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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.

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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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Friday, December 23rd, 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.

We all know by now that talents are going to work a lot differently in the Mists of Pandaria expansion, but what we don’t know yet is exactly what’s going to happen with our pet talent trees. Not only that, but Blizzard itself isn’t entirely sure what it’s going to do about them, other than not wanting to leave them the way they are now. We do know that we will get to choose what family our pets belong to. If you tame a cat, you can choose to make it a tenacity, cunning, or ferocity pet. But pet talents are a bit up in the air.

There are currently two possibilities for pet talents. The first is to remove pet talents entirely, making your pet’s special abilities and spec — tenacity, ferocity, or cunning — the only unique features of the pet. Thus, every ferocity cat is the same as every other ferocity cat. This option is dull and dreary with nothing interesting or engaging about it. Call it the Shaman Option, in other words, or the Blah Option.

The other possibility is to revamp the pet talent system so that it more closely resembles the new character talent system in MoP. In this system, we turn some pet talents into spec abilities, and then give an abbreviated tree of meaningful choices. I call this the Awesome Option — or in other words, the Hunter Option. You’re going to love it. Here’s how the Awesome Option could work.

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Scattered Shots: Pet talent possibilities in Mists of Pandaria originally appeared on WoW Insider on Thu, 22 Dec 2011 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Friday, December 9th, 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.

Patch 4.3 has been out for over a week now, and that means that it’s so old news. It’s time for us to finally look forward to patch 5.0 and the Mists of Pandaria hunter talent preview that we first got a look at during BlizzCon.

The new talent system strips down the talent selections to a mere six talent choices. Every 15 levels, you are presented with three possible hunter talents, and you can choose only one of them. Then 15 levels later, you choose one of a different three talents, and so on — only unlike most talents now, these talents are meaningless.

Now, the last time we talked about this MoP stuff, the comments got a bit heated. To assist you today, I have included the above video. If you’re about to say anything stated in that video, you are about to become one of those people and are better off calling your mom instead. She hasn’t heard from you in too long anyway. She worries.

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Scattered Shots: Hunting Mists of Pandaria talents originally appeared on WoW Insider on Thu, 08 Dec 2011 19:00:00 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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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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Saturday, November 5th, 2011
hunter wins blizzcon arena championship

Frostheim appears to be decimated, unable to write this week, over the loss of the most recent raiding gun from the patch 4.3 PTR files. As someone who PVPs to get my first raiding weapon of most patches, I can choose whichever ranged death-dealing machine I want. Of course, as a Worgen (not to mention someone who is generally the butt of many of Frostheim’s jokes on our podcast), I usually choose a crossbow after buying, returning and screenshotting the gun.

Today, Scattered Shots will be all about a very basic hunter PVP survival skill: scatter-trapping. All hunters of all specs can scatter-trap, and whether you’re being ganked doing dailies, trying to win Baradin Hold, or doing competitive Arena, it’s one of those skills that can really set you apart.

Traps on their own are only useful for people you can force to cross through them. Mostly, this means melee, although you can sometimes force a ranged player to cross a trap if you’re humping a pillar properly. What do we do when we want to freeze someone who isn’t chasing us, though? Freezing Trap is really our most effective crowd control ability. We’ll often want it to be used on someone that matters like a healer. Unfortunately, short of stepping up to a healer and dropping a trap on them, there’s no way to force them to cross our path.

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Scattered Shots: Scatter-trapping with grace and ease originally appeared on WoW Insider on Sat, 05 Nov 2011 18:00:00 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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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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Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Every Thursday, WoW Insider brings you Scattered Shots for beast mastery, marksmanship and survival hunters. Frostheim of Warcraft Hunters Union and the WoW Hunter Podcast 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.

As patch 4.2 is beginning to wind down, many hunters are looking for ways to fill some of the extra in-game time, and the coming of transmogrification in patch 4.3 is the perfect thing. Now is the time to start collecting the looks that you want to transmogrify into when patch 4.3 comes.

I have a full look at all the hunter armor sets on each race and where to get them, over here. Today, we’re going to take a look at the next most crucial transmogrification decision: our ranged weapon.

We can actually transmogrify one ranged weapon type into another, unlike any other weapon type, so we can make our bows look (and sound) like guns or crossbows. This gives hunters a host of options for what kind of weapon look we want to be sporting. Join me after the cut for a look at some of the most distinctive ranged weapons and where to find them.

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Scattered Shots: Hunter transmogrification station originally appeared on WoW Insider on Thu, 08 Sep 2011 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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