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First of all, you hear it here, and I heard it from Eresin, and she heard it from MMO Champion and they heard it from Ghostcrawler who heard it from some magical fairy of awesomeness…

The need for stables is gone.
WOOT!

Hunter’s rejoice.

I’m happy.

In other news::

Blogger (80 Elite), AKA Nexultor my cohost on the podcast, I encourage you all to read his blog. He’s got some nice pointers he makes about DK’s, Druids, BM hunters, and Shammies (/sigh….shammies…again).

Check it out

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*Runs in circles yelling “Woop woop woop woop!”

THE PATCH 3.0.8 IS HERE. Ladies and gentlemen, I can’t wait to start playing around with it. I’m so excited. Its like a new toy!

But Dav, You’re a hunter, you should be upset!

Forget that! I’ve discussed this patch and my confusions towards it before. Its a nerf, but barely noticable, and we kind of needed it.  Not to mention that they’re lowering of the mana cost for arcane shot makes life all happy by giving us Beast Mastery hunters a shot rotation. Ask anyone I play with “There’s Dav, Spamming Steady Shot again…” No more! Now I do other things. In all fairness, my tree has been worked with a 54/17 build to give me Aimed Shot as well (Its an instant cast, meaning I can cast it while rocket booting away, or jumping when fighting that Nexus punk dragon who casts that freezing Debuff). But I’m working on a huge post to explain my choices in my spec for later.

Plus engineering’s getting a bunch of great stuff. So all in all, Dav’s happy. And no one knows how to put a great spin on a hunter nerf quite like Pyke.

Besides, with a hunter nerf, maybe we’ll see the return of CC? Just a thought.

Yay Happy Dav Dance!

 Totally snaked this pic from Blogger (80 Elite)!

Anywho! Yay patch. Full notes are after the cut.

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Hey all, here’s a guest blog post from that goof over at Blogger (80 Elite). Enjoy!

Hey Davlin. I read your latest post on the role one played vs. the role one plays now and I wanted to put my own two cents in.

As I play on multiple characters, I feel it is only worthy to mention both of them. Kateff; a level 72 Hunter and Furyen; a level 72 Druid.  Before patch 3.0.2 Kateff’s role was DPS/CC. With Classic content, I found that Kateff would be used as a light CC and high DPS. Classic Dungeons contained many 4-5 sized mobs and just to make things a little easier on everyone, a Freezing Trap was laid down and I wold end up pulling the baddie to me and shwaan. Frozen baddie.  The major thing I as Kateff did in Classic WoW was to actually pull mobs to the party. As a ranged DPS that did lower damage (lower damage = lower aggro) it was the hunter that pulled that hard to get to mob not the mage.  As alliance, shamans did not exist as of yet and 90% of priests were spec’d holy. When it came to Druids back then….they were pretty secluded. Guess most were still sleeping the Emerald Dream. SO, as there was actual popularity for Hunters back then, they were wanted all the time. As Burning Crusade came out though, the huntard initiative was created. Hunters popularity dropped like a bag of dead murlocs…  It was the mage that became the preferred ranged DPSer and it came to be that the Warrior pull rose to almost full activity. Do not get me wrong here, Hunters didn’t just disappear.  They were still used as CCers and DPSers. But their main role was to do some CCing. Nothing beats a Freezing trap for 27 sec if specd Survival. Readiness was fantastic as you could continuously trap two baddies or forever trap one baddie.  Or as Davlin has stated, if you were an engineer you “could” trap around 6 maybe 7 mobs if you knew how to correctly. As it stood, Kateff had no engineering, and could trap two baddies, wryven sting another, and kite a fourth. That is four baddies out of the fight for crucial seconds. When patch 3.0.2 came out, Kateff switched to Beast Mastery due to the trees being switched and plundered. As a beginning Beast Master, Kateff looked forward to the prospect of new pets and abilities. It was time to get back to the hunter’s roots as a DPS pet handler. And it was in WotlK that Kateff was able to do this. In WotlK, the role of the hunter has yet again changed. They are their as a main DPS…yes a MAIN DPS.  Even though they are getting nerfed soon, hunters are high damage dealers now with a 6th party member to assist in the blood letting. As I have not ran too much with Kateff in Northrend my analysis ends here.

Furyen was a Restoration Druid throughout Classic and Burning Crusade. As of WotlK, he has specd to Balance to level faster.  When he reaches 80 or close to it, he will regain his tree form as I have noticed Druid healers being a HUGE favorite here in Northrend.  Classic WoW it was Priests, Burning Crusade it was Priest and Paladins, Wotlk I see the Druid. Once ridiculed for main healing, the druid (in capable hands) can heal just as effectively as any other healer. In BC, druids were used a lot just for their Battle Rez. A demoralizing and ridiculing position to fill, but as demand calls supply must answer.  Now that Entangling Roots can be cast inside, Druids can be an effective CCer also. Along with hibernate for beasts and dragon. Effective but not highly wanted.

I know I wrote tons more for Kateff than Furyen, but as I had played Kateff for longer I had more to say. Furyen was always a healer and always will be in heart. He is just taking a breather to laser beam his enemies to death.

Have a good one Davlin. May the hunt be prosperous for you.
Kateff, Furyen, Nexultor

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Ok all, I thought I’d try to do a helpful post about important numbers that we should all be trying to reach for. So here goes. I’ve got a bunch of “this and that” caps. The numbers you should reach in order to max yourself out and if you go over them, its completely uselessness of doom. Or maybe more like uselessnesss of mediocrity. I don’t know.

Anywho: numbers.

Hit Cap! Been there, done that, there was a big post about it. Here’s the numbers again. These numbers work for everyone!

