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Archive for May, 2012

Transmog Thursday: Dragonstriker

Every Thursday I feature a fantastic hunter transmogrification set. This week we have Ketsuyki, Blood Elf hunter from Blackwing Lair (US).

Pieces used:

Shoulders: Dragon-Quake Shoulderguards
Back: Sha’tari Anchorite’s Cloak
Chest: Golden Dragonstrike Breastplate
Wrists: Modest Armguards
Hands: Cowpoke’s Riding Gloves
Belt: Guardian’s Chain Girdle
Legs: Dragonstrike Leggings
Feet: Boots of Twinkling Stars
2H Weapon: Reclaimed Shadowstrike
Ranged: Black Bow of the Betrayer

If your hunter has an awesome transmog you’d like featured, email me pictures (and info about the pieces used) at aspectofthemurloc@gmail.com!


Ask Z – I’ve never raided before, do you have any tips?

anonymous asked:

I’ve never raided before, do you have any tips? Thanks!

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Transmog Thursday: Fiery Scourgestalker

Every Thursday I feature a fantastic hunter transmogrification set. This week is a submission from Fibblevoe, Draenei Hunter on Korgath.

Fibblevoe writes:

wearing hunter tier 7.5 (25) from naxxramas in every slot besides head which is crown of destruction from ragnaros in molten core. ranged weapon is zod’s repeating longbow from icc25 heroic and polearm is kiril, fury of beasts from dragon soul normal mode. veranus’ bane from ulduar 25 is also a great ranged weapon match for this set, but i don’t have it to show :(

Pieces used:

Helm: Crown of Destruction
Shoulder: Valorous Cryptstalker Spaulders
Chest: Valorous Cryptstalker Tunic
Gloves: Valorous Cryptstalker Handguards
Belt: Torn Web Wrapping OR Depraved Linked Belt
Pants: Valorous Cryptstalker Legguards
Boots: Boots of the Great Construct OR Pack-Ice Striders OR Crippled Treads
Range: Zod’s Repeating Longbow (25m heroic)
Polearm: Kiril, Fury of Beasts (normal)

If your hunter has an awesome transmog you’d like featured, email me pictures (and info about the pieces used) at aspectofthemurloc@gmail.com!


Ask Z – What’s your favorite?

Questions covered this week:

  • What’s your favorite spec?
  • What spec do you prefer for PvP?
  • How do you feel about hunters right now? Wishlist for Pandaria?

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Beginner’s Corner @ WHH

I collaborated with Tabana and Frostheim to put together a comprehensive list of all the “Hunter 101″ type guides out there on all the hunter blogs. I’m pretty excited to have some curated content up on the WHH!

If you don’t already follow the posts on the WHH, you definitely should. It’s a one-stop-shop for all the latest, up-to-date important hunter info out there! And while you’re there, check out my curated page!

http://www.wowhuntershall.com/2012/05/10/beginners-corner/


Transmog Thursday: Ruthless Gladiator

Every Thursday I feature a fantastic hunter transmogrification set. This week is our first submission from Vephriel, Blood Elf Hunter of the Nesingwary realm.

Vephriel writes:

I’ve always adored purple and green together as a combination, so I wanted to base an outfit on my favourite colour scheme. I started off with the Ruthless Gladiator’s gear which is by far my favourite hunter set in the game. I added a few personal touches with the boots, cloak, bow, and polearm and I’m really pleased with the final look.

Here’s the breakdown of the items:

Shoulder: Ruthless Gladiator’s Chain Spaulders
Chest: Ruthless Gladiator’s Chain Armor
Cloak: Syrannis’ Mystic Sheen
Gloves: Ruthless Gladiator’s Chain Gauntlets
Belt: Ruthless Gladiator’s Links of Cruelty
Pants: Ruthless Gladiator’s Chain Leggings
Boots: Treads of the Wasteland
Bow: Wrathful Gladiator’s Longbow
Polearm: Elementium Poleaxe

If your hunter has an awesome transmog you’d like featured, email me pictures (and info about the pieces used) at aspectofthemurloc@gmail.com!


Ask Z – Beast Mastery questions

Questions covered this week:

  • What’s your opinion on BM?
  • Can I use an exotic pet as MM if I dual spec BM/MM?
  • How do you handle bad pet AI raiding as BM?
  • Should I use Focus Fire during Bestial Wrath?

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Hunter macros and “stance dancing”

I recently read a blog post in which someone was encouraging the macroing of Aspect of the Hawk to almost every shot and then Aspect of the Fox to Cobra Shot and Steady Shot.

Here’s the thing about using a crutch like this: if you truly know how to play your class and truly know how to PvP and raid, you can spend an ENTIRE fight in Hawk and never stop DPS.

I cannot stress enough how terribly bad form it is to macro aspects to your shots.

Do you know how much DPS you lose sitting in Fox for no reason? A lot. Seriously. A lot. I know we don’t stack attack power anymore, but that’s a HUGE loss of DPS.

Learning when to switch aspects is akin to knowing how to stutter-step pre-cata. Hunters used to not be able to auto shot while moving. I actually still miss this from time to time. Only some of the time though. But yeah. When you fully know the fight, you can learn when to anticipate movement and do something like spam your focus shot a couple times extra, disengage/strafe while firing instants, pause to cast a focus shot or two, then continue running. All the while, sitting in your high DPS aspect.

Back when hunters were mana-based, you had to sit and determine which chunks of the fight you could sit in Viper and not lose too much DPS. This is the same concept. There are very few fights where I could see switching to Fox to be an absolute necessity.

And then what about fights like Ultraxion where you literally do not move the entire fight? Imagine how detrimental to your DPS these macros would be. There’s NO reason for you to be in Fox on that fight.

