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12-06-2010 @ 9:07AM
I'm pretty sure blizzard removed the whole pet abandoning thing from the game.
12-06-2010 @ 11:43AM
Yeah, that was part of the 3.0 pet revamp, IIRC.I'd also like to point out that one of the advantages of passive pets is that they apparently ignore their aggro table; it's handy in PvP because a passive pet is untauntable. Or at least wasn't; the last time I spent any time in PvP on a hunter was back in BC.
12-06-2010 @ 12:46PM
Just an FYI, by level 20 tanks have very high AoE threat, and are often #2 in the damage meters. (Hunters are #1). I find myself ONLY pulling off the tank, if I was the one who pulled the mob. (Stupid auto shooting when tab targeting, I'm used to a Moonkin who just stands there looking angry when I right-click something).Also -- Leveling MM is wonderful. Everything dies with an Aimed shot doing 50-75% of the mobs health, then an Arcane shot (or two) and the mob is dead. Pet tanking is not necessary, at least up to level 45 which is where I am so far.P.S -- Pets can't get Thunderstomp until level 44, so good luck AoE farming with explosive shot until then.P.P.S. -- The Wolf seems to be the best dungeon pet at the moment for leveling. The 5% crit buff helps EVERYONE, it has high DPS, and it is easily available at low levels. Just my 2 cents.P.P.P.S. -- You might want to dismiss your pet in Scholomance. Mine crazy and ran away from me on passive, it ended up pulling 3 bosses. (It was really col to watch though. Thank god for feign death!)
12-06-2010 @ 2:10PM
Note that Blizzard just recently nerfed the damage done by all lower level characters. You can no longer blow through things like you could, alas.
12-06-2010 @ 3:25PM
UPDATE:1- Frostheim, YES YOU CAN, IT IS GREAT! I am posting about my damage done TODAY. We are hunters, blowing things up faster than you can sneeze.2-On that note, I tried Survival. I didn't feel safe comparing specs without trying them all!At level 44, I did 101,654 damage in a WSG. The BG lasted the full 25 minutes.Doing 100 THOUSAND damage in 25 minutes in a BG is very, VERY good. As BM I was able to get to 25k, and as MM my peak was 45k. Just an FYI, explosive shot is a WONDERFUL burst tool in PvP, and lowbie PvP is STILL all about burst, even after the nerfs to damage.
12-06-2010 @ 3:28PM
Just to clarify, I did not try survival in a PvE setting. It is always focus starved, and I find it impossible to keep Serpent Sting up AND using Explosive shot on cooldown. It will most likely become my spec of choice after 48 when we get trap launcher, and lock n' load can proc. (For it to proc now, I have to physically run to the mobs to lay down my traps, which is slow and annoying.)Because serpent sting isn't important for mobs that die fast though, my focus issue may not be a problem.
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