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Huntering as Survival: Impressions

Monday, December 20th, 2010

It was a rough start, but after nearly a week, I think I’ve decided to stick with Survival.  Not only are the DPS numbers much sexier, but to be honest, the rotation just feels smoother. Which is a little funny because why I didn’t enjoy Survival over MM (back in the mana days) was because it felt clunky.

But of course, there are things I certainly miss!  Marked for Death was great for a lazy hunter like me.  Readiness is something I used incredibly often – and not just so I can Rapid Fire twice in a fight.  Trap didn’t take or broke early?  Readiness, re-trap!  Interrupt heavy fight?  Readiness makes sure I’ll have Silencing Shot when I need it!  And, most importantly… a second feign death has saved me many a repair bill!

But Wyvern Sting is extremely useful – being able to shoot a trap and sleep a mob at the start of a fight really takes a lot of strain off the group.  And since almost everything can be trapped or slept, there’s no need to worry about what to do if they aren’t humanoid/undead/elemental/demons.  Protip: Wyvern Sting also works as an interrupt on mobs that are sleepable!

I’ve found that the rotation of MM and SV are almost the same – MM you should always use 2 back-to-back Steadies, and in SV I find I almost always use 2 back-to-back Cobras.  But the significantly shorter cooldown on Explosive Shot (6 sec) compared to Chimera Shot (10, 9 with glyph) is what makes the difference to me.  10 seconds is a really long time, especially if some add just popped up that needs to be burned… you may not even be able to use your “big” shot before it goes down.

So for now, I will be keeping MM as my back up mainly for when we’re short on interrupts, and I’ll be sticking with Survival for my main spec.  As always, I recommend giving all the specs a shot once in a while rather than declaring yourself a “Marksman only!” or whatever.  Things change, and you never know which you really prefer until you’ve tried!

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Giving Survival Another Shot

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Ever since I switched from Beast Mastery to Marksmanship mid-Wrath, I have never looked back.  I enjoyed the complexity of the shot priority and it seemed to all flow very well.  But Cataclysm has changed things.

It’s not that I’m not enjoying MM anymore, but overall I think I’m still trying to get used to the whole focus-management aspect of things.  My timing is often off by a bit, or I get distracted and forget to use Chimera, and it’s having a pretty adverse affect on my dps and my sanity.

So tonight I’m going to give Survival a try.  I tried it once way back, and I did not enjoy it nearly as much as MM… but I feel like there’s no better time to try it than when I’m having issues with my rotation as it is!

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85!

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

Discovery experience FTW.

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Brajana Makes a Cataclysmic Return!

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Cataclysm has finally officially arrived, and as promised, I am making an earnest attempt to return to blogging. Hope you haven’t missed me too much!

I took most of the summer off from World of Warcraft to get a chance to play some of those other games that I’ve bought and never had time to play.  But since the release of 4.0.1, I’ve found my excitement about the game growing each day.  I’ve tamed a slew of new pets (I’ll surely introduce them in an upcoming post), I’ve started a new alt to explore the new Azeroth content, and I’ve even started doing dailies again – saving up more gold than I’ve had since I bought Epic Flying in Burning Crusade.

Luckily most of my guild has returned to the game as well, and it’s great to be playing with my friends.  Without them, I’d certainly not be nearly as excited as I am!

I’m not one of those lucky (or unemployed) people to have the day off, but I did manage to get a couple of hours of playing in this morning before I had to leave for work.  I ran around upgrading my professions and riding skill and then took the boat out to Vashj’r.  My observations after a couple of short hours:

  • Logging in was anti-climactic.  No installing, no cinematic, I couldn’t even really tell if my account had actually upgraded at first!
  • It will take me a while to get used to flying in Orgrimmar.  I still find myself flying through gates, like the one to the Valley of Honor.
  • Vashj’r was a good choice.  Not very much competition, and swimming really isn’t that bad!  Also, SEAHORSE!

Stay tuned for pretty screenshots, funny stories and maybe even a guide or two!

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Gun Lovin’ Dwarf Chick has reloaded!

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

If you don’t remember, the Gun Lovin’ Dwarf Chick was one of the top Hunter blogs in the community not so long ago.  She was even part of my inspiration in creating my own Bow Lovin’ Dwarf Chick.

If you knew where to find her, you may have read some of her musings since GLDC was officially shut down, but now she’s returned from her many various adventures and is back at Gun Lovin’ Dwarf Chick ready to shoot stuff and write about it.  So make sure you stay up to date!

Gun Lovin’ Dwarf Chick!