Well we’re back and we’re randomly tanking things in ICC today. For those who have had the opportunity to do most of the weekly ICC quests, arguably the most annoying one is Lady Deathwhisper’s. Done in a conventional way, you remove an entire player from your team to go OT/babysit Darnavan, to keep him alive without letting him slaughter your raid. Fortunately your raid has a hunter with a properly specced Tenacity pet! Or at least it should. [Read more…] about Hunter Tanking ICC: Darnavan
Ahh… ICC is a marvelous thing, every encounter a new mechanic, every encounter a different way for a hunter to shine!
Today I’ll be talking about one of the ideal bosses to plop a hunter on as tank, Prince Keleseth.
Prince Keleseth is one of the three Blood Princes, and the only one that doesn’t need a conventional tank. A hunter is an excellent choice for him for a variety of reasons. We have several instant ranged abilities and Kill Shot, which is a fantastic ability to generate a lot of initial threat upon him.
This guide is going to presume you have a basic understanding of the encounter. We’ll be focusing on the role of a ranged tank exclusively. [Read more…] about Hunter Tanking ICC: Prince Keleseth
Hello again all you happy hunters!
As I began gathering interest with this endeavor in my guild, we’ve formed a regular group of hunters and one gutsy healer. “Team Deadeye”, as we lovingly call ourselves, has made a few Heroic 5-man runs so far. Today we’ll be following our journey into the Nexus.
It began simply enough, MD pulls of single targets and groups of three, until we get to our first boss, Commander Kolurg.
Simple enough encounter, “Ok team, let’s MD pull with multishot and burn down the cleri…. WTF? No! Don’t pull yet!” Yup, we had a hunter accidentally fire off a stray arrow we think largely due to some keyspamming and lag. Ready or not here they come! At this point, we frantically start trying to control the situation, I Multi Shot the group, as 2 of the other hunters MD & Multi Shot to me. I then lay down an Explosive Trap and start whackin’.
Unfortunately in our haste, it ends up we’re all on different targets >.< Kolurg is loose, and busy slaughtering our accidental puller. I Distracting Shotted him and pulled him back, but the damage was done. She had DCed, and we suspect continued targeting him by mistake during that time. Anyway, situation back under control, we made short work of the clerics and then Kolurg. We res’d our fallen comrade and continued our quest.
A few short trash pulls later we prepare to battle Grand Magus Telestra. We decide that since she’s a caster, she’ll stay put when she splits and be easy enough to control without MD during that stage. So we MD single target pull her and begin burning her down. She splits, and much to our healer’s annoyance, her doppelgangers start attacking different hunters and make healing a bit of a challenge for about 20 seconds while we knock them down. Still, with the encounter fairly easy since she doesn’t hit terribly hard, she falls to us in short order. Next time however, we’ll save an MD or two, to Multi Shot her copies onto me to simplify things for our poor Druid.
Now the fun trash pulls! As we make our way onward the larger trash groups require the need for MD Volleys on the initial pull, as well as us having to burn down the portals. In retrospect, I probably should have marked targets, since once again everyone picked a different one. But despite the bit of chaos, we sped through them unscathed. Anomalus was a simple tank n spank, MD single target pull, burn down portals, dead. Onward Ho!
A few simple pulls later we get to Ormorok, and again a simple MD single pull, burn-burn-burn, dead. To Keristrasza!
We get to the Lady’s room, kill her little blue dragon sentry, and set up for the pull. I lay down my trap, the other hunters MD me, release her and slap her silly.
Heroic Nexus: Clear!
All in all, a pretty clean run. A few lessons learned to clean things up for future instances.
We all know hunters are excellent as a DPS class and possess useful CC abilities, however recently I’ve had the itch to try my hand at a much less conventional hunter role… tanking.
I have tried countless experiments with this concept, and the following is the result of my experiences. No doubt, most of you have begun reading this post and made an incorrect assumption. No, my pet is not going to be the focus of this topic.
Don’t get me wrong, this was one of the first places I went to try and make this work. However, after several talent and gear builds based around making my pet the best tank it could be, I came to a most disappointing conclusion. While I most definitely can talent so that my pet has excellent armor, hp and crit immunity… even with all the avoidance talents available for my pets, they come up ridiculously short of what a tank needs to have for long-term survivability.
Fully buffed and tenacity defense talented, all my parses reveal that my pet only dodges between 5% and 10% of the time. Basically this means, unlike the occasional spike damage a player tank may take, the pet tank is going to be a constant mana drain on any healer. Which pretty much removes its usefulness right there. [Read more…] about Tanking 101: For Hunters..?
Greetings all you obsessive hunters out there. I am Solaryn, a Night Elven Hunter on Aggramar. Over five years ago I began my adventure as a young budding huntard, and I’ve learned a lot of lessons along the way. Beyond the constant and tireless focus to top the DPS charts, I’ve begun to wander into the less conventional roles of a hunter.
Garwulf has recruited me to explore some of these mysteries and oddities of the unconventional hunter. No class is as simple or as complicated as the hunter. Certainly, none as misunderstood by others as well.
While my occasional post may concern a hunter’s role in groups and raids or how to maximize DPS, my primary goal will be to explore the creativity of myself and other hunters in atypical situations. How to make hunters work together to accomplish quite surprising tasks, and reprise roles thought impossible for our class by many.
I have two talent profiles, my DPS profile for standard groups and raiding, and my tanking profile for that side of me that itches for danger and excitement.
The world of a hunter is vast and wonderful, and we’ve merely scratched the surface…