Blizzard is asking for feedback on class balance in the Mists of Pandaria Beta. This article continues our coverage of hunter-related discussions in the thread. You can read all of Ghostcrawler’s previous posts regarding hunters in MoP in the WHH MoP Hunter Guide.
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Skhope, a hunter, wrote, “BM hunters also have a similar issue with their pets outside of raids. Special attacks that require focus (i.e., Horn Toss, Froststorm Breath, Burrow Attack) never go off (unless you spec Fervor or have Rapid Fire up) because our pets are very focus starved. You have to manually turn off their basic attack (Smack/Bite/Claw) to cast those specials. Any chance of upping pet focus regen or removing/reducing (or pooling) focus cost for those specials?” [link]
Ghostcrawler replied, “We reduced the cost of those specials to 20 focus, so the autocast will use them. Having it pool focus on the basic attacks would be problematic as it would cross over the 50 focus limit where it does 100% more damage for 120% more focus.” [link]
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Holypenguin, a priest, wrote, “I am curious as to what happened with the Thrill of the Hunt talent for Hunters. It was directly stated in this thread by GC that Thrill of the Hunt was a weak talent and would be re-worked. Then the very next week, Thrill of the Hunt ends up getting nerfed and becoming far worse than it was before.”
When Thrill of the Hunt was deemed weak, it had a 15% chance on your shots to make your next shot or Kill Command cost no focus.After the patch, it was changed so that it has a 15% chance to make only Arcane Shot and Multi Shot free. Surely this must have been some kind of error, because it is even weaker than before, and nobody is going to take it.
Ghostcrawler replied, “That build was taken in the middle of making some changes to Thrill of the Hunt. Internally, it’s currently 3 Arcane Shots or Multi-Shots at -20 focus cost, but that’s looking too strong, so we might change it to 2, or even something else, by the time that change gets in a build to you.” [link]
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