Sep 12th 2009 8:03PM He was speaking of The Beast Within, and while yes, the time that it lasts it is getting nerfed, the overall talent being changed is certainly a buff to BM hunters.
Aug 1st 2009 12:40PM I was overjoyed when we finally got a couple extra stable slots with WotLK (or did it happen in the last pre-LK patch?). But now with dual-spec, we really NEED at least a couple more. With a pet for soloing and a pet for raiding, for each spec, plus a PvP pet, the stable's full. I know some are thinking, "But that's all you need," however, it gives us no room to actually try out a new pet, or have one for case specific circumstances, or say just a farming pet, without constantly repseccing the pets already in our stables. I'm not saying that we should get double the slots since we now have dual spec (although that would be sweet), I just mean now more than ever, we need a couple more.
@dennis & blindlinus, yeah, I know what you mean. I play my warrior a lot without his sword, shield, or chestpiece.
Jul 27th 2009 6:49PM Personally, as a hunter, I would rather stick with mana. The intelligence on our armor equals AP thanks to a talent basically every hunter takes, and thanks to a variety of different raid buffs, our mana increases overall (just like casters) as does our resource regeneration (again, just like casters). For us to suddenly change over to an entirely new resource system would drastically change the very nature of the class.
In addition, the fact that generally, when something changes so incredibly, the class is either very OP or completely gimped for a period of time, then the class goes through a long drawn-out period of "balancing."
Jul 18th 2009 4:32PM imho, what this really shows is Blizz really needs to work on pet balancing some more. Nearly every raiding hunter brings a wolf now because it is, quite simply, The Best Raiding Pet. If they altered the buffs to be raid wide, buffed up other pets' buffs, and gave others some better boss debuffs, we'd see a little more variety. We heard the devs say for a long time that they didn't want a "best pet" but that's what we have now.
Since pets are such a huge part of the hunter as a class, it wouldn't be unheard of for the hunters in a raid to get together and decide who's bringing what family of pet. Heck when the wolf buff was still raid wide (even tho it didn't stack with might) one of us brought a wolf and the other a cat (for it's higher dps on it's own) to our 10 man runs.
Jul 16th 2009 2:31PM Wow, another glaring error in basic mechanics. All pets have the same armor modifiers now (and have for quite some time). The huge draw of Tenacity pets is in their talent tree. Is it really that hard for this site to find a hunter columnist that knows their class, or is this a problem with all class writers?
Jul 10th 2009 1:05PM A couple of notes: first, Heart of the Phoenix I consider a must for BM, with all of the raid dmg going out, a dead puppy is a huge dps loss. And I've always had it work, just manually cast it. Second, as SV my puppy isn't nearly as much of my dps, but is still my personal buffer, so keeping him alive is still somewhat important. I found putting a couple points in the armor and stamina talents at the top works out much better than cobra reflexes, he may get a few less procs stacking, but he's still alive (especially since he receives significantly less healing than a BM pet does).
@Micro-- When you said, if your pet is taking dmg, turn growl off-- you haven't been in Ulduar yet, have you? Tons of raid dmg.