Patch 5.4 Hunter Changes

Patch 5.4 will likely be hitting live servers either the last week of August or the first week of September, bringing with it some notable changes to the hunter class.

Readiness will be gone, which is the most significant hunter change in this patch. While the knee-jerk reaction to removing such a huge ability might be something like, “BOOOOO…!”, Blizz has made a few adjustments that will help to even out the loss of this spell, such as:

Overall DPS has been buffed

Blizzard is claiming that Hunter DPS should be a bit higher in 5.4 than it is now, although that’s obviously pertaining to PvE DPS. PvP burst will undoubtedly see a reduction after the removal of Readiness. 🙁

Anyhow…here are some of the changes arriving in Patch 5.4 — some good, some not so good. This is not a complete list, but rather a brief overview of the changes I’ve found noteworthy.

Some signature shots and abilities have been buffed, including:

  • Kill Command had its damage increased by 15%.
  • Aimed Shot has also been buffed by nearly 15% (400% weapon damage, up from 350%).
  • Explosive Shot has been buffed by 18%.
  • Arcane Shot hits 25% harder, but it now costs 30 focus instead of 20. A 50% focus increase is pretty substantial, so I dunno how great this change will turn out to be.
  • Stampede has been buffed. I’m not sure as to how much exactly, but PvE damage for Stampede is going to see a healthy increase.
  • Murder of Crows damage has been buffed by 40%, making it a good choice at that tier.

In addition, there are a few indirect buffs to DPS…

  • Hunter pets will no longer have to spend Focus on Dash, Dive or Charge. Nothing radical here, but a nice little bonus nonetheless.
  • Explosive Trap no longer shares a cooldown with Black Arrow, so Survival hunters will be able to use both abilities simultaneously if a situation calls for it; however, Explosive Trap did have its damage reduced by 30% and it no longer procs Lock ‘n’ Load. On a side note…while not a DPS buff, being able to use Black Arrow + Explosive Trap w/ the knockback glyph will be nice for certain situations – especially in PvP.
  • Beast Cleave range has been increased from 8 yards to 10, which can potentially buff BM AoE damage just a tippy tap.

Since removing Readiness also jacks with our ability to defend ourselves, a few changes have been made here as well…

  • Deterrence got a nerfbuff. It now has a 3 minute cooldown, up from 2, but the ability now has 2 charges. What this means is that you can still pop a back-to-back Deterrence – if needed – but each charge has its own separate 3 minute cooldown.
  • Disengage had its base cooldown lowered by 5 seconds (20 seconds, down from 25), which is awesome. This will give PvP hunters a possible 40% uptime on Posthaste, so I’m liking this. 🙂

A few other miscellaneous buffs…

  • Spirit Bond has received a fairly substantial buff, going to a 3% heal every 2 seconds (up from 2%).
  • The Glyph of Mending now heals pets for 50% health (up from 40% glyphed) over 10 seconds, plus the effect ticks every second instead of every 2, allowing for a steady heal. The new and improved Spirit Bond + the 5.4 Glyph of Mending will provide a nice boost for extreme soloing.
  • The Glyph of No Escape has been buffed to a 100% crit chance against targets snared in a Freezing Trap (up from 20%).

An interesting new glyph…

  • Glyph of the Lean Pack is a new major glyph that reduces the range of Aspect of the Pack by 7 yards. Right off the top of my head, the only place I can see this being useful is while escorting a flag carrier, which for that, it would be handy.

In addition to all of this, a few talent changes have gone down…

The Marksmanship Tree called and wanted Silencing Shot back, so Blizzard has decided to return it and add a new watered down baseline version of it (for BM and SV — MM gets Silencing Shot instead) called Counter Shot, which unlocks at level 22. Counter Shot functions as an interrupt, but it will only lock out spells from one school, as opposed to a complete shut-down like Silencing Shot. I’m not too bummed about this since now I’ll be able to grab Intimidation again and still have another interrupt. 😀

In its place, Binding Shot has been removed from the MM tree and added back as a talent.

Narrow Escape has been changed from a physical spell to a nature spell, making it vulnerable to dispels in 5.4. I don’t spec it so that’s not a concern of mine, but it’s worth mentioning.

Anyway, I didn’t cover all of the changes coming in the patch – only the huntery stuff that was of note to me. If you want to see the complete list of hunter changes in 5.4, check out Takaas’ post in the forum.

There’s a lot of other stuff coming in the patch which I find particularly exciting, but I’ll save that for another post!

Alright, so what do you think about Patch 5.4 and the changes it’s bringing to our class?

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  22. Readiness, the loss of. No clue what Blizz was thinking.
    BG’s’ it’s a nerf. Arena it’s a massive nerf. I’d hear players crying about how that gave us too much burst. If you didn’t have enough focus or TotH didn’t proc or both, well….you could sure lay down some devastating auto-shots 😉
    I know Blizz is more concerned about Arena 3’s & 5’s but even in 3’s we’re basically bait. Sexy bait but still bait.

