Category: Patch 4.0.1

Slowly everything is balancing out…

First.  Mania is a godsend and has been keeping track of all the pet changes that patch 4.0.1 has brought.  It’s been updated and is reflecting accurate information.  It’s not displaying old information from blue posts or data mined information from MMO-Champion.

Second.  Pets no longer display buffs or receive them but it appears that they still receive a stamina and strength from Spiced Mammoth Treats.

Third.  Raiding with my spirit beast or devilsaur is wonderful.  I worked so hard trying to find those rares and I finally get to use them to help me defeat the Lich King.  I hope these rares help me defeat more bosses in the future.

Using focus is a interactive process.  I’m constantly watching my focus bar and watching my shots.  Kill Command for BM hunters is like another shot and is number 2 on my action bar.  Moves like Fervor and Focus Fire should be used whenever you need to restore focus.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

4.0.1 Addons – TellMeWhen

UPDATED FOR 4.0.1: Added in new abilities and buffs.  Got rid of the abilities that no longer exist.  Sorry the shots I set up on the middle bar is for my BM spec.  I might update this post later to include the other 2 hunter specs.

TellMeWhen is a great AddOn. You set it up so that when certain buffs are active, it displays big icons on your screen. If you are using the SpartanUI it also shrinks your action bars which makes them hard to see your shot cool downs. With TellMeWhen you can even display your shots and their cool down timers as big icons.

It lets you pull off your shots with easier timing and reapply your serpent sting when the proc from your tier 10 2-piece or 4-piece set bonus.

How to set up?

TellMeWhen uses the names of the shots, stings, or buffs you want to keep track of when they proc. For the names of the buffs you can get them from Wowhead. Remember the spell that is proc’d by the gear is different from the actual description on the item’s tooltip or name of the buff.

Look up the buff you want to keep track off on Wowhead.

Here is our tier 10 set. Ahn’Kahar Blood Hunter’s Battlegear

Then click on the 2 procs.

Item – Hunter T10 2P Bonus

Item – Hunter T10 4P Bonus

We are not typing “Item – Hunter T10 2P Bonus” into TellMeWhen.  If you scroll down you will see the name of the buff and a link to its description.

Exploit Weakness

Stinger

We can even set up our procs from our trinkets like Needle-Encrusted Scropion or Darkmoon Card: Greatnesss.

When you are done figuring out which buffs/shots you want to set up you can configure each buffs/shots to display in its own way.  My shots and buffs are set up in the following way:

Buff or Procs

Turn on “Enable Icon”

Icon type > Buff/Debuff

Buff or Debuff > Buff

Unit to watch > Player

Show when buff/debuff > Present

Turn on “Show Timer”

Debuff aka Stings

Turn on “Enable Icon”

Icon type > Buff/Debuff

Buff or Debuff > Debuff

Unit to watch > Target

Show when buff/debuff > Absent

Turn on “Show Timer”

Turn on “Only show if cast by self”

Shots

Turn on “Enable Icon”

Icon type > Reactive spell or ability

Show icon when > Usable

Here are the Procs and Shots I have set up for my Beast Mastery spec with the configuration exceptions:

Top Row – Tier 10 Buffs/Hunter Buffs/Pet Buffs

Exploit Weakness

Stinger

Cobra Strikes

Rapid Fire

Call of the Wild

Rabid Power – Buff from Rabid.  Unit to watch > Pet

Terrifying Roar – Any pet ability in this spot will be suffice.

Middle Row – Serpent Sting/Shots

Serpent Sting – remember this is a debuff.

Kill Command – Icon type > Cooldown, Show icon when > Always

Arcane Shot

Steady Shot

Kill Shot – Cooldown type > Reactive spell or ability, Turn on “Show Timer”, Cooldown type > Spell or ability

Fervor

Focus Fire – Icon type > Buff/Debuff

Bottom Row – Equipment Buffs/Talent Tree Buff/Pet Buff

Power of the Taunka

Agility of the Vrykul

Aim of the Iron Dwarves

Icy Rage

Frostforged Champion

Killing Streak

Culling the Herd

Set up bars however you like. Rows or columns.

I set up mine going horizontally across covering my toon but in the center of the screen.  You could probably set them up horizontally at the top of the screen or even vertically on the right side.  It is entirely up to you  and it might take some experimentation.  When I focus on DPS’ing my tunnel vision sets in so I don’t like haveing stuff like that on the side.