Fights like Atramedes, Hodir, Heroic Ragnaros; those fights require heavy movement and there is a legitimate reason to spend parts of the fight in Aspect of the Hawk. But there are still large portions of these fights where you are standing still and will want to be in Aspect of the Hawk.

But Zanbon, what about in PvP!

Back at the beginning of Cata before hunter aspects got fixed and sitting in Fox wasn’t such a huge loss of damage, I generally just sat in Fox for arenas and most of the time in BGs. But then they buffed Hawk and this is now not really recommended. Swapping aspects or “stance dancing”, if you will, is part of hunter PvP. Hunters have a really high skill cap in PvP and this is just one of the things you have to learn to deal with.

In BGs, I like to try and find a “safe” spot to sit and turret in to enemy players and if the melee in my group are doing their jobs right, I generally can. I find myself sitting in Fox a fair amount when I do rated PvP because I tend to be more of a utility rather than a high damage person. I spam tranq things, spam slow things, spam trap, spam a lot. On the rare occasion I’m able to blow all my cooldowns and burst something down, I sure as hell don’t want to waste ANY of my DPS sitting in Fox.

People need to use Disengage more to get around. It’s got a fairly short cooldown time and can be glyphed and specced for an even shorter cooldown. Especially in PvP, that shit needs to basically be used every time it’s up. Disengaging down a ramp while carrying the flag, then popping Readiness and jumping a second time is fairly fun. It’s even more fun if you’ve got a priest at the bottom waiting to lifegrip you even farther away from the other team ;D

Honestly, if you want to macro aspects to your shots, that’s your own choice. But it’s essentially putting training wheels on a tricycle. Get rid of the aspect macros, and ride a big boy/girl bike.


Glory of the Dragon Soul Raider!

Last Tuesday my guild completed our T13 metas, so I can cross another item off of my bucket list.

After our group pictures for the website, I headed out to Netherstorm to take some pictures because I thought the sky would go well with my new mount:

Just to take a moment to brag about my guild and my officers… I love that they are very focused on making sure everyone gets their mounts and achievements and all the extra stuff a lot of other guilds don’t bother with. The officers genuinely care about the guild and are very intent on rewarding everyone for their hard work during progression. They made sure everyone who needed an achievement got it, even if it was someone who was a backup and filling a hole in the roster that night. Anyone who has ever attended a raid night this tier has their name on the mount list for the heroic Madness mount. Sure, it might be at the bottom of the list, but the difference between TCN and most guilds is you know you will get your mount in TCN. We’re not going to stop farming until everyone in the guild has their title and mount. And I think that’s awesome. I’m lucky to be in a guild where the officers actually care about the people they raid with and make sure everyone feels like they’re being rewarded for helping out.


Hunter 101: How to Kite and Jump Shot

 

One of the most essential techniques you can learn as a hunter is kiting. It’s necessary to your survival while leveling and PvPing, it can salvage a wipe in a dungeon or raid, and it separates the beginners from the pros. There’s a reason hunters are the best kiting class in the game!

Jump Shotting is a little more advanced kiting technique, but goes well with a basic kiting tutorial so I decided to include both the basics and advanced fundamentals of kiting in this video.

Enjoy!


Transmog Thursday: Faux Spiritstalker

Every Thursday, I’d like to feature a great looking hunter transmog set. We’ll start off this series with my current transmog set, something I call Faux Spiritstalker.

This is the first non-tier transmog set I put together for myself. It’s a combination of T10 and T13 shaman pieces with a bow from Naxx. This set looks great when paired with the undead vulture pet!

I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. It’s half-raid drops, half-crafted items, so it was pretty easy to put together.

Helm: Snowstorm Helm
Shoulder: Imperfect Specimens 27 and 28
Chest: Ghostworld Chestguard
Gloves: Gloves of Ghostly Dreams
Belt: Nerubian Belt OR Girdle of Shattered Stone
Pants: Nerubian Legguards
Boots: Swiftarrow Boots
Range: Arrowsong
Polearm: Grizzy Glaive of the Owl

If your hunter has an awesome transmog you’d like featured, email me pictures (and info about the pieces used) at aspectofthemurloc@gmail.com!


The evolution of my UI

Something I’ve always found amusing is looking back at how my old screen shots snd laughing at how genuinely terrible my UI used to be. In my Hunter 101 post on setting up your UI, I explain why it’s important to have certain things in certain places to maximize your efficiency while playing.

This is my current UI. I use ElvUI with several modifications to the default setup. I’ve really streamlined my UI at this point… I barely use any addons anymore, just Serenity, Recount, Quartz, Miks Scrolling Battle Text, Omen, and DBM. Serenity is still the only addon I consider to be completely essential. If I could only have two addons, I’d pick Serenity and NeedToKnow.

Behind the cut, follow me on a journey through the fairly embarrassing evolution of my UI.

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Ask Z – Hunter pet questions

Questions covered this week:

  • What’s your favorite pet? Favorite raid boss?
  • What’s the best pet to raid with?

Hunting Heroic Dragon Soul

The expansion is rapidly coming to a close and Tier 13 is ending. With the 20% nerf coming out, even more people will be progressing through Dragon Soul. Hunters were all over the place this tier. We started out okay then quickly got nerfed into the ground. They finally fixed us a couple patches in to 4.3 and with good gear and great knowledge of the fights, we are able to go head to head with some of the classes who spend a bit too much time sitting at the top of the meters.

This guide assumes you already have previous knowledge of the fights and focuses mainly on hunter-specific mechanics and tricks you need to know to maximize your effectiveness in the encounters. I have also included videos of the fights from a hunter POV so you can get an idea of what your role in the fight will look like. (Language in videos may be considered NSFW, you have been warned!)

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