The first Eyes of the Beast screenshot giveaway has concluded and it was a huge success! We had 75 people take the time to submit screenshots for this hunter gallery and for a chance at an Iron Skyreaver mount. There was also 3 bonus prizes of a TCG item, the Paper Flying Machine Kit.
The mount was chosen at random, and the 3 TCG items I chose based on my 3 favorite screenshots. I didn’t anticipate that last one being so tough. To give you an idea how hard it was to pick just 3, my preliminary list of candidates was composed of 30 of the entries, and then I had to narrow it down from there. There wasn’t any specific criteria I was looking for, so don’t feel bad if I didn’t pick you. All the screenshots were awesome. You can check them all out in the gallery below.
Let’s take a look at the winners…
This week’s pet of the week is a bit late because my big video preview on the new pet families was posted in its place. Now we’ll get back to looking at individual hunter pets found in Draenor. Even though you can’t tame these yet, you’ll be able to look back on previous pets of the week and have a bunch of taming ideas when Warlords is released. If you’re like me, you’ll already be looking in your stable and figuring out which pets you’re willing to abandon to make room.
If you’re a fan of cat pets, I think you’ll like these new colors being added in Warlords. I’m partial to the white one myself. They can be found right smack dab in the middle of Talador. The white ones can also be found elsewhere in the zone. Some of them will be stealthed, others will be sleeping. There’s plenty of them to tame though.
It looks like Draenor isn’t getting any new cat models, which isn’t surprising considering they were just updated in Mists.
The official patch notes just received an update. Lots of hunter changes to report. Some of it we already know from the previous build, but there’s a few new bits in here. If the tooltips don’t make sense, it’s because some of these changes are not in the build yet.
- Black Arrow‘s cooldown is reset if it’s dispelled.
- Lock and Load has been reverted to the previous version. It’s similar to the live version, but you will get at least one proc per Black Arrow, with chances for additional procs on each tick. It also no longer has a 10 second internal cooldown.
- Survivalist now increases multistrike damage by 20%. (Old: increases multistrike chance by 10%)
Yay! Black Arrow dispelling was something i was really concerned about, so I’m glad they added something.
While I was originally pretty excited for the Lock and Load multistrike proccing version, it ended up having several problems. When multistrike was low, it was extremely underwhelming (that is why they added the 10% baseline chance in the first place) and it was common to have Black Arrows with zero or just one proc. When multistrike was high, the rotation devolved into nothing by Explosive Shot with hardly any focus available for Arcane Shot. Lastly, Lock and Load just didn’t feel as fun when it was no longer free or didn’t reset the cooldown. So, I’m on board with this.
Survivalist’s 20% multistrike damage is just there so survival will favor multistrike and benefit from its multistrike attunement.
Update: Giveaway closed. Winners announced!
I wanted to give a little something back to all my awesome readers. Thanks for reading my ramblings about hunters, commenting, retweeting, emailing me with support, and generally being awesome hunters. The site is only 6 months old and I’m in awe at all the support in such a short time.
If you don’t yet have an Iron Skyreaver mount and want one to match your new rylak pet in Warlords, keep reading because I’m giving one away to a lucky hunter. Yes, hunters only!
There will also be 3 bonus prizes for my top 3 favorite screenshots! Each of those winners will get a WoW TCG item, the Paper Flying Machine Kit. It’s an infinitely reusable item that generates paper gyrocopters you can throw to your friends, and it’ll count as a toy for your Toybox in Warlords.
To enter this giveaway, you’re going to need to take a screenshot. When all is said and done, I’ll be compiling all the screenshots into a big Eyes of the Beast hunter gallery for everyone to enjoy.
Update: Loving all the screenshots so far! This will be a cool gallery when it’s all said and done.
I could have changed a few things in the large feedback post I published just a couple of hours ago if I would have known this was coming, but Celestalon and his impeccable timing posted this update for hunters about an hour afterwards. Thanks, Celestalon!
