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.