Running on Empty : Hunters and Mana Conservation, Pt. 4

June 16, 2008 at 11:46 am (Beast Mastery, General Hunter Knowledge, Hunterology, Marksmanship, Survival)

So, previously, we discussed the following :

  • why stacking spirit is a bad idea
  • why getting some mp5 is a good idea
  • why picking up some enchantable weapons and dropping +30 Intellect on them is a great idea.
Just a quick thought on the last one – I was talking with one of the hunters in my guild, X, who brings up a phenomenal point. If you don’t want to give up +hit or some stats temporarily, grab the Shattered Sun Rep daggers, which you can get at Revered, and use those instead of daggers with Intellect.

You lose some additional mana, but you can keep your Hit rating at a high level, and not worry about wasting the shots on misses. Also, Elixir of Draenic Wisdom’d work great with that, as well as any Mana Oils you can muster. Keep in mind that the Mana Oils persist through death, so as long as you can keep your gear well oiled (har har har), you’ll be set for an entire night of raiding.

Now, let’s get to the meat of this one – proper potion use.

This can be a tricky one. Generally, if you’re a DPSing hunter, you want to use Mana potions instead of Health potions, but some fights, like Magtheridon, require that you use a potion or a Healthstone at a particular junction in the fight. 

But you want to get the most out of it and keep DPSing, and you’re running low on Mana.

This is where planning ahead comes into play, folks.

Read up on the boss strategy. If you know that you need to pop a Mana potion at a certain point, and estimate that you’re going to need mana before that, do three things:

1) Pop a chill pill on the damage, and hit Aspect of the Viper.
2) Hit Rapid Fire.
3) Switch over to Auto-shots, to maximize your mana returns. 

No potion, no nothing. Just coast on DPS for a bit. This is the Hyper-miling approach to getting your Mana back – shift your car into neutral, and just let gravity do its job.

Otherwise, here are things you can do to maximize returns :

1) Be an Alchemist. Not only do spend less money on potions, but you can also get the Alchemist’s Stone, which increases your returns on Potions, and once you hit Exalted with the SSO, pick up the Assassin’s version of it, and get some sweet, sweet AP with your better potions.

2) Use Fel Mana Potions instead of regular ones. Depending on your server, they may be more expensive. They also don’t work instantly, but they work over time, and you can get a decent amount more Mana out of them (especially if you have the Alchemist’s Stone). Also, if you have Viper on at the same time, with the Intellect enchanted daggers, and you’re “hyper-miling”, hellooooo Mana.

3) see Running On Empty parts 1-3. The more you use those tips, the less you might have to use potions.

Hunters, don’t feel like you have to burn through a bajillion mana potions in a fight. Your obligation is to DPS, but your second obligation is to yourself – if you cut down on your potion use, and get more out of each one, then one stack of 20 Fel Mana Potions could last you much longer than you’re used to.

In this respect, I think that people have severely underrated how important mp5 is, and it’s come back to bite us in the ass. Just because we can drink our way out of a mana issue doesn’t mean we have to!

In Part 5, we’ll discuss the virtues of taking Efficiency over Improved Hunter’s Mark. Somebody has to, but it doesn’t always have to be you!

-Track
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