If they are taking up too much space and are just an eyesore configure the bars so they only show when you are in combat.

TellMeWhen is a great addon to keep track of buffs and shots.  It is one of the few I recommend.  I even took the time to write this blog post.  It means something to me.  It has helped increase my dps and watch for buffs that are important.  I hope it does the same to all you, Young Guns, out there.

Don’t forget to test your procs and shots on the test dummies before you head back into ICC.  If the icons don’t pop up on TellMeWhen’s action bar they could be broken because of a misspelled spell or buff, could be the wrong name for the buff, or wrong configuration(Cooldown, Buff/debuff, or Reactive spell or ability).

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

4.0.1 BM Hunter Macros

EDIT: Reflected the way my macros are in game as of 10/28/10.  Added some more explanation.

For all shots you are dropping Kill Command and Silencing Shot.  “/use 10” is for you to use your gloves if they have Hand-Mounted Pyro Rocket or Hyperspeed Accelerators tinkered into them.

Shots
#showtooltip Arcane Shot
/cast [target=pettarget, exists] Bestial Wrath
/use 10
/cast Arcane Shot

For Kill Shot I incorporated the Dwarf racial Stoneform but any racial that gives a damage buff will work too. I also included Cower. You don’t want to have your pet miss out on a Kill Command because your pet died.  The Glyph of Kill Shot is a powerful thing to have so get it.

Kill Shot
/use 10
/cast Rapid Fire
/cast Stoneform(Racial)
/cast [target=pettarget, exists] Cower
/cast [target=pettarget, exists] Call of the Wild
/cast [target=pettarget, exists] Bestial Wrath
/use 13 – Activates trinkets if they have a on use buff.
/use 14
/cast Kill Shot

For the Hunter’s Mark macro I included the target line to help us focus on our kill priority for some of the ICC fights.

Hunter’s Mark
#showtooltip Hunter’s Mark
/target Bone Spike – Lord Marrowgar
/target Blood Beast – Saurfang
/target Blazing Skeleton – Valithria Dreamwalker
/cast Hunter’s Mark
/cast !track giants

Disengage
#showtooltip Disengage
/cast Disengage
/use 15 – Nitro Boosts
/cast Aspect of the Pack – Sindragosa
/script UIErrorsFrame:Clear()

Master’s Call macro is more for PVP use.

Master’s Call
#showtooltip Master’s Call
/cast [target=player] Master’s Call

Misdirection
#showtooltip Misdirection
/cast [target=focus, help] Misdirection
/cast [target=focustarget, help] Misdirection
/cast [target=target, help] Misdirection
/cast [target=targettarget, help] Misdirection
/cast [target=pet, nodead, exists] Misdirection

For pet heals I added in Cower and HotP if you run with that talented.

Pet heal/revive
#showtooltip Mend Pet
/castsequence [nopet] Revive Pet
/cast [modifier:shift] Dismiss Pet; [target=pet, dead] Revive Pet; Mend Pet
/cast Cower
/cast [pet:spirit beast] Heart of the Phoenix

If you run with a spirit beast here is a macro you could have on your action bar to heal yourself with Spirit Mend.

Spirit Beast Heal to Player
#showtooltip Spirit Mend
/target Player
/cast Spirit Mend

4.0.1 Resources and Notes

Resources

Elitist Jerks Hunter FAQ for 4.0.1
OutDPS!
Warcraft Hunters Union
Petopia
Wowhead Hunter Talent Calculator
Wowhead Pet Talent Calculator

Notes

A few reminders:

