Saturday, October 18, 2008


When the unlinking of steady shot and auto shot was first announced, there was much rejoice. No more 3:2 macro!

Well, sad to say the macro is bigger now. Thanks to the change to the way pet specials work (and bugs I presume) rabid needs to be manually triggered for it to work in the most optimal way. The following macro was created my Manito at the Bigredkitty forums

Here it is:

#showtooltip Steady Shot
/console Sound_EnableSFX 0
/cast [target=pettarget, exists] Rabid <-----I prefer /cast to /castrandom so that it won't trigger before the pet is at its target so it will maximize the number of Rabid's it can stack
/cast !Auto Shot
/cast Steady Shot
/click [target=pettarget,exists] MultiBarBottomLeftButton12
/console Sound_EnableSFX 1
/script UIErrorsFrame:Clear()"

What it does: Shows the default tool tip for steady shot, disables the sound effects of it not being ready, casts rabid (when the pet is at the target) everytime its up, starts the shot rotation with an auto, casts steady shot, toggles KC (part two of the macro), disables sound effects for that button, disables error messages.

Whew. That's alot.

*edit* Working on a way to include /cast arcane shot into the macro without it disrupting the steady rotation.

why I don't use /click [target=pettarget, exists] Multibarbottomleftbutton12 : I have a macro for trinkets and killcommand which is the following

#showtooltip Kill Command
/use 14 (or whichever trinket slot you have)
/cast [target=pettarget] kill command

pretty simple, uses my trinket every time its up and also casts kill command everytime its up

Misdirection macro:

/target focus
/cast misdirection

To use this you need to have a focus target set, to do so select your main tank/offtank/naughty mage and type /focus. To clear focus type /clearfocus or /focus when not targetting anyone.
This macro will target your focus, cast misdirection, and target the target which you were dpsing or MDing onto the tank. It does it fast enough that you don't notice the target switch.

FD macro:
/cast feign death

Why /stopattack: Auto shot is considered an autoattack, which means without it being disabled when you have your target selected after you get up from FD it will automatically shot one arrow. Bad if you're trapping.

3.0.2 thoughts

Did my first raid as a bm hunter last night. Let me say, it was FUN.

When I first got the patch I went 51/10/0 bm to get a devilsaur. Played around with some dailies and test dummie benchmarking, and found that the devilsaur was a lean mean flesh ripping machine. However, the way the marksmenship tier is now set up, you need 12 points in MM to get 2/2 go for the throat, without GFTT your pets focus levels are constantly low. With all the new pet skills and basic focus dump, my devilsaur was sitting between 20 and 30 focus constantly.

I did feel bad though, I ditched whiskers (my trusty cat) right away. I proceeded to respec 49/12 to get 2/2 GFTT and no exotic pet. Results?

Well lets just say chompers wont be comign out to play until 72 or so.

In za, our first za in a while, we one shotted EVERY boss. Previous attempts left us banging our heads aginst hex lord and, on our off nights, eagle or lynx. Our record bear downign time was 2.5 mins, and my highest recorded personal DPS was 1600. I'd throw up the WWS to boast, but it hasn't been rigged to fir the 3.0.2 combat log yet.

Of my 1600 dps on bear, whiskers was sitting at 26%. Whiskers dps increased about 100 from the patch, and mine by about 400. 1100 pre patch on bear to 1600 now. I'm not complaining.

Tomorrow I'm going to spec SV and try out some heroics, maybe a pug za or somthing, and see how it goes.

Oh, and 3.0.3 is now on PTR -- Focus changes and some (more) viper changes. Check it out at mmo-champ.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


4 hours of unexpected (or expected depending on how you look at it) realm matienence.

I did however get to log in for about 15 mins and what I did was
Port to darn
Spec 51/10 BM
Train a devilsaur
Lag out in ungoro

Hopefully I'll have more time later tonight.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

WTB - - -

Realm uptime.

11 minutes isn't that long, but damn it sucks trying to refresh the wow realm status page for 11 minutes straight.

Oh staghelm, must ye be lame?

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Tuesday's Check List

Here's some things I'll be trying to get accomplished on tuesday (assuming it is in fact patch day)
  • Put all of the current guilds events on the new Calander (woot)
  • Buy my stable slots
  • Stable my kitteh
  • Spec 51/10
  • Train a devilsaur
  • Train a wolf
  • Train a gorilla
  • Plead for even more stable slots
  • Test dummie variations of 51/10, 52/9, and 53/8 bm
  • Spec 49/12, test dummie said spec
  • Spec SV (0/10/51)
  • Do dailies to get some of the wasted gold back
  • get a haircut
  • Do some PVP
So much to do, so much to do.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Lack of posts

There isn't a WHOLE lot of new hunter info coming down the pipeline, because we're getting close to 3.0 release. There has been alot of speculation and number crunching in beta though.

If you want to see a bunch of really good hunter talk, bounce over to the BRK forums. That's where you'll find the experts.

Questions to be asked by huntards
  • Whats the best pve spec?!
  • Whats the best leveling pet?!
  • Are hunters still top of the pile for raiding?!
  • Are we any good in pvp?!
  • Haste gear?!
Currently BM has reported higher numbers (but barely) than SV for PERSONAL raid dps. The utility is in both, FI is raidwide, and SV gives mana back. Either is COMPLETELY viable for raiding.

There is no best leveling pet. Don't ask. Go to wowhead, find the pet and pet skill you like, train pet.

Hunters may or may not be the top, but we don't have enough information to tell yet.

PvP is different. Try it.

Blizz has said that haste is a "secondary stat". They can't just replace it with AGI or AP because it would make the item worth too much. There aren't alot of secondary stats to play with, so haste works.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Bringing back Fuzzy.

Remember the early days of being a baby huntard? Where the best part about the class was picking out a class that appealed to YOU?

Nobody cared which pet did the most damage, had the fastest attack speed, or the most health, it was all about looks (that is of course for those hunters in the 10-59 lvl range).

My first pet that I ever grew attached to was Fuzzy.

Fuzzy was a bear who I picked up in feralas (Yes, a little late to grow attached) at the ripe age of 47. Fuzzy, rest his soul, was the best leveling companion ever. We traveled all throughout Kalimdor and the EK together. He even stepped into the Dark Portal with me for the first time.

Over time, our bond dimished though. Fuzzy was stabled for Blinky the wonder WarpStalker, then released for blinky to be stabled in favor of whiskers my man eating killer eco-dome dweleing jungal lord.

With the new patch and increased leveling for pets, as well as pet specialization and pet talent trees, I've decided to bring back Fuzzy.

Only this fuzzy is white. After raiding, I promptly ran my dwarvin butt to Dun Morogh (ahh nostalgia) and tamed me Mangeclaw. For now, Fuzzy v2.0 will remain stabled waiting anxiously for the patch to arrive and a chance to age (level) 5 years (times).

It's funny how attached a player can become to a specific part of their most played class.