Oct 21st 2008 3:53PM No worries about your gorilla; the damage, or part of the damage, has been changed from physical to magical. That means damage done is still the same, it's just a different type.
If anything, it's doing more damage now since physical damage is lowered by armor and magical damage is not.
AoE grinding is here to stay!
Sep 19th 2008 5:01AM Yeah, what Drotara said.
It is more than a little frustrating that many other classes get their patch notes looked over by experts while hunters are treated by Mike Schramm. Both writers of the Scattered Shots-column would be good choices. Bigredkitty not so much, judging by his last posts.
Or do the really smart thing and go to Drotara's website. Very good coverage of all things hunter at www.qqpewpew.com.
Sep 19th 2008 4:55AM Yes, more people have noticed that although it's not sure whether it is a bug or intended. The tests done on how long it takes to regain mana with AotV up, and how much DPS is consequently lost, take this effect into account.
It is also one of the few ways that look viable right now for hunters to regain mana in arenas: have AotV up and keep serpent sting or explosive shot ticking on enemies. Otherwise, no LOS = no mana regeneration.
Sep 18th 2008 3:34PM Ehm, while you're showing hunter movies, how about the one where a hunter pet is gibbed in three second? It's all over the forums. Fun for hunters indeed.
Sep 18th 2008 8:31AM BM is still a nice leveling spec because of the early tier-talents buffing your pet, i.e. your personal tank. As for the 70-80 levelling bit, why not? Getting yourself a tenacity exotic pet will let you do more DPS than any other pet as they (should) have the best aggro generation.
BM, Marksman AND Survival all look like raid viable DPS insofar that the numbers they are producing in the beta right now are very close. However, BM and Survival are much more mana-efficient than Marksman at this point. Marksman hunters will lose DPS while regenerating mana through Aspect of the Viper more often because of that.
Sep 12th 2008 8:40AM Ok, that's a bit over the top here, Starstrike. "[Hunters are] good for not much else [than levelling] at this point" is simply untrue. We do extremely high damage in PvE and are one of the most effective killing classes in unorganized battleground PvP.
The one big problem for hunters until the end of TBC is Arena. The "l2p noob" argument loses all its power when you look at participation figures for hunters in arenas, especially at higher ratings. Some more Blizzard attention for Arena hunters would be very welcome.