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7-14-2011 @ 7:12PM
Through all of my leveling in BM spec, any time I would go into a dungeon or PVP situation, I got nothing but compliments on my DPS - especially the DPS of my pet. I was even accused a few times of hacking to get it that high - but the truth is that I was just GOOD, and my pet (a Hyena) wasn't something most people expected to see in a BG or Dungeon because most hunters take a Cunning pet into a Dungeon and a Tenacity pet into a BG - but I've had my hyena since level 30, and while I have a full stable of alternate, fully trained pets, he's the one I work best with, so I keep him with me.However, hitting 85, suddenly my PVE was still fine, and my PVP is great, but get me into a dungeon or a raid and... Well, to put it mildly, I suck.I go into my alt spec, Marksmanship, when doing a dungeon or a raid now, because BM just doesn't pull the DPS #s that is needed in the high end dungeons and raids. When I go to town on a raid dummy, as if it was a boss, blow all my cooldowns, throw traps, blast out shots at max rotation, my DPS can cap out at nearly 25k in bursts, with an average of between 7k and 9k on average. Now, I'm not gemmed at all, yet, I'm still gathering good gear, and I'm BARELY geared for Heroics. Not everything is enchanted, either.But when I'm in a dungeon or a raid, I'm lucky if I hit 4k average DPS, and cap out around 6k or so RARELY. I've tried rotations listed online. I've tried "cheating" with SpellFlash. I've tried everything I and my Raid Leader and Guild Leader can think of to get my DPS up. I'd think it was just my gear...However, I live in the house with another Hunter. She's similarly geared to me (though her GS is 1000 higher than mine, and we can't figure out why). Our BM and MM specs are identical. She also uses a ferocity pet (a cat), and when we're in dungeons and raids she's hitting as hard as I do on the training dummy. We literally have our desks in the same room, and we've gone so far as trying me setting my actionbars up identical to hers, and her calling out the shots as she's doing them so I can do the same thing... and my DPS STILL sucks.The only thing I can figure is that it's just what this article indicates - it's a skill issue. She's just... better at it than I am. I admit, I get confused in dungeons and raids. I"m so focused on mechanics and what our Leader has told me I need to avoid or specifically DO in certain situations, that I lose my rotation regularly. Then I might do something in the wrong order, or click the wrong thing - Widow Venom does nothing if the target isn't being healed, so that's a waste of focus. Sometimes I click into Fox so I can Steady Shot while moving, but forget to click back to Hawk on my next shot. If I were to macro Fox onto my Steady and Aimed shots, I'd still forget to switch back to Hawk before my next shot.It really does all come down to skill... and the truth is, while better gear and equipment would help... what I really need to do is get my act together, because I hate being the "carried" member of the party. And until I can get my skill up... that's all I'll ever be.
7-15-2011 @ 11:33AM
Some advice... Hope this helps. 1) keybind your basic shots so that they're all close by one hand. I play SV, so I have 1 as SS, 2 as Black Arrow, 3 as Explosive, 4 as Cobra, 5 as Kill, 6 as Rapid Fire. Arcane is F1, Concussive is F3. F2 is some CC. It does NOT matter if you follow those... my point is make them all easy to press with the hand that's not moving you around. 2) Get and use Power Aura or the built in one. Use a combat text mod or, again, the built in version. Both of these will alert you when abilities are off cooldown. I have a big, annoying red circle in the middle of my screen when Explosive is up. A purple sigil for Black Arrow, etc. I don't need to take my eyes off what's happening to know that a shot is up and I should fire it. There's more. But making it easy to press a key and fire a shot and to know when your shots are available to be fired will help I think.
7-15-2011 @ 8:27AM
I think I can help you. DON'T PANICIf you mess up, move on, and fix it next time. If you start to beat yourself up over every missed shot, and misfire, you'll expend all of your energy worrying about what went wrong. While you're doing that, you're bound to bugger something else up, then you're really in the weeds.How not to panic:Practice. You have to go through the motions, a lot. Start slow, beat on the dummy for a good while, maybe even until you figure you can DPS it in your sleep. Do a bunch of dungeons, see if it made any difference. Once you're comfortable with the motions, you can work on the "harder" stuff.From your post I read that you're working on everything, all the time. Life in the fast lane isn't for everyone. It's easier for most folks, men especially, to work on one thing at a time. Sort out the basics, then pick one thing you know you do poorly, and work on that. Once you're not panicking over that thing, choose another. Before you know it, you'll be a calm, cool, and collected DPS powerhouse.
7-15-2011 @ 10:15AM
"Now, I'm not gemmed at all, yet, I'm still gathering good gear, and I'm BARELY geared for Heroics. Not everything is enchanted, either."It's only part of the whole, but get this at least partly fixed. Yeah, practice will help most, but being ungemmed is going to hurt. Heck, get a wrath-meta if it's cheaper, but get that 3% bonus to crit damage. Likewise, 30 Agi green-quality gems are 30 Agi more than empty sockets.
7-15-2011 @ 11:00AM
Let me see if I can help you too (though I am by no means the leet hunter I wanna be.)First, I would recommend that you substitute Survival for your Marksmanship spec. Survival is much more compatible with heroics than MM. Your multi-shot will serve you much better in the trash pulls through most heroics (and your DPS will reflect that.) One thing I absolutely love to do in heroics is throw a frost trap on my tank when he is pulling a large mob of traps. This almost always procs Lock & load, but I usually ignore it and keep multi-shotting the tank's target (and a lot of the times, I have explosive shots left over after i've dumped my focus on multi...) Try doing this on the last boss in that dungeon in Deepholm (what was that again?!)Again, Survival is also a lot more forgiving than Marksman with your rotation, so use it as a study aid. Once you have gotten your rotation down in a live-fire situation, then I would think about booting out that ol' BM spec for Marks. (Marks is also much better with leet gear, so consider it when you have gotten at least two pieces of your tier gear.)I hope this helps, and I hope that Survival can be fun for you.Good Luck!
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