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9-17-2009 @ 11:04AM
BM should be "the" hunter spec. It's a shame Blizzard left it behind MM and SV as they should be more or less on the same boat in terms of pure DPS. What I really hate of BM is that cool/rare/exotic pets are just a vanity toy. Loque'Nahak, Skoll, ... they're just "nice" to look at... but nothing else.
9-17-2009 @ 11:31AM
No single Spec should ever be "the" spec; they should all be viable because every player enjoys playing a different tree. It's a shame when players are told they cannot join a group or raid because they enjoy playing a less popular spec, or because they love their exotic pet.I would also disagree that exotic pets are purely for the sake of vanity. In many cases they have superior abilities, with Devilsaurs being an improvement over Raptors and Silithids being an improvement over crabs and spiders.Right now a BM Hunter will be 15% to 20% behind a MM or Surv Hunter in the exact same gear, which is a huge problem from both a PvP and PvE standpoint. Currently proposed changes to BM are, thus far, insufficient to bridge this gap.Comments from Ghostcrawler on the earlier changes are located here: http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=19820512759
9-17-2009 @ 11:33AM
9-17-2009 @ 12:25PM
What I'd personally like to see... would be to have BM become an optional tanking spec. Pet tanks used to be fairly viable for a time, but it's no longer the case at all. A Tenacity pet controlled by a BM hunter should at least be heroic-viable, if not raid-viable. It's a shame they aren't. They don't have to be the best tanks, but it'd be nice if they could tank at all.Maybe it's just because we have a tank shortage on our server.
9-17-2009 @ 12:37PM
Hunter pets can tank same level isntances up to 60 atleast in WotLKI remember while leveling I (ret Paladin) would DPS and stop occasion to heal the tank and everyone else, and his pet (gorilla) would tank, with our warlock and Rogue and the actual hunter DPSing.It worked out great.
9-17-2009 @ 12:44PM
@BozI still think BM deserves a major buff/talent overhaul. It currently is rock bottom as far as Hunter specs go.TBW, and 18 seconds of CC immunity was the only thing that made BM worthwhile in PvP, and now that its being nerfed, I think Hunters could get a lower representation in Arena.
9-17-2009 @ 12:47PM
Why would BM be "the" hunter spec? All the hunters/rangers pre-WoW were known for their prowess with their weapons, not for what animal they were keeping around as a pet.All three specs should be as close as possible in DPS and utility, with perhaps less utility for the easier to play specs.
9-17-2009 @ 2:08PM
@Nopunin10didLast year, during Halloween, it was definitely a Spec that could be used to tank.I used a Gorilladin several times to tank the headless horseman, allowing more DPS/Healers to come along for their own little shot at some useful rings and stuff. With two Hunters and pets, it was an easy, fun fight, even.I'd really like to see BM spec to become viable in that way again.
9-18-2009 @ 10:43AM
Random Comments:1.) For over two years I have been saying that the BM tree should be modeled after Feral Druids. We should become a hybrid class that can tank or dps depending on gear and talents within one tree. We could share gear with Feral tanks and have an armor boost talent (Thick Hide anyone?) to upgrade the leather to mail.2.) Hunter representation cannot get any worse in arena, considering we were sitting at somewhere around 0.5%. Hint: 10% is balanced and even with readiness/bm and tnt hunters have NEVER passed 11%.3.) The cooldown reduction is a huge nerf that Blizzard is trying to suppress. BW/TBW popped? Press bubble and the hunter automatically loses. Press iceblock and the hunter loses. Press icebound fortitude and the hunter loses. Press evasion and the hunter loses. It used to be that many classes had to deal with 5-8 seconds of hunter damage, but now they won't even have to worry.4.) GC said the talent had to be nerfed because it was both offensive and defensive. Still waiting on Paladins to not be allowed to attack or heal while bubbled.
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