Brace yourself was the instruction given by a vacationing Ghostcrawler to his team recently. So what exactly are they bracing for? Class nerfs. Hunter nerfs.
Mists of Pandaria beta build 15913 gave Hunters power; lots of it. The level 90 talents doubled in strength. Steady Shot, Aimed Shot, Black Arrow, Wild Quiver, Beast Master’s Mastery – all were buffed to unimaginable levels. Hunters were looking very good, alas too good. It wasn’t all buffs, there were some nerfs to be sure, but the net effect was that Hunters were stronger.
Now, it’s one thing if Ghostcrawler and team come out and say there’s a problem, but when members of the Hunter community, who are not Frostheim, come out and say it, then one must fear that things are too good be true, and there will be changes.
Exactly how changes will be implemented is yet to be determined. If one assumes that the pre-15913 numbers represent the floor then a best case scenario would be a simple across the board reduction of numbers to somewhere in the middle. But changes of this sort are never that simple.
No, it is more likely that some things will remain as is, while others will drop below the floor, and the rest drift towards the middle. Theorycrafters may resort to writing on tissues rather than napkins, as they are more suited to wiping away the tears from the depressing math that is sure to ensue.
It’s safe to say that Blizzard went way beyond eleven with these changes, but hopefully they keep Hunters at eleven or ten and don’t ratchet them towards the negative.
As of this writing the beta realms are down for maintenance as a new build is prepared. Perhaps it’s time to make ready the umbrellas and hard hats. Brace yourself!