I don’t understand why there are so many BM hunters now. I was thinking about that last night while doing Magtheridon: silencing shots would have been very helpful, as well as traps that couldn’t be broken immediately.
Until recently, BM has always been a kind of pvp/noob build (not helped by the likes of BigRedKitty – man, can that guy take some abuse!). It wasn’t a viable raid spec. I understand that they can do a lot more damage now, which sort of justifies a spot in raids (if not smaller instances), but at what cost? Part of what a hunter has to offer, to my mind, is crowd control – high DPS being the rest of it. Some points in survival ensure that what you trap usually stays trapped, and you have Trueshot Aura and Silencing Shot on top of that. Another huge drawback to BM hunters is that your dps is tied to your pet being alive…if the pet goes down, you stop doing damage.
Kit is extremely effective in instances as a MM/Surv hunter. I can chain-trap with ease, as mobs usually stay trapped until the cooldown is up. The boar makes a superb tanking pet, so I can cc two mobs while I dps the main target…and usually the only player who can top me on damage meters is a fire mage. I have a cat that can be used for higher DPS in larger instances, where offtanking won’t be required (although Ennui, a black armoured boar from Razorfen Kraul, will always be my bestest friend).
I could, of course, respec and try it out…but I would feel dirty. lol…such an oldskool hunter.
One of the quickest and smoothest Botanica runs I ever experienced was back on Aggramar, with Kit, Miz and another hunter from our guild, along with a tank and healer. All MM healers, used to raiding together, and we cleared the place with ease. Here on Moonglade? There a ton of people who won’t group with hunters. At all. Part of it, obviously, is that hunter is an easy class to solo with – you don’t need to pick up many skills. That all changes in raids and instances, and so a lot of bad hunters give the good ones a bad name. And, I feel, some of that has to do with BM hunters. They’re a bit like warriors that respec to fury, and then bitch about not getting runs…no matter how much dps you can do now, you don’t justify the same status as someone who can tank. And hunters that can only dps are lacking so much that they could be contributing to a raid.
Well, just my two cents.