A new video from February’s press event has been uncovered, and I am very happy to say it features some new information about the hunter talents in Warlords. They are a little different than they were back at BlizzCon. You can find the video below, but I’ve gone through frame by frame to pick out all of the tooltips and summarize it for you.
- New Level 100 Talent: Flaming Shots – Your auto shots now deal 80% weapon damage as fire damage (Bola Shot has been removed!)
- New Level 100 Talent: Focusing Shot – Deals 100% weapon damage and generates 75 focus. 2.55 sec cast. Replaces Cobra Shot and Steady Shot. Cannot be cast while moving. (This is very similar to Snipe from BlizzCon, but less weapon damage and more focus regen)
- New Level 100 Talent: Versatility (beast mastery only) – Increases your pet’s combat experience to 70% increased damage (a 20% pet damage buff) and grants many specialization-specific abilities regardless of chosen spec. (This is the same as it was at BlizzCon)
- New Level 100 Talent: Lone Wolf (survival and marksmanship) – Increases your damage done when you do not have a pet summoned. Celestalon tweeted that Lone Wolf is still in.
- Stampede is now a talent. It replaces Lynx Rush in the level 75 tier.
- Thrill of the Hunt now affects Aimed Shot in addition to Arcane Shot and Multi-Shot. As I reported earlier, Aimed Shot is now marksmanship’s only focus dump. Marksmanship no longer uses Arcane Shot.
- Aspect of the Iron Hawk renamed to Iron Hawk. Due to hunter aspects being removed, this is now just a 10% damage reduction.
Snipe has been renamed Focusing Shot, but it’s essentially the same. The big difference is it now generates 75 focus per shot which should make for some interesting gameplay. Empty your focus bar, then recharge it to full with a single shot as the passive regen will easily fill in that extra 25 focus. I am really interested to try this one out. I also noticed the tooltip no longer mentions refreshing Serpent Sting. Possible changes to DoT mechanics? Or just an oversight?
Since the person playing in the video chose beast mastery for their spec, we weren’t able to see if there has been any changes made to Lone Wolf. Versatility looks exactly the same as it did at BlizzCon.
Making Stampede into a talent was an excellent choice if you ask me. It helps with button bloat and gets rid of a less popular talent in the process. Beast mastery will have a hard decision to make between Blink Strikes and Stampede. I don’t think this will be a popular change, but we knew ability reductions were coming.
Remember these talents are all subject to change (they’ve already changed at least once). I also wouldn’t put much stock in the specific numbers — balancing will come later. If you think I missed anything in the video, please post in the comments. I tried to pause over all the tooltips as they moused over them but may have missed something.