There are a lot of posts going around within the fantastic hunter community focusing (focus pun intended) on the state of hunter dps.
In all honesty, looking at how we seem to be getting a few nice little buffs (see my sweet confirmation post) it is fair to say that Blizzard agrees that we may not be as strong as we should be.
Generally you see this issue within the raiding community; Melee recieved a 10% AP increase, Casters have legendaries, and Rogues are on the way to also having some orange pixels of awesomeness… The weapons that drop from Deathwing are very nice for the strength users, as the procs off said weapons seem to be a teeeeeny bit over powered – when compared to our bow proc (about double).. But hey, we get the polearm as well… /sigh
4.3.2 will be getting released this week (99.99% of sources say..), and with it come the much anticipated hunter buff.. It won’t be HUGE, but hopefully it shall give us the leg up we need to compete against the legendary wielding buggers of Cataclysm.
But now we look to the future!!! QHC has another prediction..
In MoP, the FIRST LEGENDARY of the expansion shall be… A HUNTER LEGENDARY!!!
Looking through the history of WoW, there have been several legendarys, and only ONE was hunter specific, being the only one we could use. Here is a breakdown of the legendaries that have appeared in World of Warcraft.
This grind of a legendary was from Molten Core in MC, a rare drop off Rag himself, plus a bunch of hard to get mats (to create the hammer) ended up providing a nice boost to Warriors, Shamans, Paladins, and Druids. If memory serves correctly (from what I have read) it was considered a very nice Tanking weapon due to the threat generation for warriors, and some guilds even gave it to rogues for a DPS boost over the tanking use – no hunter use.
This sexy sword can be crafted and equipped by hunters, but it was not a hunter weapon. Grinding MC bosses for the rare bindings was the way to get this and ended up being a great tanking weapon, still used into BC. The proc generated great threat, and it was also used by dps (any who could wield the sword). Class restrictions were removed, so now any may equip it, yet as the proc (and restriction) applied to melee.. – no hunter use
Was available from the original Nax 40 in vanilla WoW, and was for the casters; druid, priest, mage and warlock. No longer available in game, and no hunter use.
Two rare drops of Illidan in Black Temple, the first legendary of BC. Awesome model, but who cares, hunters couldn’t use them.. Warrior and Rogue only (now also DK) – no hunter use.
FINALLY, we get to the one and only Hunter legendary. Don’t worry that very, very few people got to obtain it (rare drop of Kil’jaeden in one of the hardest raids at the end of a expansion), and it wasn’t exlusively hunters (it should have been due to the very nature of it being a ranged weapon). Rogues and Warriors could both get this due to it not being hunter specific. The stats were good for all 3, but of course as a ranged weapon it would be BEST for the hunter (plus we are sexy) – Hunter use!
First legendary of WotLK. It was obtained by getting drops within Ulduar, and could be used by all healing classes; Druids, Paladins, Priests and Shamans. – No hunter use
The last legendary of WotLK through a long quest chain/grind through ICC. Warrior, Deathknight or Paladin only, and even though it was a nice looking axe – no hunter use
Now we reach Cataclysm, the first Legendary to be released is the caster staff Dragonwrath via a long and grindy quest in Firelands. All caster DPS could obtain this badboy, which saw the initial drop in hunter parses amongst the top specs. – No hunter use.
The current legendary in Cataclysm, from a long grindy quest in Dragonsoul – Rogue only. – no hunter use
Now, rogues could use a legendary in every expac minus WotLK… Just pointing it out… However, you can see that to tie in lore with the weapons, it might seem a tad silly to have a hunter get an amazing sword (for example) that just sits on his back while he uses a bow/crossbow/gun. It has been suggested that we get a legendary pet, yet I cannot see that as a reality; however, a ranged weapon that procs some amazing looking beast to attack in tandem with your own pet? THAT could be neat.
Looking at who-could-use-what-and-when, we are definatly due – all other specs have now had something since we had Thori’dal. Feral druids may want a handout, but hey – they got to be a fire kitty. Maybe they could become our pets, it would be an honor for them. So I leave you with this video to sum up what it will be like in Mists of Pandaria when it is announced that we are getting a legendary.