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Bucket List Revisited

Thought I would take a look at my original list and see what all I actually got done. The list was overly ambitious and frankly… I got burned out and stopped playing for a while. How did I do? Well… I got maybe half of this done. MAYBE.

Raiding

  • Heroic: Madness of Deathwing
  • Glory of the Dragon Soul Raider
  • Full best in slot gear on Zan
  • I Can’t Hear You Over the Sound of How Awesome I Am
  • Finish all non-metas from Ulduar 10m (missing 2, and they’re both easy, I’m disappointed in myself here)
  • Finish all non-metas from Ulduar 25m (completed May 8)
  • Finish last Wrath dungeon achievements (missing 1)
  • Finish last Cata dungeon achievements (missing Hex Mix, burned through about 30 hex sticks and I still do not have it. wtf???)

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Hunter 101: Which pet should I get? (MoP)

One of the most frequently asked questions from new hunters is:

What is the best pet for the DPS?

You see, my little hunters, there is no one “right” answer for this. There are many pets in our hunter arsenal that are the best pet for the situation. The best pet for your DPS is dependent upon what you’re doing. I wouldn’t use the same pet for raiding that I would use in a battleground. My arena pet might be different from my battleground pet. The pet I use for questing isn’t the same as the pet I use to run 5 man dungeons, and I certainly do not use that pet when I hunter tank or do some extreme soloing. Hunter pets are one of the biggest utilities we have to offer and the sign of a truly good hunter is one who knows which pet to use in what situation and why. Blizzard has blessed us with an overflowing stable in Cataclysm… we have TWENTY FIVE pet slots now! This is a fantastic opportunity, use those slots well.

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5.0.4 Hunter PvP: Because Sometimes, You Can’t Just RAF a Warlock With a Friend

Guest post by Dargonslayer, rabid PvP enthusiast. Dargonslayer is a Marksman (now Beast Mastery) hunter who specializes in the murder of Alliance scum in WPVP. She has an off spec of OPPAN GANGNAM STYLE for PVE when she feels the need to make herself cry or that things are a little too happy in her life. She mains a dapper Forsaken gentleman by the name of Strelok on Emerald Dream US. She is an extremely kawaii GIRL GAMERRRRR DON’T HIT ON ME SILLY BOYS.


So as you should know, Patch 5.0.4 hit live realms Tuesday morning. And by Tuesday morning, I of course mean Tuesday afternoon. And by that, I of course mean a little closer to “early evening.” I think we can all take solace in the fact that while World of Warcraft handles its classes like a game of Hungry Hungry Hippo in which the class that eats the most of Ghostcrawler’s attention orbs gets all the buffs and the losing classes are all nerfed into “Cataclysm Holy Priest PvP” status, Blizzard Time remains the same.

Anyways! The new patch brings one or two minor changes to everyone; those minor changes being less minor and more “dear God NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS ANYMORE.”

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5.0.4 Hunter DPS Watch

We got through the first 4 bosses in heroic DS, lots of problems with mods and DCs so raid was fairly slow tonight. Just some quick notes before I head to bed. First couple bosses I was still getting used to my new rotation so I did poorly:

But then I got used to all the new buttons and things started to look normal again:

 
It looks like I was way off on the “be prepared to sit on the bottom” thing. Can’t say I am sad to be wrong about that!

A few notes:

  • I was peaking at over 70k DPS with all my CDs up in the initial burst of BM. I can only imagine how much more I’d be doing with Stampede to add into the mix, plus I’m forging OUT of crit to hit EXP cap (which I’m slightly below due to my hasty and shoddy reforge job 10 mins before raid).
  • You can’t Kill Command on Ultraxion and I’m told it bugs out on Warmaster drakes and Madness arms.
  • I am told Lynx Rush bugs out on Spine.
  • Lynx Rush is so much better than A Murder of Crows.
  • Raiding seriously as BM is amazing.

I look forward to finishing the raid tomorrow night. I’ll have some notes on SV raiding since I’m prolly going to have to do 75% of the last half of the raid as SV due to KC bugs.

Anyone notice anything weird that I didn’t catch tonight?

Addon update! Serenity is dead, JS is back!

It looks like Serenity is no longer being developed—the addon is completely gone from Curse now. But the good news is, about a month ago JS came back to WoW and started back with development of the original JS Hunter Bar!

JS posted this comment on the addon’s page a couple weeks ago:

I left Serenity in other people’s hands when i stopped playing.

When i got back, I did not want to interfere with their work, if they decide to continue.

