BM Huntering: Spec Experimentation

I’m not a math person.  I’m far more likely to slog through the mathy guides and try to “translate” them into something more palpable (and amusing) than I am to try to generate numbers myself.  These are trying times, however, as the math gods of EJ are distracted by the shiny numbers at 85 and I cannot rely on them to do the hard work for me.

So!  I slapped an alternative spec into my other tab and decided to test it on dummies FOR YOU.  Don’t you feel special?  You should.  I’m normally too lazy to do anything so technical.

The BM portion of the spec is relatively standard.  Two points should go into Go for the Throat–nothing has changed there.

But what about the other points?

There.  That is my spec.  Effeciency was also tempting, but I opted to play with Improved Serpent Sting and…and um, whatever the other box is, that gives you haste.  In my “haste = more focus regen = less fail?” line of thought I was curious to see if putting full points in that would help.

It didn’t.

Now haste value is one of those subjective things.  How much latency do you have?  How much haste is already on your gear?  it could be that you’ll hit one of those magical sweet spots and it will do uber magical things for you but generally speaking…eh, go for full ISS and be done with it.

(The difference was ~100-200 DPS, if you’re wondering.)

And you might have already known this or it may be patiently obvious to you more mathy types but WHATEVER, I TRIED FOR YOU.

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  1. #1 by Shawndra on October 20, 2010 - 9:16 am

    Pike at Aspect of the Hare had a decent post on a Beast mastery spec and rotation. I don’t think my spec is too far off hers on my hunter, since I specced her before I read it, but it helps to know a shot rotation :)

    I despise working out on dummies, so I took my show on the road and tried it on the Horseman. Dummy me, I have no real numbers, because I kept shooting him after his head popped off :( Darned distracting Netflix :)

  2. #2 by Ambrosine on October 20, 2010 - 9:35 am

    @Shawndra – My full BM hunter post, included rotation, glyphs, and all that good stuff, is a few posts back. This is a belated elaboration.

  3. #3 by Drotara on October 20, 2010 - 1:06 pm

    The sad thing is, at the moment the haste to focus regen rate is terrible. However haste is good because we really want to keep Steady Shot as close to a 1.5 second cast as possible. One reason why the haste talent is still kinda hot. :)

  4. #4 by Eva on October 20, 2010 - 2:14 pm

    Blizz recently buffed Hunter damage, so it’s obviously not just you who suffered from the changes. They also said that the addition of Cobra Shot should greatly help BM and SV.

  5. #5 by protopethunter on October 21, 2010 - 7:55 am

    just remember. once you hit 81 the serpent sting talent is useless. id love to know if its useful now though. btw is BM more interesting now than it was? i enjoy dps more on the tougher classes and specs to play well.

  6. #6 by Ambrosine on October 21, 2010 - 8:56 am

    @protopethunter – Indeed, but I’m not level 81 and I’m still trying to raid. Therefore I’m more worried about what works NOW becuase…y’know…Cata ain’t here yet.

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