A bit on my hunter
Look – a WoW post (grin).
I do not know if I can get across to you the frustration I’m having as a hunter right now, but I’m going to try. You see, I don’t know enough to gut-check my theory numbers. For that matter, I’m frustrated with which theory numbers to run. Confused? So am I.
Here’s the deal. Right now, Urtica is 64, BM spec. I’ve gotten really, really comfortable with the spec. But I am also VERY aware that I’m being lazy. Actually, I HAVE TO BE lazy – which leads to some philosophical pondering on huntards.
Here’s the deal. If I open up – really use my shot selection and talents – I yank aggro off my pet. And I am solo. I discovered this the other day when I chanced across a couple of friends who asked me to help them with Marticar. Now, I’d had my hands full the last three times I’d tried – party of five in the mid-60s of which one was my priest each time, at least two wipes each time. This time, my friend the 64 prot-warrior, his companion the 64 priest, and me with my 64 hunter and 63 pet. One wipe – but 5%? Ahem, settle, figure out my strategy, hit ALL the buttons, and Boom down he goes. And I was watching my Omen threatmeter, and I blew past my cat’s threat. Heck, I’d have blown past the threat of my owl, and even the boar I tried for a bit. Holy. Crap.
Which brings me back to the pondering. A huntard is someone who doesn’t know how to “figure out the strategy and hit ALL the buttons”. Now, I’d always assumed it was because leveling a hunter as BM is fairly mindless – and that element is there. But I now suspect something more insidious — new hunters are PUNISHED for pushing their limits. Go overboard beyond a safety trap and POP! – the mob abandons your pet to try and gnaw on YOUR leg.
And lets face it. Once burned by doing something we all try not to get burned that way again. So, I’m wondering if at least some of the “huntards” out there are playing that way not because they don’t know better but because, well, when they tried to do better they learned it was a bad idea. shrug – it’s a possibility.
But all that philosophy is a digression. See, I have a problem. I am fascinated by the SV spec. Well, say better specs. I am still astounded at all the good options hunters have in all their trees, but SV is… There are some less than optimal choices, but you can make a good case for just about everything in the first five tiers. What you choose depends mostly on what you prefer – and you WILL have to leave something off. Now we come to my problem.
Right now, I’m a solo player. But I think I want to start running in BGs. And I can see a very nice couple of SV specs for that. Now I know that anyone under x5 in BGis a handicap — heck, under x8 is hurting. But countering this are a few minor points — I’m going to be a handicap anyway till I learn; With zero anything right now I need to start getting points/gear and the sooner I start the sooner I get; though it does gimp the victory a bit, it’s still supposed to be fun for me too. (Boy, there’s a post waiting to happen. Having fun that interferes with other people’s fun. If you’re not a selfish pig — and I’ve learned better — other peoples’ fun matters too.)
Balancing that, SV has some nice things that sorta balance the fact of my lowliness. So, I’ve got a few options that’ll make me useful in various BGs. The problem is…
It makes me worse at soloing. It will – I think - severely gimp my pets’ ability to tank. And with the exception of AV, there’s no XP in the battlegrounds. And it’s nice to talk of kiting — and I must practice it more — but kiting is slower kills (and time running back for the next mob), and, well, I’m spoiled.
I want to get on up there – I’ve a couple of guilds who want my priest and will ‘tolerate’ a hunter of my level, but to play with them he really needs to be closer to 70 than he is at present.
Let me focus this ramble. I think I’m going to respec SV (again). It’ll make me more useful in BGs, balancing the fact that at 64 I am going to get LOTS of “go away noob” comments. In addition to the insults, there’ll be the fact that I won’t be as good at leveling. And to add the last point of frustration, I’m not really sure what talents I should take – not just endgame, but the six I should leave off “for now” and grow into later.
‘Tis a puzzlement, and I don’t know enough to really decide.
On the other hand, it’s not boring. (grin)