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Tuesday, September 30, 2008


I got my scope recipe from Kara.

Get owned.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Holy Instant Jumping Aimedshot Batman!

Upcoming Hunter Changes

I have some good news, and some bad news. First, the bad news. Unfortunately we won't be able to do the Aspect of the Viper change I discussed yesterday (passive instead of requiring you to attack the target) at this time because of technical limitations and its potential to shake up our current balance goals. However, we will evaluate it as an option for a future patch.

Now, the good news.

- Aimed Shot - This shot will now be instant cast, its damage/effect/cooldown will remain unchanged.
- Scatter shot - This will now be an 11-point Survival talent.
- Readiness - This will now be the 21-point Marksmanship talent.
- Trap Mastery - This will now be the 41-point Survival talent. Granted, not very sexy for a 41-pointer but we'll do some changes there in a future patch (after WOLK ships).
- Surefooted is swapping places with T.N.T. (so Surefooted is now in tier 2)

These changes will be live in an upcoming beta build.

[ Post edited by Koraa ]
Class Designer

Holy Instant Jumping Aimedshot Batman!

Not only that.. 11 point SV scattershot?

Survivalism triumphs again!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A Glimmer of Hope

Hope.. we haven't seen that in a little while.

The mana is not based upon your damage. It is a general rule now to not make your mana scale with damage or healing etc., because mana doesn't scale as fast as those stats. What it does is regenerate a % of your base mana relative to your weapon speed (nullifying the need to have a fast or slow weapon to game the aspect).

What we're going to do is balance the passive regen to be around the same as if you were attacking the target.

So our afkautoshot viper got changed to a passive. This is a large step for hunters in arenas. It went from being godly with the 100% of your damage, to being crap, to being slightly less crappy, to back to where it started. Walking around in circles...

But on the bright side, it won't scale with intellect anymore. Gravy.

Things are looking grim for us right now still.. But it is still beta, and there is still hope.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Revealing Blue Post

BM hunters are extremely competitive at PvE on Live. We are trying to get Survival and Marks up to that point. It's harder to to talk abour PvP because we have made so many changes that the problems on Live may not be the same problems of LK. In short, we just need a lot more PvP testing. A lot.

Apparently BM is miles better in PvE than MM or SV. Apparently they are trying to balance it and haven't looked at PvP yet.

Best get cracking blizz.. 2 months to go.

Wrath of The Developers

Thats what WoTLK is, as seems to me. It is obvious that they favor some classes and not others.. They have openly admitted to not having played a hunter over 50 because "They were boring"

What was at the top of arenas? Rogues and Warriors
What was at the bottom of arena? Hunters
What got buffed in WoTLK? Rogues and Warriors
What got nerfed in Wotlk? Hunters

So far, they took the worst arena class, and cut the leg off.

I understand Trackhoofs feelings about "Losing the Hunt" and I have understood it for years now. I had spent at least two weeks PvPing at 49 in AB, and that was great. I would see the same people every day and PvP with them. We knew who was bad, and we knew who was good. The first time I went to the hall of heroes when I hit stone guard, I saw my path. I thought the epic PvP set was the coolest thing ever, and it was. As I worked my way up, I got the full blue set. After I had that set.. I eventually got into raiding and when I went to my first MC raid.. It was just.. dull. I did not like the idea of having to put up with 40 other people who talk about being the best in the world and still can't manage to press "W" at the right moment. PvE was extremely easy, and yet people could not do it. They spend all this time to get gear to raid to get gear to raid to get gear.. and so on. I decided that day that I would only use PvE to further my PvP progression. So I did.

I got my leaf and sinew, Got my Rhok, and wore full PvP blues all the way to warlord.. and it was fun. I would kill the same people who were in full epics all the way up the grind every day. That was the most fun in PvP. Knowing who your enemy was, and knowing your enemy knew who you are... but where has it gone?

