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#1 2012-01-05 15:45:50

Lamme
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Registered: 2005-08-21
Posts: 8597

Interesting blue post

The topic doesn't neccessarily make you realize that this post is in fact all about hunters. Quite interesting I'd say:

blue wrote:

Vial of Shadows Ranged Attack Power Bug
Just want to confirm: Vial of Shadows working only with melee attack power and not ranged attack power is indeed a bug. Barring unforeseen complications, this will be fixed in an upcoming hotfix.

Lock and Load not being caused by Arcane Shot is an intentional change. As many players have pointed out, there is just no need for it any longer. We also intend to make sure Black Arrow is used over Explosive Trap, probably by buffing Black Arrow slightly.

We are looking a lot at hunter DPS right now. We think it is in a good place when compared to other ranged DPS specs (in equivalent gear), but falls short when compared to ranged DPS with Dragonwrath. The guilds currently posting heroic combat logs have a lot of Dragonwraths, and unfortunately, hunters are the only ranged DPS who dont have access to a legendary weapon. When more hunters have Deathwing weapons, their DPS will go up compared to the Dragonwrath users who wont be upgrading their weapons, and well see what hunter performance looks like.

Its likely that future legendaries wont be usable by so many classes and specs. For the present situation, one option is to just buff hunters to make up for their inability to have legendary weapons, but when you look at DPS casters who have no legendary, it's a tough option to take. Were not sure yet of the future of the attack power buff in Mists of Pandaria, but in the short term we want to make sure that there are some situations where melee can do really high DPS rather than routinely coming in below ranged DPS (which is how we felt about the last two raid tiers).

If we buff hunters, it will more likely be through other avenues.

Small buffs are better than no buffs! And taking Arcane shot off LnL will be really nice once we (if ever) get 4xt13.

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#2 2012-01-05 17:33:28

Maxilla
Leading Team
Registered: 2009-11-18
Posts: 318

Re: Interesting blue post

Buffing Black arrow also sounds nice, it's quite annoying trying to use Explosive Trap on single target fights.

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#3 2012-01-09 06:43:57

Tasteofdeath
Guild Member
From: Galashiels, Scotland
Registered: 2011-10-20
Posts: 516

Re: Interesting blue post

Lamme wrote:

The topic doesn't neccessarily make you realize that this post is in fact all about hunters. Quite interesting I'd say:

blue wrote:

Vial of Shadows Ranged Attack Power Bug
Just want to confirm: Vial of Shadows working only with melee attack power and not ranged attack power is indeed a bug. Barring unforeseen complications, this will be fixed in an upcoming hotfix.

Lock and Load not being caused by Arcane Shot is an intentional change. As many players have pointed out, there is just no need for it any longer. We also intend to make sure Black Arrow is used over Explosive Trap, probably by buffing Black Arrow slightly.

We are looking a lot at hunter DPS right now. We think it is in a good place when compared to other ranged DPS specs (in equivalent gear), but falls short when compared to ranged DPS with Dragonwrath. The guilds currently posting heroic combat logs have a lot of Dragonwraths, and unfortunately, hunters are the only ranged DPS who dont have access to a legendary weapon. When more hunters have Deathwing weapons, their DPS will go up compared to the Dragonwrath users who wont be upgrading their weapons, and well see what hunter performance looks like.

Its likely that future legendaries wont be usable by so many classes and specs. For the present situation, one option is to just buff hunters to make up for their inability to have legendary weapons, but when you look at DPS casters who have no legendary, it's a tough option to take. Were not sure yet of the future of the attack power buff in Mists of Pandaria, but in the short term we want to make sure that there are some situations where melee can do really high DPS rather than routinely coming in below ranged DPS (which is how we felt about the last two raid tiers).

If we buff hunters, it will more likely be through other avenues.

Small buffs are better than no buffs! And taking Arcane shot off LnL will be really nice once we (if ever) get 4xt13.

Hunters:

Aspect of the Hawk now grants roughly 35% more attack power.
Deterrence now also reduces damage taken by 30% while active.
Black Arrow now ticks every 2 seconds for 20 seconds, as opposed to every 3 seconds for 15 seconds.  The total damage dealt by the ability is unchanged.
Lock and Load no longer benefits Arcane Shot, nor is it consumed by Arcane Shot.
Source: http://blue.mmo-champion.com/topic/2155 … -432-notes

Last edited by Tasteofdeath (2012-01-09 06:45:41)

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#4 2012-01-09 10:19:40

Aliothe
Guild Member
Registered: 2011-06-15
Posts: 488

Re: Interesting blue post

So they are baselining hunters closer to casters with dragonwrath?
That's probably a good thing, only sucks for casters without dragonwrath ( but yeah, they all had a chance to get one so screw'em! wink )

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