Playing Around With the MoP Hunter Talent Calculator

So, I made a raiding build for MoP.  I find pvp icky and I enjoy raiding, thus this is solely a raiding/pve build for a survival hunter.  Also, this build is admittedly heavily influenced by current raiding content and may be subject to change once I actually know more about MoP raids.

  • Tier 1 [Situational] Exhilaration is chosen as the default option with healer mana conservation in mind.  For GTFO quick encounter mechanics Posthaste will be chosen, as Evasiveness will be for encounters with a massive spell damage component.
  • Tier 2: [Situational] Wyvern Sting is the default talent of choice with “all the CC” in mind with Silencing Shot being a close second for boss encounters that have interruptible spell casting.  At present, Intimidation isn’t looking very desirable for raiding but maybe subject to change as more is learned about raid and dungeon content.
  • Tier 3: [Standard*] Aspect of the Iron Hawk. *Yes, you could have Spirit Bond and regen health during the lulls in some encounters, but I have the feeling that much like how heroism and blood lust are abilities that belong to the raid and not the individuals that cast them, the tier 3 hunter talent belongs to the healers.  At least the ones I raid with.  CTHC may be used for raids in MoP, but I am fairly confident that it will not used more than a couple of times.
  • Tier 4: [Preference and Spec*] The choices for this tier will mostly* rely on individual play styles and spec.  I chose Readiness as my standard talent for double the Rabid Fire fun, not to mention more Deterrence and Disengage.
  • Tier 5: [Standard*] I have a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach that there will be much kiting in MoP. That being said I prefer this talent’s increases to my speed and decrease to those caught in the trap to the alternatives of trapping one target over and over or turning it into a sloth.
  • Tier 6: [Situational*] Powershot definitely appeals to my “ALL THE AOE” and “BIG NUMBERS EVERYWHERE” cravings.  That aside, Binding Shot with its movement slowing and increase in damage to the target will have the most utility when encounters require the raid to burn a single add ASAP, whereas Glaive Toss will help to control the speed of multiple adds.

*Categories are based upon my opinions and experiences and are subject to change.  Also the very nature of this talent system and boss mechanics will inevitably lead to frequently changing talents.

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NOW it Feels Official

So my first raiding character in WoW was Accordance . Notice the icky mix of pvp gear and epics. I’m working on it okay! Anyway, I healed my way through Molten Core, Onyxia’s Lair, Blackwing Lair, Zul’ Gurub, okay you get the idea. Her last raid was in Burning Crusade, Serpent Shrine Cavern to be exact and sadly I didn’t finish it. That brings me to today, or rather yesterday. After spending some time on tier 11 nerdpoints, a few of us decided to clear out Blackwing Lair, the only Classic raid that I was missing for the meta on my hunter. Fininshing that raid tied things up between my priest and my hunter on older content. I don’t know why it matters to me, it just does. And truth be told there are still things that my hunter will never be able to do, for example the hunter weapon quest, my priest got her Benediction before AQ40 was even a thing. And of course, Dhevon  will never be able to step foot in the level 60 version of Naxxramus. Despite all that, I feel that completing that made things official. Dhevon is my main. At least until I decide to change again.

For some reason I fail at links. Both Accordance and Dhevon are on the Azgalor server and in Stands in Bad.

HAHA! EVIL WordPress links, I have bested you.  You shall vex me no longer!

Take That, Deathwing!

Stands in Bad's First Deathwing Kill

Yeah, you just thought you had seen the last of me since that time that you caught me unawares in Winterspring questing, Winterspring! You’re nothing but a big, crazy bully and my friends and I are going to put you down.

My thoughts on the fight. Well, its fun the first few hundred times. And let me tell you, wiping on the fourth or fifth platform was kinda starting to feel like playing Skyrim for 5 levels and forgeting to save. Nevertheless, the “dargon is ded!” And none of us died on that attempt so all the better! Congrats to my fellow guildmates in Stands in Bad for an awesome job.