Category Archives: World of Warcraft

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Episode 203: Meet DillyPoo

This week we discuss PvP with arena tournament Hunter DillyPoo. We discuss what it’s like to play arena as a Hunter, what Hunter PvP will look like in Warlords of Draenor, how you can get started in PvP.

We also discuss the latest round of Hunter buffs, and answer some listener questions.

If you want more from DillyPoo, you can follow him on Twitter and Twitch.tv.

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

Thanks for listening!

Episode 203: Meet DillyPoo

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Buffs All the Way Down

Okay, we knew this was coming. Feast your eyes on what might be the best set of Hunter patch notes in the history of Hunter patch notes. Seriously, this is like the Bizarro world of patch notes. It’s nothing but buffs here.

Other classes got buffed too, but some got nerfed as well. Where this places Hunters among other classes and where this places the three Hunter specs amongst each other remains to be seen.

Rest assured we’ll be talking about in the next the podcast. In the meantime, enjoy these glorious notes.

  • Arcane Shot’s damage has been increased by 15%.
  • Cobra Shot’s damage has been increased by 15%.
  • Explosive Trap’s damage has been increased by 15%.
  • Kill Shot’s damage has been increased by 15%.
  • Multi-Shot’s damage has been increased by 30%.
  • Steady Shot’s damage has been increased by 15%.
  • Aimed Shot’s damage has been increased by 15%.
  • Chimaera Shot’s damage has been increased by 15%.
  • Black Arrow’s damage has been increased by 15%.
  • Explosive Shot’s damage has been increased by 15%.
  • Serpent Sting’s damage has been increased by 15%.
  • Hunter Pets now inherit 60% of the Hunter’s Attack Power (up from 33%).
  • A Murder of Crows’ damage has been increased by 80%.
  • Barrage’s damage has been increased by 15%.
  • Dire Beast’s damage has been increased by 15%.
  • Exotic Munitions’ damage has been increased by 15%.
  • Focusing Shot’s damage has been increased by 15%.
  • Glaive Toss’ damage has been increased by 15%.
  • Powershot’s damage has been increased by 15%.
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Who’s Your Data?

Score one for the new gang at the Hunting Party Podcast. In our first two episodes back, we’ve sounded like a broken record complaining about Hunter DPS at both level 90 and 100.

Well, guess what? We were right, and Hunters should expect to see some improvement by the time we get to 100 and are ready to start raiding.

We weren’t the only ones raising the red the flag, but until now there was no sign that the devs believed what we were saying, and we felt destined to ride the bottom of the meters. I get that Sims don’t tell the full story, but folks like ArtemishowlSolarflairDeleriumBendak do more than just sim. They test the game. They participate in the raid boss testing, gather logs, confer with other players in the game (even some non Hunters), and they assess things based on that. Oh, and they’re not afraid to give feedback and challenge the developers’ assertions.

I’m not saying Artemishowl or any of us should take credit for incoming buffs, but you should feel good that despite the unhappy tenor regarding Hunters, we were justified in being a little whiny.

See you on October 26th for our next show!

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Patch 6.0 – It’s Go Time!

Patch 6.0 finally arrived. It was a late workday for me so I didn’t get rolling until well after the servers had come up. Overall I had a very smooth patch day experience.

The majority of my addons were updated and my UI remained mostly intact.

Upon logging on I received an urgent report of the Iron Horde staging an invasion through the Dark Portal.

Being the hero of Azeroth that I am, I immediately answered the call. Well not immediately. There were a few things I needed to attend to.

Inventory Cleanup

I don’t know the exact amount of bag space that freed up, but it was a lot. I love the extra void storage tab, but I quickly filled it up, and still have a number of transmog items taking up bank space. Is it too soon to ask for another void storage tab?

One of the other gifts we received the reagent bank, which I quickly utilized to free up an entire bag slot.

To be fair, I tend to keep reagents and other crafting materials on my other characters. I have one toon whose bags are filled entirely with cloth and enchanting materials. Then there was the toybox.

I didn’t have as many toys as I thought, and there are a number of items like Ruthers’ Harness which weren’t listed as toys, but ought to be.

