Good news! And no, my awesome matching talbuk mount and pet combos have nothing to do with it.
We’ve been complaining about our numbers for a while, but most of our evidence was based on simulations, which the devs were quick to dismiss. Now that we have actual logs to back it up, it’s becoming clear that hunters (at least BM and SV specs) are a teensy bit on the weak side right now.
— Celestalon (@Celestalon) October 15, 2014
Survival actually received some hotfix buffs on patch day: 12% to Explosive Shot, Black Arrow, and Serpent Sting, but it still wasn’t enough. Even Marksmanship — our top spec right now — is up to 50% behind the currently overpowered classes. I don’t think it’s reasonable to expect perfect balance in a prepatch like this when most of the balance design is focused on level 100. However, the results for hunters at level 100 are mirroring the level 90 results, just not as dramatically.
My podcasting cohort, Artemishowl, is the one who got Celestalon to spill the beans. I’m just happy things don’t look so hopeless anymore. I was at a point where I was really excited for Warlords in general (and taming all the new pets), but the class itself was becoming worrisome.
Now I’m less concerned about our place among other classes (the OP classes will probably be nerfed), and more concerned about spec inequality. One spec will always be better, that is inevitable, but the gap between Marksmanship and Survival/Beast Mastery right now is too much. Quite simply, BM and SV need buffs!
I am now cautiously optimistic.