Writing the Hunter
Hunter blogging is a difficult thing to do. It also used to be the best thing to do.
One can almost immediately identify a hunter blog by its name, especially since many hunter blogs use the name of a talent or skill. But consider this: how many hunter blogs are currently using a name whose meaning has been lost over the years because of changes to the game? There are probably more than you realize.
Take, for example, the great BigRedKitty. It is obvious that BRK writes from a Beast Mastery hunter’s perspective. However, take it to the next level. Why a kitty specifically? Back then, pet DPS was not normalized through the different pet talent categories. If you were raiding, you would bring a cat (or a raptor, I believe) because they performed better on the charts. Even today, it’s still a pet family most, if not all, hunters keep with them. Times have changed, and cats now have normalized damage with all ferocity pets, and Beast Mastery has lost the glory it had in Burning Crusade.
Wrath of the Lich King was a glorious time for tenacity pets, and that was how Big Red Rhino began. Rhinos, which are only found in Northrend, identifies the blog as having been started in the previous expansion. Of course, rhinos being tenacity pets indicate that the blog is about pet tanking. The level of difficulty of Cataclysm‘s dungeons has forced hunters to shy away from challenging themselves and pet tanking. But be honest, how many of you really want to try and pet tank Argaloth?
How many of you remember that Piercing Shots originally gave an armor reduction debuff and was crucial for raid bosses? Or that Mend Pet could be buffed with actual healing (aka Spirit) gear? Do you remember the much desired Stabilized Eternium Scope? Did you know Target Dummies were not always in the game, are properly called Training Dummies, and are not the same as the Engineering-crafted item?
When I looked at the Patch 4.1 PTR notes a few weeks ago, this item stood out for me:
Distracting Shot and Multi-Shot are now properly 40-yard range.
This change has made the name 35 Yards Out obsolete because I began writing from a time when hunters had a maximum range of 35 yards unless talent points were spent on the removed talent Hawk Eye. Does that change the meaning and direction of this blog? Certainly not, but because blog names are somewhat static, something is lost through the changes.
With Mend Pet’s Brajana, Less QQ, More PewPew‘s Drotara, and Aspect of the Hare‘s Pike leaving the hunter blogging scene, the field has suddenly felt very sparse. The soul of hunter blogging that was so vibrant during late Burning Crusade and early Wrath is no longer there. Today, hunter bloggers are expected to provide some “insight” into becoming a numerically better hunter.
Please, make hunter blogging and playing a hunter look fun again.
I’d like to take this time to raise a final toast to Larísa, whom I tremendously respect and have known since she switched from blogging in Swedish to English. May we all bring the spirit of The Pink Pigtail Inn into our own journeys in Azeroth.