  1. Dash is broken don’t spec into it.  In order for our Hunter to use Kill Command our pet has to be 5 yards from the mob.  Spec by adding a talent point into Natural Armor and sacrificing a talent point in Bloodthirsty for Charge.  Our pets talent trees should look like this spec.
  2. Hit cap has change and its now capped at 246 Hit.  It looks like its at 30 hit per 1% of hit rating.
  3. Everyone is still theory crafting.  All specs have about the same DPS.  I am not even worried about the other specs.  If you want to play MM or SV go for it.
  4. I spec like Frost.
  5. For stat priority its Hit > Agi > Crit > Haste.  For gemming its a little different.  For blue gem slots use Hit and Agi/Hit gems, you might only need 1 depending on your socket bonus.  I like to match socket bonuses so I have 3 Glinting Dreadstone on Guntitan right now.  Here are the blue gems you could use depending on what your hit is at without gems:  Rigid Stormjewel, Rigid Majestic Zircon, Glinting Dreadstone.  When it comes to gem slots always gem Agility and use Reforging to get the hit you need.  It is cheaper that way.  For red gem slots Delicate Stormjewel and Delicate Cardinal Ruby.  For Yellow sockets you can use Deadly Ametrine.
  6. For Reforging reforge into Mastery.  Its fun and not expensive at all.  Reforge Haste into Mastery.  Reforge Crit into Mastery if there is no Haste.  I reforged some of my crit into Mastery and only lost about 3% crit.
  7. Engineering tinkering is stacking with regular enchants.  For head slot put in both Mind Amplification Dish + Arcanum of Torment.  You can’t use the mind control if your pet is out.  For the hand slot use Hyperspeed Accelerators or Hand-Mounted Pyro Rocket + Enchant Gloves – Superior Agility.  For the boot slot use Enchant Boots – Superior Agility + Nitro Boosts.  For your back slot use Enchant Cloak – Superior AgilityFlexweave Underlay.
  8. Our AOE is not broken.  Use Multi-Shot with Snake Trap, either fire trap and  a Worm’s Burrow Attack.
  9. Add Killing Streak to your TellMeWhen buff bar.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

Dash is borked! Engineering enchants stack!

Dash is broken.  Don’t spec into it.  The spell disappears from your pet’s spell book on its own.

Engineering enchants stack and armory doesn’t work so I can’t show you out of the game.  Log onto Dalvengyr and I’ll show you.  I hope this change stays because Jewelcrafter’s still get kick ass gems in Blacksmith slots.  Enchanters get all the enchants plus the ones to their rings.  Its only fair that everything would start to stack.  I really hope it stays.  Engineering deserves it.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

Beta is not canon. Everything pet related online is wrong.

Go into the game and start taming. Currently all of the sites I go to learn about Pets are wrong. Exotics have 2 abilities and a lot of them aren’t listed. More later…

Edit:

My world server for Northend is down.  So I can’t do this myself atm.  Hopefully tomorrow I’ll get to do it.

Catastrophic Patch 4.0.1 is Live

Evil…

No seriously…

Evil…

What does this patch mean for Hunters?

  1. You probably want to buy all the glyphs you possibly you can for your Hunter.  We have 3 tiers of glyphs we can use and we will be using them.  They no longer get destroyed, too.
  2. We need to figure out the best possible dps spec all over again.  Even though the Hunter’s Union said that all 3 specs’ dps is really close.  Frost is covering all the changes and what he thinks are the best dps glyphs and talents to use per spec.  So please head over there since I have not spent the time testing out the changes.  As you can see I’m still updating.
  3. BM hunters are back for raiding.
  4. Put Tame Beast back on your action bar.  We are a utility class and now our pets bring all if not most buffs we use for raiding.  Boo yah!  Go tame 1 pet of every family.  Maybe not that many here is short list.  We have 25 stable slots and it’s time to fill it.
  5. More health, more armor, and better pet scaling.  We are tougher than ever and more than likely still a priority target for PVP.  Sad.

I’m glad the patch is live.  There is a guild raid tonight so we’ll see how it goes.

There is a new resource for all classes at WoWTal.com.

I would like to say, “Thanks!” to MMO-Champion.com for creating the site and for keeping us up to date on all the changes.  To Frost too and the guys at the OutDPS! podcast for testing these changes and for also keeping us up to date.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

4.0.1 Hit Rating Quick Reference Guide

At level 80 you have a 8% chance to miss an attack on a level 83 elite mob that you find in a 10 or 25 man raid like in ICC. If you increase your Hit you can reduce that chance so that you never miss a shot and in short increase your DPS. As of patch 4.0.1 if you are at 7.99% Hit Chance, 7.99% Hit Chance transfers to your pet.

30 Hit = 1% Hit Rating

Unbuffed

246 Hit = 8 % Hit Rating

You are now going to gem some hit to match socket bonuses mentioned in the Gemming guide or reforge to get hit.

As of patch 4.0.1 Heroic Presence only works on the Dreanei.

If you are a Dreanei, lucky bastard, go run around with 216 hit.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan