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3-01-2010 @ 7:55PM
Good article. I'm actually relieved about the haste change. One of my fears about the change to focus is that my hunter will suddenly play like my rogue... constantly waiting on my resources. With haste allowing an increased resource restoration rate, there's at least the chance that, if my resource regeneration is too low for my liking, I could stack more haste and avoid staring in frustration at my resource bar, like I do on my rogue. Though, as you said, there's no point in worrying too much about whether the change to focus will be good or bad. We won't know until we try it in Beta. And, yeah. I'm not entirely surprised by the crit change. My hunter is at over 60% crit unbuffed. Heck, I have a screenshot of my Hunter in VoA the other day with 80% crit chance. (Which doesn't include talent buffs to specific abilities, like Explosive shot.) It's pretty insane at the moment.
3-01-2010 @ 8:34PM
Agreed on fearing my hunter playing like a rogue. The wait on the resource bar was part of the reason I (for now at least) gave up playing on my rogue. Extremely frustrating for me.
3-01-2010 @ 8:39PM
Well, we'll certainly deplete our resource bar quickly, but we'll never have to just sit there with nothing to do. We'll always be able to use Steady Shot to increase our rate of focus regen.
3-01-2010 @ 9:16PM
I actually rolled a rogue alt when Cataclysm was announced in preparation of these changes. Although I don't think that focus will be as extreme of a wait as energy is, I do think we will be paying a lot more attention to our focus bars than we currently do to our mana bars.I am very interested to see the direction that mana based talents are going to go. For one, I have no idea what Aspect of the Viper will turn into. If we have 100 focus, like our pets, and assuming that shots will cost around 20 focus each with a passive regen rate of 5 per second, and increased regen through steady shot, there probably isn't going to be a need for a long term focus regeneration aspect.I am a little concerned about things changing, and there probably will be a lot of bugs to work out at first, a'la Death Knights in Wrath, but the hunter community is going to come through. If you love playing a hunter for the reasons most of us do, it has very little to do with having a mana bar. It is going to be different, but I doubt it will be something that would cause me to reroll another class.
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