  23. Focus starved. New Arcane has seriously hurt Thrill of the Hunt and that’s huge. Now in Arena you pretty much need to go with Fervor ( another bind, yay) and TotH in BG’s.
    My BG DPS is still very strong, Arena is not so fun-as in why bother? 2’s especially.
    In truth, this has less to do with the Hunter class and more to do with the insane power of the hybrid casters and the healing classes. Prior to 5.4 we were limpdick noodles against either unless we did everything perfect and even then it was close. It’s depressing when you do everything right and see a self-heal jack the health bar up by 200k then get unloaded on for a 300k crit. Blizz pretty much seems content with the way the support classes are set up so not much one can do if you’re into self-abuse and want to be a PvP Hunter.
    Ran 2’s with a monk last night, I do not believe you can kill a monk. Just an example of the lack of balance.

  24. I am ready to give up on my hunter. I could barely do any burst damage as it was. Time to roll a DK, get decked out in PvE gear with 650khp and be un-killable in PvP.

  25. I like some of the changes they’ve made, stampede is now a major dps cd even without the pets casting buffs. We do have to much button bloat so getting rid of some things is a welcome bonus but at the same time we didn’t seem to be compensated enough damage wise for the removal of readiness. This hurts hunters who PvE and PvP as the changes to disengage seem to be an overall nerf and arcane shot is to costly at 30 focus. The buff to signature shots is welcome but will it be enough to help hunters in the ever competitive areas of raiding and high end PvP?

  26. From an Arena PvP BM standpoint 5.4 is bringing in some pretty serious nerfs. Readiness gone, silencing shot MM only, Arcane shot juiced but more focus taking away the viability of Kill Command. Once you’re over 1750, hell even 1600+ you start running into the hybrid caster classes etc. non-stop and we need every single one of those abilities to hold our own. Any decent hybrid caster can nullify our cc’s and burst and all they do is mash 1-4 heal heal fear fear kaboom!
    Blizzard is trying to simplify the hunter class, we have way too many buttons to mash. I understand that and it isn’t easy. Again this is only from the Arena side of things and while Blizz is trying to get more players into PvP, and as hunter is the most played class (I think) it’s not fun getting stomped in 15 seconds even if you do everything right. Hunters are a brutally unforgiving class to play, hence why I like it:) In BG’s we’ll be just fine but for BM these look to be pretty heavy initial nerfs.

    • Totally agree that this patch is a major nerf for Hunters in Arena. It makes us even less viable against decent casters.

      Tried the changes on last night and zero burst.

      Blizzard tend to be fairly clued out about balance in pvp at the best of times, and these changes just confirm this.

  27. Hey, thank you for sharing this. I look forward to this patch although I’m not sure wich spec should I go. MM is looking good but I am not if I should stick to BM. Keep it up!

  28. Garwulf, I just want to say I am glad to see you trying to revive your site again. I always checked back in occasionally to see if any new news came up and almost thought you were pretty much done there for a bit. I think you need to get some kind of advertisement or shout-out on some other sites maybe to let the warcraft community know you are back to regularly updating. Anything to get this site, and the forums, lively again, instead of seeing the most recent forum post being some guy advertising a multi boxing program that has nothing to do with hunters in particular. Anyways, welcome back from hiatus and I’ll keep checking in regularly.

    BTW, I’m still rocking the GarUI, I’ve been using it for so long now that when I try something else for a UI layout, my brain won’t let me comprehend it.

  29. I agree with you for the most part. Although there have a been a few changes over the years that have upset me – like this one and the removal of melee weps 🙁 – and while I do lament the loss of the complex talent trees of days gone by, I do understand why a lot of these revisions need to be made — it’s all about balance. And yes, often times the changes can appear like a huge nerf, but after a few quick patch fixes, Blizz usually gets things where they need to be. I’m not much of a complainer, so I just tend to roll with the changes, adapt, and make the most of whatever we’re dealt. So far, nothing has ever made me wanted to abandon the class, or left me feeling like I was playing something other than a hunter.

    To be honest, I never really expected to keep a baseline ability as powerful as Readiness, so I’m not really that sad or surprised to see it go. I like a lot of the other changes they’re making, apart from the additional focus cost for Arcane Shot.

  30. When I first experienced serious game updates (Cata came out) – I was on my hunter. I didn’t realize how big the changes were going to be and ended up abandoning her out of shock. It was kind of silly, looking back on it now, and since I have learned to really appreciate and trust Blizzard’s changes. The hunter changes are interesting and seem like a good balance for 5.4. I look forward to it, as I am now playing my hunter again. 😉 Thanks for keeping up your blog. I hope you’ll be doing some hunter guides soon!

    • Why cry this nerfs is not to bad its time that MM gets better and BM is not really nerfed to i just dont like the extra focus on AS i hope thrill of hunt does it then by 30 focus and i dont like that iron hawk is nerfed but the goof hunter wil survive and be very strong and rare and the bad ones just disapear greetings hydragos lvl67 hunter


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