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Hunter’s Day – May 17th


May 10th was Mother’s Day, and in honor of that event we opted not to do the Hunting Party Podcast. To make up for it, we’re declaring May 17th as Hunter’s Day.

Episode 217 will air at the show’s new time, 1:30 PM Eastern at the usual location on Twitch. Join me, ArtemisHowl, Delirium, Bendak and Alisaunder as we get you caught up on what’s happening with Hunters in Patch 6.2 and more.

If you have a question for the show e-mail us or send us a tweet @huntingpartypod.

Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on Sunday!

Primary Testing Needs a Reboot


Every time the Gree event rolls around I get excited. I get to ride my trusty Tauntaun through the icy chasms of Illum, and thanks to the outfit designer, I can even dress like I’m adventuring on an icy death trap of a world.

It’s a lovely diversion from the daily grind of Yavin IV or whatever serves as the major quest hub at the time of the event. It’s an opportunity to do something a little different and get some great rewards like the legacy off-hands. I always look forward to the Gree event, and then I do Heroic: Primary Testing (Primary Studies on the Pub side).

It rewards a Gray Helix, the Gree currency, so you absolutely want to complete it every day. The problem with this question is that it requires you to assemble a dream team of heroes to complete. You know the extra boss in the Heroic Manaan Flashpoint? I feel like it borders on that. Seriously, you need a tank, a healer and two DPS if you want any hope of it going smoothly. Even then, it probably won’t go well.

When attempting to do this quest, one out of three things usually happens. Incredible cooperation and coordination. Incredible douchebaggery with people clicking and tagging things “out of turn”, or you get ganked because somehow your group got flagged PvP.

Only one of these situations is positive and it happens to be the one that occurs the least.

So what can be done to fix it?

The objectives should be cut in half. Currently, you have to kill three Guardians and six sets of droids. Reduce it to one Guardian and three sets of droids. And shorten the respawn timer on the Guardian.

Next, modify the difficulty so that it’s more like a Tactical Flashpoint where any four people can do it. Make it role agnostic.

Finally, instance the damn thing. Put the pylons in a cave or something.

The Gree event is meant to be fun, and I’m a big believe that player collision in an MMO should be a positive experience. This quest just brings out the worst in everything and there’s no reason for it to be that way.

My Cantina Cast Debut


I’m officially blogging over at the Cantina Cast now. On May the Fourth I published my first blog post – Broken Heroes. In the article, I ask what if Han, Luke and Leia didn’t go on to live happily ever after once the Empire fell?

I had a lot of fun writing it and I hope you enjoy it. My next blog post should publish around June 4th. It’s the one where I talk about why Poe Dameron might be my favorite new character in The Force Awakens.

I also had the pleasure of appearing on episode 78, 80 and 81 of the Cantina Cast podcast during Star Wars Celebration. Be sure to head over to their podcast page and give them a listen.

How Do You Stampede?


One of my favorite things about Patch 6.1 is the return of Stampede. A lot of hard work and lobbying went into getting Hunters this ability, and it was a shame to see it go unused for the better part of this expansion.

It’s back, and with 50 stable slots, better coverage of buffs and debuffs, and larger raid sizes, Hunters have greater flexibility when it comes to putting together a dream team of chaos and destruction.

There are many ways a Hunter can configure their stable, here are five of mine.

Unleash The Hounds

This is one of my favorites. All you need is a dog. My preference is the red mastiffs found in the Scarlet Halls of Scarlet Monastery. Grab one of these, the glyph of Stampede and combine it with a /yell macro of you shouting “UNLEASH THE HOUNDS!”

The Tank Buster

Do you hate your tanks? I don’t even know your tank, but I probably don’t like him, or her. If you hate your tanks or melee for that matter, then you’ll want to load your stable with biggest pets you can find.

I’m talking Rhinos and Clefthooves here. You can glyph this one, but my preference is to go with five unique pets. If nothing else it shows you put some effort into your hating.

If you have the Tier 17 four-piece tier bonus, you’ll get a sixth odd-toed ungulate at no extra cost. Destroy the boss and everyone’s frame rates in one convenient package.

I’m Tarzan

tarzan_yell_smallOkay, so the idea here is to gather five jungle pets of your choosing. A Rhino, Lion, Gorilla, Crocolisk, and Gazelle make for a fine lineup.

