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Patch 6.2 – My Hunter

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Patch day is here, which means in a few hours we’ll have a whole slew of new content to conquer. A new questing zone, a new raid, and new gear. All arriving just as many of us are departing for the Summer. I kid, but not really.

So Hunters have changed again. Not drastically mind you, but there is some housekeeping that I will need to tend to before stepping into Hellfire Citadel this evening.

In Patch 6.1 my two specs were Beast Mastery and Survival, and Survival was only there because I needed something for a second spec. I ran Beast Mastery the whole time, and I was all in. I had fever flare fever with Mastery and Haste on everything I could get.

For Hellfire Citadel, I’ll be Beast Mastery and Marksmanship, and this time I’ll actually use both. As I get new gear, especially the tier, I’ll lean more towards Marksmanship than Beast Mastery.

On our last podcast, we talked about going Marksmanship right out of the gate, but my gear and stats are all geared towards Beast Mastery, so that’s where I’m going to stay until I get a few new pieces.

Aspect of the Fox is gone, so that’s a free spot on my toolbar. I’m curious to see how many people in my raid realize that Fox is gone. I suspect not many.

I’m looking forward to playing Marksmanship again, especially since Focusing Shot will be a good talent option with the tier gear. I really don’t like playing without a pet.

Speaking of pets there are several new ones to tame. The green Fel Wolf from the new taming challenge is definitely on my list. The Iron Horde Wolf, and Hulking Diretusk are on my tame list as well. My stable is completely full though, and I’m finding fewer pets that I want to abandon. I’ll find a way to fit them in.

That’s my Hunter in Patch 6.2. Beast Mastery, Marksmanship, and a few additions to the stable. While you wait for the realms to come back online, I recommend you listen to Episode 219 of the Hunting Party Podcast for some additional tips for Patch 6.2.

Ion Hazzikostas on Aspect of the Fox

Staying true to his word, Blizzard designer Ion Hazzikostas took to the forums to answer many of the questions he didn’t get to during Saturday’s Q&A.

This included an explanation of why Aspect of the Fox was removed in Patch 6.2. In short, he felt it made ranged classes too mobile and gave them an unfair advantage over melee classes in raid encounters. He also noted that chaining Aspect of the Fox only compounded the problem.

Additionally he stated that Hunters were given this ability because there was concern they would have trouble securing a raid spot if they did not provide something other than DPS. Something that has not held true.

My raid usually has four to five Hunters and we rarely take advantage of Aspect of the Fox. It’s never fun to have abilities like this removed, but I do agree that it wasn’t necessary to secure a raid spot for Hunters.

A compromise would have been to give Aspect of the Fox a heroism like cooldown, but instead they opted to remove it outright. I predict that it won’t take long for raiders to forget that this ability ever existed.

The big tragedy coming in 6.2 is not the removal of Aspect of the Fox, but the removal of Survival. Ba dump bump!

You can see his full explanation below.

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Q: Will hunters and mages get a new raid utility in 6.2? – @Garfurion
A: No. At this point, while we may still be making numerical adjustments, I wouldn’t expect new abilities or class functionality in 6.2. We removed Aspect of the Fox from hunters because they simply did not need it to be unique, viable, and in fact highly desired. It also contributed to elevating ranged classes above melee in many cases, by offsetting one of most casters’ main weaknesses. One of the strengths of melee classes is that they can move along with their target and continue to deal full damage while on the move, while most casters’ throughput suffers if they can’t stand still. In encounter design, we create mechanics and phases with this constraint in mind, with the expectation that a ranged-heavy raid will have its throughput suffer during something like Hans’gar and Franzok’s Stamping Presses phase, or Blackhand’s Massive Demolitions. Each additional Aspect of the Fox eroded this natural melee advantage, and contributed to raid composition and balance issues.

Even without Fox, Hunters are unique in that they are the only ranged DPS that can do nearly everything while on the move, which naturally makes them well-suited to specialized roles on a number of encounters, aside from naturally thriving in high-movement environments. On top of that, Deterrence, Feign Death, Misdirection, and Disengage all allow them to assist with handling mechanics in ways that many other classes cannot. As for Mages, Amplify was not nearly as impactful, but neither was it necessary to justify the inclusion of a class that already brings a versatile toolset, burst damage, control, and useful immunities. A particularly odd feature of both Aspect of the Fox and Amplify Magic is that neither ability had any apparent use whatsoever when solo, which contributed to their awkwardness.

