Despite my absence from this blog (and Twitter, etc.) I want you to know I’m still around. I’m still playing WoW when I get the time and I’m still raiding. My absence from the community is hard to explain without getting too personal. It boils down to some heavy stuff happening IRL and not having the time (or desire) to do any of this right now. It started as a world-turned-upside-down kind of thing that now maybe isn’t quite as bad as originally feared. A rough road ahead. So I’m sorry to say, but right now there’s no energy for this stuff. WoW is still a happy distraction that I wouldn’t give up though.
I’m still enjoying Legion quite a bit, still loyally playing BM spec for everything, and still doing quite well in any content I tackle. Now that I finally have all 3 golden traits I am much less motivated to grind out the Artifact Power. I used to not leave a scrap of it on the table, but now I’ll quite happily let some of those world quests expire. Grinding hard for Titan’s Thunder felt worthwhile, but grinding hard to get an extra 0.2% DPS a couple of days earlier than I would have (if I didn’t grind) isn’t very appealing at this point.
I don’t even really have much to complain about for BM in terms of DPS. There’s a little buff coming in 7.1 with Stomp, which is nice. Even without that I feel pretty capable in most situations. Single target is quite nice once you get all 3 golden traits, with the only real weakness being spread AoE. Even then, it’s not that bad. Like I said in my last post, if more Hunters were playing BM right now you’d see it higher up on the logs (since most of the “good” Hunters are playing MM). And in M+ I still can’t tell you how useful it is to always be a source of blood lust and battle rez. Man, I better stop before I turn into some kind of BM evangelist. All I’m trying to say is no Hunter should question themselves if they want to play it in any part of the game.
One thing I was hoping for was for some talent adjustments. Chimaera Shot and Dire Frenzy need to be either buffed or redesigned, IMO.
How about those Survival buffs on the PTR? I think Survival is looking pretty nice in 7.1. It might be worth another look if you’re on the fence, especially once Artifact Knowledge is high and it’s trivial to get that weapon going. I somewhat changed my opinion on it after all the comments on my last post from die-hard melee Hunters who are loving the spec. It may not be immediately apparent that people are playing Survival, but they exist and they’re pretty passionate about it. And now they get lots of sweet, sweet buffs.
Stepping away from Hunters, I think one of the main systems I’m still not too happy with are the legendaries. In today’s Q&A, Watcher reiterated that they like the idea of excitement and surprise when a legendary drops randomly. I’d argue that it feels more like relief than excitement. And relief is often the best case scenario, as sometimes getting one can just be pure disappointment. What if one finally drops, and you get that CC ring or absorb neck? Admittedly, they’re cool items by themselves, but compared to class-specific legendaries they are not what you want to reset your bad luck protection timer with, am I right?
I received my Prydaz fairly early on and still wish it was a Roar of the Seven Lions or Apex Predator’s Claw. At this point I just hope my second one — whenever it decides to drop — isn’t the CC ring. Please, RNGesus. Anything but that.
I wouldn’t be against some kind of system where you could take a legendary and like 100 Blood of Sargeras or 100,000 gold, and use that to roll a new random one. Give it a 30-day cooldown or something if you have to. It would just be nice to have another shot every once in a while to get a good legendary. I don’t want to sound like I’m complaining too much since lots of you don’t have one at all, but you’ll know what I’m talking about if your first one is one that you didn’t really want.
So, what else? Patch 7.1 in less than 2 weeks! Damn. I’m excited to run Karazhan and the new raid. There’s also some really freakin’ cool mechanical pets coming in that patch. And despite what I said earlier, I still want to try to get a guide up for the Arachnodrones before 7.1 launch because these are definitely the coolest mechs yet, and it should be a fairly quick post.
Well, that’s it for now. Posts will be sparse at least for the next month or two, and I may even have to miss the Hunting Party Podcast during that time, but maybe things will be better closer to the holidays. To those of you going to BlizzCon, I hope you have an amazing time. I’ll be watching the virtual ticket as always.