It’s a shame that Hunters can’t transmog into the Thunderlord garb because it’s the perfect look for this Stampede.

If someone out there can find a mail version of the Thunderlord garb or something similar, let me know and I’m all over it.

Also, if there is an addon to make Stampede sound like the Tarzan yell, I might be in the market for one of those too.

Flock of Seagulls

When stampede was added in Mists of Pandaria this was one of the first things I thought of. Seagulls were already a fun pet when they were introduced in Cataclysm, and stampede made them five times more awesome.

Oh, how I long for the days when you could unleash true Hitchcockian terror on your foes with both the seagull Stampede and A Murder of Crows.

Jurassic World

This last one is my absolute favorite right now. Get five raptors or use the glyph. Attack something and then hop on your motorcycle and be bad-ass like Chris Pratt in Jurassic World.

That’s how I Stampede, how do you?

A Fire Sale? Who Knew?


If you aren’t aware there is a pretty amazing sale going on in SWTOR right now. The cost to unlock outfits in your collection is discounted by 50%.

I don’t know when it started, or when it will end, but as of Monday, May 11th it is still going on.

I’d link you the post from BioWare announcing the sale, but there isn’t one. I heard about it on twitter and via this post by Master Liu from The Balance Force.

Let me get this straight. BioWare releases a great new feature in the Outfit Designer making it easy to create and swap outfits on your character. Then they release “super packs” like the Grand Nightlife Pack that have nothing but premium items including armor sets like Tulak Hord’s. Then they discount the cost to add those items to your collection by 50%, and they don’t advertise it at all. Not a single word.

There aren’t many things I’d shell out real money for in the Cartel Market, but discounted prices on adding items to my collection is darn near the top of the list.

I’m just glad I found out about it before it was too late. Here’s hoping you did too.

EDIT: The folks at SWTOR just tweeted that the discount ends tomorrow (5/12)

Pardon the Dust


As you can see I’ve made some changes to the site. This is more than just cosmetic. I’m consolidating and expanding the scope of this site.

All of the content you’ll start to see here is stuff I’m doing already in other places. I just decided to bring it all under one roof, and in a way that allows you to pick and choose what you wish to read and listen to.

The topics I’ll cover here are,

  • World of Warcraft and Hunters
  • The Hunting Party Podcast
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • Star Wars / The Cantina Cast

Each topic has its own section on the site and I have individual RSS feeds (see the sidebar) for each area so that you can subscribe to only the topics that interest you.

Each topic will have its own section on the front page where you will see the most recent posts. There is also a menu with links to access the latest posts for each topic.

I see this only as a positive thing, and I hope you do as well. I hope you are interested in everything that’s here, but that’s okay if you’re not. I designed it such that you don’t have to sift through content that doesn’t interest you to find what you need.

Thank you for reading and for your continued support of The Brew Hall. I truly appreciate it.

Episode 216: Blizzcon, Booze and Patch 6.2


We cover a lot of ground in this episode. Find out who is going to Blizzcon, learn how to make this Summer’s most refreshing drink, the Cobra Shot, and hear all about what’s happening to Hunters in Patch 6.2.

We are once again doing a time change for the show. Episode 217 will air Sunday, May 10th at 1:30 PM. Click here to see when it will air where you live.

The show is broadcast live on Twitch TV. In addition to the live show you can find it at,

Bunches of Stuff


One of the big complaints people have about this expansion is that everything just feels random. Upgrades happen, but they’re like those dirty sneaky Rogues that randomly popup at the worst possible moment. Seriously, I wish I could sic my sporebat on the whole system and make it bleed.

You can go for days and weeks without making any progress, and then you get a day like this.

  • Mythic Ring from a Blackrock Foundry Mission.
  • Heroic Tier Chest.
  • Heroic Warforged Dragonspine Trophy.
  • Upgraded Legendary Ring (ilvl 715).
  • Garona Halfcoren follower.
  • Harrison Jones follower.

The week is not over yet either. I’ve still got several bosses and eight seals to burn.

Darkbrew Goes to Blizzcon


This will be a year long remembered. I attended my first Star Wars Celebration, and I will soon be attending my first Blizzcon.

