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

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

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?

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.

Episode 215: Hunter Talk With RogerBrown


RogerBrown drops by to discuss more Blackrock Foundry and Hunter Loot with Delirium and ArtemisHowl. Darkbrew and Bendak both had to miss this episode but should be back for episode 216.

Episode 216 is scheduled for April 26 at 2PM Eastern. Click here to see when the show will air where you live.

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

Episode 215: Hunter Talk With RogerBrown

Episode 215, The Cantina Cast and More


A quick update post for you today.

HPP Episode 215

Episode 215 will air at it’s usual time this Sunday on our Twitch.tv site. Bendak and I will be out this week, but RogerBrown will joining ArtemisHowl and Delirium on the show. They’ll have an update on the WHU BBQ in SoCal this May. Click here to see when the show will air where you live.

The Cantina Cast

I just signed on to be a blogger with The Cantina Cast. It’s a Star Wars themed site and although it has nothing to with World of Warcraft, I wanted to let you know about it since I can’t imagine you guys don’t like Star Wars.

I’ll let you know whenever I post something there. You can also check out a little more that I had to say about it on my SWTOR blog, The Cantina.


I don’t know about you guys, but my game time has been very streamlined the last couple of months. I login to raid Tue., Wed., and Thu. It’s something I enjoy very much. We do two hours a night so progress is slow, but it’s there. We’re 8/10 heroic now, and those eight bosses are nearly on farm status.

Beyond raiding, it has been mostly follower missions, farming music scrolls (I now have Karazhan in my Garrison), and trying to get Harrison Jones. I have one quest left to complete to get him as a follower, and then it’s let the gold farming begin. My Garrison now has the following setup.

  • Salvage Yard
  • Enchanting Shack
  • Storehouse
  • Inn
  • Trading Post
  • Mage Tower
  • Barracks

Everything revolves around convenience and gold making. I recruit a new Treasure Hunter every week, and once I get Harrison Jones leveling them will be easy. The trading post allows me to keep the flow of Garrison resources coming. The Mage Tower allows me to collect Apexis Crystals which I use for Seals, and its work orders sometimes reward an item that allows you to instantly complete a mission. Great for those BRF missions.

So that’s about it. Until we get another raid tier and major questing hub, there isn’t much I feel compelled to do on a daily basis. Truth be told, I’m okay with this.

Oh, and I do have a couple of Hunter posts rattling around in my brain, but I may not get to them until after I get back from Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim next week.

Good Hunting!

Episode 214: Off to a Great Stop!


Welcome to the first Episode recorded live at our new showtime – 2PM Eastern. ArtemisHowl couldn’t make it, Delirium was late, and technical difficulties cause the episode to end rather abruptly. As you can see the new time has us off to a great stop.

Amidst the chaos, we still managed to deliver another great episode of Hunter content. This week we talk about why Harrison Jones is an awesome follower despite being a Rogue. We cover the both the Tier and LFR 2/4 piece set bonuses and how they affect each spec.
We continue to plunge the depths of Blackrock Foundry and talk about our favorite bosses and which specs and strategies we prefer.
Episode 215 is scheduled for April 12 at 2PM Eastern. Click here to see when the show will air where you live.

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

Episode 214: Off to a Great Stop!

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