Hunter PvP Basics: Movement & Positioning

A BM PvP Guide is near the top of my agenda still, but I figured I’d set the stage by sharing a few tips that hunters of all specs can benefit from. 🙂 No matter your preferred build, we all deal damage from range, fight with a trusty companion at our command, and have access to the same baseline abilities. Hence, there are a few general rules of thumb to abide by when playing a hunter in a PvP setting.

This guide will focus mostly on battleground tactics, and not so much on arena strategy. It is not intended to be a “how to pwn noobs for breakfast, with extra rofls and raple syrup” post. This post is directed at players who want to enjoy casual BG’ing with their hunter, but are somewhat lost on how to utilize the class.

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Trapping for Dummies

…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.

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Some thoughts on the Cataclysm hunter class preview

Now that I’ve had a chance to read through and digest all of the Cataclysm hunter class changes, here are some of my thoughts…


There are a lot of negative nellies out there really poo-poo’ing this change. I really don’t think you can come to an accurate conclusion on this new mechanic just yet. For one, we have no way of knowing how other factors will play into our focus regen and management.

All we know is the base cost of shots, along with the base focus regen rate. Given those two things, it looks as if we’re going to be reduced to stationary focus-starved ranged DPS’ers. However, what we don’t know is how talents, abilities, stats and various buffs will play into the equation.

Once talented, there’s no doubt that all of the shots will have their base focus costs reduced. Also, it’s very possible that focus regeneration rates will be much higher than the base 6/sec. once talents, gear and buffs are taken into account.

Hunters are one of the most popular classes in WoW, so it’s highly doubtful that Blizzard would intentionally “destroy” the class. Give this new mechanic some time to develop, and for all you downer donnas out there… FFS, quit yer bitchin’!

My only real concern is that the defensive abilities end up costing too much. They’ve mentioned the possibility of having their focus costs reduced or even done away with, so at least it’s on their minds. I’d hate to have to wait 3-5 seconds to pop Deterrence just because I’m focus starved. 😕

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Hunter CC: Dead and Buried, or just comatose?

Anariell, Blood Elf HunterI myself have several 80’s, my favorite though severely neglected Hunter being my salvation and joy when I need time off the toon I was harassed into playing when joining my new guild. Over the course of my time on WoW since shortly before the BC days, I’ve leveled and played a total of 6 hunters. Yeah, I really need a new hobby one of these days.

Most of them barely made it past their leather clad diaper days though I managed quite a few into their 60’s and beyond. In that time I’ve noticed there are the generic things that plague all hunters, or maybe just the ones who have to sit back and watch others fumble through their class to the frustration of everyone else.

My question to you today is, as a hunter and one of the heaviest CC classes out there, do you actually ever really use it other than when told? Or are you one of those string command, cast sequencing button mashers?

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Top 10 Greatest Huntard Quotes…

Anariell with Loque'nahakYes, the greatest…Or is it worst Huntard quotes I have personally seen. Things like this make me stop questioning why the poor hunter class is always picked on. Just when it seems like I will live it down, something like this happens. Sad part is…it’s not always low levels. Some of these were a whopping level 70+.

See if you can guess which of these comments are from a low level or not…

10. Why can’t I equip this shield? I thought Hunters could use shields.

9. I know I have a bow, How do I shoot it?

8. Turn off Growl? What’s that? I can’t growl.

7. What do you mean turn Aspect of the Viper off? I need mana…

6. Oh, the pet was on aggressive. Stupid thing.

5. Tank! Why didn’t you pull that off me?

4. Can I need that neck? I need the block for melee.

3. I’m sorry…I thought I could tame it.

2. What does this do… OMFG HOW DID I DIE?!

1. If I screw anything up, don’t blame me. I just bought this toon yesterday.

What about you? Do you have any fantastic, stupid or amusing quotes of hunters you’ve ran across?

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