MMO-Champion posted some more Warlords of Draenor game play videos from the recent press events. You can view their post here. One of the videos was from a Hunter and it shows an update of the Hunter talents. There are some interesting changes here.
Under the specializations, Arcane Shot was shown under Beast Mastery and Marksman, but not Survival. That seems a little odd since Survival gets a bonus for Magic Damage so it’s a better fit for Survival than Marksman. Also it was stated by Celestalon that Arcane Shot would not be part of the Marksman specialization. Keep in mind that all of this is preliminary and not everything may be implemented yet for beta.
Looking at the talents here are some of the key changes.
- Aimed Shot is now affected by the Thrill of the Hunt talent.
- Stampede is now a level 75 talent and competes with Blink Strikes and A Murder of Crows, and Lynx Rush is gone.
The level 100 talents are all different from what we’ve seen before. Bola Shot has been changed to Flaming Shots. Snipe is now Focusing Shot, and With or Without You is now Versatility. Here’s what they do.
- Flaming Shots – 40 yard range, passive. You light your basic auto shots on fire. They now deal 80% weapon damage as Fire damage
- Focusing Shot – 40 yard range, 2.55 sec cast. Carefully line up a shot at the target that deals 100% weapon damage and focuses you, generating 75 focus. Cannot be cast while moving. Replaces Steady Shot and Cobra Shot.
- Versatility – Increases the effect of your pet’s Combat Experience to 70% increased damage. Your pet now gains the following abilities, regardless of it active spec.
- Spiked Collar
- Roar of Sacrifice
- Boar’s Speed
- Last Stand
- Blood of the Rhino
- Great Stamina
Regarding the level 100 talents, it looks like Flaming Shots is a good choice for some straightforward extra damage that you don’t have to work for. Focusing Shot will likely be the talent of choice for raiding, as it will probably offer the best DPS if you can stand still long enough to fire it. It’s probably what I’ll choose initially. Versatility is a nice solo talent, and may have uses in PvP.
It also looks like Blizzard is abandoning the idea of the petless Hunter. Maybe they’ll revisit it, but for now it looks like that’s not going to happen, and I’m just fine with that.
You can check out the video for yourself, and remember beta hasn’t even begun and this is all subject to change.