Yes, the greatest…Or is it worst Huntard quotes I have personally seen. Things like this make me stop questioning why the poor hunter class is always picked on. Just when it seems like I will live it down, something like this happens. Sad part is…it’s not always low levels. Some of these were a whopping level 70+.
See if you can guess which of these comments are from a low level or not…
10. Why can’t I equip this shield? I thought Hunters could use shields.
9. I know I have a bow, How do I shoot it?
8. Turn off Growl? What’s that? I can’t growl.
7. What do you mean turn Aspect of the Viper off? I need mana…
6. Oh, the pet was on aggressive. Stupid thing.
5. Tank! Why didn’t you pull that off me?
4. Can I need that neck? I need the block for melee.
3. I’m sorry…I thought I could tame it.
2. What does this do… OMFG HOW DID I DIE?!
1. If I screw anything up, don’t blame me. I just bought this toon yesterday.
What about you? Do you have any fantastic, stupid or amusing quotes of hunters you’ve ran across?
It’s said that Hunters are the easiest class to play, and while this might be true, it’s also one of the hardest classes to really master. No matter the level, there isn’t ever a lack of some hunter with defense gear in Ulduar for example, or using shaman caster mail or even stacking strength because “Hunters can use it too”.
On the opposite side of the spectrum there are the hunters like the one I knew in a old alt guild, he was geared to the hilt, had all the right gems and stats, yet couldn’t break 2k DPS. One of the top geared people in the guild at the time but was the lowest damage wise. No one could figure it out, not until this one day in ToC10 when he made the obvious statement that clued everyone in…
“What’s Tranquilizing Shot?”
I swear, he had no idea what it was, in fact after seeing a screenshot of his UI I was stunned, he was using Scorpid Sting, Viper sting and the like. Spells we have, though that seemed to become obsolete after Classic WoW. Now while leveling I’d found a use for it, but not so much at 80 though. However, seems he had thrown it into his generic rotation.
I came to the conclusion especially after the patch, that hunters are severely misused. Players concerned more with topping the charts than paying attention to what they’re actually doing, or using what they have available to them. Everyone talks about shot rotations and shot priorities, while ignoring small things they could be doing to help themselves out. The hardest part about playing a hunter…is playing one well.
I don’t want to drone on and on about proper pet management, or running away from something that has you directly in its sights. Yet, there are a couple of things I do that do not take too much time out of my button smashing, and actually are severely noticeable on the recount window as well as my personal or raid survivability.
A few tips for effective huntering…
- Try casting Freezing arrow at a mob at the start of a fight, even if the CC isn’t needed, who cares if it ends up broken. If you’re survival, you just forced an instant Lock and Load proc and now can button mash like nothing.
- Don’t spam Explosive shot, it’s got a tick remember? Fullest maximization of this is to let it countdown. Using Power Auras set up with a timer for this is perfect, because you can keep a good eye on it.
- Not all pet spells should be on auto cast, set up macro to turn them off and click them yourself during procs to maximize DPS. Especially Call of the Wild, blowing this at the start of a fight can be a big difference in overall or burst.
- You don’t always have to be max range, try getting into the mix. Minimum range can be just as effective, with AoE traps and snakes you can make as much of a difference that way as by sitting back 40 yards on auto shoot.
- Use Feign Death if you’re in a long dragged out fight and are completely out of mana, you can drink for a couple seconds after breaking combat and get right back into it instead of using Viper which is a huge cut to DPS anyway. So is it really that big of a loss? Just watch out for AoE.
- Since the patch, threat is a serious issue. At least for me, unleashing on a mob usually ends up with me dead because I pulled aggro even after the tank had heap big threat on the baddie in front of me. Feign Death and Misdirection whenever it’s off cooldown makes a huge difference in how often you noob it up.
- Try tossing more than one Serpent Sting on a pack of mobs before you unleash a Volley of death from the sky.
- Something attacking your healer and the tank doesn’t see? Distracting shot and drop a Freezing Trap. Feign Death and go back to nuking. The healer will thank you for it.
- I like to stand near a healer, to keep an eye on them, drop a trap if needed. Pull the pet back to stun, Intervene etc. I even have Master’s Call set to a button on my mouse for hover.