Blizzard tried to be smart and auto-add some toys, but I found that to be more annoying than helpful. If they had deleted the items they added that would have been great, but they didn’t. I spent a fair amount time deleting these items.

I like that the toy box frees up space, but it has enlightened me to a number of cool things that I could have with zero storage cost. I fear that I may turn into a toy collector now.

Chimaeron

After my bag clean up was done I set out to tame Chimaeron. Luckily I read some reports that Blackwing Descent 10-man is ridiculously easy to destroy at 90, and that you could easily kill Chimaeron while trying to tame him. Best thing to do is tame him on 25-man.

I first tried that as BM, but wasn’t able to do enough damage without the pet. I switch to MM, and sure enough, I accidentally killed him. I’ll try again next week.

I can’t imagine what this will be like at level 100 by the way.

Gems, Enchants, Etc.

I haven’t changed any of my gems and enchants. Depending on how much that costs, I may just leave things as is. The only reason to optimize right now is if I find a group to kill Mythic Garrosh, and that’s not something I’m seeking out right now.

My gear as is, will be plenty strong enough to level from 90-100, so swapping things out will just be a waste of gold.

Character Models

This was the first time I had a chance to see all of my characters with the new models. My dwarfs, draenei, tauren, and orcs all resemble their former selves. I thought it was my human characters that changed the most, and I’m not sure I like them better.

I don’t really play them much so I don’t care too much, and I really like the others.

Final Thoughts

There is a lot I haven’t had the chance to do yet like the new questline, UBRS, and taming new pets like Stags.

This is a nice stop-gap of small things to do before the expansion hits. I can’t wait for that.

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Episode 202: Sim City

Patch 6.0 is here and Darkbrew, Solarflair, Artemishowl, Delirium and Bendak have you covered with everything you need to know.

This week we discuss which specs, talents and glyphs you’ll want if you plan to raid Seige of Orgrimmar in 6.0. We also talk about which specs and talents are coming out on top at level 100.

We answer lots of listener questions covering a variety of topics including trinkets, pets and buffs, glyphs, and professions.

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

Special thanks to Slugslinger for creating the podcast image used in this post.

Episode 202: Sim City

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What’s Your Favorite Hunter Change for WoD?

One of the listener questions we’ll be answering on the podcast this weekend is “What’s your favorite Hunter change for WoD?” I won’t make you wait for the show to hear my answer, but I want to turn the tables and hear your answer.

I said last show that this is the least excited I’ve seen people get about the Hunter class going into an expansion. That’s saying a lot given the switch from Mana to Focus heading into Cataclysm. Many people were on the fence about that, but ultimately they got used to it, and few would argue that Focus is worse than Mana.

Despite the negative feeling towards Hunters in WoD, there are some things to get excited about. My favorite change coming in Warlords is pets.

The normalization of buffs/debuffs so that every spec can bring them all is great. Exotic pets will usually bring two buffs so the extra benefit of being a Beast Mastery Hunter remains.

Then there are the new pet families – Rylaks, Stags and Hydras. I’m more excited about Stags than I am about Rylaks and Hydras, although I’ll be taming one of each.

I find the new pet models coming in Warlords to be a cut above the rest. New Sporebats, Ravagers, Clefthooves, Talbuks, Riverbeasts, Boars and Wolves. All will find their way into my stable.

Finally there is Gara, the epic Spirit Beast quest. Knowing how the quest works will no doubt shorten and diminish the experience, but it’s something I’ll do right away when I hit level 100.

I think of all the expansions this is probably the best job they’ve done with Hunter pets, and it’s the thing I’m most excited about.

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Do You Tame Rares at Level?

I was leveling another Hunter over the weekend, because that’s what I do.

I was in Northern Stranglethorn, as that’s where all the big game are, and remembered that Tsul’Kalu, one of two white gorillas can be found here. The other one is Uhk’loc who lives in Un’Goro crater.

Uhk’loc is level 52, whereas Tsul’Kalu is level 28. Having a unique pet to level with is something that I’ve always enjoyed. Taming rares is always awesome, but there’s something special about getting one at level and having that unique companion with you for the rest of the journey.

