I myself have several 80’s, my favorite though severely neglected Hunter being my salvation and joy when I need time off the toon I was harassed into playing when joining my new guild. Over the course of my time on WoW since shortly before the BC days, I’ve leveled and played a total of 6 hunters. Yeah, I really need a new hobby one of these days.
Most of them barely made it past their leather clad diaper days though I managed quite a few into their 60’s and beyond. In that time I’ve noticed there are the generic things that plague all hunters, or maybe just the ones who have to sit back and watch others fumble through their class to the frustration of everyone else.
My question to you today is, as a hunter and one of the heaviest CC classes out there, do you actually ever really use it other than when told? Or are you one of those string command, cast sequencing button mashers?
With a new patch there’s a lot of new content, a lot of changes and a lot of old things that still could afford to be brought up. Even if it’s only for the sake of listening to myself ramble on. I tried the new Halls of Reflection last week. And WOW, was I in for a huge surprise. I know my little hunter is under-geared at the moment, but I was completely unprepared for the horrors of that instance. Maybe it was just me and my group, but I swear that place has it out for me.
First on my priest with several different groups and enough wipes to make anyone cry, to the hunter that was continuously getting smashed by a ghost with 13k melee strikes. We could get to the 4th wave, without a issue. Then we’d start getting overwhelmed. We ended up needing me, the ret pally and the healing priest to CC mobs constantly to get anywhere.
It made me think, has Blizzard finally made CC viable again? I mean honestly, since BC when do you really NEED to CC other than what? Faction Champs? And even then as long as you have a couple interrupts and purges…Not really. It’s gone entirely way of the dodo…Extinct. Hell the paladin didn’t even know he could stun undead. Is it just me or is that a little off? Considering the hunter class as a whole has more CC then a Mage on crack, Survival especially.
Sitting on the priest dropping frost traps? Oh you bet’cha. I was doing it all. Even went BM so the spirit beast could stun on occasion. We couldn’t do it without the CC. Granted, I was thrilled to see the change but after nearly a whole expansion of seeing. “CC? We dun need no stinkin’ CC” it’s almost like I had forgotten what I was supposed to be doing as a hunter.
With the new gear systems and the like, most don’t even bother with CC, they just roll their faces across a keyboard in a semi strategic manner and hope it dies. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me and the days of doing 3 million things at once as a hunter I miss. I love the fact we are DPS beasts, but I always thought there was more to the class then standing there shooting and waiting for it to die.
That Heroic HoR last week being an ideal example. Not only was it scary, irritating and downright heart attack level trying to figure out a strategy that worked….it was fun. Some of the most fun I’ve had on my hunter in ages. It was almost PvP-like in its intensity and the need to drop everything I had constantly, traps, pet stun, disengage and feign death, trap again, Misdirect to the tank and put an Intimidation on the melee thug whacking away at the priest. Right down to concussive shot and wing clip. Yeah, I used it. When is the last time you can say you Wing Clipped a mob in an instance for that extra half a second of breath.
My question to you today is, as a hunter, one of the heaviest CC classes out there do you actually ever really use it other than when ask? Or are you one of those string command, cast sequencing button mashers?