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1-05-2012 @ 3:02PM
@Arrowsmith: BM is in a competitive place right now. It probably can't top SV, but MM generally won't either until you at least get the ilvl 403 bow from Madness. However, if you go BM and use a cunning pet for a specific buff, the damage you lose over a ferocity pet will probably outweigh the benefit to the raid. BM pretty much requires a ferocity pet.@Harvoc: In your spare time, set up a BM spec/glyphs, set up your buttons, and practice on the dummy until it feels ok. Grab whatever exotic pets you want and to keep in your stable for quick switches. Go do a raid finder run and embarrass some MM hunters who still think it is the "best" spec even though their gear doesn't support it. Once you're at least comfortable with BM, you can switch in a few minutes if needed by your raid. If you like the play style, you may even play it when you don't have to. If you have good pet management, there aren't even any fights I can think of in this tier where you're at a severe disadvantage by playing BM. BM is all about cooldown management. I personally don't like it as much, it feels a lot more random than the smoothness of SV or MM. Just like 60K+ aimed and chimera shot crits feel good, seeing your pet knock off a 50k+ kill command is nice, especially when Killing Streak lights up your Kill Command button and you know you'll get a crit. If you set your gear up for a low haste (1250-1500) arcane shot focus dump MM build, you'll be able to run well as SV, MM, or BM. The secondary stats don't have drastically different values anyway, so reforging for anything beyond the hit cap is almost irrelevant unless you're trying to hit a particular haste point.
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