Posts Tagged ‘hunter’

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Every Thursday, WoW Insider brings you Scattered Shots for beast mastery, marksmanship and survival hunters. Frostheim of Warcraft Hunters Union uses logic and science (mixed with a few mugs of dwarven stout) to look deep into the hunter class. Mail your hunter questions to Frostheim.

Another year of hunting is almost at an end, and that means it’s time to dig into the vast past of December 2010, when Cataclysm was fresh and shiny and new and SV hunters were dominating every DPS chart, a time before aspect dancing and when pets still had a happiness system (kind of). That’s right, it’s time to dust off my 2011 hunter predictions and see how I did. It’s also time to make new predictions for the state of hunters going forward in 2012 and take some guesses at what’s going to happen with the class in the tumultuous year ahead.

Looking back at some of the changes, it’s interesting to see the patterns and similarities in the class over time. SV is again the top DPS spec as it was a year ago — only now instead of blowing away all comers with pretty demonstrably overpowered DPS, SV is at best middle of the pack. In practice, the hunter class is one of the poorest DPSers this tier.

SV got nuked to death in patch 4.0.6, much as an overpowered BM spec got over-nerfed into oblivion in patch 3.0.8 in early Wrath, except that while overnerfed, SV got it much gentler than BM did back in the day. The nerf bat is hitting a bit softer these days. Let’s hope that’s a trend that continues.

Continue reading Scattered Shots: Hunter predictions for a new year

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Scattered Shots: Hunter predictions for a new year originally appeared on WoW Insider on Thu, 29 Dec 2011 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Monday, November 21st, 2011


Blizzard has just posted an official copy of the newest Warcraft Commercial, in which Chuck Norris plays a human melee hunter with a cat pet. The commercial shows Chuck punching and kicking his way across Azeroth in a particularly monk-like style, fighting Orcs and Kodos in Barrens and Westfall, and beating up Gnomes in seedy bars.

Chuck Norris jokes have been a fixture of Warcraft Barrens and Trade Chat lore for years, so it was probably inevitable that we’d get something like this eventually. Personally, I’m still a bigger fan of Vin Diesel jokes (and Vin Diesel the human being, for that matter), but it’s hard to deny that Chuck doesn’t have his place in pop culture and in the WoW Community. Now, with this commercial, it’s official. And I won’t lie, I’d probably give my humans that hairstyle and beard if they showed up in game.

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Chuck Norris plays a melee hunter in latest WoW Commercial originally appeared on WoW Insider on Sun, 20 Nov 2011 17:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Every Thursday, WoW Insider brings you Scattered Shots for beast mastery, marksmanship and survival hunters. Frostheim of Warcraft Hunters Union uses logic and science (mixed with a few mugs of Dwarven stout) to look deep into the hunter class. Mail your hunter questions to Frostheim.

That magical time is almost here — patch 4.3 is just around the corner. No, we don’t yet know for sure when it’s going to land, but we’re expecting it any week now. We’ve been watching and testing on the PTR, and one Tuesday soon, we’ll get to play with all the shiny new changes ourselves … and cross our fingers and hope Blizzard slipped in some kind of awesome undocumented change, like removing elves or shaman from the game.

Last week, we covered most of the patch 4.3 hunter gear that’s coming, and this week, we’ll be looking into all of the hunter changes that the patch is bringing us. And it’s a good thing we waited until this week too, as we got yet more hunter changes just in the past few days.

None of the hunter changes are huge game-changers this time around. Instead, what we’re seeing is a collection of minor buffs and tweaks to BM and SV in an attempt to bring the specs up closer to MM DPS levels.

Join me after the cut for the roundup of the 4.3 hunter changes.

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Scattered Shots: Patch 4.3 hunter changes originally appeared on WoW Insider on Thu, 17 Nov 2011 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Join us every weekday evening as Today in WoW runs down all the WoW news that you could possibly want. From comments from Blizzard’s blues to the latest datamining info — we’ve got you covered.