X-realm battlegrounds was by far one of the worst changes ever to WoW besides the change of the honor system and the addition of "Welfare Epics". I would go into a BG, and not see anyone I know.. This was not fun. I saw people in T3 who I dispatched with ease. My server, Darkspear, was not at all a PvE server.. If anything, it was the hollywood of WoW. Darkspear still has one of the highest, if not the, number of movies on WCM. We had Formic, who made one of the first PvP movies, Albis, who amazing editing was only matched by his skill, we had the infamous Swifty and his rival Heinous and all of the movies they had made. We had countless others, including myself, but I digress. In the BG's I saw no one I knew.. and that took the fun out of it. We had never seen tier 3, and now we had.. In poor hands.

Arenas were fun, the thrill of beating other people despite the odds stacked in their favor. That was the thrill of the hunt for me. Despite hunters being so terrible in arenas, people still actually said we were "OP".. How?

Blizzard is now treating us like we were OP in arenas, even though they themselves said we were hurting. The thrill of the hunt for me is PvP, but there is no thrill anymore.

There is some honor to be had for a man who can kill a rabid bear with a knife, but there is no point to fighting a dragon with a nerf gun.

Sure, despite all the nerfs, I would do well as a hunter.. but WHY? Fighting such of an uphill battle is not fun. Having the playing field only a little uneven is a thrill. Now it is just a chore and frustrating.

I doubt Blizzard will fix hunters like they said they would. All I see is spittle in my face. If the content patch comes out before they fix hunters.. that will mean hunters are doomed for WoTLK. In that case I will have ONE last thing to give blizzard:


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Gude to Skill level required in Arena

Yeah... I know I stole the picture from Eve Online, but I think it fits the scenario none the less.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Of DST's and Men

Did Gruul's last night..

DST dropped..

I didn't get it.

Oh... non-interesting post is non-interesting.. I just have never actually seen it drop.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


* Wing Clip - New rank added "Inflicts 50% normal melee damage and reduces the enemy target's movement speed by 30% for 10 sec."
* Most Pet Skills - All ranks had a slight damage increase or decrease.
* Froststorm Breath - All ranks now slow for 5 seconds.
* Glyph of Aimed Shot - Now only reduces the cooldown by .5 seconds instead of 1
* Lock and Load - Now only affects your next shot, not the next 3.
* T.N.T. - Chance to stun only on when trap lands, and now increase the critical strike chance of your Explosive Shot and Explosive Trap by 3/6/9%, down from 5/10/15%
* Kill Shot - Now deals 200% weapon damage plus [RAP * 0.3 + 400.0] instead of weapon damage plus [RAP * 0.15 + 2500.0].
* Hunting Party - Effect now listed as lasting for 15 seconds.
* Master's Call - Can no longer be cast while stunned.
* Aspect Mastery - Aspect of the Monkey - Reduces the damage done to you while active by 5%, down from 10%. Aspect of the Hawk - Increases the attack power bonus by 30%, down from 50%.
* Cobra Strikes - Only next 2 of pets attacks will benefit, down from 3.
* Invigoration - Now gives a 50/100% chance to instantly regenerate 1% mana instead of giving instant regen of 1/2% of mana.
* Improved Steady Shot - Now only reduces mana cost by 20%, down from 40%.
* Aspect of the Viper - Now each ranged attack regenerates a percentage of maximum mana equal to base ranged weapon speed, down from 100% of damage done. Still incurs 50% less damage.
* Deterrence - No longer gives a 60% chance to resist all spell attacks for 10 sec

They took the worst arena class... And totaled it.


I'm speechless.

Kordwar's SV page

Always happy to give a shout out to a fellow SV hunters blog

Here is Kordwar's blog.. a new blog for another follower of Survivalism!

Will all the KZ raiders... please stand up

Yup, so despite the 22 delicious badges.. I got Skulker's Greaves from Netherspite. Bless leather loots for SV hunters! I stuck 3 8 Agi gems in there and they are probably one of the best pieces for SV on that level. 56 agility, 64 AP, and some hit to boot.

Speaking of SV loots.. The day has come, and I have specced SV. I has all epix on my PvE set.

Oh.. And I got a gorehowl.. FOR TEH LULZ

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The WoTLK raiding spec..

