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:

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 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! !!!

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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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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!

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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All-hunter raid downs Omnotron Defense System! (World first!)

The all hunter <WHU> guild just downed the Omnitron Defense System and I was lucky enough to be a part of it!!

Totally awesome experience, I’ve not been able to attend a WHU event since we raided Northrend over a year ago, so it was really awesome to get to do another event with these guys. I’m glad they decided to allow cross-realm participation, because my dwarf hunter in the WHU guild is still just level 50 something. I’m terrible with keeping my alts as up to date as my main, so I’m pretty sure even if my baby dwarf was level 85, I’d have been more useful on Zanbon anyway. ^_^

Of all the stuff I’ve accomplished in this game, I’m pretty sure this is near the top on the list of stuff I’m most proud of being a part of.

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Why you shouldn’t use Noxxic as a hunter

I recently commented to someone that I wished people would stop pointing new players to Noxxic because their guides are not very good. I was asked:

 Can you point me to a glaring error at Noxxic? Something that a new player would look at, and be completely incorrect to follow?

This was my reply:

The only class I feel like I have any authority to comment on is hunter, so I’ll only look at their hunter guide. I recall the last time I looked at this site (in 4.2) I was startled at how out of date and wrong some of the info is… hopefully it will be better now. (As you can see from this laundry list of errors, it isn’t.)

Beast Mastery:

  • Their stat priority choice is not explained and is not entirely correct. They don’t explain why or when Mastery becomes more valuable than Haste.
  • Gems listed leave something to be desired, as they appear to be encouraging matching EVERY socket, something no one should be doing for the most part. It is not explained when a socket bonus is worth taking. (And it’s not hard to explain. A single sentence would suffice: “Only match socket colors if the socket bonus is +20 Agility or MORE, otherwise just use a pure red gem in the socket.”)
  • Engineering profession perks leave out several tinkers, do not mention parachute cloak at all.
  • Core build 1 places 2 points in Improved Serpent Sting and only 1 in Pathing. WTF? BM spec is essentially impossible to fuck up and they somehow manage to give bad advice here. Core build 2 takes a point out of an important DPS talent in the MM tree (Sic Em!) and moves it to Pathing, leaving 2 points in Improved Serpent Sting. Again, WTF? This talent is ONLY good for SV. No BM or MM hunter should be taking it.
  • Glyph suggestions are questionable, no alternatives are listed.
  • Rotation is wrong. Shot priority is incorrect, major cooldown (Focus Fire) is not even mentioned in the single target rotation, AOE rotation or as an effective dps cooldown. No pet CDs are mentioned.


  • Stat priority lists Crit ≥ Haste ≥ Mastery. At no point in time in any spec for any reason will ANY stat ever be even remotely considered equal to crit. This is a MASSIVE error.
  • Same problems with gems/professions as BM. Missing info.
  • Core build 1 is ehhh, though the suggestion of Trueshot Aura for a raiding hunter is likely a redundant buff and this point could be better spent elsewhere. Traditional 7/31/3 build places 3 points in Pathing and 2 points in Frenzy. Ranged haste >>>>>>>>> faster pet attack speed. ESPECIALLY for MM where haste is so important. Core build 2 is also meh, has the proper 7/31/3 point distribution but still puts points in TSA and 2 points in Termination which would leave you eternally focus capped in T13 gear. Bad choice.
  • Aimed Shot is listed as a preferential Prime Glyph. This glyph is never, ever good. Bestial Wrath glyph is listed as a preferred Major Glyph. This is an ability that can only be used by a BM hunter. MAJOR ERROR.
  • MM rotation is incredibly intricate and changes three times based on boss health, they don’t explain this at all. The shot priority listed is a complete mess. They tell you to “Always keep close to 50 Focus so that you can cast Chimera Shot whenever it comes up.” This is terrible focus management advice. Call of the Wild is listed as an effective DPS cooldown but it’s not mentioned for BM. Why? You get to use it almost twice as often as BM. It’s also not explained that this is a pet ability that you have to spec in to and therefore will not automatically find it in your spellbook.


