This should be helpful…

July 28, 2008 at 8:54 am (Survival)

Check this addon out.

I’m gonna be out of town for a while; if one of you happens to be raiding as a Survival Hunter with some regularity, check it out, use it, and tell me what you think. If you wouldn’t mind, I’d like to share said opinions with the class. 🙂

-Track

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To the unknown parties who asked “How Many People Play Survival Hunters?”

July 27, 2008 at 1:17 pm (Uncategorized)

I’ll spare you the math and just get to it:

TBC – Not enough.

Lich King – ZOMG, where’d all these Survival Hunters come from?!

-Track

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DAMN, Blizz must read SHA…

July 26, 2008 at 8:29 am (General Hunter Knowledge, Survival, Track's Giant Ego)

Well, mostly because they gave me my own action figure, (down about 5 or six rows on the right, near a very striking Black Cat) but also because of this : an “aw, shucks, knew it was too good to be true” moment.

Remember, this is the Beta. They still have a chance to redeem themselves. :

Hunter (Survival)
Hunting Party will be nerfed. It will now have at most, a 60% chance to proc on a critical strike, instead of 100%.

Don’t panic. Remember, 2% of your mana pool is a decent; just think of it proccing the way 2 points in Thrill of the Hunt would. You won’t notice, but it’ll help, especially since you’ll be critting every which way from Sunday.

Pick out your dress and tell your date he better pick a hell of a corsage, ’cause you’re still going to prom.

-Track

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Thoughts on Survival in Lich King

July 24, 2008 at 4:32 pm (Beast Mastery, General Hunter Knowledge, Lich King, Survival)

Okay, I’m skipping that other stuff, but I WILL post about Survival in Lich King.

Survival, as it stands currently, is an odd hodgepodge. The talents are good, but the problem lies in the fact that they don’t do enough to compensate for overall loss of DPS until you get the gear.

The tricks are cool, though. You cannot knock the sheer fun value of Wyvern Stinging somebody, dropping an Aimed shot on them, popping Readiness, Wyvern Stinging again, and going for another Aimed Shot. Especially if it crits.

But you don’t go Survival to do serious DPS. You go to be useful. You pick it so you can keep Exposed Weakness on big raid bosses. You pick it so you have longer-lasting, harder to resist traps. You pick it so you can do longer-range pulls.

In Lich King, things will be changing. Chances are if Agility is your primary concern, you’ll be stocking up on leather, but mail is definitely worth it now, with more emphasis on Intellect. With talents like Careful Aim now giving up to 100% of your Intellect as AP, you get even more boom for your points.

With more Agility (have you seen some of the blues? SHEESH!) on each item, you’ll have more to contribute. I’m thinking items will be capping out around 80 Agility, with or without sockets, for level 80 items, and possibly even more from the raids… which will easily put you over 1k agility before Lightning Reflexes, at level 80, and after LR, almost 1200.

300 extra AP. 33% crit without any +crit items, talents, or passive bonuses. 45% crit pre-buffing is definitely possible. That’s right… with raid buffs, you’re passing the previous ceiling of 50% crit, and edging up on 60% crit. Before, say, Master Tactician procs. 70%.

A 70% chance to crit, eh? Not bad. You’re really gonna need Improved Feign Death and Readiness then.

And with talents like Hunting Party, at a 70% crit rating, you’ve just made yourself the new best friend of every raider and their mother, providing 2% of necessary stats back every 8 seconds.

One correspondent of mine has long held that, at a certain point, Survival will surpass the other trees in terms of raw DPS. As long as you can out-crit % them, which should be incredibly easy for a Survival Hunter in Lich King, he might be right.

You may not be popular now; you may be shunned because people don’t have foresight, or think BM is the be-all end-all of specs. If you don’t have a friendly guild, you may be the equivalent of the cute, nerdy girl in every makeover movie.

All I can say is, going Survival in Lich King is going to rock your world in ways you’ve never known. Hell, people will be fighting over the right to take you to prom.

(well, prom in Naxxramas.)

Another thing – and this is entirely dependant on the damage of Serpent Sting in Lich King – with certain talenting, including Potent Venom, it may become more ideal to drop the standard 5 points in Improved Aspect of the Hawk and pick up 5/5 in Improved Stings as well. Costing 30% less and dealing 30% more damage? Having a Serpent Sting rotation may not be so noobish at this point, after all…

I’m looking forward to messing with all three trees. They’ve got plenty of candy to go around. Take your time, don’t get sick.

