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More Power Auras tips for hunters {WoW}

Nov 19th 2009 4:03PM You don't have to use the textures that come with POWA, it's pretty simple to checkbox "Use Buff Icon" which lets you place the spell icon of the ability itself on your screen. You can scale it to be very small and semi-transparent too.

As a Hunter, I also use Powa to monitor:
1) When Hunter's mark is not on my target
2) When my focus target has a Misdirect buff (for chaining MDs)
3) The duration remaining on my Sniper Training (move around as long as you have >6s left, if you want to try to maintain 100% uptime - obviously not at the expense of your survival)
4) When Furious Howl procs - to time with other buffs like CotW/RF
5) Whether I am in range of distance-based raid buffs, like Trueshot Aura, Strength of Earth Totem, Leader of the Pack (so I can shift to where I'm properly buffed)
6) Any and every harmful raid buff/debuff I need to monitor, like Shadow Crash, Hodir's various buffs, Penetrating Cold, etc.
7) Health/Mana thresholds.
8) You can also attach sounds to events, for instance, when L&L procs for me, it plays the AH bell. When my health drops below 35%, I get a "Bleep".

When configured correctly, it's one of the best ways to improve your environmental awareness and optimize buffs.

WoW Rookie: Basic add-ons {WoW}

Nov 11th 2009 6:10PM Power Auras Classic – I can’t think of a more flexible, utility addon out there. If you need to know about a proc/buff/debuff in a visual, audible way including timers, POWA can do almost everything as “tiny and tucked away in a corner” or “massive and in-your-face” as you need it. It’s very helpful for monitoring raid buffs/debuffs like Hodir auras/buffs, Vezax pool/mark, Anub’arak penetrating cold, Jaraxxus incinerate, etc. It’s also great for stuff like LnL/Sudden Death procs, Sniper Training, etc.

Also, Quartz or ClassTimers as a DOT timer is extremely useful for any class that needs to monitor rotations based on DOT uptime, like locks, shadow priests, hunters, etc.

Cataclysm starting zone lore and other new details revealed {WoW}

Sep 28th 2009 1:07PM Interesting you should mention the beach house. At the beginning of WC3 theres a cinematic of Medivh talking to thrall in his sleep. Well if you ever eagle eye, far sight or just swim to the sw corner of Kalimdor (behind aq) there is thralls hut. how he got from there to the lordaeron internment camps idk

BlizzCon 2009: Initial thoughts on the Hunter changes {WoW}

Aug 22nd 2009 12:31PM I'm fine with it as long as I can chain GCDs without having to wait for energy. I realize it's something to be managed, but haste no longer scales attack speed, so we'll be eternally stuck at a 1.74s Steady Shot, which we have to use to gain focus to use our decent shots. Here's hoping they make SS a natural 1.5s.

BlizzCon 2009: Class, Items, and Professions Panel Live Blog {WoW}

Aug 21st 2009 9:00PM Thank you Wowinsider, great coverage!

Scattered Shots: So you want to be a Hunter - Part 2 Levels 1-9 {WoW}

Aug 19th 2009 4:59PM There’s good advice in the twinking community for gearing a lowbie player. Tinking is quite different, since you get much more out of your gear and it’s worth going to great lengths, but moderate twinking never hurts for leveling, especially if you’ve got a wealthy “big brother” main to support it.

Use wowhead to hunt down the best quest rewards and BoE items and learn to love filters.
http://www.wowhead.com/?items=4&filter=ty=2:-3:-6:-2:-4;maxle=50;maxrl=30;cr=119;crs=1;crv=0
Item Level is different from Required Level. Quest Rewards typically have no “Required Level” because that is part of the quest pre-requisite. However, if you’re planning to enchant your items, you’ll need to be sure that the Item Level allows for the Enchant. I believe all Vanilla enchants can go on any item level item. However, TBC enchants require LV35+ items, and Wrath enchants require LV60+ items. You can only use Vanilla enchants on Heirloom items.

If you want to enjoy leveling, upgrade your stuff! If you get a piece you know you’ll use for 10+ levels, it’s worth enchanting!

Your Hunter can’t use mail until lv40, so you’re looking for leather with Agi, AP, Hit, Crit, etc. Intellect and Stamina aren’t “to be avoided.” This isn’t endgame raiding, staying alive and spending more time killing is better than maximizing your ranged DPS.