  • Stat priority is weird. This is the only spec where a specific haste value is mentioned, which is odd because haste plateaus are waaaaay more important for MM. Page says haste is ” generally the most effective secondary stat (after 8% hit cap) for maximizing DPS” which makes me do the “are you fucking kidding me” face because crit is always and forever our #1 secondary stat above anything and everything in every single spec.
  • Again, same problem with gem/profession info.
  • Core build is bizarre. Point of no Escape is listed as a core talent, this isn’t good for any encounter except maybe Cho’gall or Beth, and even then it’s a suboptimal choice. They also list a build which puts 5 unnecessary points in the BM tree to get Frenzy. They don’t explain when Hunter vs. Wild would be a valuable choice and gloss over Survival Tactics.
  • Their suggestion of when/why to use Serpent Sting glyph is odd. Unless you’re doing a fight with nonstop adds (say, H Bethtilac 25m AT CONTENT—note: SV was the suboptimal spec for this fight, MM is superior for lots of AOE), Arcane Shot glyph will increase your damage substantially more.
  • Shot priority is essentially correct. Slightly nitpicky problem, they say AOE is for 4+ mobs, you can effectively AOE 3+ mobs. This is a very, very, very, very minor thing, I’ll let it slide. They list Call of the Wild again, but fail to mention it is a pet ability, etc etc.

In no place do they mention or explain anything about your pet, which is a massive part of your role. Pet DPS cooldowns aren’t explained, nor are pet buffs mentioned. I cannot tell you how many times I talk to a hunter who has NO CLUE their pet provides them with a buff. For the BM guide, not mentioning pets is like not bothering to mention seals and judgement to a paladin. BM is “the pet spec”.

Comprehensive all-in-one guides are never as accurate as dedicated specific gudes run by people who play that class. I’d rather noxxic be a portal to better information than something that is “for the most part” correct.

Now, I’m sure the Noxxic guides are good enough to get you started, but I would rather teach people how to do things correctly from the beginning rather than teach them the wrong thing, then RE-teach them later. It’s easier to learn something new and maintain correct information than to unlearn wrong info and try to get it right.

This is ESPECIALLY true for hunters. We have an amazing community of very knowledgable bloggers with an INSANE amount of information out there for new players. Your best bet is always a guide written for your class by someone who is experienced at playing your class, rather than an overview written by someone who may or may not understand the current theorycrafting information.

If you’re looking for hunter info, pick one of the blogs in my sidebar.

If you need help for learning how to play a hunter, read my Hunter 101 posts or visit Zanbon’s Beginner’s Corner over at the WHH.

Don’t use a reader’s digest website that isn’t written by someone who plays the class. ESPECIALLY as a hunter. Our community is so big and full of information, Noxxic should NEVER come up as a suggestion.



<3 Z

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Transmog Thursday: Dark Ranger

Every Thursday I feature a fantastic hunter transmogrification set. This week we have Rayaan, Blood Elf hunter from Kil’jaeden (US).

This was supposed to be posted last week but I accidentally queued it for the wrong Thursday! Sorry I skipped a week!!

Rayaan writes:

This set is inspired by Dark Rangers, as seen in Undercity and Dalaran/Northrend. Since the NPC’s wear leather, I had to wing it for transmog. The Blackened Spear’s black spell effect covers the green agility glow, and the chest shows midriff without a shirt.

Pieces used:

Helm: Deadly Gladiator’s Chain Helm
Shoudlers: Stalker’s Chain Spaulders
Cloak:  Frostguard Drape
Chest: Stalker’s Chain Armor
Bracers: n/a
Gloves: Stalker’s Chain Gauntlets
Waist: Girdle of Ferocity
Legs: Highlord’s Padded Legguards
Feet: Boots of the Endless Hunt
2H Weapon: Blackened Spear
Ranged Weapon: High-Strung Bow
Shirt: Stylish Black Shirt

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

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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!

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