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9-02-2009 @ 11:31PM
Why are you writing these? These offer terrible advice. Improved Aspect of the Hawk? For all the chain killing or 30+ seconds fights while leveling? Your work on the stats last time was widely panned as well. No knowledgeable hunter is agreeing with the majority of points you make. Have you actually played one before?
9-03-2009 @ 1:52AM
I must concur.I know I've been quite opinionated in the past about your articles Eddie, but the time has come that we must ask questions like these.Like Firestride said, "Have you ever played a hunter before?"I think the problem, E, is that you base a lot of what you write on your personal opinion, maybe. It might be what you think works best, but you must agree (based off all the comments on your recent posts) that there is a resounding "WTF?" in regard to these guides.Bull, where ya at man?
9-03-2009 @ 7:05AM
I've levelled a bunch of Hunters very successfully and I can't agree with the advice here. I don't want to jump on the 'bash the writer' bandwagon but I really think this is very bad advice - I may know zip about level 80 hunter specs but I know A LOT about levels 1-79 and this is just wrong.First you boost your pet's toughness and DPS through Beast Mastery...5x Endurance Training3x Thick Hide2x Focussed Fire (a guaranteed 2% increase on all damage is much better than a 20% chance of improved autoattack speed with IAotH)5x Unleashed Fury5x Ferocity1x Intimidation2x Bestial Discipline...then pull back into Marksmanship for the improved crit and focus-regen-on-crit abilities.5x Lethal Shots5x Mortal Shots2x Go For The The ThroatWith double Bestial Discipline and double Go For The Throat (with your +5% crit chance so you're critting like 20-25% of the time at least) your pet is basically spamming his abilities as hard possible and things die really quickly. Once that's done you can either stick in MM and pick up Aimed Shot and Rapid Killing (I do) or head straight back into BM and carry on up the tree.
9-03-2009 @ 7:57AM
1 - You are absolutely out of your mind to put points into Imp AotH for leveling. The longer your pet survives, the longer the Hunter survives, particularly since "Feign Death" does not become available until Level 30. Points should go into pet stamina and armor, pet damage and healing. Further, you don't even explain why you're recommending Imp Hawk.2 - Scare Beast? That's a situational PvP ability, at best.3 - Mangeclaw is not a rare pet, it is a rare skin for the level. Mangeclaw is on a very short respawn timer because he needs to be killed for "A Pilot's Revenge." It's the skin that is rare at the level, but it is not a rare skin in general since half the Hunters in Northrend have a bear with the white skin.4 - You did not mention that Hunters can dual wield at 20, which dramatically increases their weapon selection. It might also be a good time to explain the mechanics of Raptor and Mongoose and why a 2-hander is slightly better if they end up having to actually melee (which low-level hunters are often required to do).How to macro aspect-switching would be useful so leveling hunters can pop in-and-out of AotH and AotC while leveling, since they'll be doing a lot of running around. Pet control is also extremely important, and they should be learning to gather more than one mob with their pet, macroing pet attack and Hunter's Mark, using Omen or another threat-meter, and other items that are practical for leveling and good skills to hone for group work at higher levels. Leveling is about learning your class, so they should be developing these skills.Some good stuff in here though, particularly the consolidated list of recommended quest lines. However, I'd like to see a paragraph dedicated to the first two tiers of all the talent trees, since this is where they're going to be making big choices.
9-04-2009 @ 12:42PM
I'm here Boydboyd. I just started my MBA graduate program this week and I'm still working in Corporate America so I've been hella busy, combined with doing hard mode ToC, keeping up my social life and girlfriend, and whatnot.I didn't have as many problems with this installment as in the past. There was useful information in the guide with regard to abilities and questing. It is less 'bad info' and more 'things that are lacking' this time around. At least he seems to be improving... But, as many others have said, there are some issues with talent selection that detract from the effectiveness of the guide as a whole. "The last big item you get at level 10 is your first talent point. This is often a point of contention with many." I think this means "no one agrees with my leveling build, so I'll call it a point of contention instead of admitting my build is subpar".Next point of contention: "One skill you learn is now bittersweet, Freezing Trap. I say bittersweet because as you level up or go into PvP you learn to love this new skill. However, once you hit endgame you will notice how it quickly becomes another unused skill on your toolbar." Our traps are bad in PvP. Our lack of CC is part of why we are the worst PvP class in the game. In terms of PvE, especially soloing, Freezing trap is a godsend if used properly. Unfortunately Eddie, you probably don't know how to use it properly, which is why proper use of this ability is not indicated in the article. More on this below.Disengage... isn't all it is made out to be. The reference made to disengage lends credence to the 'Eddie doesn't play a hunter' claim. Warriors can charge twice for every disengage at endgame, probably less-so at 20, but acting as if it is a catch all escape mechanism is shortsighted in my opinion. Disengaging while soloing in PvE is very dangerous while leveling, unless used carefully. Sure, you link to the skill description, but noting that it makes you leap backward and some discussion about spinning quickly to disengage into an empty spot instead of a den of monsters would probably be helpful.Things I would add: (off the top of my head)1.) The concept of switching back and forth from hawk to viper. We don't need lowbies running at 50% damage because they have viper on all day. Maybe even link to the addon called ViperNotify which is very useful to have in terms of aspect management.2.) Kiting. Kiting was mentioned but never defined. Never taught. Most newbies would say "wtf is kiting" at the end of this installment. You indicate the level that wing clip is obtained at, but say NOTHING about how to use it or what it does. WHY?3.) Peeling. In this guide you list both Distracting Shot and Freezing Trap but never indicate how the two are used together to control an NPC while your pet handles 1 or more other NPCs. Talking about traps cooldown versus duration with regard to CC is important and ties into kiting as well. Teaching hunters to drop a trap, wait 10 seconds, pull, and distracting shot an add off their pet tank is an important skill to solo effective and efficiently.4.) Pets. I don't want to dive into the 'which is better' categorization, because it has been a damn long time since I leveled. This guide also assumes no BoA gear. Threat very well may not be an issue even with ferocity pets. I would refrain from making absolute statements with regard to pets, simply because of how much variance is involved. Maybe even go as far as to discuss what aggro is, how it is managed, how pets generate it compared to players (tanks) and reference threat meters or the default threat information in the Blizzard UI.5.) Shot rotation. Like I said, it has been quite some time since I leveled a hunter last, but indicating some kind of idealized rotation might be helpful. For example, if serpent sting is going to be applied, do it early on since the fight is short. Frontloading with multishot (when no CC is around) to kill off quickly. Things like that.Again, other than a few things noted above, this section of the guide is a bit improved, it just leaves more to be desired. Put in full effort instead of paying lip service to concepts that are exaggerated to begin with.
9-26-2009 @ 12:06AM
This is a great column for a NEW hunter! What you said is the equivalent to telling a 4 year old they need higher class before they can have their milk.
9-26-2009 @ 12:17AM
No, what we said is like telling a parent "Why are you encouraging your child to drink bourbon? We really think he should be drinking milk instead, or at least juice. No! Stay away from the antifreeze!"
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