Hunter 101: Which pet should I get?

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 blessed us with an overflowing stable in Cataclysm… we have FIFTY pet slots now! This is a fantastic opportunity, use those slots well.

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A return to blogging

Those of you who follow me elsewhere may have noticed that I’m getting back in to the swing of blogging. That’s right, my one fan, I am back!

Mists of Pandaria was just not the expansion for me. The mandatory dailies felt like a second job, and about a month or two in to the expansion IRL stuff caught up with me, I got so busy at work I didn’t even have time to play WoW much less blog about it, and I decided to take a break and get RL sorted out so I could enjoy playing WoW again.

I resubbed in March and have been busting my butt to get caught up with everything before the new expansion! I relearned my class just in time for 6.0 to drop and completely change everything about hunters, isn’t that always how it goes?? HA! I’m so glad to be back, I missed the game, I missed my guild, I missed the community, I missed all of YOU, and of course within weeks of resubbing, the itch to blog was there again.

What’s on the agenda?

Updated guides!

I’m working on updating all of my Hunter 101 guides with WOD information right now. With the gear squish and overhaul of stats in general, almost every single one of my existing guides not only needs to be updated with new expansion-specific info, but almost completely rewitten from scratch!

New guides!

I’ve got a few new guides in the works, too. In addition to my resubbing to the game, I FINALLY convinced my boyfriend to play and he’s rolled a little nooblet hunter, which has given me a completely new perspective on the process of leveling and learning a hunter. I’m trying my best to be hands-off and let him do his own thing (I swear I am! It’s tough, but I’m trying!!!!) and as a result, I’ve got tons and tons of ideas for posts, guides, and general information people new to the class may need.

If you’ve got a suggestion for something you think I haven’t covered, let me know!

New project!

AND I’ve got a brand new Warcraft blog project in the works with one of my very best friends! I’m really excited about this new blog and I can’t wait till we’re ready to launch it, I think people will really like it!

Grand plans for the future aside, first and foremost for me was an overhaul of the blog’s layout and design.

About a week ago I started re-reading my old posts and guides to see how I could improve things and I realized the existing format wasn’t conducive to locating information quickly and easily, so with the redesign I’m focusing on making this site easier to navigate and information easier to find. I’m working on creating a more blog/website hybrid rather than using a purely blog-style layout. As I iron things out and get the guides updated, let me know what you guys think!

I’ll also be at Blizzcon!

So you can expect some pretty exciting live-blogging going on from the convention center in Anaheim. If you don’t already follow me on Twitter and Tumblr, you might want to add me so you can get all of my Blizzcon updates as they’re posted!

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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)

 THIS INFORMATION IS DEPRECATED, PLEASE SEE THIS POST FOR UPDATED WARLORDS OF DRAENOR INFORMATION

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?

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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.

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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?

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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 !!!

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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

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