I’m going to talk about being a Marksman today. Just a warning.
Maybe I should back up a bit and delve into why I’m a hunter in the first place. In the beginning there was EverQuest. Well, at least my beginning. I loved it. I still tell stories about how I dinged level 15 5x because I kept dying, how in my first 5 min I fell out of the wood elf village, and it took me an hour to get back up, having to actually talk to NPCs to get quests (“How do I get a [Trueshot Bow]?”), and the time I went from one starting area to the other and it took me 5 hours. Oh, and the /train runs back to the guards; that’s the only thing I really, really miss. It felt like a world more than a game. What I’ve noticed is that it’s the flaws that made it like real life, but there were a few that I just couldn’t overlook.
First was soloing. Once you hit about 20, it was pretty pointless to even fight an enemy 1 on 1. Just getting a 2nd person was so much easier and you both benefited. However, I was living in Hawaii at the time and there just wasn’t enough people on when I played and to be honest, I didn’t know the certain places where people gathered.
Second, was healing. This wasn’t such a big deal in a group, but I seriously remember spending more than half of my playtime sitting to regen health. Play went like this: find mobs, and kill for 5 min until health is at 20%, stop and find a safe place, read a book for 5 min while health gets back to 100%.
Now on to WoW. I still liked the ranger class so in the open beta I grabbed a hunter. I saw how quick I could kill, I could use food/drink to regen rather than just sitting (and it was FAST!), and I didn’t even need to kite because I could take a hit or 2 and raptor strike for the kill. And when I died, I didn’t lose any exp… I think I may have actually cried. I was in heaven.
When I hit level 11, I finally got around to doing the pet training quests. I actually missed the follow-up, and thought that it was normal to have my pet disappear every 30min. I didn’t care. No more kiting – ever. I quickly learned about pulling agro and not to do it, but I would have happily only used auto shot if I never had to worry about dying. Best of all, he regened health like crazy. No more downtime.
Eventually someone told me about ‘Feed pet’ and talent points. I could make my new friend more powerful! Everyone else was singing the praises of MM, and I was BM to the core. For 4 years I have never seriously considered anything else.
I have reconsidered. I spent the night as a MM, and I’m loving it. My pet still holds agro fine which is really all I want, but the playstyle is much nicer. I like the shoot and forget of Serpent Sting/Chimera, big numbers popping up, and actually using most of the abilities. I went and set up WWS for before and after (I won’t post my pathetic ZD quest green numbers), and found my DPS going up by 15%.
I wonder what the difference is in a real raiding hunter.
I guess the point is that I’m liking MM at least for now.
I finished my dalies yesterday and Ebon Blade was 1000 short as I expected. Since I had nothing better to do, I snooped around Shadow Vault a bit and went to the quartermaster to oogle the swords I wanted. As I did, I noticed a guy that really looked like he should have had a quest for me at some point so I looked him up on wowhead. He was supposed to give daily quests, but as I read the comments I realized there was a whole bunch of Ebon Blade quests wrapped with Argent Crusade that I hadn’t done. An hour and a respec later this was the end of my night:
Pengu – check
Mysterious Egg – check
Purdy new 2h swords being DW – Double-D delicious!
I also went over to Znodis to disenchant tons of BoEs that dropped for W on her way to 80 and I think I forgot to show you guys this:
I made it. Once I hit 80 on the 7th, I had 3 nights of trying to get a cleared heroic Gundrak , but I did find a kind soul finally. For Love is in the Air, things went even smoother. I got 2 bags of candy in about 10 tries, did 4 turn-ins for 10 arrows and 10 rockets, and got 10 rose petals during those 10 tries as well. The only real issue I had was getting a Bouquet. It took a few days before I had time for a farming group, but when I did it was 5x80s. I tanked the whole thing without stopping or losing agro. I know the group probably wasn’t going all out, but I feel like I finally know how to AoE tank. Also, I had a Perma-Pettle from last year, and I also looted a Black Dress so I completed all the achievements even the ones that didn’t count towards the title.
So now that my grind is coming to an end, I’m finally catching up on my blog reading. This makes me a sad panda. Specifically
And I ran him to Elwynn Forest at level two. Yes, I’ve still yet to do a single quest on Bloodmyst Isle, with any character ever.
Pike… you know how Duskwallow Marsh used to suck. Then they revamped it and it became awesome. That’s Draenai starting areas compared to all others. Gear is better, questlines are better, there’s much less running hither-tither, and I’ve yet to finish those 2 zones without a character hitting at least 20 compared to 17 when i couldn’t do any more darkshore quests (my previous favorite starting area).
I know you have leveling issues, but please reconsider.
Then there’s this on mania’s blog. Feedback on every pet family and how they compare to each other? /begins going through pet leveling withdrawls. I have so many opinions on pets, families, roles, talents, graphics, sound. I don’t even know where to begin. /sigh, I don’t even have time to being… Those posts have been in draft form for so long I think I’ll have to start over just to make sure they’re still relavent.
Oh, well. Such is WoW.
I really put my nose to the grinding stone, and I just hit 79 tonight. I should have 80 by the weekend and then I just need to find a few groups to mooch off of as they finish clearing the last 3 instances with elders.
Protection hasn’t been completely miserable, but I’ll be glad to swich back to fury as soon as I can. It’s not so much that I can’t tank, it’s that I hate the treatment that comes with it. Case in point, I attempted to run Halls of Stone today, and there were some looting disputes.