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Davlin hasn’t raided much.

There… I tored the bandaid….its over, you know.

Until tonight!!

I got to do my first Obsidian Sanctum (ten man) and I ROCKED THE DPS CHARTS!

I got to get into Archavon and Archavon Heroic. ROCKED THE DPS CHARTS THERE TOO!!

I’m just really happy and thought I’d share. I didn’t walk away with much…but I kinda did. Yay Bag!

Oh and I totally did my first 25 man Naxx last night too. So I’m rocking it hardcore.

The Naxx thing reminds me. I’m not a Survival Spec hunter, so I need a question answered: Is Patchwerk a good place to place traps that will proc your Lock and Load ability? It would seem to me like Patchwerk would be a great place to use trap dancing yet I saw a survival hunter just sitting back and doing nothing, of course… I also noted that on our second wipe, he never brought his pet into the fight…which, as many of BRK’s survival specced fans have pointed out, pets are about 15-20% of a survival hunter’s DPS. So that’s just silly. I think this guy just got into the group because he knew the right folks. Needless to say though, that aside, What about lock and load? Is it a viable strategy for survival hunters against Patchwerk?

Anywho, OS10, awesome, Arch 10& 25, awesome as well, Naxx 25, pretty fun, although hardly fruitful.

Here’s a nice pic:

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Ok, BRK is in an uproar about the new changes mentioned on the PTR, and I normally like to avoid them, but I think these, plus his reaction, warrant a call out of mine own.

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Yay!

They did what they said they would. Marksman got a plus in mana regen. A very nice plus…a “make Davlin jealous” plus.

What’s with the 15% haste in auto shot for marksman? Is that where their throwing the ammo pouch haste bonus?

Survival is getting its explosive shot nerf. Just like they said. Why? Because Blizz believes that they are pulling too much damage. I hate nerfs as much as anyone, but hey, this one doesn’t sound too bad.

Gorilla pummel got nerfed. Why? Because hunters saw it and immediately screamed “PVP!” Could you imagine how insane it would be, trying to cast against a gorilladin hunter? Yeah, Blizz can, so they nerfed it. Why is BRK freaking out? I’m completely unsure. I mean, he doesn’t even like pvp.

Maybe he’s upset at the Explosive shot nerf, especially since, when I checked him out today, he was back into survival.

Personally, I am a little upset by stoneform nerf (no longer 8 second immunity to diseases and poisons and bleed effects after casting it) but I’ll deal, as long as it still cleans the stuff off of me.

Why aren’t I upset?

Because the specs are leveling out, all becoming beautifully viable options, no matter what you choose (and there were no destructive BM nerfs).

Sounds to me like Blizz is getting things right for 3.1.

Dav hopes so.

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I might be one of the few, but I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a blogger who doesn’t troll forums. Sorry, it just ain’t my style.

That being said, Rilgon posted a comment on how Marksman spec was looking to get improved mana regen, and in posting this, he linked a Ghostcrawler statement I wanted to note…

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This is interesting since the previous goal had been to aim at bringing Survival and BM closer to MM, with MM being where the Blizz said that they wanted hunter damage to be at.

This kind of gives me a warm fuzzy feeling for BM, a “I wonder” feeling for what they are going to do to Marksman, and an indifferent feeling about the future nerfage of SV.

As a sidenote, I’d believe that the Mana Replenishment improvement aimed at Marksman is going to have to be talent based…Which makes me wonder what talent is getting changed or what talent is getting the axe…?

This was just Dav pondering the ponderable.

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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…

/bask

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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