-Track

P.S. Yes, back to BM, blah blah blah. If BRK went Survival, would you chew him out, or praise him for having an open mind? (Consider, again, that he WAS Survival back pre-BC.)

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D’argh.

July 19, 2008 at 12:42 pm (Uncategorized)

Since Dro and I have practically the same opinions of these new possible talents, I’m just going to not do a Part 2 and 3 of my section and link to his take of all three.

Lazy? No, efficient. I’m not gonna spend my time when his says the same thing and is a whole lot shinier.

Plus, he’s got a link to Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog on there. Cannot go wrong with that!

Anyways, Project X is taking things down a few notches. On the heels of our first Mag kill, we decided, through lack of people available for raiding, we’re going back to being ten-man casual.

Which is actually kind of a good thing, long term, but kinda sucks temporarily. Oh well.

Remember, comments, questions, et cetera, shoot ’em right here. SurvivalHuntersAnonymous at Gmail.com.

-Track

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A Talents Show… from the Lich King – Pt. 1

July 18, 2008 at 11:39 am (Beast Mastery, General Hunter Knowledge)

http://www.mmo-champion.com/talent/?hunter

Let’s discuss this in three parts.

Beast Mastery :

Master’s CallRemove all stun and movement impairing effects on your pet, and render them immune to effects for four seconds.

Invigoration – When your pet scores a critical strike, you gain 1% / 2% of your mana back.

Longevity – Reduces the cooldown of your Bestial Wrath, Intimidation, and Pet Special Abilities by 10 / 20 / 30%.

Cobra Strikes – You have a 20 / 40 / 60% chance when you critically hit with Arcane Shot, Steady Shot, or Kill Shot to cause your pet’s next 3 special attacks to critically hit.

Aspect Mastery – Increases the mana returned from your Aspect of the Viper by 2/4/6/8/ 10%, reduces the damage done to you in Aspect of the Monkey by 2/4/6/8/10%, and increases the attack power bonus given to you by Aspect of the Hawk by 20/40/60/80/100%.

Beast MasteryYou master the art of Beast training, teaching you the ability to tame Exotic Pets and increasing your total amount of Pet Skill points by 5.

This is a major step in a good direction, folks. Okay, that first thing? Might prove to be a little OP. Invigoration? AMAZING. 2% of your mana back every time your pet crits.

And teaming that up with Cobra Strikes, which will be playing off of the massive amounts of Agility on WOtLK gear, means Blizz is really thinking about our so-called “mana woes” and giving us a little somethin’ somethin’ in return. And giving you guys more pet crits based on your own crits. It’s an unending cycle of awesome.

Next up, Aspect Mastery. HOLY SMOKES. The Viper thing’s sweet, and I guess they want a little extra reward for those of you who think about using Monkey once in a while. But Aspect of the Hawk getting an extra 100% firepower? Wow.

And finally, the “disappointment” of Beast Mastery, Beast Mastery.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE THIS IS AWESOME AGHJDAHGKJDHAKHKJ.

1) Exotic Pets means you have a wider access to cooler pet abilities. And cooler pets. You might be able to tame a Clefthoof!

2) 5 Extra Pet Skill Points? If there was a skill you could take that gave you 5 extra Hunter talent points, there wouldn’t be enough adult-sized diapers in the WORLD for that moment.

Remember, each Pet Skill Point will come once every 4 levels. That means, roughly, it’s as if your pet went from level 80 to level 100, but decided to keep things *mostly* fair.

Coming up, Marks. And oh sweet merciful Buddha, I cannot WAIT to talk about the Survival tree changes.

-Track

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I Am A Guild Reference?

July 15, 2008 at 6:55 pm (Miscellaneous)

Just an odd note… It hasn’t been the first time, but today, there are currently 3, count ’em, T-H-R-Double-E, guilds linking to SHA. Including one called “Drama Police”.

I know I’m late on this, but congrats to them. They downed Illidan, and here I am with Project X, puttin’ around on Tier 4 stuff.  I am humbled to be considered a resource by people way farther up the content ladder than I am. 😀

I love it. Please, by all means, continue. I love the attention.

I’m just really curious to see what you’re linking to! 

-Track

P.S. There also was, a month back, a guild working on Sunwell that linked here. My ego grew three sizes that day.

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