Is it MM hunters time to shine?

Despite the other buffs that have been given to MM for DPS there is one, in conjunction with a great nerf to SV. MM has been granted the gift of raid support, the one thing that manages to keep hunters in raids.. and it has been stolen from SV.

What is this great atrocity you ask?

TSA now affects the entire raid, gives a hefty % bonus to AP, 10%, and Expose weakness.. only works for the one hunter, and despite the fact that hunting party has been nerfed into the dirt.

So.. as how there is only one SV hunter per raid, in WoTLK there will only be one MM hunter for the raid.

Well.. at least Rilgon will be happy.

That bastard.

dualboxing in 2v2

I saw the darndest thing last night..

This warrior druid team was dualboxing. Only one would be moving at a time.. At first we thought they were lagging but no.. alas.. It was one guy actually playing two characters.

I don't mind the free points, but I found it rather funny.

Sad part is I'm sure he actually beat someone.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Disarm Trap in WoTLK

Wow.. It makes a lot more sense when you picture it like that..

Sunday, September 7, 2008

In the 2v2

Was me+druid versus Rogue+paladin..

They killed my druid after I oomed the paladin.. So I finished off the paladin and trapped the rogue to bandaid while I was at 300hp.. and proceeded to kite him..

He deadly throw'd me when he was at 30%.. took me down to literally 1 hp and I finished him off..

It was epic.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Friday, September 5, 2008

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Battlefield 2;11697438;/fileinfo.html

If anyone likes BF2, one of the things I did during my wow break was make this movie.

I like to play shooter games when I'm feeling down about my class being underpowered, and just frag everyone I see. I like dogfighting because it takes a good amount of skill, experience, and knowledge.. Instead of just being imbalanced.

If you do watch it, please download it.. Set your resolution to 1024x768, set it to fullscreen and enjoy.

What I liked about the movie was how smooth it was. I would turn in a way which looked like I went the wrong way, only to line me up for a perfect shot moments later. It shows more of the actual dogfights than just a frag movie like most are. One of my favorite scenes was at 4:00 when the target is right above me, and I do a roll to fire my missiles, so they will hit, otherwise they wouldn't have a good shot, or at 9:34, when I am chasing one, and being tailed by another.. and I kill the one I'm chasing, dodge 5 missiles from the one behind, then kill him.

I plan on using the music from this movie in my next hunter vid.


I did Kara last night, and I am happy to say that I got 4 upgrades, plus enough badges to buy my s2 boots. I got Chestguard of the Conniver, Legacy, Drape of the Dark Reavers and Demon Stalker Gauntlets.

Sadly, none of those pieces were any PvP upgrades, save the boots, because I already had PvP pieces for those slots.. But I'm closer to not having to raid as MM!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008


So.. I am rapidly approaching the big day!

What is the big day?

Simple! It is the day in which I can discard these MM shackles and embrace Survivalism once more!

My brother, Roflologist is learning fast, and while never playing a druid or even doing arenas, we are doing well.. Sure our rating is still a bit low, but it has to be a gradual increase.. Every team we fight has twice as much resilience as us because it is so easy to get PvP epics now.. it only takes time. Time, that we haven't had enough of yet.

While Rofl was doing a PuG Kara run made by some prot paladin in a Hyjal/BT guild while he was still undergeared for kara, he made such a good impression and demonstration that the guy flat out invited him to his guild and the next day he was raiding BT in tier blue. The GM even offered to buy him a geared resto druid so he could help them progress faster (The GM is quite wealthy IRL and server myth has it that he is Will Smith, I don't know if it's true, but I would like to believe it!)

I am as fortunate to have him as a partner as he is to have me!

But.. back on topic.. The big day, usually said when you reach 600 agi unbuffed you can spec SV because the DPS is better, but in PvP you don't necessarily need the DPS.. In fact, my old hunter had only around 550 agi in the gear I got gladiator as, Including LR. I'm telling myself I can go SV once I get out of all my blues.. I have four left.

And.. once I do that.. I can begin to craft my next movie, and I got a great idea for it.