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7-19-2007 @ 6:18PM
My "main" is a hunter and I'm able to use him effectively in all 3 arena brackets. I'm a survival/marksmen hybrid and I feel like I have all of the tools I need to keep opponents out of my deadzone--concussive shot, traps (with entrapment), scatter shot, counter attack, and a PvP trinket. That's a lot of different utilities that when used properly usually keep me out of trouble; however, I certainly need to stay on my toes. I will admit that the arena design can be extremely frustrating at times. The columns in Nagrand can pose huge line of sight problems for me if a caster wants to engage in a game of cat and mouse. And, fighting in Blade's Edge is difficult because the bridge takes away almost all of my lateral movement forcing me into jousting matches as opposed to running away and jump-shooting.My biggest problem, which I don't think has been addressed, is lack of mana. I recently tweaked my spec to give myself 5/5 points in Efficiency and even with that and Aspect of Viper, I almost always run out of mana during 5v5 matches and long 3v3 matches. And, with opponent's hit points and resilience ratings constantly increasing, I fear that mana regen is going to be an even bigger issue than it is already. My character is completely geared with arena/bg gear which provides very little intellect and no mana per five stats. I would hate to have sacrifice agility and crit gems for intellect and mana gems--it would be a shame to nerf my DPS in that way. It sounds like Blizzard is buffing Aspect of the Viper next patch, so maybe that will help, but I'm not optimistic.
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