I sure hope so. Here’s an official post from Ghostcrawler concerning Hunter DPS and arena representation:
We think Survival PvE dps is in a good place, and we’re hoping Marks looks better with the last recent tweaks. It’s just a little early to tell. BM is still low and needs a buff.
PvP is another story and we’re not happy with hunter performance there, at least in Arena.
These comments were in response to an embittered post from a raiding Hunter asking Blizz why we aren’t more viable in PvE. I must say, the player did make some valid points though.
One of his complaints was regarding our class specific skills and how they’re being overwritten by other class buffs, or being trivialized by other classes having similar abilities. My favorite suggestion of his was to buff Trueshot Aura so that it provides an additional AP boost for the Hunter over what it provides for the rest of the raid.
Here’s an excerpt from Turovik’s post highlighting what I believe to be very good points and realistic requests:
- Hunters have no unique utility to bring to raids. Misdirect and Survival’s mana regen have been given to other classes. Trueshot Aura is a joke since DKs and Shamans give the same buff (overwriting ours, and also making aimed shot glyph useless…not that people use that glyph anyway). Why not give TSA a personal buff too? 15% for the hunter, 10% for everyone else or something of that nature.
- Hunters 4pc bonus is a complete joke compared to other classes. Why don’t you just give us a static AP buff?
- Can we finally get Mechanicals added to our tracking? This should have been a no brainer to put in the game.
I like the way you think Turovik.
So what change(s) do you think could be made to improve BM DPS? I’m thinking that a realistic approach to this buff would involve a simple change to one or two of the skills further down the tree. The only thing I’m wondering though is whether they’d buff the spec in a way that it puts the pet above the Hunter DPS-wise? I doubt that’d happen, but who knows.
I think a change to Ferocious Inspiration would be a good place to start. A relatively easy buff would be to simply add Steady Shot to the tooltip. Of course, we’d need to buff pet crit a little as well, so how about a 3/6/9/12/15% increased chance to crit with Ferocity, up from 2/4/6/8/10%?
5% additional pet crit and a 9% damage boost to Steady Shot. What do you think?
Sounds good to me. I’d be happy with those changes. 😀
The additional pet crit may be a bit much to ask, but hey, why not..?!
Oh, and while they’re at it… How about buffing Spirit Beast DPS to the Devilsaur level? No way a wolf should be able to provide more overall DPS than an exotic Ferocity pet with a DPS only talent.