Our long-awaited raid utility is finally here.
Aspect of the Fox
Party and raid members within 40 yards take on the aspects of a fox, allowing them to move while casting all spells for 6 seconds. Only one Aspect can be active at a time. 3 minute cooldown.
I don’t want to say I called it, but I kinda do. 😉
I like this cooldown. For a short period of time we can allow all of our friends to experience the awesomeness of a being hunter. 😀 The duration seems a bit short, but I suppose if you have multiple hunters in your raid you could chain these together. It’s not unusual for a raid to have 2-3 hunters. It definitely seems like a more healer-oriented cooldown to me (though the casters will be happy to have it as well).
I know some people are going to complain that it’s a buff that doesn’t benefit the actual hunter using it (with few exceptions, see below), but that’s not the point of a raid utility cooldown. It’s supposed to help your raid as a whole, right? Hunters have always complained about other classes bringing mandatory raid utility, so you can’t be surprised when the utility we get isn’t mandatory (though some would argue it might end up being mandatory for some Mythic stuff). In the end, it’s something we didn’t have yesterday, and it’s going to indirectly lead to more damage and survivability for your raid (or arena team — don’t forget about PvP benefits).
One more thing…
I didn’t spot anything else in the patch notes update related to hunters, but this is worth mentioning:
— Celestalon (@Celestalon) July 22, 2014
In Warlords, Bestial Wrath is no longer going to break the hunter out of crowd control. Only the pet will be broken out. Apparently this was a bug the entire time. 😯 That’s some bug…
So, a little bit of good news and a little bit of disappointing news.