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12-29-2011 @ 12:46PM
I hope you're right about BM being good at PVE and perhaps PVP in MoP. Of course, you thought that would happen over a year ago, and BM still is weak in PVE, PVP, and now isn't even best for soloing. BM is currently farther below median DPS than fire mages are above median DPS. So every time you mention the need for a nerf to Fire mages, please also state that BM needs a buff of similar proportions. Focusing only on the need to nerf mages seems strange coming from someone who writes primarily about hunters, especially given the very weak performance of BM in all aspects of the game right now. By the way, these prediction articles are fun, and I hope you'll keep doing this each year. I really hope more of your predictions are right this year, as I like them all!
12-30-2011 @ 3:05AM
BM is so low because top hunters aren't playing it. There are various reasons for that, but one of them is that the rotation is clunky. I've raided as BM, and come pretty close to what I can do as MM or SV, on and off in each tier this expansion. I just don't like BM so after a couple fights I switch back and never use it again until I've forgotten that I find it annoying.In fact, while my gear was not good enough to get a ranking as MM or SV, I was very close to ranking when I went BM for H Baleroc, and in fact would have ranked if I didn't have to use a cunning pet for a specific buff instead of a ferocity pet. For BM, that choice costed 2500 dps, and I was only about 1K below ranking. So due primarily to gear issues, I was 15% below getting a ranked log as MM or SV, I could have easily ranked as BM, which makes it obvious that it is simply because the top hunters aren't playing as BM.Survival has been viable all expansion, even after the 4.0.6 nerfs. In fact, if you were in normal raid gear, SV was pretty much even, with MM pulling away only with heroics gear (weapon, primarily). In fact, I always found it amusing to pug into BH and embarrass other MM hunters as survival, which always left them confused as to how their "superior" spec was beaten so soundly by a spec everyone "knew" was inferior.
12-30-2011 @ 10:45AM
Seconded most of that. I have a BM hunter that I play rarely, and her DPS is comparable if not over what my MM could do at the same level.But the BM rotation is boring as sin, and makes me feel about as strong as a wet tissue so I never use it for something I really care about.I don't imagine there are enough hunters that feel differently to give BM a proper representation.
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