41 Yards Out, Marksman Style
This week, my friend and I got input from our guild on hunter talenting. Both of us started out as marksman hunters, but my friend respecced to beast mastery not long ago as he was approaching level 70. I’ve stayed a marksman the entire time I’ve played.
As I was working my way up to level 70, I ended up with a 0/57/4 spec. It’s not the best or most efficient type of specs, and it wouldn’t even come close to any of the tested and proven specs out there. As I was pondering a more thoughtful respec, I was thinking of how I should spec myself. No matter what I considered, I couldn’t convince myself to switch to beast mastery. Yes, it has the endorsements for an OMG-UBER-DPS spec, but it’s not at all for me.
After suggestions from our resident marksman hunter, I settled with a 7/42/12 variation. I’m sad to let go Improved Concussive Shot because that means I won’t be able to stun mobs to make mey pets’ jobs easier sometimes. I’m also sad to let go of Efficiency. After Patch 2.4’s apparent mana nerf, I think I will see a dramatic difference in mana sustainability by not having Efficiency. I was able to barely keep up mana with Aspect of the Viper on before, but I haven’t tried it yet with this new spec.
I am excited with 3 new additions though:
- Focused Fire
- Hawk Eye
- Clever Traps
Focused Fire will be my first time digging into beast mastery tree. Let’s see how much damage I can pour out after this. With Hawk Eye 3/3, I get +6 yards of range! (Time to change my blog’s name?)
After Pike’s obligatory post on chain trapping, I’d really like to be able to utilize my trapping a bit more, so Clever Traps is a perfect way to do that. I’ve already been told by a fellow guildie when I first ran an instance with him that he was surprised I was trapping so effectively. Practice makes perfect, especially when you run a lot of PUGs. *grin*