Speculation on a world (of warcraft) full of legends

I would to first like to direct your attention to a post I did a while back on legendaries of the game – I was aiming at showing reasons why we hunters should get our own legendary: you can view the post here.

9 Legendary weapons have graced the game (10 if you count the Naxx staff in Vanilla – that no one really does. Also counting the dual legendary weapons [warglaives, DS daggers] as singular legendary items) and only ONE of them had any use to us at all. Now as a pure dps class we don’t really have a lot of options as of our role – which is why (I guess) we never were really solid candidates for a legendary – we are a ranged class that isn’t a caster. With WoWhead last month releasing an article on their speculation on which class will be getting the legendary for Mists of Pandaria, it has been datamined that it may indeed be everyone. Now thisis just datamined – so it is not yet set in stone.. Yet part of me cannot help begin the QQ gears rolling…

Will we be getting something Hunter specific?

QQ 1: Not hunters?

So if it IS for everyone, then we will have gone through Vanilla plus 4 expansions where hunters got a look in (as a class) once – in a tier that only very dedicated guilds killed, and due to the very low drop chance, bugger all hunters ever got while it was relevant. As I stated in my previous post, an agility polearm would have been great – yet hunters not using melee weapons as stat sticks totally throws that out the window. I only mentioned ferals, as they haven’t really gotten any legendary love either, yet they have other specs that COULD have gotten legendaries, we have not.

QQ 2: Everyone?

So not only is it not just hunters, but it may be everyone? I thought legendaries are supposed to be legendary. They aren’t supposed to be a common item. An obvious counter-point to this is the speculation that the MoP legendary will be multi-tier; as in you will have to work on it throughout the expansion (which is a great idea). Dragonwrath was for every dps caster (which is a large population of raiders, pretty much half the dps really) and look how common they are these days? Is that really a good thing? I don’t want them to be impossible to get, yet it feels like the prestige is waning.

 

QQ 3: Who gets it?

IF this is for everyone, and IF a portion of it worked like any other legendary in the past 2 expansions, then there will be massive guild drama. If there is indeed items like a legendary shield up for grabs, and only one person can progress during a portion of the legendary at a time, then tanks are a great candidate. Personally I highly doubt I would be an option for the first legendary in my 10 man team if only one person can progress at  a time. I realise that there will be less drama in certain teams/guilds – yet I can admit that I will be a little bit of a sook (for example, our first kill of heroic madness consisted of 2 rogues with legendaries and 2 casters with legendaries.. and yours truly) and I know many others who don’t get selected to work on the legendary (if this is how it operates) will not be thrilled (Don’t lie, we all love loot and epeen). Now there is the possibility that, say, one person can work on a certain stage of the legendary at a time, yet since it is across the whole expac it will give you something to continue to grind in the early tiers for your guild (yet that gets back into QQ 2 with people getting it too easily).
This was just 3 points that I feel are quite obvious – we can all argue back and forth, yet it is obvious WoW is gravitating towards the more casual (and larger) portion of their player base. Is this a bad thing? I don’t really think so – except when they start messing with heroics and making normal raids too easy, but I will save that QQ for another day.

Hopefully we will get more legendary details soon, but we will have to wait and see.

 

Don’t forget to checkout WoWHeads post, as well as Lae’s breakdown on the speculation.

At least I got the madness mount… now to farm H rags.. What else to do before MoP? I think I better make a bucket list..

Mentoring some, berating others – just another day in WoW

As hunters, we wield a great amount of power – we are the sexiest in wow, and thus make others feel better. We destroy people with our saucy moves and leet skills, and we nuke the crapola out of raid bosses, jumping to the top of the charts where we can*. As Uncle Ben would say ‘with great power comes great responsibility” and that is very true when it comes to us hunters.

I feel that this clip could be symbolic of a discussion between a wise, awesome hunter and a young inexperienced hunter..

 

Huntard-

A derogatory term for any player in the MMORPG “World of Warcraft” who plays a hunter as their main character and so has developed bad habits and inferior skills for working in groups. Huntards often fail to watch their threat and use their “feign death” ability at the wrong moment, causing party wipes.
‘Everything was going well until the stupid huntard pulled aggro off of one of the elites, brought it back towards the casters, feigned death, then failed to get his mob off the priest. Last time I ever group with that d-bag again!’

