Back in my day, all we had was Steady Shot and a mousewheel!
Things have changed a lot for Hunters since the days of BC. And while we no longer are consistently at the top of the damage meters, I would still say things have changed for the better. Nearly everyone was BM. And almost everyone had given up the fine art of handweaving shots, to use a spammable macro which would use our cooldowns, avoid auto-shot clipping and let us hit one button constantly to pump out proper DPS.
Now, we have priorities. We have people playing each spec viably in raid settings, all with different styles and focuses. You don’t have to even think about your auto-shots anymore, just timing your abilities and cooldowns to be used most efficiently.
I now use at least 5 buttons in my regular ‘rotation’, and I’ve mastered the ability to keep an eye on my cooldowns and my environment at the same time.
“The days of the spammable macro are gone! Long live priorities!” I exclaimed.
But I was wrong. Apparently, people have built macros that still can be spammed, casting all abilities in the right order and priority. I know a few people who use these, both for Survival and Marksmanship.
They are not simple macros, either. “Why does it call all these other macros and use all these castsequences and stuff?” I asked someone who was a big supporter of his giant do-it-all button. “It’s because they won’t let you use more than 1 GCD in a macro, so this works around that.”
But wait… didn’t they do that for a reason? If they wanted you to work around it, wouldn’t they have just allowed it in the first place? /confuzzled.
To me, it’s silly. It’s silly to put all your eggs in one basket, or all your abilities in one button. What do you do if you want to change your priority? What if you want to use Multi-shot instead of Aimed Shot? Can you do it with the macro? I don’t know. But I don’t like it.
I like having full control of my character, pressing buttons when they are ready, my own personal whack-a-mole.
But that’s not for everyone.
I’m not going to say I think these convoluted macros are cheating, or that they make you a worse player. It’s a different playstyle. True, it’s not my playstyle, but who am I to say what is right or wrong? Some people prefer to hit multiple buttons when they flash, some people prefer to spend a bunch of time learning and writing giant macros so that they can do it all with one button – both require some kind of skill. Is it really different to be smacking 5 buttons or smacking 1 button?
So what do you think of these macros? Do you use one? Do you think they make someone a bad player?