So I’ve managed to go my entire WoW career and never dual spec. Yea that’s right. I never saw any benefit in it really. I’ve been a BM (Bad Mofo) ever since I’ve started playing, and I have loved every minute of it. I truly never thought there was any reason for me to choose another spec.
And then Cata happens…
I’d managed to keep up my damage really well all throughout the dungeons I would run. It was not a big deal – I never really valued being the “top of the charts” DPS guy anyway. I love my pets, and am a BM at heart and always will be.
So some of you are asking, Drach, why are you going on about all this… we know you’re a Bad Mofo, what are you trying to tell us..?”
Well, I’m glad you asked. I’ve finally dual specced… /shame! I noticed my DPS dropping more and more, especially in heroics. I was nowhere near keeping up, so much so that it was a hindrance to my groups because I was not contributing enough to take bosses down quick enough before everyone died.
So, I manned up and decided to roll Survival. I hate to admit it, but I am really having fun with it! I will always be a BM at heart, and as soon as they apply these new patches to balance the classes, I’ll probably go back to BM, but Survival is a lot of fun!
Plus it has provided a dramatic increase to the amount of damage I am putting out. My DPS has almost doubled for some fights. It’s ridiculous. Again, I don’t care about being the top DPS, but it is nice to make such a large contribution in heroics finally. Not to mention the fact that we Hunters are more and more sought after in parties because of our valued crowd control.
I’ll have to admit, I had to learn how to even begin to do CC. I began my huntering career during the Lich King, so never really had to learn how to do it. It has been so much fun, although many have died at a poorly placed frost trap at the beginning of my journey, but I digress. I had to dust off Distracting Shot and learn how and when to use that. When we first got that ability, I truly never even understood what it could be used for. I thought it was a retarded ability, but now I use it so much it’s made my top action bar, lol.
I know that Cata has changed things for everyone quite a bit, and some don’t like it, and others do. I was one of the grumpy old farts sitting on the porch whittling and talking about the good ole days, and griping that they were changing things at all, but now I ‘m really enjoying the changes. I think it is so much fun to be challenged for once. Heroics are hard!! And they should be, they are called Heroics for a reason.
Although I am tired of the excruciatingly long queue timers, and I had a streak of at least five in a row in which the group disbanded after the first couple of fights because someone got mad and pissy because things were too hard…*cough* wussy tanks*cough*, I still am loving the challenge.
So, after apologizing profusely to my Spirit Beasts, I am now a SV hunter… At least on the outside.
Here has been my shot priority and build for any of you that are interested. I may post bit more in depth guide to SV if any of you are interested as well.
- Explosive Shot
- Kill Shot (if available)
- Black Arrow
- Arcane Shot
- Cobra Shot
As always, Hunter’s Mark is a must at the beginning of fights, not putting it up will be a huge drop in damage, but you guys know this! Also, you want to follow that Hunter’s Mark with Serpent Sting. Once applied, you shouldn’t have to cast it again unless you’re target switching, as Cobra Shot should keep it refreshed.
Here is the build I have been using too, and am having good success with: