Alright, so today I was finally able to sit down and get myself acquainted with Patch 5.0.4. I’m still getting used to things, but overall, I’m having fun with the new hunter mechanics.
I still miss my melee weapons, but not from a practical standpoint – that’s more of a sentimental thing.
Being that I’m so programmed to try and maintain maximum range, the removal of the dead zone is taking some getting used to. It feels odd being able to use other shots besides Scatter Shot when enemies are right up on me. I keep having to remember I can shoot someone in the face with Arcane when they’re up in my grill. I’m definitely not complaining about this, however.
I’ve specced Beast Mastery, of course. It feels very good in 5.0.4. Almost too good. Things aren’t exactly balanced right now, so I won’t be holding out thinking it will stay this way.
My Patch 5.0.4 BM PvP Build – Version 1.0
Here’s a look at the build I’ve been using…
I haven’t even had cause to try Narrow Escape because I am having so much fun with Posthaste. Having an additional snare remover, along with the speed increase, is just too good. I use this ability constantly.
Binding Shot is really cool. I like throwing it down on the horde graveyard as I’m running away with their flag, then Master’s Call + Disengage off of the ledge, followed by the Posthaste run speed buff. I’m usually halfway across the field before they’ve had a chance to catch up.
The new and improved Spirit Bond is fantastic. Combined with the Animal Bond glyph and Spirit Mend – I feel I’m harder to kill in 5.0.4. Feels like I have Rejuvenation on me at all times.
I like the new Dire Beast talent. It’s fun to see another pet jump into the fray, and it certainly helps keep my focus up during Big Red. However, this is probably the one tier I want to experiment with some more.
Update: I’ve swapped out Dire Beast for Thrill of the Hunt. I may actually be leaning towards TotH for this tier. It procs like crazy and may end up being a more reliable means for maintaining the focus pool. Also, it’s one less ability to have to manage, which is nice for this simple BM hunter.
Blink Strike is my new favorite ability. Seeing my pet teleport 40 yards – then deliver a devastating crit to an enemy player – just brings a tear to my eye. For added fun, I’ve macro’d this ability to both Bestial Wrath and Intimidation.
My glyph choices are as follows…
I like the Animal Bond glyph for the added healing benefits – especially since I am still running with a Spirit Beast.
The Camouflage glyph is flat out good times. I’m having a lot of fun with it right now. This one might be a keeper.
The Master’s Call glyph is still an amazing choice for PvP. The duration of the effect matches exactly that of the Posthaste buff, which makes for a solid eight seconds of slippery high-speed hunterness.
I like the Cheetah glyph for flag running and the Beast glyph is nice for sneaking into flag rooms. The Fetch glyph is pretty cool, but given the fact that I’m a skinner, it’s not as useful for me. I’ll likely play with some of the others.
Anyway…that’s the build I’m going with for now. I’m sure I’ll be tinkering with things over the next week or two, so if it should change, I’ll be sure to report back.
I have lots more to discuss, so I’ll try to get to some more updates within the next few days. The site is running very slow right now for some reason, so I may not get to any more stuff tonight, but hopefully tomorrow.