3.3.3 Shows A Little More BM Hunter Love

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News Flash, Blizz has had a change of heart about how they feel about BM hunters. I tried to get some extra time this weekend to hop on the PTR, but it didn’t happen. However, the patch notes have changed, again, and it looks like BM hunters are getting a little more love…

Hunters

  • Talents
    • Beast Mastery
      • Ferocious Inspiration: This ability is now an aura and provides 1/2/3% damage to all party or raid members within 100 yards and boosts the damage of Steady Shot by 3/6/9%.

 

OK. Let that sink in…

There, that’s better now isn’t it. It looks like they’re changing FI again, now with NEW AND IMPROVED GOODNESS!!! So let’s have a look  at FI and how it has changed.

3.3.2 and before
FI would proc a 3% damage boost when Sushi crits. It also boosted Arcane Shot’s damage by 9%. However, it could be overwritten by Arcane Empowerment.

3.3.3 PTR Round 1 The Warm Up
FI is now an aura that gives a flat 3% damage bonus to everyone in range. Instead of boosting Arcane Shot it was going to boost Steady Shot by 9%. The hunters of the world sighed in unison as we were going back to a 1 button mashing machine.

3.3.3 PTR Round 2 Fight
FI gets changed a 3rd and hopefully last time, as the saying goes “the 3rd time is the charm.” The damage bonus is still a 3%damage bonus aura in this version. However, the 9% bonus to shot damage now applies to both Arcane and Steady Shot… That is going to be a very nice boost to our over all DPS. This isn’t going to be the be all end all for BM hunters, but it is a step in the right direction.

Now as far as testing on the PTR so far, well umm I haven’t had a chance to do more than log in and setup the spec for me and Wife. I can confirm though that both buffs are being displayed. So in the next few days, I’m hoping to finish up several different tests. I’m going to be doing a baseline test on the live servers first. From there I’m going to head off to the PTR to test the new FI by itself. Finally I’m going to be running a series of tests with and without AE in the group using auto shot only. So until next time don’t forget to reload, so you don’t run out of ammo.

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4 Responses to “3.3.3 Shows A Little More BM Hunter Love”

  1. Drew Says:

    I found your blog through a post over on OutDPS! and I love it. As a BM-raider, it’s nice to find another out there blogging.

    I hope the Arcane/Steady FI buff makes it through – anything to close this perceived enormous gap and promote less ignorance about the spec is a plus in my book.

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