Since my first days running ZF in Tanaris, back before I went to counseling and became a reformed huntard (I used to wear shammy gear and thought professions made no sense), I’ve found that my roles while always the same in an instance, have shifted from instance to instance as well. As a hunter, I’m always the “Heavy Sustained DPS” guy, but versatility is key to any survival situation, and my roles have found themselves shifting.

Most recently, I’ve found my roles being thrown for a loop in the Heroic Dungeons in Northrend.

Aside from DPS, my basic role, assigned by myself, and usually accepted graciously by the target, is “Protect the Healer.” Before Northrend, back when Furyen the Resto Druid of Doom was our healer, this consisted of some form of crowd control, usually a Freezing Trap, that he’d stand on and if any one mob broke off, BAM, instant karma. Of course, I was also a Survival Specced hunter back then, priding myself on my ability (thanks to Readiness being in the Survival tree as well as being an engineer with a Net-O-Matic Projector and having Wryven Sting) to crowd control 7 mobs at least. I was an angel of CC. Ahh…bask in the glory of former days past…


Anywho, the patch 3.0.2 came out. Easily this patch could be called the “Hunters Get Awesomer” Patch, leading to the respec’s and moving Readiness to the Marksman tree. Yeah, to say the least, I got bummed. I started reading up, found Bigredkitty, and he sold me on being a Beast Mastery Hunter, and I’m proud of the choice (it was always trapping or my pet, they took away my ability to CC 7 trash at once, so Pet became priority). Along with said patch, came Wrath, about a month later, and with it, dungeons of crazy mechanics. (As well as the Resto Druid Zaralin coming into her own).

So we run into Caverns of Time, and there are thousands of dead guys. Everywhere. I can’t use a freezing trap to protect the healer. What do I do? I panic. Yeah, they are just little guys, but they are hitting my healer, and I can’t freeze them. So I cover my eyes with one hand, reach into my bag and grab the first thing I touch. An explosive trap.

To my shock and surprise, it works, killing all the little guys, but it even goes as for to go one better. If my tank lost any aggro, and the healer managed to pick it up, they’d run at her (Poor Zaralin) and they would roar and slobber and get almost to her when an explosive trap would catch them in the face. They would then stop…freak out even more, and redirect their attentions towards me. While yes, I’m only a mail wearer, and stamina has never been my strong suit, I do have a ton more armor than Zaralin, silly resto druid. So, I’ll either throw on Misdirect or kite the jerk back to the tank. I’ve never been happier with the results. (as a sidenote in reference to patch 3.0.2, with the changes being made in the PTR to Deterrence now being able to parry and dodge 100% of attacks for a limited amount of time, how much stamina you have will matter little when conducting this maneuver)

As a result of this, I’ve come to start using explosive trap in such a manner on many occasions that involve multiple mobs that might swarm the healer. Yeah, I might pull way too much down on myself, but it saves the healer long enough for the tank to pick back up aggro.

What can I say? If you ain’t got healz, you ain’t got win.

Another example of a role shift comes in the form of Drak’Tharon Keep. This one makes me almost cry and rejoice at the same time. This role makes my job of protecting the healer impossible, but not fulfilling this role means healer dies. The role is to collect the baddies that come running down the stairs to help the big ole troll boss. You know the ones, they get there, die easily and then explode, killing everyone. Well, my newest role has been to set traps and volley the stairs in between blasting the big troll punk. I consider it a new role, because it involves me protecting the whole group and trying to shoot the boss at the same time. What can I say? I’m talented.

What I guess that I’m trying to say is that Wrath, obviously, changed game play by altering the repetitive role and making the situations more detrimental to how you’ll play your character. I love my new roles, they involve more concentration and thinking outside of the box, and at the same time, they haven’t changed. I still, protect my healer and I still put out insane amounts of Sustainable DPS.

Time for another Call out! How has your role changed since you’ve installed Wrath? Other than something as simple as “I changed specs.” I’d love to hear stories about how you were running into an instance to dps, but now you’re all about picking flowers or something like that. Or maybe how you’ve specced for a specific resistance type. There is a ton of frost gear out there now. Send me an email at davlinrocks at yahoo.com

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