In short, we added those abilities in 6.0 because we were concerned that mages and hunters might not be well-represented without some new and unique raid cooldown, but having observed how they have played out in practice, those concerns were likely unfounded, leaving us with two new niche abilities at a time where we have otherwise been trying to streamline the contents of class spellbooks. Thus, we’re removing them in 6.2.

The Tanaan Jungle

Have you watched this video? No? You should. It’s only about 15 minutes long and provides a wonderful overview of all the things you can do, and all the rewards you can get from the Tanann Jungle.

I did not spend much time on the PTR. The main reason is that without my keybindings, addons and UI I’m completely dysfunctional when it comes to this game. I simply can’t play it.

This preview has energized me, and I find myself looking forward to uncovering the secrets of the Tanaan Jungle.

Combined with the Hellfire Citadel raid I’m beginning to think that Patch 6.2 is indeed the influx of content I’ve been waiting for.

The Timeless Isle and now the Tanaan Jungle style adventure area is clearly how Blizzard wishes to present end-game content to players outside of raids. Other than its duration, I thought the Timeless Isle worked well and the Tanaan Jungle looks as if it’s an improvement.

Mounts, toys, gear, reputations, and battle pets. It’s all there waiting in the Tanann Jungle.

Let’s set sail, shall we?

Michele Morrow as Alleria Windrunner

Congratulations to Michele Morrow who is voicing Hearthstone Hero Alleria Windrunner. I’ve been a big fan of Michele’s and always enjoy having her as a guest on the Hunting Party Podcast.

She has been a great ambassador for World of Warcraft and the Hunter class over the years. She also has a great love for the Windrunner sisters, and I can’t think of anyone more deserving to voice Alleria than Michele. Here’s what she had to say about getting the part.

I’m humbled and effing stoked to announce that I am voicing Alleria Windrunner, new hunter Hero skin in Hearthstone. I guess this means I’m Alliance… But at least I’m a Windrunner :)

Welcome to the Alliance Michele!

A New Taming Challenge in 6.2

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The Burning Legion. Yeah, we hate them. When we traveled back in time to Draenor we inadvertently resurrected them and now they are once again a serious threat to all life on Azeroth. Oops, my bad.

Since we had the Iron Horde to deal with we let things slide when they started corrupting a few space goats. After all, they were space goats and not real goats. But then they started messing with the real goats or in this case wolves.

Now even though we’re sick of wolves, we’d prefer to choose not to tame them rather than be denied the opportunity.

We’ve waited long enough and now it’s time to invade the Tanaan Jungle and free our beloved beasts from clutches of their demonic captors.

It won’t be easy though. To start with we’ll need to defeat one of those corrupted space goats I mentioned earlier – Fel Rangari Anaara.

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If you were beginning to think that your hatred towards space goats was misguided, she will do nothing but reaffirm the darkness in your heart. Clutch that hatred close to your bosom because you’re going to need it along with every skill in your Hunter arsenal. Prepare to Dwarf-up!

When she charges you, make her keep her distance with Concussive Shot, Ice Trap or Biding Shot. When she tries to heal herself, hit her with a Counter Shot. If she takes the cowardly approach and stealths, root her out with a flare. Oh, she wants to buff herself? Dispell with a Tranquilizing Shot. Did she put your pet to sleep? Wake him up with Bestial Wrath or Master’s Call.

Did she summon a deadly fel pool underneath you? Stand in it and die because after ten years you still haven’t learned that standing in the fire is not a DPS buff.

There is nothing she can throw at us that we cannot counter, but that does not mean she is a pushover. Once you have defeated her, take her Vial of Fel Cleansing and make your way to the Temple of Sha’naar. There you will find Felbound Wolves. There you will find your new companion.

A big shout-out to Bendak who put together an amazing guide on how to tame a fel wolf. Another shout-out goes to Petopia who held a contest to see who could be the first Hunter to tackle this challenge. Congratulations to Qraljar who was the first to do it.

Hunter’s Day – May 17th

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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 huntingpartypodcast@gmail.com or send us a tweet @huntingpartypod.

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

How Do You Stampede?

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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?

Pardon the Dust

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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

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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

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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.

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