Also, Serenity has had issues with the curse downloader and conflicts with an old (dead) priest addon.

JSHB was the logical choice for which I maintain.

I for one am thrilled JS is back, he’s the original developer of this all-in-one hunter addon and Flippy did a great job maintaining it for the last year while JS was gone, but it’s awesome to have the original dev working on it again. Welcome back to the game, JS! We missed you!

You can download JS Hunter Bar on curse here: http://www.curse.com/addons/wow/js-hunter-focus-bar

Old news, but it’s new to me… I only just noticed this thanks to one of my followers, Mistressmorbid. Thanks a ton for the heads up! I’ve edited my 5.0 post to include this new information.

5.0.4 Hunter Guide

The pre-MOP patch is dropping tomorrow and a LOT of things are changing. It isn’t as big of a change as it was from Wrath to Cata, so you’re not literally re-learning how to play your class from the ground up, but there are some pretty substantial changes that will take some getting used to, especially if you haven’t been tooling around on the beta. Thinking back to how big of a change 4.0 was, this new 5.0 patch should be a cake walk in comparison. When you think about it, we don’t really have THAT much that’s changing… but the stuff that did change will be changing in a pretty big way.

What to do before you log in:

Update your computer’s operating system and run a software update. Your game will be more stable if your system is up to date.

Turn off all your addons until you know they are for sure going to work. Some addons cause fatal errors with the game, Recount is often a culprit for this. If your game is broken, turn off Recount. It’s always Recount. Addons to update first: Deadly Boss Mods, Serenity JS Hunter Bar.

Alright. You’re logged on. The game isn’t crashing. GREAT. What’s next?

Reforge.

You only need 7.5% hit now, but you also need 7.5% expertise. Your gear is going to need some changing since you can be dodged now if you’re not EXP capped. It’s also worth noting that your pet can be parried while tanking. This doesn’t effect normal PVE gameplay, but it’s going to matter when you solo.

Respec.

Your talents will be wiped and the trees are completely different anyway. BM has been showing as the top spec in the most recent beta builds with SV pretty close behind. MM is still faring poorly. I suggest BM, but SV will be a good choice, too, if you’re afraid to try something new. ;)

Which talents should you take?

  • Level 15: The Disengage tier.
    No DPS benefit here, pick which one you like best. I’m going with Posthaste, as this was one of my favorite things about playing MM. Narrow Escape will be great for PvP, replacing the Wing Clip + Disengage macro since we no longer have melee weapons. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Chimera will be amazing for PvP as well as fights where you find yourself using Deterrence a lot.
  • Level 30: The CC tier.
    No DPS benefit here, pick the style of CC you want. Silencing Shot still kind of sucks since the CD is so long, I liked Wyvern Sting in 5 mans, but I have had fun with Binding Shot‘s AOE CC on the beta. Hard choice here… very situational.
  • Level 45: The healing tier.
    Still no DPS benefit, pick the style of healing you want. Do you want targeted burst heals with Exhilaration, constant damage reduction for unavoidable damage with Aspect of the Iron Hawk, or constant heals with the old BM standard of Spirit Bond? I recommend the Sprit Bond talent unless you know for sure one of the others will benefit you more. Exhilaration is likely more of a benefit to PvP, but I am considering taking this since I’ve already got Gift of the Naaru keybound. Combine this with the heal from a spirit beast and you’ve got a pretty beefy self heal going! Could be quite a game changer on some fights and your healers will thank you.
  • Level 60: The focus tier.
    How do you want to regenerate focus? Fervor works like it always has, restoring focus instantly, but it also restores another 50 focus over 10 seconds. This is some insane focus regen, at level 85 you likely won’t EVER find yourself focus starved enough to need this talent. At 85, there’s really no reason to pick anything other than Dire Beast, which gives focus back while giving you a slight boost to your DPS. Thrill of the Hunt has a chance to reduce your next shot’s cost. I don’t like talents that have a chance to help you, I prefer to choose when something happens, so I’ll likely never take this and stick with Fervor and Dire Beast.
  • Level 75: The crazy pet damage tier.
    A Murder of Crows is my recommendation for the standard choice for SV and MM. Also because it’s a pretty ridiculous talent and I recommend yelling CAW CAW CAW!!! whenever you pop this cooldown. I’m pretty sure that’s what the devs wanted us to do. Lynx Rush will be great for BM, especially in AOE situations. Blink Strike is a great choice for single-target burst damage.

You’re going to want to keep a stack of Dust with you at all times, especially while you try out the new talent system and find out which talents work best for you.

