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7-29-2011 @ 7:11AM
I think for the average hunter the new stance is all right. For top PvE hunters though, any of them were not good enough, not now, neither before. I'll explaing why: When you move your pet, you want it to move fast, so a top PvE hunter will choose spending 1 pet talent point in Dash/Dive (+80% moving speed). Boar's Speed and Charge are either not good enough or their points can be spent much better with other talents.When attacking that +80% moving time translates into DPS, and when retreating, it translates into less damage for the pet (i.e. no dying for moving to slow out of crap). The problem with Dash/Dive is that they are on CD and poping it every 30 secs automatically is not helpful at all. So...you have to macro it, micromange it at a certain level, both when you send your pet to attack a new target and when you call your pet to you to save him. Pet movement macros are therefore a must if you aim for top performance.Another thing which we can make great use of is the fact that we have the Serpent Sting refreshing itself on every Cobra or Steady Shot. That means that ideally we shot 1 serpent sting for every mob or boss we kill. A Serpent Sting macro seems the ideal place to manage pet attack as well. That macro should include apart from SS, Dive and PetAttack as well.All the above are mostly irelevant to the stance changes in the last patch, though I whould agree with Frostheim that Assist stance was of better use before.
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