June 21, 2008
Once you have your needed 5% hit, I'd reforge any and all hit, haste and mastery into crit. Crit benfits both you and your pet, where as Mastery is just for the pet. Plus, PvP is all about big numbers.
Provided you have Focus Fire in your build, you should easily be able to reforge any haste you have into crit.
I enjoy BM in arena over MM. As a BM, i tend to run with other high burst DPS classes, even in 3s, I prefer to go 3 DPS. For 2s, BM/Feral is the best by far. BM/Rogue and BM/Ret are about tied. One advantage of going with a ret is the off heal they can give you. With feral or good rogue, typically the kill target is dead within 10 seconds of opening on him due to the high burst and movement blocks.
For 3s, i find the best comps for a BM hunter is Ret, Rogue, BM Hunter,,, the rogues smoke screen is invaluable when him and the ret sandwich the kill target and block the heals from coming in to him.
I have all my shots macro'd, its worth the time to set them up. Arcane shot and kill command are linked and also force me into aspect of the hawk. Cobra shot is linked with aspect of the fox. No matter what aspect I am in, when I hit those shots I go into the right aspect and having kill command linked as well, avoids having to spam kill command separately. scatter and my pets intimidate are macros to my focus target which makes it easier to use our limited cc's well. using intimidate helps either peel another dos off my partner or acts as another cc for the healer, which sometimes they trinket out of not knowing its only a 4 second trap. I always start out with my cc's using intimidate, then scatter, then ice.. usually since we are doing so much damage to the kill target as double dps, their healer will trinket out of either the scatter or intimidate, which allows me to then ice trap him for the full duration. the first move the feral makes is to cyclone the cc target as well, with cyclone and my cc's this gives us a 10 to 20 second cc chain that usually is all we need to get the kill target dead. both feral and me blow all cd's right when we open up as well. I bind all my racial perks as Orc, along with beastial wrath and other poppable dos boosters, like the trinket into one macro, its my mouse side button, when i hit it a few times, i am in full burst mode.. doing huge damage along with the feral. its best to target the other dps unless you see that the other healer is weak, like a low priest or shammy,, we love killing their healer first if he looks weakly geared.
my pet heal is also macros, i have a key and modifier to allow me to either have my pet heal me, or my partner.
another tip is to have 2 spirit beasts, two cats or a wolf and cat for example.. these are the only pets i use, unless i need to call a monkey out during a match to use his blind as another cc if we didn't kill the kill target right away and we need to have a little more cc power when all our cd's reset. the tip for the pets is when there is about 13 seconds left before the match starts, have your pets roar of courage on his button bar, pop roar of courage, then dismiss the pet, and call the other spirit pet.. this gives you and your partner a 1 minute 500 agility buff that is killer when going double dos with a feral that can use the agility well. make sure to turn off the pets ability to cast roar of courage and pet heal on his own, and use them in your macros instead.
i gem for agility and always get the socket bonuses, and reforge for crit after making sure my hit is at least 5%. my mastery is about 11% and i have tried to reforge everything for mastery and gem for it.. and got it up to 18% but didn't find that it worked any better for me.
the best hunter is WOW is Garx or something like that, he's close to 3k in 2s and 3s, and is BM. google for tips from him, he has good advice on use of macros. People always ask me to go MM in arena, and i hate that, having more DPS as BM plus making sure to use your pets cc's when you want to not when your pet wants to, and having pet heals for you and your partner, i find is better than the extra cc and control MM would give.. if BM ever gets silence shot.. it would be perfect!!
my name is Badges and play on skullcrusher US horde server. Im in full caty gear with the 2200 elite weapons.