If you ARE going to do it, do it right (wear your pvp gear)

The term Huntard is not the best thing – when used in a derogatory sense. it is a way to shut down us as a class, and is a quick insult to be used in a generalization. At the end of the day, you need to cop these ‘insults’ on the chin, don’t take it too seriously.
Now let’s face it, as a mmo, wow is an extremely social game, and we have all come across.. let’s say.. the less ‘impressionable’ kind of people in this game. the anonymity of the internet allows some sense of justification to these internet heroes who would chose to make uninformed observations directed at general groups (not just talking about hunter-bashing here). Sometimes that ‘huntard’ (or player of another class) is trying to learn, we didn’t all start off amazing at this game (except for me), no matter how much we like to think we did (daaayyaaammm, caught myself out there!).

So why the heck am I doing a semi-serious post?! Well – Blizz recently announced (on select servers) their mentoring programme. This mentor programme is an opportunity on select realms for guilds to open up and accept many new players seeking a home – for the duration of the mentoring-period, your guild takes on a different name and you are pretty much there to lend a hand to the fresh meat – teach them how to not be a huntard!

This opportunity got me thinking, and I put the information forward to my guild – not to exactly say we should do it, yet more to bring up some good discussion. The next day I was cruising around on my main, and noticed a hunter in trade chat asking about trinkets (he was asking in regards to which valor trinket to take). I ended up whispering him and talking to him for a while about his gear. As time passed I referenced him to my builds I have posted on this site, as well as helping him understand his ability priority – I realized that this person (who had very limited knowledge of the class) was just a nice guy trying to do his best – not saying that I am a total jerk who immediately thought he was a spaz… My point is that even though my particular guild may not take on the Mentor programme, there is nothing stopping any of us fantastic hunters from mentoring within our own realms. I have always helped out guildies and friends with hunter gear advice, rotation questions, build knowledge, as well as going over parses for raid leaders to help find out why some members may not be performing to their full potential. The knowledge we build while playing this great class should be passed on to others – there is no harm in helping alleviate the ‘huntard’ term all together! So don’t be quick to judge, have a chat! Make a name for yourself as that awesome guy or girl that is friendly and a great person to chat to about huntering.

So my new hunter buddy asked if I wanted to come to an LFR, hopefully to score him some loot (sorry other people who may have been in that run). It had been a looooong time since I had ventured into an LFR on my main, and I was looking forward to seeing what it was like since my last visit. If you haven’t run LFR in a while, and there is a hunter pal to help out – do it. You feel like a God; heroic gear skews everything in your favour :P

I was actually unable to roll on anything for my hunter companion, yet I had a bit of fun and melted some boss-face…

Yet oh the humanity..

I am no stranger to a-holes wiping an LFR (pulling extra trash, engaging the boss etc), after all I have some alts I play. Yet the most annoying thing I come across in this previously mentioned and infinitely acknowledged socially immersive game is the generalizing tool in some runs (this goes double for random battlegrounds). Something happens, maybe one person wiped – maybe a couple of people did the wrong thing.. There is always that one tool who is quick to point out that EVERYONE is terrible – If you are this person, go have a chair thrown at you – it is not helpful or constructive to call the whole team/raid bad especially if you yourself are barely contributing to a better outcome. I managed to not only shut down one nay-sayer in this LFR, he was also kicked – I believe several people used that great little report function that can specify the rule breach.

So, morale of this post; go out there! Help out your fellow hunters! Just don’t be a wanker :P

 

* note, these scenarios may not always be true – except the sexy part – that is easily true.

 

Ice, Ice, baby!

Soooo to go along with my outdated information habit, here is a PoV from a Hagara kill a few weeks back. This weekend I will try to change setting  on fraps and see how I go – hopefully I will have some better quality videos with a few tips for those of you still smashing these last two heroics.

I won’t do much with it, I just wants it.



Kickstarter for Hunter Fuel

Frost over at Warcraft Hunters Union has started a Kickstarter page to help fund some new hunter based music (the best kind, let us face it). Along with Balthazar (the musical mastermind behind the I’m a Hunter song and I Won’t Miss You song), Frost plans to write up some brand spankin’ new songs for us to blast as we raid/pvp/date/dance/mime etc.

 

If you haven’t checked out the two songs mentioned above, do so – they really are great. Head over to the kickstarter page and donate a couple of bucks (I chucked a couple their way, every bit will help!)

 

Singing “I’m A Hunter” like a sir