A few days ago @Celestalon tweeted a simple question while he was waiting for his lunch. Name an ability you love, but are afraid will be cut? I should’ve replied by asking him what he was having for lunch. My guess is a sausage sandwich, with peppers. It must have peppers. Oh, and onions too. Grilled.
Alas, instead I told him that I feared Concussive Shot could be on the block. Here’s the thing about solving the button bloat problem, you have to get rid of something that people actually use. An ability that just lives in the spell book, is used infrequently, or not at all in combat, isn’t contributing to the issue.
Out of all of the utility shots that Hunters have, Concussive Shot is probably the one I use more than any other, and I don’t mean for PvP. I’m talking PvE. Kiting things is a signature skill of Hunters, and Concussive Shot is the key to our being able to do that successfully.
For instance, Degu, Hutia, and Gumi are taming challenges that that rely on Concussive Shot, because the beasts need to be kited. It’s utility goes way beyond taming sub-standard spirit beasts though.
The Siege of Orgrimmar is rife with opportunities to utilize Concussive Shot. Slowing the Assassins on General Nazgrim, the oozes on the Dark Shaman, the blobs on Imerseus, and crawler mines on Siegecrafter are just a few instances where I pop Concussive Shot. Remember Frostheim pet tanking Rotface and kiting the slimes in ICC? I’m pretty sure Concussive Shot was key in that history making event.
As you see this is an extremely useful, Hunter defining ability. So why worry about it going away? Well, as The Grumpy Elf pointed out in this post, and as I alluded to in my tweet, Concussive Shot has had a storied history and there have been attempts to remove it. I felt it necessary to remind @Celestalon that they’d gone down this path before, and it wasn’t a good journey.
Just because Blizzard saw the light and brought Concussive Shot back, doesn’t mean what they didn’t like about it doesn’t exist, and it doesn’t mean they won’t take another crack at solving that problem.
My gut says Concussive Shot is safe, but other abilities are likely on the chopping block. I’ll have more thoughts on that down the road, but for now, as I wait for my next batch of Darkbrew Lager to finish brewing, what Hunter ability do you love that you think Blizzard will cut due to button bloat?
The floor is yours.