Perspectives Of A Raiding Beast Master

Lately there’s been a lot of negativity aimed at BM hunters.’s Scatter Shot column had a post bad mouthing us. OutDPS had a follow up post on us also. While it wasn’t as blunt, it wasn’t very encouraging either. I know that every BM hunter out there is tired of it. We know that MM and SV have the potential to do more DPS than  we do.

Everyone thinks all we do is spam steady shot. If that is all you do, go roll a death knight. If you AFK auto shot go roll a death knight.Learn how to play your class and your spec. I have just as many buttons, cool downs, and timers to watch.

Bm has a shot priority similar to other other hunter specs, but its slightly more gear dependent.

With 2 piece T9 bonus
Kill shot > serpent sting > Arcane >  Aimed > steady

Without T9 bonus
Kill shot > Arcane > Aimed > Serpent Sting > Steady

We have to keep an eye out on all of our shots. We have to make sure that our stings are always up. If arcane or aimed is about to come off of its cool down, don’t fire steady shot. It’s better to wait that half second and get the better shot off and hold off on steady shot.

Keeping Fluffy Happy
Pet management is another huge thing we have to keep an eye out for. Don’t let Fluffy stand in the fire. Be ready to call him back so he can be repositioned. Keep an eye on his health. It’s YOUR responsibility to keep him up. I love it when a healer throws a heal his way. However, I never ever expect a healer to heal my pet over someone else. Fluffy’s health, happiness, and DPS are completely in my control, and are my responsibilities.

Cool Downs
As for cool downs, we have several to watch out for. Of course there’s BW. Then of course there is rapid fire, yes we use it and love it as much as an MM hunter. We also  have on use items such as trinkets to keep an eye out for. Knowing when to pop a cool down, and when to hold off on it is key. BW is almost always used whenever it’s up. As a BM hunter you will not be the hardest hitting hunter, but you will be the fastest hitting. We already have a 20% haste bonus due to Serpents Swiftness. If you save rapid fire for heroism, along with BW, you can easily have your attack speed go down to less than a second. So our damage is done with the quantity, and not the quality of our shots.

So all in all, yeah BM is pretty much screwed when it comes to raiding. We don’t provide unique buffs, and our over all DPS is lower that other hunter specs. So with the new patch coming out, hopefully things will start to change for us. Keep an eye out there for posts about 3.3.3. So until next time, don’t forget to reload so you don’t run out of ammo.


4 Responses to “Perspectives Of A Raiding Beast Master”

  1. webwolf Says:

    You have to express more your opinion to attract more readers, because just a video or plain text without any personal approach is not that valuable. But it is just form my point of view

  2. Haigha Says:

    It is useful to try everything in practice anyway and I like that here it’s always possible to find something new. 🙂

  3. Brigwyn Says:

    Nice encouraging post for all of those BM Raiders out there! 🙂

    And nice lil blog! 🙂 I’m gonna add it to The Hunting Lodge’s BM Hunter Blog List! 🙂

    Keep it up! 🙂 We need even more positive BM Hunters out there! 🙂

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