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The following list contains ten macros that I use extensively while Huntering in the battlegrounds, as well as arena. Anyone who plays a Hunter is well aware that we have a bazillion abilities at our disposal, yet it can be hard to execute them with immediacy and efficiency while faced with a 1v3 situation in Warsong Gulch, or while that Retadin is chasing you around the Dalaran Sewers waving his Betrayer about.
Macros can make life a lot easier for Hunters, especially within the realm of PvP combat. Here are a few that I highly recommend…
* Please note, all macros listed here are for baseline abilities only. For additional Hunter macros, please visit my macros page.
1. Target Nearest Enemy / Anti-Rogue macro
Every Hunter should have this macro. With one button press it will target your nearest enemy, place a Hunter’s Mark on them, send your pet to attack and begin your auto attack. I use this macro every single time I step into an arena or battleground. On one hand, it can be used as a “lazy” Hunter macro for targeting, but what it’s really intended for is to prevent stealthed targets from getting the jump on you.
Whether I’m defending a node in Arathi Basin or standing on a flare in arena, I always have my fingertip at the ready to hit this key the moment I hear that dreaded sound of a Rogue or Feral Druid coming up on me. This macro can save you precious hit points by putting them in combat before they can pop an opener on you.
/targetenemy /cast Hunter's Mark /petattack /startattack
2. Uber Wing Clip
This macro basically combines Wing Clip with Raptor Strike, creating a Wing Clip with a whammy. It’s very simple, yet extremely effective. While Hunters are fairly inadequate when it comes to close quarters combat, we do have a handful of damage dealing skills at our disposal. If you’re going to slow them before you escape to range, you may as well give them a little something extra before you go. This will give you a Wing Clip that hits for 1K-2K.
#showtooltip Wing Clip /cast Raptor Strike /cast Wing Clip
3. Raptor Strike / Mongoose Bite Melee Macro
This macro is similar to the previously mentioned Wing Clip one, only it focuses on strictly DPS melee abilities. If you’re hopelessly caught in melee range, then this macro can bring a little bit of pain before you’re able to run away again. If you get lucky and manage criticals with both attacks, you can achieve about a 3.5K-4K melee burst with this one button press. The other beauty of this macro is that you can combine two seldom used, yet important melee abilities into one action bar slot.
/cast Raptor Strike /cast Mongoose Bite
4. Wing Clip and Escape Disengage Macro
This very useful macro drops a quick Wing Clip on your target before you fly away. Using this not only creates 30 yards between you and your opponent, but also keeps them snared for 10 seconds while you dance around at max range delivering headshots. Drop a Frost trap at their feet a split second before hand for maximum enjoyment.
#showtooltip Disengage /cast Wing Clip /cast Disengage
5. Simple PvP Tracking Macro
This macro enables you to switch between Track Humanoids and Track Hidden with ease. In arena I primarily use Track Hidden as a Beast Mastery Hunter, but if you’re Survival or Marksman you’ll need to switch to Humanoid Tracking in an instant for the Improved Tracking damage bonus.
In battlegrounds I have Track Humanoids enabled the majority of the time, but if I suddenly see a red dot on my mini-map disappear on its way up to the Lumber Mill while I’m guarding, then I give this macro a tap.
/castsequence Track Humanoids, Track Hidden
6. Freezing Trap
Another very simple macro with a very beneficial effect. All it does is cancel your auto attack so that you don’t accidentally break your own Freeze Trap. Now that your partner has that Druid on the ropes, last thing you want is to free up his Warrior partner that you just put on ice.
/cast Freezing Trap /stopattack
7. Failsafe Bandage Macro
A clutch bandage can be key for an arena win. Sometimes amongst the bedlam that is PvP, you may accidentally have your pet or other friendly target selected. This macro just makes sure that the bandage is always applied to you no matter what. You may not think you need it, but why take a chance..?
/use [target=player] Heavy Frostweave Bandage
8. Come Here Boy (or Girl)… Quick!
This is a good macro to use if your pet is getting focus-fired hard. Tap this macro if your pet has just LoS’d you and is about to get raped by that Death Knight/Ret combo. Follow it up with a quick Mend Pet and your pet will be able to head back into the fray within a few seconds.
/petpassive /petfollow /cast Dash
Alternatively, you can swap Dive in place of Dash if you are using a flying pet such as a Chimaera, Bird of Prey, Nether Ray, Bat, etc… (Although I recommend against using anything but anything flappy for PvP. Chimaeras are good for Beast Mastery Hunters, but for MM or SV, you can do much better with land animals.
9. Master’s Call
This macro attempts to unsnare a teammate if your mouse is placed over them while the macro key is pressed, or free yourself if no friendly target is selected.
/cast [target=mouseover,help][target=player] Master's Call
Tip… copy this macro and swap Intervene in place of Master’s Call if you have a Tenacity pet, and you have yourself an Intervene macro as well.
10. Target Circle Macros
In PvP, and especially in arena, it can be quite easy to accidentally turn off your target circle when furiously trying to get off a spell. These include: Flare, Volley and Freezing Arrow.
Although these macros are very simple in nature and don’t combine any special skills or commands the way most macros do, they are still important nonetheless. All three of these abilities are used often in arena, and a fumble on any one of them can definitely cause you and your teammate(s) problems.
Technically, I have three macros listed here, which makes this list 12 macros deep. However, these are all so simple and basically do the same thing, so I am just counting them as one. Got it..? Good.
Don’t let a Rogue vanish on you at 5%, then immediately stunlock you due to a miscue on your Flare. No matter how jumpy you are and however many times you spam your Flare key, this macro will ensure you don’t lose your targeting circle.
Volley is another extremely useful tool for popping out stealthed targets. Volley can be used at leisure while standing on a Flare, but if your Flare’s on cooldown and you need to pop a target quickly, Volley is key. Don’t blow a well timed Volley by losing your target circle at the wrong moment.
Freezing Arrow Macro
This macro works in the same way as the other two. Timing is very important with this ability since the trap has an arming time. Fumbling around with your targeting circle because you’re too jittery can mean the difference between CC’ing the healer and nuking his partner, or missing the CC and getting raped yourself.
/cast !Freezing Arrow
Alrighty… so there ya go. Those are some macros that I use all the time when engaging in Player versus Player Combat.
This list is fairly short and isn’t intended to be an end-all-be-all guide to Hunter PvP macros, but it’s a good place to start. For more Hunter macros, please visit my macros page.
While I’m no Megatf, Levidia or some of the other Hunter greats out there, I am pretty capable. I may not be a 2K+ player, but I have managed to grind out 1800+ ratings the past four seasons with very unorthodox combos, plus I am enough of a loser to have spent enough time on my Hunter to achieve nearly 60K honor kills. I’m battle tested and war hardened I tell ya. In a casual sort of way I suppose…
Take what you want from this post, and most of all… have fun people!
Now go kick some ass!!!