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7-24-2008 @ 8:48AM
I can only find some claims that it was mentioned at the panel, but I can't seem to find any verified references.At any rate, just because Blizzard makes a decision doesn't mean that it is a correct decision. If the developers do something irrational, then it is still a flawed design.While it is true that BM hunters lose more when their pet goes down, it is equally true that their pets are far harder to take down in the first place. If you add extra dps on top of this advantage, you create a situation where a) non BM hunters are at a fixed disadvantage while BM pets are active, and b) BM pets will be active longer as they can take much more punishment. In other words, BM outputs more damage and is also guaranteed to keep higher dps for a longer period, as the other hunters lose their pets earlier in the fight. That's literally giving 2 bonuses to one build.The major flaw in this design, is that the hunter is a dps class (Blizzard's own words), so if one build is necessarily superior to another under equal circumstances, the weaker build has no right to exist in the first place. This approach turns the MM tree into mere [i]filler[/i].
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