Celebration has been a blast, and I’ve made several new friends (most of them human), but I’m really looking forward to Blizzcon. Not so much for the information that will be revealed, but for the opportunity to finally meet other Hunters who have followed this blog (despite I hardly write anything), and continue to listen and support the podcast.

I’m also looking forward to meeting the other hosts of the podcast, and helping with all the #TeamHunter activities.

As far as getting my ticket goes, I’m chalking it up to luck. I have to say it felt weird purchasing my ticket while being a stone’s throw away from the Anaheim Convention Center.

I had my laptop with crappy hotel wi-fi. I had my wife at home trying to purchase a ticket, and I also had the Eventbrite mobile app. going on my smartphone. The smartphone won. While my laptop and wife were spinning in the waiting room, my smartphone went right through. I throw that out there as another batch of tickets go on sale Saturday.

I wish you all the best of luck in getting tickets, and I hope to see you there.

Good Hunting!

Patch 6.2 Has Arrived on the PTR


Out of the blue, Blizzard has decided to end the content drought and Patch 6.2 is now available for testing on the PTR. It contains a new quest hub, a new raid, and boats. There are also Hunter changes afoot as well. Let’s start there.

The Official Patch Notes


  • Aspect of the Fox has been removed.


  • Aimed Shot now deals 15% more damage.


  • Mastery: Essence of the Viper has increased in effectiveness by 19%.
  • Explosive Shot now deals 15% less damage.
  • Serpent Sting no longer deals an initial “tick” of damage when the periodic effect is first applied.


  • A Murder of Crows now deals only 80% of normal damage against player-controlled targets.
  • Barrage now deals only 80% of normal damage against player-controlled targets. Additionally, the ability no longer hits invisible or stealthed targets.

Data Mined

  • Mastery of Beasts – Increases damage done by your pets by 18%

The removal of Aspect of the Fox is just sad, and I’m not sure why it had to go. I figure it either wasn’t be used or it was being used to such degree, i.e., chaining, that it just was too powerful in raids with lots of Hunters. Who knows, there may even have been a PvP issue. Whatever the reason, it’s gone, and Hunter raid utility is now relegated to whatever special boss mechanics there are that the lesser classes can’t handle.

Aimed Shot is just a straight up buff. Survival, on the other hand, is taking a hit. One it certainly doesn’t need. Of all the specs, this is the one that we’ll need to play closest attention to, as its performance could be impacted the most.

The talent changes only affect PvP, and it’s nice to see that Blizzard has the capacity to tweak abilities separately for PvP and PvE. In the past, those talents would have just been nerfed for the sake of PvP and we’d all be switching to Glaive Toss and Stampede for PvE.

There was one change to Beast Master that was not in the official patch notes. Beast Mastery is getting a buff. Hooray!

A few other things to note about 6.2 is that we’ll be able to complete the legendary ring quest, and the ring will have a proc. Additionally there will be class/spec specific trinkets that drop off of the final boss in the Hellfire Citadel raid.

  • Beastlord: Bestial Wrath now lasts an additional 50 sec on your pet, and it increases your pet’s damage by an additional (11 +- 15)%.
  • Blackness: Your Arcane Shots and Multi-Shots have a 22% chance to reset the cooldown of Black Arrow.
  • Longview: Your shots deal (11 / 100)% increased damage per yard between you and the target.

Looking at these the Beast Mastery proc really stands out. I’ll be curious to see what the Tier 18 set bonuses look like and whether or not it will be worthwhile to go with two pieces of Tier 17 and two pieces of Tier 18 versus four pieces of Tier 18. I’ll wager the four piece will be better, but still something to think about.

Survival’s proc is somewhat lackluster, unless there are fights with heavy adds, but you don’t want to apply Black Arrow on a target that has the DoT so we’ll see how this one plays out.

Marksmanship’s proc is all about standing as far away from the target as you possibly can. Given the need to stack for heals, etc. the benefits of this proc will vary depending on the nature of the fight.

Still, I really like that that they’re trying to tailor these trinkets for specific specializations.

The Hunter Tier sets have not been revealed yet, and it’s a big piece of the puzzle that’s missing right now. Set bonuses had a huge effect on how the specs performed in Blackrock Foundry and I suspect they’ll have a similar impact in 6.2.

All aboard because the bumpy ride continues.

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