…by a Dummy. 😉
One of the awesome things about Cataclysm, is that we Hunters are being asked more and more to do something we are very good at, and have been good at for some time. But… it just hasn’t been as necessary. What I speak of is Crowd Control (CC)! You could say we’re kind of like bouncers — we only allow those we want to into the battle, and all others get iced!
CC is a very important and vital aspect of running dungeons in the new expansion. It’s also something that not many of us may be familiar with, as we were brought up in the ways of huntering during the Lich King era. Back then, trapping was something you did to bring some dinner home to the family, and had no necessity in dungeons, but that’s not the case anymore.
Admittedly, I’m still learning how to master this myself, so by no means take this as the be all end all to trapping. In fact, what I hope happens, is to get a good conversation going amongst our community about tricks of the trade in regards to being an asset to your group for CC. Several times now, whence using the dungeon finder, I’ve experienced cheers after my group has zoned in and seen there was a hunter amongst them!
About time they recognized!
What I intend to do is run down just a few basics that I have picked up along the way that could help out my hunter brothers and sisters. First off, here are the basic skills that you will need to be using, which may mean dusting off some of the old skills that haven’t been getting much use.
The basic skills I use are:
- Freezing Trap (duh, that’s kind of a big deal)
- Trap Launcher (don’t want to get too close now)
- Camouflage (sneaky sneaky)
- Distracting Shot (had to dust this one off myself)
- Wyvern Sting (when and if available)
Really these are all that I ever use, and I’ve been fine. However, there are some that have some more advanced techniques, and maybe this post will help them to share the trade secrets. Here’s a rundown of how most of my CC experiences go, at least when they go well… I’ll also rundown what to do in the “OH CRAP” scenarios as well. 😉
I always start out by simply asking the tank to mark with the Blue Square which mob he wants me to trap. The blue square is generally accepted as the Hunter trap mark. After that, I also ask that I be able to launch my trap before the pull… it’s just much, much easier for us to launch our traps before a mage sheeps, or a rogue saps, because once the mobs are all on the move, it gets harder to trap the one we are supposed to… Not impossible, but hard. It just makes the dungeon runs go that much smoother.
So, after I’ve asked the tank to mark and all that, I get all Camo’d up then sneak up and launch my trap right on top of the mob that is marked. This is important, because if it’s just a little too far in front of the mob, it might not get triggered. For example, if I were to trap Grimbooze here, this is where I would fire my trap.
Also, you want to pull Distracting Shot out of the bag when the tank gets overzealous, or the mage or rogue get ants in their pants and all the mobs start running to you, including the one that you were supposed to trap. Give a solid Distracting Shot right to the face of your target and get it to start chasing you, pull it away from the group, use Deterrence if you’re taking too much damage, and lay a trap right at its feet. It’s also smart to stop attacking right before you do this so that you don’t accidently hit with your weapon, and of course your pet should still be on the tanks target too so it’s not causing problems either.
I’ve had my traps not be triggered before too, or you launch just as the group is running past you, so now what? Well, I generally still Distracting Shot it and try and kite it with Concussive Shot until my trap is ready to go again, or if you’re SV you can sleep it with Wyvern Sting until your trap is ready to go again.
That’s pretty much the basics… In addition, I have keybinds for Trap Launcher, as well as all of my traps, which helps. I know our high-brow macro writers have some macro’s that they might share with us, but my keybinds have worked great for me. I know this is really simple, but we’ve been getting a lot of trapping questions in the forums, so hopefully this helps get you started, and that’s all I really intended by this, is just to get the ball rolling!