Don’t forget to check out The Daily Quest and our Weekly Podcast Roundup to find out what else is going on in the WoW community. And if you have a news tip, feel free to drop us a line and let us know.

Thanks to Macaluso for this week’s image!

Continue reading Blue posts and other WoW news: 5 hunter pets rushing your enemies, Post BlizzCon sale

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Blue posts and other WoW news: 5 hunter pets rushing your enemies, Post BlizzCon sale originally appeared on WoW Insider on Fri, 11 Nov 2011 23:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Every Thursday, WoW Insider brings you Scattered Shots for beast mastery, marksmanship and survival hunters. Frostheim of Warcraft Hunters Union uses logic and science (mixed with a few mugs of Dwarven stout) to look deep into the hunter class. Mail your hunter questions to Frostheim.

If there’s one thing gaming geeks like, it’s new toys. Whether it’s a replica Frostmourne, a shiny new set of D&D dice or a sweet lightsaber app for our smartphones, there’s nothing like new toys to get us excited. And the best toy of all for a WoW gamer? New gear!

Patch 4.3 is moving along, and while it’s probably still a bit away, the background downloader is doing its thing and the final content patch of Cataclysm is undeniably coming soon. And that means that it’s time to take a look at the new hunter gear that will soon be available to us!

Join me after the cut for the new Wyrmstalker hunter gear, an endgame gun for real this time, and all the other delightful little toys we’ll get to play with until the pandas come.

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Scattered Shots: Patch 4.3 hunter gear originally appeared on WoW Insider on Thu, 10 Nov 2011 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Each week, WoW Insider and Mathew McCurley bring you a fresh look at reader-submitted UIs as well as Addon Spotlight, which spotlights the latest user interface addons. Have a screenshot of your own UI that you’d like to submit? Send your screenshots along with info on what mods you’re using to readerui@wowinsider.com, and follow Mathew on Twitter.

Welcome back to Reader UI of the Week, where your awesome UI creations go out for the world to see and learn from. I must stress again that this is a learning experience, people. Learn. Adapt. Thrive. Evolve into user interface greatness. Our submission this week is one of those examples of coolness and tidiness that many people could get some cool ideas from.

Sigkill is a hunter with a distraction-free UI. His email subject started to pick at my mind: distraction-free. Are there really distractions out there that are part of a user interface? Why would a game distract you from, say, playing the game? Are there addons that are distracting you during serious raid play or just flashing when things shouldn’t be flashing? Am I being too nitpicky? Well, I might have figured it out, and with your help, I think we’ll be on the road to distraction-free UIs for all of us.

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Reader UI of the Week: A distraction-free hunter UI originally appeared on WoW Insider on Tue, 01 Nov 2011 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Every Thursday, WoW Insider brings you Scattered Shots for beast mastery, marksmanship and survival hunters. Frostheim of Warcraft Hunters Union uses logic and science (mixed with a few mugs of Dwarven stout) to look deep into the hunter class. Mail your hunter questions to Frostheim.

BlizzCon this year was a very hunter Blizzcon indeed, filled with big announcements not just about the game in general but about the direction the hunter class is headed. The biggest news shouted around hunter circles was of course the fact that minimum range is finally being removed from the game.

This was one of the biggest points in the hunter class design feedback threads, and it’s a nice indication that Blizzard is indeed paying attention to what the community has to say. (Either that, or the developers also just thought it needed to go, and it’s a crazy, random happenstance that it coincides with community feedback.)

Join me after the cut as we round up all of the hunter news that came out of BlizzCon, very possibly including some news that you haven’t heard from just following the BlizzCon coverage. We’re going to focus just on the hunter-specific news rather than wider game-related news.

