Survival! What is it good for?

February 4, 2008 at 12:10 pm (Beast Mastery, From The Internets, General Hunter Knowledge, Know Your Role, Survival)

Absolutely noth… hey, wait a sec!  

This just plucked from the depths of the handy list o’ searches for Survival Hunters Anonymous.

“what are survival hunters good for”?

Buddy, I’m glad you took the time to consult Google for such a deep, intellectual question.

We (and I use the royal we) are the Swiss Army knife in your raiding toolkit. We are the only card you need for your royal flush. (THE ACE OF SPADES! THE ACE OF SPADES!)

We are, put simply, the thing you need to make your raids run smoother than a baby’s bottom.

As I’ve said before, we’re different than the cat (or bug) jockeys, and the pew pew snipers. Survival Hunters are a rare breed of utility, functionality, and performance. If BM’ers are the Ferraris of the Hunting World, and the MM’ers are a riced-out import car, we are the BMW’s.

Dependable, practical, quick to adjust to new situations, and able to handle just about anything you throw at us.

Crowd Control? That’s our middle name, baby. We were born to CC. We can single-trap, chain-trap, double-trap, trapper-keeper, whatever you want us to do, we can do it. Anybody who takes Survival as their tree knows that’s what they’re around for.

DPS? Sure, we can do that. Do it pretty well, too. We’ve got +crit out the ying-yang, Expose Weakness, and can pop Readiness to lay some Rapid Fire-powered smackdown.

Utility? We can keep more aggro on the tank because of Readiness, shut down wayward mobs, peel off that big guy running towards the healer with ease, and give everybody a little breathing room with a Frost Trap.

In order to function well as Survival, you need to take a broad view of any situation, and we have the tools to help any situation. We can even tank, for a small amount of time. Deterrence FTW.

But, you argue, any other hunter can do the same thing. Why pick a Survival Hunter?

Rather than argue semantics, I’ll make it easy for you. Look at their gear, look at their level, and run an instance with them. Then you’ll see why.

There is a lower percentage of the Hunter population that picks Survival… but there’s an exponentially higher concentration of good Hunters among them.

If you’re dealing with a current or ex-Survival Hunter, you’re either dealing with somebody who knows a great deal about the game, has raided before, understands their role in a raid, and can play their class blindfolded, OR somebody who knows a great deal about their class, understands the fundamental strengths of going with Survival, and will make a great asset to your guild.

So before you recruit a Hunter, ask them this question.

“If I asked you to spec Survival, explain to me why you wouldn’t… and then explain to me why you would.”

If you get answers to both questions, you’ve got a winner.

-Track

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5 Comments

  1. kotaros said,

    Agreed mate 🙂

    I LOVE Survival. Love it. Sadly, unable to dig deep into it at the moment due to Arena / PvP madness. But the moment I’m agility flush, I’ll be back. I’d say to any hunter who is able to utilise the spec – TRY IT! A well played Survival hunter is poetry in motion, and your survivability & life-saving capacity to not only yourself but your group is very, very solid.

    It is an exhilarating build to play with Readiness, Expose Weakness, Deterrence, bad-ass traps, DPS, CC and on and on I could go. To the disbelievers, get this through your heads – if you know your role, and you can play Survival… you are the sh1t. You are a powerful weapon. You should be asked to raid every time. IF you can play it and you want to play it, however. Because if you don’t love it, you won’t be good to anyone.

    Damn, makes we wanna spec back right now…. 🙂

  2. Nathan said,

    “There is a lower percentage of the Hunter population that picks Survival… but there’s an exponentially higher concentration of good Hunters among them.”
    I Love this statement! Hunters are one of, if not THE, most played class and with a larger number of hunters running around you’re going to have a larger number of dumb hunters out there. Add to this the fact that it is the easiest class to solo, and even smart players might not really take a chance to develop all the tools that a hunter can bring to a group. But anyone who takes the time to spec Survival and stick with it, really appreciates when it means to play the class the way it was meant to be played IMO. Great article!!!

  3. Amiutza said,

    If you love survival so mutch, why the heck are you BM?

  4. survivalhuntersanonymous said,

    I believe I already answered this question :

    “If you’re dealing with a current or ex-Survival Hunter, you’re either dealing with somebody who knows a great deal about the game, has raided before, understands their role in a raid, and can play their class blindfolded, OR somebody who knows a great deal about their class, understands the fundamental strengths of going with Survival, and will make a great asset to your guild.”

    I love Survival. I’m exceedingly happy that certain changes are being made to allow for more utility, DPS, and increasing reason to spec SV in Lich King.

    Right now, as my guild is staying out of 25-man raids (a decision made because we could not regularly put together enough players to attempt such for the past month), it makes little sense to be Survival other than pure amusement.

    I made a build specifically for the best possible raid damage and Expose Weakness; seeing as I won’t be seriously raiding and just doing Karazhan on Sundays, I’d rather have the extra personal damage than Expose Weakness for mixed groups that generally have more spellcasters than physical DPSers.

    I look forward to Lich King, wherein I think Survival will be a bit more permanent. I also want to take a shot at MM, it has potential to be incredible in a raid setting (Chimera Shot!).

    Thanks,

    Track

  5. Bob said,

    I feel as if this is so true. Too bad i can’t really solo with this hunter.

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