At least my post wasn’t all for naught. These announced changes are definite improvements in several areas but still leaves a lot of the marksmanship problems unanswered. Here we go…
There’s a problem with survival and marksmanship on the beta right now: no one seems to be happy with the two specs. I know that may sound a little hyperbolic, but I’ve looked for positive feedback all over the place — blogs, twitter, forums, even in game — and I struggle to find any.
Beast mastery is an example of successful ability pruning. Serpent Sting gone? Fantastic. It added no complexity to the gameplay, you either kept it on or kept it off. Rapid Fire removed? I accept its loss as part of the overall cooldown/burst damage reductions, and we still have Bestial Wrath. Beast mastery still has great synergy with the pet and all of the passives that work so well in the background.
Before we start, I want to go on the record that I spent a good deal of time looking for some positive feedback on these specs to give this article some balance. I simply couldn’t find anyone who was like, “I’m happy with the direction MM and/or SV is taking in Warlords!” If you are one of these people, please speak up. I think the forums could use some balanced discussion. I did find this one person who liked the spec differentiation, but mentioned MM not being as fun to play.
Warlords of Draenor is introducing five new hunter pet families, bringing the grand total to 48 different families. It’s kind of disturbing to think that we barely have enough stable slots to house one pet from each family. Many families will remain unrepresented in my stables unfortunately (WTB more stable slots), but these five new families will not be among the excluded.
One of the new families (Clefthooves) is a rename of an existing one to incorporate some new beasts, but the other four are brand new.
- Clefthooves (Exotic) — formerly known as Rhino
- Rylaks (Exotic)
First things first, you can check out the below video I made previewing the new families. I picked a handful of pets from each family to show off. It is by no means an exhaustive list, if it was I would have never finished the video. I recommend fullscreen 1080p for this one. Lots of cool scenery! Enjoy.
Updated with a Thrill of the Hunt change coming in a future build (bottom of post).
Not much to report regarding hunters in this build, just some small number tuning and a few other tidbits.
- Arcane Shot (BM/SV) now deals 100% weapon damage (down from 114%)
- Aimed Shot (MM) now deals 350% weapon damage (down from 385%)
- Explosive Shot (SV) now deals 42% attack power damage per tick (down from 46%)
- Serpent Sting (SV) now deals 175% attack power damage over 15 sec (down from 225%)
- Cobra Strikes (BM) now has a 20% chance per Arcane Shot to grant 1 charge of Cobra Strikes, causing your pet’s next basic attack to crit (Old: 15% chance to grant 2 charges)
- Enhanced Basic Attacks (BM perk) now has a 15% chance to reset the basic attack cooldown and make the next one free (down from 20%)
I saw this one posted on Twitter by @ikralla and thought it looked nice for a Pandaren hunter transmog. He kindly provided me with some screenshots and an item list so I can share it with you. I’m more into the bulkier armor, but a lot of people like these more minimalist transmogs I’ve discovered. Also, it uses one of my top 5 favorite bows.
All of these items (except the bow) are BoE pieces you’ll need to find on the auction house.
Shoulder: Grunt’s Pauldrons
Chest: Outrunner’s Chestguard
Gloves: Outrunner’s Gloves
Belt: Outrunner’s Cord
Legs: Outrunner’s Legguards
Feet: Outrunner’s Slippers
Weapon: Crypt Fiend Slayer
The featured pet is Quall, a rare bird of prey in Stonetalon Mountains.
The first round of beta number tuning is in. Beast mastery is nerfed, survival is buffed, and marksmanship is sort of buffed. There’s very little else going on hunter-wise. No new abilities, mechanics, glyphs, pet changes, or anything else I can see. I was kind of hoping for more. I really don’t like the prospect of SV and MM going live as-is (mechanically).
- Kill Command now deals 240% of attack power damage (down from 283%)
- Cobra Shot now deals 60% weapon damage(up from 42%)