For starters, craft some cheap BoEs to get you going once you’re 15+. I only list hit gear here, but you can use those filters to limit the search to items with AGI or AP, or at our near your current level, for example.
= (Leatherworking) Black Whelp Tunic, Req. Level 15, +3 Agi, +5 Hit (+3.71% at LV15)
= (Jewelcrafting) Simple Pearl Ring, Req. Level 17, +4 Hit (2.31% at LV17)
= (Leatherworking) Deviate Scale Belt, Req. Level 18, +5 Agi, +6 Sta, +3 Hit (1.56% at LV18)

Combat ratings have a huge effect at lower levels, but depreciate as you level up. For example, the Black Whelp Tunic provides 3.71% hit at Level 15, but only 1.24% at Level 29. So be sure to seek out new upgrades as you level! You only need 5% to hit a target of your same level 100% of the time. It makes a big difference when an Arcane Shot uses 33% of your mana, and can spell the difference between life and death vs. that target 2-3 levels higher than you.

The Queue: Hump Day {WoW}

Aug 12th 2009 11:32AM A very long time ago, before the release of Warcraft III (or even the Alpha) and when WoW was not even a twinkle in the public’s eye, I remember a Warcraft game under development that was supposed to be a “first person experience” complete with a 3rd person rear camera and hero classes. They actually released many screenshots, which bore a striking resemblance to WoW – there was a Frost Lich, and a bridge resembling the one between Barrens/Durotar and snowy mountain passes.

There was an uproar on some Warcraft fansites that Blizz was going to turn their favorite strategy game into some kind of Diablo hack-and-slash or that they would try to resurrect the cartoony “Warcraft Adventures” game with a new graphics engine. Before long, WCIII took shape and the screenshots looked nothing like the ones I”ve mentioned. Clearly it was closer to the strategy game genre and ultimately the other project must have been shelved. It wasn’t until WoW was announced that the memory of those screenshots came back, but a lot of the community sites at that time and up to now no longer carry those screenshots. Does anyone know where I can find information on this potentially “technology test” version of the WoW engine, predating even WCIII?

The Queue: Hump Day {WoW}

Aug 12th 2009 11:16AM http://www.wowwiki.com/Attack_power

The dramatic oversimplifcation of it is that it scales your weapon DPS: 14 AP = 1 DPS

The Queue: Hump Day {WoW}

Aug 12th 2009 11:12AM In SW, on the landing just below the Mage portal destination, there's a portal to the Dark Portal.

Behold, the power of macros {WoW}

Jul 30th 2009 1:39PM I use a number of macros on my hunter; some of which are merely tweaked-up versions of these:

/cast [modifier:alt] !Aspect of the Dragonhawk
/stopmacro [modifier:alt]
/castsequence reset=60 !Aspect of the Viper, !Aspect of the Dragonhawk

Same as the toggle macro, but you can hold Alt to manually go into Dragonhawk. I bind it to `, so ` toggles and Alt+` goes Dragonhawk.

#showtooltip Tranquilizing Shot
/cast [target=mouseover,exists,harm][target,harm] Tranquilizing Shot

Or Wyvern Sting, Viper Sting, Silencing Shot, Concussive Shot, are all good candidates for this macro.

#showtooltip Misdirection
/focus [button:2] target
/stopmacro [button:2]
/cast [modifier:ctrl] Misdirection
/cast [target=focus,help,exists][help][target=pet,exists,nodead] Misdirection

This will focus your target if you right-click, if you left-click it tries to cast Misdirection first on a friendly focus target, if that fails it tries you friendly target, if that fails it uses your pet, if it’s alive. I also built it so that you can simply hold CTRL to cast a plain old Misdirection on your current target.

/focus [target=mouseover]

It helps to bind a key to this (I use F4), which will focus the target you’re focusing on. Helpful for changing your MD focus without having to stop attacking your currenet target.

#showtooltip
/stopmacro [noexists]
/run for i=1,GetNumTrackingTypes() do local n, t, a, c = GetTrackingInfo(i); if string.find(n, UnitCreatureType("target")) then if t~=GetTrackingTexture(i) then SetTracking(i); end end end
/cast Hunter's Mark

A little convoluted, but it changes your tracking to the type you’re currently targeting. I used to use this when Imp. Tracking was tied to the type of tracking, but it’s also nice if you’ve been fishing/mining/questing prior to a raid and forget to set a tracking type. It looks complicated but I’ve never noticed any performance problem with it.

#showtooltip Eagle Eye
/cast !Eagle Eye

I love this macro in BGs, let’s me bounce all over map, even out of LOS of my original position. I can announce incoming on any base in AB while defending my own.