At level 60, you have a 90 hit cap. At level 70 you have a 142 hit cap. and at level 80 you have a 294 hit cap.

As in most things though, these are the max useful ratings for hit. You don’t always need max. When it comes to hit, I’m content with anywhere between 240 and 290. At my current rating of 222, I’ve got a miss chance of 2.2%. Yup, every 50 swings, I miss once. Whoopty-freakin-do0. I’m content at my current hit rating, so now I pour my efforts into leveling other things.

Hey you tanker tanks, here’s some numbers for you. DEFENSE CAP. At 60 you need 440 (210 defensse rating), at 70 you need 490 (330 Defense rating) and at 80 you need a whopping 540 (687 defense rating)! Good luck all you tanking fools.

Ok, now for the one that took me, literally, hours to figure out (ask Blogger (80 Elite)). Spell hit cap.

It took me forever because I just don’t understand it. I’m a hunter. I’m hit rating and attack power mixed with agility and more attack power. So here goes a very lost and weary explanation, don’t hate me if  I mess it up, just explain it, or better yet, write a long, very drawn out explanation and email it to me at davlinrocks (at) yahoo (dot) com. I’d love to have a guest blogger who knows a ton about this subject.

Dav’s attempt at explaining hit cap.

For every 26.23 of spell hit that you get, it gives you 1% spell hit at 80. And you need 17% spell hit rating to get the spell hit cap. This means that you need 446 spell hit in order to reach the cap. But if you’re raiding, there are tons of raiding buffs that raise your personalspell hit, and therefore, having 446 is kind of a waste of points (because people are going to raise it up that high for you when it matters). Because of this, an acceptable and encouraged spell hit rating is 341, allowing for you to place more effort into other areas of your character, as well as allowing for raid wide buffs to do their job. Magic number= 341!

I hope that all made sense. If not, Yay Guest Bloggers. Its a win/win situation. The only ones I like.

In other news, the patch didn’t come out on Tuesday, but we did see some repairs to the game mechanics. I hear that the biggest one was to a warrior and Dk threat bug. Defensive stance and Frost Presence would lose threat generation ability when people died, but would stay active in the buff list for the character. So unless the person reset their buff, they’d have much weaker threat generation and not understand why. Good news though! As previously mentioned, its been fixed! Grats to all you DK’s and Prot Warriors.

What else? Oh me? What have I been up to? I’m so glad you asked.

Running butt loads of heroics when I get the time, that’s what. In real life I hold two jobs. So I don’t get a ton of time to play. Mostly in the evenings I’ve been trying to make up for this with tons of heroicy goodness. Its like chocolate, only it doesn’t make me feel as fat. Thanks to Emblems of Heroism that I’ve been getting, I’ve finally got my crypstalker gloves (check a few posts back) and am loving the extra dps, but I’m not as freaking out about gear as I was before I got them. Beforehand, I was all very excited and anxious, not knowing what to spend my emblems on. I really wanted the chest piece, but the gloves were cheaper. To throw another wrench in my awesome conundrum, I also really wanted the Mirror of Truth, which was even cheaper. Well, I solved said conundrum and can rest easy for now. I solved it by looking at my rep. I’ve been wearing the Argent Crusade tabard into the Heroics I’ve been running. This has led to an almost exalted status. Argent Crusade has this at exalted: Polished Regimental Hauberk. This awesome chest piece isn’t quite the Crypstalker Chestpiece, but it’s awesome enough, and easy enough to get at this point, that I was encouraged to buy the gauntlets and a Pristine Monarch Topaz. This choice was made easier by looking at my rep reward options (I suck at working on rep, the Championing of rep is the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me, now I can work on rep without even noticing) and noting that no really good gloves would be available for anything I was even close to exalted with. So I chose to get my Cryptstalker Gauntlets, do a few more heroics, get my chest piece from rep in a day or two, and then when I have enough emblems I’ll get the new Crypstalker one. Or heck, I might just wait for a 25 man Naxx and get the better one. We’ll see.

That leads into qualms with Rating Buster. Rating buster is an addon that I use to determine how good a piece of armor or weaponry is by converting all those little numbers on there into something simpler for me to understand (I really hate numbers). It uses green and red to tell you at just a glance if something is better or worse. My qualm comes with (and I think BRK mentioned in a post that he was hoping they’d fix a problem similar to this) the fact that it doesn’t determine how high it raises your DPS, specifically,  in reference to Armor Penetration. I had Interwoven Scale Bracers, which were nice, very nice. But when I went to Maxdps.com I found that Giantmaim Bracers added more to my dps, even though they lowered my attack power and crit chance. So I went ahead and did my homework. As it turns out, the Giantmaim bracers do increase my DPS (Which is all I , as a hunter really care about, more DPS). They do this by adding 2.23% armor penetration to my stats. While the rest of my stats drop (by small increments, I think attack power dropped by 13, etc) the increase to my armor penetration threw my DPS sky higher.

Don’t get me wrong. I love rating buster. Fast, mid Raid determination of if something is better? Oh hellz yeah! This is more of just a warning, be sure to know what your goals are and to understand that most addons can’t read your mind and know exactly what you want from them. So….yay new bracers.

As for the rest of my Week in WoW, I’ve been doing a lot of reading up on patch notes and such, I’ve been listening to all the newer posted podcasts, and (tonight) I managed to level Jaffa up to 80. Watch out all, he’s got lightning breath and will kill you!

This is super long winded. So I’m going to sign off and go to bed.

Oh! And its my birthday. So for a present I want tons of reader comments and one or two awesome guest blogs to enter my email box.

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