Playing Old School Style in Northrend
As we start out in the new zones of Northrend, questing and exploring bring back many of the fundamentals in playing a hunter. Stuff away all the knowledge about hunter raiding for now until you’re level 80. We’re going to rebuild it from the ground up.
- Your pet is a tank. Tenacity pets are there for a reason, and their viability should not be ignored even by Marksmanship hunters. Their talent trees were designed for tanking, and it would be a loss for us not to utilize it. I advocate the use of a gorilla or a bear for multiple mob tanking because of the current respawn rate. You never know how long ago a mob was killed by someone else and may respawn on top of you.
- Pet on defensive. Many might argue with me on this point, but I stand my ground. Having a pet on defensive lets your pet get that initial aggro if you get ambushed. While you are still trying to adjust to that ambush, your pet will already be on their way to defend you.
- Hunters are utilitarian. Use your abilities and traps. Unfortunately, Marksmanship hunters no longer have Scatter Shot, but we can still trap, and Deterrence is a good enough substitute for those emergency situations. Always use Misdirection on your pet. It will save you from having to melee.
- Tracking is underrated. Quest with tracking on and it will save you a lot of time looking for a mob. Ride around in your mount and look for your target. Because tracking also goes underground, it will let you see if a mob you’re looking for has to be reached another way.
- Your shots matter. Combine some of the knowledge from above. The ideal way to quest is to kill mobs in the fastest way possible with the least amount of mana. If you’re trying to get massive damage up front, always use Misdirection. (Marksmanship: use Serpent Sting and Chimera Shot.) Don’t shoot with everything you have. A Steady Shot rotation is still one of the most mana efficient methods.
One of the things I’ve come to enjoy is to quest without the help of Wowhead. Although it’s hard to be able to quest without it completely, I can say I’ve limited myself to using the resource less than 5% of the time. Most of this is to check if a quest is buggy. [I’ve Got a Flying Machine!] is definitely bugged. (The flying machine grappling hook will not hook.) [Seeds of the Blacksouled Keepers] is partially bugged. (Most spores were evade-bugged. I was able to find one that wasn’t and just camped that one spore.) But aside from those cases, I enjoy questing without having to Alt-Tab and having the sense of accomplishment that I solved the quest myself.