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2-19-2010 @ 6:37PM
Honestly, I'm sick of people saying that BM is not a viable raid spec. You just don't see more BM hunters out there because of everyone saying "but it's not a viable raiding spec!". Someone who can play their chosen class and spec well can out DPS someone better geared in a "viable spec". I am admitted clicker, keyboard turner, and I use the default UI. I raid in BM spec. And I can still come in as one of the top 2 DPS in a raid where we're all pumping out 3.8k-4k+ dps. It's about skill too, not just spec and gear.
2-19-2010 @ 11:34PM
You're in the sweet spot of BM. Keep it up. When the rest of your raid is in ICC25 doing 7k, 8k, or 9k... your BM hunter will still be at 5.8-6k BM is great when you're overgeared for the instance, or doing older content (yes, ToC is old now). When it's in the cutting edge raid, with cutting edge gear, it just can't keep up. I was there 3 weeks ago. Raiding ICC10 and occasionally ICC25 as BM. I was doing 5k on bosses, and 7-9k on AoE (doesn't matter really)... switched to MM after reading the linked article on BM raiding and saw my dps go up 800-1k instantly (that's close to that 20% mark, for those keeping score at home).Anyway, Best of luck to you. :)
2-22-2010 @ 11:59AM
Let's be a bit more detailed about BM raiding....while it definitely falls behind the potential of MM and SV, it can still do well; well being much more than 4k, more like 6k+.
2-19-2010 @ 7:05PM
The issue is that BM lags FAR behind MM and SV in damage output. BM is best at single target DPS, it suffers from target switches more than either of the other specs. On festergut, the closest ICC has to Patchwerk, the best MM hunters are pushing 12k DPS, the best SV hunters are pushing 11k DPS, and the best BM hunters are pushing 9.5k DPS.2.5k DPS difference, over the course of the 5 minute encounter is 750,000 health. And that's on the fight where BM has the best shot at closing the gap. Compare it to a fight like Putricide, which requires rapid target switches, and the gap jumps to 4k DPS.If you're doing 3.8k as a BM hunter, you could probably be doing 4.5k as a different spec. That's 210,000 damage you're costing your raid over the course of a festergut fight. Had any close wipes on him lately?
2-19-2010 @ 7:13PM
Yes, which is why if you cloned yourself and that clone went a spec that isn't BM, They would out dps you based on the fact the other specs do more damage.
2-22-2010 @ 8:44AM
If you're a clicking, keyboard-turning BM hunter, and you're #2 for DPS, the rest of your raid needs to get their asses in gear.
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