The Worm Post, continued…
Alright, so what’s with the worm you ask..? Acid Spit, that’s what. After peaking at 1846 in 2v2 and getting knocked around by Death Knights and Rets in the 1800-1850 range, I decided to do a little research to see if there was perhaps a pet that might help out there. Enter the worm.
The worm’s Acid Spit ranged attack not only does about the same damage as a Chimaera’s Froststorm Breath, but it also reduces its target’s armor by up to 20%. That’s a pretty huge advantage when it comes to trying to focus down plate wearers. Combine that with high health, Blood of the Rhino, Charge and Roar of Sacrifice, and you have an unstoppable debuff machine.
I have had great success with the worm in BGs and found it to be quite useful in arena as well. I’ve only had the chance to do skirmishes with it so far, as my 2v2 partner decided to hop the express train to 1850 by teaming up with a notorious Gladiator Rogue from our server. He’s claiming that he did it so he could get his 2H and then help he and I to reach 2050. We shall see… 😕
This game does funny stuff to people, and causes some to get so obsessed with shiny pixels and game code, that they forsake their friends for this stupid crap and go play with trade channel spammers. Oh well…
At any rate, hopefully he’ll return to the team and we’ll continue our ascent to 2050 in Season 6. If not, then I’ll just have to find someone else. Either way, I foresee my worm as being the arena pet of choice. He’s nearly impossible to take down, not to mention I can actually use Roar of Sacrifice without fear that he’ll get nuked afterward.
I’m using an usual macro right now, which has actually come out aces for me. I was often forgetting to use Roar of Sacrifice, and since it’s available every 21 seconds, it’s an ability I should try to use as much as possible. Whether it be in arena or BGs, I’m almost always one of the first to get targeted. Everyone wants to kill the Hunter… why is that..? Because we do crazy damage if left alone, but we’re pretty squishy and easy to take down when piled on. So anyway, I put RoS into my Disengage macro.
My though behind this was anytime I Disengage, which is a lot, I am usually trying to escape damage. Chances are if I Disengage, then I am probably targeted and will more than likely be getting beat on. Secondly, RoS and Disengage have similar cooldowns, so whenever I Disengage RoS will be up as well. So far it’s worked like a charm. The worm is ridiculously hard to take down, and with the introduction of pet resilience in a future patch, I don’t see any problem with keeping him up. Therefore, casting RoS whenever it’s up hasn’t been a problem, and definitely won’t be one when pets gain some resilience.
Here’s my uber-survivability, OH S**T! macro I’ve been using:
#showtooltip Disengage /cast Wing Clip /cast Disengage /cast Roar of Sacrifice
The full on pros may scoff at a macro such as this, but for a weekend warrior like myself, it does the trick. Give it a shot if you like and let me know how it works for you.
What’s nice about the worm, is you get the added survivability of the Tenacity family along with the Charge interrupt, but you don’t have to sacrifice much DPS by using it. The 20% armor reduction from Acid Spit makes up for a lot of the lost pet DPS that you miss out on by not using a Cunning or Ferocity pet.
I still like using the Chimaera in some battlegrounds, especially Warsong Gulch, but I’ll be rolling with my worm most the time when I PvP from here on out. All I know is, I had been struggling to get Wrecking Ball for a few months, but the first BG I was in after getting my worm I went 34-2. A few battles later… Wrecking Ball.
I think it has to do with using a pet that people don’t want to waste time trying to kill, being able to utilize RoS as much as possible, and having a good ability in Acid Spit to use vs plate.
I give the worm my highest praise as a PvP companion for BM Hunters. If you like to BG or arena, try one out. You might like it.