In the Blizz Developer’s Blizzchat on Twitter today, one of the questions raised was the ever so popular topic of adding more stable slots. The response was both interesting and favorable.
Q. Are hunters likely to see more stable slots for their pets in the future? With the current variety of pets, the amount they have right now seems too small.
A. Arm-waving here, but a model I would love to see is dramatically expanded slots (so you can store all those Spirit Beasts) but have a smaller number of “active” pets, like 3. You could summon an active pet from anywhere in the world, when outside of combat. You would swap a pet from active to the stable at the Stable Masters.
I like this concept. BM Hunters will be allowed to “collect” more pets (ie: Spirit Beasts), yet there will be a practical convenience limiting factor in place for all hunters. Pet happy hunters won’t be capped to how many they can acquire, with the only trade-off being that Call Stabled Pet may be limited to 3 choices, down from the 5 we have now. I’m liking this direction.
Having 3 pets to choose from on the fly is plenty, especially if this preference can easily be changed through each stable slot visit.
On to the next topic at hand…
Q. The Hunter class has many odd and situational abilities such as Mongoose Bite and Aspect of the Beast – are there any plans for changes to these types of abilities?
A. Mongoose Bite is most likely a goner. Let us weep. We think Aspect of the Beast could have some cool uses for Beastmaster hunters.
I’m happy with this response as well. Mongoose Bite is a huge dud. Kick it to the curb and make Counterattack a baseline ability.
I have a hunch Aspect of the Beast might see some love very soon here. Buffing this talent would add a little spice to the BM spec – something that it sorely needs and deserves.
Well… what do you think? Are you excited about these changes. Being a pet happy hunter, I know I’m tickled over the possibility of more stable slots.
On a side note… anyone open up a can of whoop ass on the Blizz devs via the random BG LFG on the PTR today? They mentioned they would be queueing for a few hours.