Shortly before the server restart tonight I set a new personal best for DPS. 5302DPS for Tenebron in Heroic Obsidian Sanctum. Not too bad for a slacker Marksman Hunter.
I shifted a few talent points around earlier tonight, swapped out a glyph, and managed some decent upgrades this week, which I think helped considerably.
While browsing the auction house earlier tonight, I recalled I still hadn’t gotten a Glyph of Chimera Shot yet. Finally I found some up there for a realistic price, so I nabbed one. As a placeholder, I had a Glyph of Trueshot Aura. My crit is already insanely high, so that glyph probably wasn’t doing a lot for me. Anyway, while re-glyphing I decided to re-visit my spec and see if I could improve upon some things.
I’m always looking for ways to improve my specs, whether it be for PvE or PvP. After reading comments from some of my readers, and doing some critical thinking of my own, I elected to go for Aspect Mastery. Initially, I had tried an 11/53/7 build when I purchased my dual spec. At the time, I wasn’t too crazy about it, and ended up going SV, BM, and eventually settling on a 7/57/7 MM build for raiding.
This build was great, and perhaps it was more so me getting the hang of playing MM, but my DPS shot up considerably. Now, after having raided as Marks for a few weeks, I’m fine-tuning things some.
I’m not a spreadsheet kind of guy, but I do try and analyze things carefully to see where I feel I’d receive the most benefits. I’ve decided to pick up Aspect Mastery again because it just makes sense. My reluctance before stemmed from me not wanting to spend 3 points in non-dps talents in order to obtain it. I felt I could get more value from using all four of the points in the MM tree, and spending all of them on DPS talents.
The points I elected to pull from the MM tree were 3 from Improved Barrage and 1 from Silencing Shot. Many of you will read that and say, well yeah… why the hell didn’t you do that before..?!
For starters, I liked having the additional crit for Multi and Aimed for both trash pulls and long boss fights. Silencing Shot was difficult for me to bypass, solely because it’s hard for me to accept being a MM Hunter without it. Yet, in reality, this is PvE we’re talking about, so not that important a talent.
Giving up 3/3 in Improved Barrage was an easy choice for me now. My crit is now at an insane 33% unbuffed, so I wasn’t seeing much benefit from it really. A few weeks ago it may have made a little difference, but not so much now.
Silencing Shot I had macro’d in with my Steady Shot for a little added burst. I never used it on its own, so I doubt I’ll even miss it.
This was my first real outing with this spec, so I won’t really get a good idea of the gains until I raid a bit more. However, I suspect with this new build and my host of upgrades, I may be a new regular member of the 5k club. 😀
More on these so-called upgrades later…
Oh shoot, almost forgot… here’s my build: