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7-23-2009 @ 1:32PM
I'm confused. Did he imply they might be changing Hunters away from a mana based resource system?That's what it sounded like, but the question he's answering is really poorly worded.
7-23-2009 @ 1:35PM
I take that reply to be yes, and it's part of a larger presentation that will come out at BlizzCon.
7-23-2009 @ 1:48PM
Before they were ever released in alpha, there was actually talk of hunters using focus instead of mana, but by the time they appeared in a playable form, they were on the mana system.
7-23-2009 @ 2:13PM
I know I always felt that because of their physical damage focus, they should use something more similar to a rogue's energy than a caster's mana.I imagine that switching the system at this point is a huge endeavor though.
7-23-2009 @ 2:24PM
Be nice if every dps that wasn't a caster used something other than mana.Rogues get by with energy fine. I imagine a mechanic like that should not be too bad for hunters. Gets rid of "Oh, I forgot to turn off aspect of the viper that fight..." and other such stupidity. Only problem is that then Hunter mail needs to get rid of Int. Enhance shaman suddenly see no difference between mail and leather. Talents would have to be changed for them to make mail more useful.
It would be very difficult to do, especially since we're talking about a class that, from 1 to 80, has been using mana and gotten used to it.I've never heard of a class that had to change their complete resource system...if they do this, it will have to be in a way that makes it instinctively better than the mana issue.Granted, if a focus system comes up, it won't be /too/ bad because we've used the system in a way before with our pets.
7-23-2009 @ 2:41PM
The simple solution for Intellect would be to have it effect our "focus" (Because we're making an assumption that this new resource is focus) gen. Between that and the Int->AP talent it would still be a worthwhile stat.
7-23-2009 @ 4:00PM
If I recall correctly, the original "focus" was nothing like the pet equivalent. You would start with an empty bar and gain more by standing still. Obviously that kind of sucked, even though it felt very hunter-y.I do think that mana has never been a great fit for hunters. Maybe energy would work better for them, but that would require completely reitemizing both hunters and enhancement shaman and a complete talent tree overhaul for both classes.
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