DPS Survey or How I Hunter

I know it’s been a while since I posted but I’ve been super busy lately. Recently someone started out a DPS survey, and I found a copy on both Aspect of the Hare and Stabilized Effort Scope. So with out much further ado…


What is the name, class, and spec of your primary DPS?

Hi, my name is Gweninu, I’m a hunter, and my main spec is a  Beast Master hunter and my secondary spec is Marksman.

What is your primary DPSing environment? (i.e. raids, PvP, 5 mans)

I mainly DPS in raids due to time constraints.

What is your favorite DPS spell/ability for your class and why?

That’s a tough one. See I swap back and forth between BM and MM as I need to. When I’m running BM, I love Beastial Wrath. It’s the trade mark ability of BM, and is a huge damage boost. Since they added the passive 10% damage bonus, it has helped boost my DPS even higher. When I’m running as MM, it’s definitely Chimera shot. The versatility of the shot and the extra damage are a real boost.

What DPS spell do you use least for your class and why?

Mulishot for both BM and MM, hands down. It shares a cool down with aimed, you can’t fire it on the move, and the damage is low.

What do you feel is the biggest strength of your DPS class and why?

My biggest  strength is the sustainable mobile DPS that I can bring. On the run or standing in one spot, I bring a steady and constant stream of DPS. Then there’s my pet. While I’m busy running around playing don’t stand in the red stuff, he’s busy nomming away on what ever we are fighting at the time.  The fire and forget aspect does give me some leeway when DPSing certain bosses. Hodir and the twin Valks come to mind right away.

What do you feel is the biggest weakness of your DPS class and why?

Our biggest weakness is gear dependency. We are so dependent on getting specific gear that is itemized properly, it makes my head spin at times.

In a 25 man raiding environment, what do you feel, in general, is the best DPS assignment for you?

Single target burn down. What can I say, I’m pretty single minded, and with my DPS and the pet’s DPS we can really turn it up on DPS. Not to mention, if it’s a fight like hodir, where I have to move a lot, I can sick the pet on the target and let it chow down while I am running like a maniac.

What DPS class do you enjoy DPSing with most and why?

Feral druids hands down. I love leader of the pack. Nice big fat juicy crit bonus, and they don’t have anything that will overwrite FI. 🙂

What DPS class do you enjoy DPSing with least and why?

Classes that overwrite my FI lol. I mean ugh it’s the only buff that I can bring to the raid people. Seriously though, there really isn’t a any class that I don’t like to group with, but I do prefer to group with those that can toss me a buff. 🙂

What is your worst habit as a DPS?

Tunnel vision. Plain and simple. There are times that I will get so focused on just maximizing my burst DPS, that well…ummm. why am I surrounded by green flames? I didn’t use a path of Illidan before Jax… OMG IT BURNS!!! GETITOFFGETITOFF!!!! Yeah paying too much attention to my DPS and not watching where I’m running off to, that would be my worse habit.

What is your biggest pet peeve in a group environment while DPSing?

People who act like they just bought their account on eBay… You know the ones… dpsers who can’t, or worse, won’t control their aggro… Tanks who refuse to switch to a tanking spec…Healers who heal so fast they draw aggro, or don’t pay attention to who they are healing. Oh and lets not forget the biggest of them all…. the premadona’s out there that think just because they are a meatsheild or a healbot that they can treat everyone else in the group like crap.

Do you feel that your class/spec is well balanced with other DPS?

Wow is that loaded question. For the most part, yes hunters on the whole are fairly well balanced. Now is BM as balanced as MM or Survival? No, but there was a time when BM was the macro spam king and we were at the top. So I guess it’s fair that they get their time to shine.

What tools do you use to evaluate your own performance as a DPS?

Mainly recount.

What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about your class?

That we are easy mode. It’s true we’re not the hardest class to play, and leveling is fast. Then there was the old days of vanilla WoW where we could afk auto shoot our way to the top of the damage meters, but those days are long gone. No matter what spec you are now a days, you really have to pay attention to shot rotation and pet management if you want to be noticed as a hunter who can get the job done and not be just another huntard.

What do you feel is the most difficult thing for new DPSers of your class to learn?

Micromanagement, a good rotation and threat management. At one point in time I would have said knowing how to chain trap, but CC has practically been removed from the game it has become a lost art.

What DPS class do you feel you understand least?

Melee without a doubt. I’ve been learning them though, my DK is almost to 80, so I’ve gotten a better idea of what they have to go through in a fight.

What add-ons or macros do you use, if any, to aid you in DPS?

For macros I only use one, and that combines steady shot and kill command when it’s up. As far as add-ons I use omen, DBM, arc hud 2, and recount.

[Your class’s preferred basic stat] over other stats or balanced stat allocation, and why?

I do have a tendency to stack agility, however I try to get a balance of stats. I aim to keep my hit capped, and from there a mix of int, crit, haste armpen, and AP. While straight agility is great for the attack, crit and dodge I know that some pieces are better than other for keeping my DPS as high as possible.

So there you have it. A little bit about me along with how and why I hunter. So until next time don’t forget to reload so you don’t run out of ammo.


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