The problem with a pet like Tsul’Kalu is that it’s not always there. You have to get really lucky or you have to camp. The spawn timer on this one is only a couple of hours, but in today’s leveling world, two hours is a lot of levels. It’s a lot of downtime when you’re trying to advance quickly, and chances are you won’t be the only one looking for him either.

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Hey Madamred, I hear Un’Goro is lovely this time of year. Scram!

Even if there isn’t another Hunter camping the rare, there are lots of people leveling right now, and many won’t hesitate to kill a rare pet on sight.

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Noooooo!!!!

I logged in a minute too late this time, but all was not lost. Tsul’Kalu’s death, while tragic, gave me valuable information on when I could expect him to appear again.

I was able go about my business avoiding a long wait, and returning at just the right time to claim my prize.

tamedatlevelI was lucky in that I didn’t have to sacrifice too much leveling time to get this unique pet, but I’ll admit, I don’t always have the patience to sit and wait.

Getting a pet at level doesn’t have the same urgency as it used to back in Vanilla. In those days when you tamed a pet it didn’t match your level. So if you were level 60 and the pet was level 20, you had to level it up 40 levels.

If you had your eye on a rare pet back then, you really needed to plan ahead. One of my great joys back in Vanilla was taming Humar the Pridelord at level 22.

Nowadays getting a rare at level is less critical, and you sacrifice nothing by hitting max level and going on a giant taming spree. That’s usually what I do, but what about you?

Do you tame rares at level, or do you wait until you’re max level?

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MoP Taming Challenges in 6.0

The non-spirit beast taming challenges introduced in Mists of Pandaria are not changing in 6.0. So why is this noteworthy then?

A big part of taming the pet once you find it is to cast Hunter’s Mark, and well, Hunter’s Mark is going away in 6.0.

If you want to tame one, you’ll have to be quick once you reveal them with your flare, as you won’t be able to mark them for the tame.

In fact, I would guess that you’ll want to cast the flare a few yards in front of the beast to maximize the amount of time it will be exposed by your flare.

Not impossible to tame once 6.0 drops, but certainly more challenging than before. If you’ve been eyeing these, but haven’t set out to tame any, you might want to do it before 6.0.

For a list of all the taming challenges from Mists, you can check out this post on Petopia.

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Episode 201: Loaded For Bear

We did it! On September 28, 2014 the Hunting Party Podcast was successfully relaunched with a whole new cast can crew. Despite the new personalities some things remained faithful to first run of the show.

Botched intro/outro? Check!
Technical difficulties? Check!
Same great content? Check!

The show ran a bit longer than we had planned, but that’s because there was a lot of information to cover, and we wanted to do more than just read through a list of patch notes and then move on.

Even at two hours I still fee like we left a lot of content on the table. We’ll see if we can roll that into the next show. The goal is to keep the show length around an hour. We’ll get there, but with so much new stuff, the first few shows will likely run over.

I thought everybody meshed well together, and shows will only get better from here on out.

I was extremely happy that we were able to get the show released within a couple of hours of recording it. A huge shout out to Synthparadox for handling all the technical aspects of show.

I hope you enjoy the show and we’ll see you for Episode 202 on October 12th at 10am Eastern on Twitch TV.

In you weren’t able to listen the live show, you can find the recorded version at the following places.

Episode 201: Loaded For Bear

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WHU Tonight, HPP Tomorrow

It’s the eve of the return of the Hunting Party Podcast. Yes, folks it really is happening. At the risk of Jinxing us all to Hell, everything looks to be in place.

The show notes are ready, the hosts are ready, are you ready?

Before we relaunch the podcast, the WHU is organizing an all Hunter event. It’s the level one dwarf Hunter raid of Hogger. It’s happening 9/27 at 9:30pm Central on Icecrown. I’ll be there as will many of the WHU staff and HPP cast.

Now in case you’re wondering, Hogger is still a level 11 elite, which means he should still pose a threat to a level one toon. Maybe not twenty or 200, but we’ll see.

So there you have it two exciting events. Hogger raid tonight, and the Hunting Party Podcast tomorrow at 10am Eastern, at Twitch.tv.

Stay thirsty and remember to drink your Darkbrew Lager!

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