Your rotations will change since we’ve got new cooldowns which means more buttons to push. Something to keep in mind is you NEVER want to push back your main rotation for a cooldown. Don’t delay Kill Command, Explosive Shot, or Chimera Shot for anything, ever. Ever, ever, ever. This is a rule that does not change with the new talent system. Use Dire Beast/Lynx Rush/Murder of Crows on cooldown, but only if it doesn’t delay your normal rotation. Zeherah’s beta build has recommended shot priorities for each spec, you might want to double check with her site, if for no other reason than to make sure you REMEMBER all the new stuff you’ve got in your toolbox now: http://beta.femaledwarf.com/

Other stuff to keep in mind:

  • Kill Command now has a 25 yd range and will cause your pet to charge the target. Lock and Load no longer clips dots, so spam away. No more graceful shot weaving for you SV hunters.
  • Reminders of the standard rotations: Beast Mastery, Survival, Marksmanship.

And don’t forget… no more minimum range!

Glyphs to make sure you have:

Major

Animal Bond
Deterrence
Disengage
Distracting Shot
Marked for Death
Mending

Minor

Aspect of the Cheetah
Aspects
Direction
Fetch
Fireworks
Marking
Revive Pet
Stampede

Really, you want to have all the glyphs since, like the new talent system, glyphs are highly situational now. But these are the ones I can see being the most useful in PVE.

Pet Changes

You can use any pet for anything now. Tenacity cat? You got it. Ferocity turtle? You bet. Unless you’re specifically tanking or soloing, you should probably just stick to Ferocity. You can respec your pet at any time while out of combat, should you ever need to.

 

Please, for the love of god. Turn off Growl. It’s becoming a true taunt. Turn it off. Just… turn it off. I should honestly put this as the first thing you do when you log in. Growl should already be turned off, but if you’ve got it on, just turn it off. Keybind it, macro it, use it to intentionally taunt, but do not let your pet auto-taunt.

Other stuff that’s changing

Trueshot Aura and Readiness are now class abilities and not tied to a spec.

Trap Launcher is now a toggle. It’s either on or off.

No more helm enchants. No more forced rep grinds for your alts! Yay!

No more spell pen! This only matters if you PvP, but… yay for those of us who do!

Simcraft has us bringing up the bottom. Don’t expect to top charts tomorrow.

These numbers are accurate as of Mon Aug 27 15:27:48 2012. Ouch. Just, really…. ouch. Be prepared to be doing shit damage. There’s really nothing else to say here. Just mentally prepare yourself to be at the bottom.

5.0.4 cheat sheet for those of you who just want a list of what to do:

Spec: Beast Mastery
Talents: Posthaste, Wyvern Sting, Spirit Bond, Dire Beast, Lynx Rush
Glyphs: Marked for Death, Animal Bond, Mending, Aspects, Direction, Stampede

Hit cap: 7.5% (769 rating, 666 for draenei)
Exp cap: 7.5% (769 rating, 666 for dwarf/troll)

TURN OFF GROWL.

Your lazy aspect macros don’t work anymore, learn to use the abilities properly! Ha ha ha!!!

Trap Launcher = toggle.

New twitch.tv channel!

I decided to set up a channel to stream content so I can work out all the bugs before MoP comes out. I plan on live-blogging my progress to level 90 and this channel is going to be a huuuuge part of that. In the meantime, I’ll be doing broadcasts of raids and possibly broadcasting as I level one of my hunter alts. Who knows! There’s not much to do in game right now, but I’m gonna find something to broadcast and blog about, damn it!

Possibly will stream something tonight, but I for sure want to stream my raid tomorrow night! If you’re not following me on Twitter, you should probably start… I’m going to be posting there whenever I start streaming!

http://www.twitch.tv/zanbons !!!

Update: New Heroic Dragon Soul Videos!

I have just added Hunter POV videos for every fight to my Hunting Heroic Dragon Soul guide! These videos should help clarify any questions regarding fight mechanics or positioning and give you a good idea of what your role in the fight will be if you’re new to the fight as a hunter. Enjoy!

To directly view the videos on my YouTube, you can jump directly to the playlist here: Dragon Soul Playlist

New blog address! Update your bookmarks!

I finally completed the move from a wordpress-hosted blog to a self-hosted blog.

Update your bookmarks to http://aspectofthemurloc.com!

I’m still working out the bugs on the new site, so if you find anything that is broken or not working properly, please let me know! I went through all my old posts and updated the links, so things SHOULD be linking properly within the blog. But I may have missed something. Who knows!

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