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Scattered Shots: BlizzCon hunter info roundup originally appeared on WoW Insider on Thu, 27 Oct 2011 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Every Thursday, WoW Insider brings you Scattered Shots for beast mastery, marksmanship and survival hunters. Frostheim of Warcraft Hunters Union uses logic and science (mixed with a few mugs of Dwarven stout) to look deep into the hunter class. Mail your hunter questions to Frostheim.

I was going to write something today about the wee, tiny little BM and SV buffs that we saw on the PTR, but frankly I can’t focus on that stuff right now. I’m too excited about Blizzcon.

As you’re reading this, I spent the day getting up early and navigating airport security to spend too many hours on a plane only to navigate my way out of LAX and catch a taxi up to BlizzCon. If all goes well, there’ll be just enough time to check into the hotel before running over to what will be the most epic WoW Insider party ever. If you’re attending BlizzCon, you also don’t want to miss the Great Hunter Meetup at the Hilton lobby bar on Friday night starting at 8 p.m.

The greatest part of BlizzCon is meeting and hanging out with all the awesome people, both hunters and support classes. But it’s also when we get all sorts of news about the future of the game — and the hunter class — and a chance to ask questions to the developers directly. And of course, Ghostcrawler (lead systems designer) is there wandering the halls — and as hunters, if anyone can track him down for a quick extra question or two, it’s us.

Join me after the cut as we take a look at what we learned about hunters at last year’s BlizzCon and what we might learn this year.

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Scattered Shots: A very hunter BlizzCon originally appeared on WoW Insider on Thu, 20 Oct 2011 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Friday, October 7th, 2011

Blizzard has just officially revealed the hunter tier 13 armor set, and as expected, it does in fact have a dragon motif. Blizzard’s continuing their tradition of making hunter sets based off of monsters the hunter might have reasonably been hunting during the patch or expansion in which the set appears. Dragons, of course, are the big thing that comes to mind when one hunts Deathwing, but in order to differentiate the set from tier 2′s Dragonstalker set, Blizzard went with a skeletal look this time around. I have to admit, I’m still thinking I’ll transmute to some Gronnstalker or Alliance PvP armor for my hunter, but judge for yourself.

Check out our gallery below for images from the hunter tier armor retrospective.


Brace yourselves for what could be some of most exciting updates to the game recently with patch 4.3. Review the official patch notes, and then dig into what’s ahead: new item storage options, cross-realm raiding, cosmetic armor skinning and your chance to battle the mighty Deathwing — from astride his back!


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Hunter tier 13 armor set and retrospective revealed originally appeared on WoW Insider on Thu, 06 Oct 2011 21:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Friday, September 16th, 2011

Every Thursday, WoW Insider brings you Scattered Shots for beast mastery, marksmanship and survival hunters. Frostheim of Warcraft Hunters Union uses logic and science (mixed with a few mugs of Dwarven stout) to look deep into the hunter class. Mail your hunter questions to Frostheim.

Blizzard has recently put out the call for class design feedback on the official WoW forums, with a thread for each class. Hunters have stepped up in a big way, and the hunter class thread already has over 1,500 responses at the time of this writing (Wednesday night), which is more than any other class. Go, hunters!

The feedback thread is not just an open forums for people to complain but instead is a very focused set of questions looking at longer-term class design. This is not, of course, a promise to implement the will of the class (after all, game manufacturers have known for decades there’s a big difference between what people want and what they will buy), but it is a clear request to at least understand the will of the class.

We’ve talked here on Scattered Shots about many ways to improve the hunter class, from removing minimum range to touching up the talent trees of BM, MM, SV, and pet talents, to pet stances, to the problems with haste design and some just plain awesome things we should get. Regular readers have a pretty good idea what I think should be changed.

So today, we’re going to take a look at what the rest of the hunter population thinks about the hunter class and how they answered the class design questions. Join me after the cut for a look at the over 1,500 hunter responses to class design that the developers will be reading through.

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Scattered Shots: Hunter class feedback originally appeared on WoW Insider on Thu, 15 Sep 2011 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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