Is this thing on?
...and weird owlbear battle-chicken things!
I'm not Leafshine. No, siree, not Leafy at all. Leafy is on holiday and has asked me to pop over and talk to you all. And being a good friend and all, that's what I'm going to do. Talk to you about... hmmm... yes, good point... Leafy left no instructions on what to talk to you about. So, I'm going to make some stuff up. That ok? Hope so.
Anyway. Having established my non-Leafshine-ness, I haven't exactly filled you in beyond that. I'm ChainTrap, or Psia, from Chain Trap and I'm one of Leafy guildmates. And I'm a hunter. I provide some ranged dps and an amount of CC for guild groups and raids.
I thought about talking to you all about Druids. About how I love them (in a friendly, comradely way; not in an all-sorts-of-wrong shapeshifting way). And about how I love their versatility. But, at best, it'd be like preaching to the choir. And at worst, well, I'd get it wrong... and then I'd be forced to hide. Or sit in the druid-dunce corner. Or whatever it is that angry trees do to ignorant hunters.
So, instead I thought I'd talk to you about hunters, and in particular some things that I'd like non-hunters to know about hunters. Cos if you don't know hunters, and don't know what you don't know about hunters, then it's easy to think that you know about hunters, even though you don't. Or something. Anyway, I thought it might be nice to talk about some of the misconceptions and unknowns about hunters, and try to educate.
I'm aware that some of you are hunters too. If so, please feel free to add your own thoughts in the comments. In fact, even those of you that aren't hunters, feel free to join in and offer up things that you wish others knew about your chosen class.
So, on with the list:
Hunters are for dps and for utility.
Obvious? Well, you'd have thought so. But not everyone seems to understand this. Dps. Yes, well, we are a dps class; and that's our primary function. Massive quantities of sustained ranged dps is I think how Big Red Kitty, Hunter celebrity, puts it. We shoot stuff, it falls over. Currently, we're pretty good at it... so good that blizzard feel the need to nerf us in the next patch. This is probably, viewed with impassionate eyes, a fair thing for them to do. We are pretty good at dps.
Utility? Well, that's a bit different. We have one of the best crowd control methods in the game, and yet I'm rarely asked to use mine outside of guild groups (and not just because everyone is AoE tanking). Chain trapping is a skill that's pretty easy to learn. Many hunters can do it, and some of us are even talented to be able to do it indefinitely. Last evening, in the Halls of Stone, I kept one mob trapped for 5 minutes whilst we waited for our disco'ed tank to return. We all contribute one buff or another to a group. Some grant a percentage increase to everyone in the raid's damage; some an AP bonus of 10%; and some can give the mana regen effect to the raid. Our pets can off-tank. And, if specced correctly, main tank (5 mans at least).
A hunter is pretty versatile. Next time you are short a tank, how about trying a BM hunter with a tenacity pet? Or if you need CC, try taking a hunter who knows how to chain trap.
We don't want your weapons!
There is an old old joke, first started somewhere on the comment sections of Thottbot, whereby any, and all, weapons would be commented with the words "Hunter weapon". Blizzard, in their infinite wisdom, decided that Hunters should be able to use pretty much any weapon in the game, barring maces. This meant, early on, that hunters rolled on almost all weapons. Many hunters, at launch, didn't realise that strength does nothing for them. They thought that spirit might be beneficial. And some even thought that melee was a great idea for dps.
Those days are long gone. There are more weapons now. Some of them have stats that are appropriate for hunters. Agility, Attack power, Stamina, Intellect... crit, hit and haste. That's pretty much it, although the odd occasional hunter might like Armour penetration. Blizzard have put a number of weapons in game that suit us, and ensured that there are almost always better weapons for you (be you warrior, rogue or druid).
We don't like being called Huntards.
Most of us are competant. Most of us know how to play our class. Some of us even know how to play it well. Huntard, being a derivation of retard, isn't a very nice way to refer to us. So we don't like it. It's not very funny, and isn't very appropriate. Joke's over, guys.
/serious face off
We are rubbish at Arenas (on the whole).
A lot of people seem to think that hunter's rule the pvp world. We _are_ still very good in battlegrounds. Our ability to hit multiple targets with reasonably large quanities of damage guarantees that. But in Arenas we aren't very good. Line of sight is our enemy, and our melee skills are rather lame, meaning if our enemies come and sit on top of us, we are in trouble.
Well, that's about it, from me, for now. this may, or may not, have provided you with anything new. It may, or may not, have provided you with 5 minutes of entertainment. It may have even prompted you to go and find out more about hunters. I can heartily recommend to you a range of very well written, engaging, and entertaining hunter blogs.
Thank you for reading!