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Everyone is well aware that back during the previous expansion, Wrath of the Lich King, Marksman and Survival were the hunter specs to be for Heroic Dungeons and Raiding. Well look out Rangers and Survivalists! You’ll be seeing a lot more Spirit Beasts and Corehounds making the scene!
Yes, that’s right. Beast Mastery is no longer the ‘lowbie/leveling spec’. Blizzard has gone above and beyond to ensure the hunter specs are generally evened out. As detailed by Scattered Shots, Survival still currently has the best AOE while Marksman can hold high standards for Single Targets.
Beast Mastery is not last place, however. They are in fact a middle ground for the two. The Beast Master hunter brings perks to the raid, which the other specs cannot. Exotic pets have not one, but TWO special abilities to bring to your groups.
For example, lack a shaman or a mage? The Corehound’s Ancient Hysteria has you covered, acting just like Time Warp and Heroism/Bloodlust. Paladin gone missing? Druid no where in sight? Fear not, the mighty Shale Spider’s Embrace of the Shale Spider will take care of Kings. A priest disappeared? The Silithid can buff your stamina with Qiraji Fortitude. These are just a few examples of how the Beast Master can help out your groups.
Of course, if all of these are covered, the Beast Master may bring any pet they desire. Devilsaurs have an excellent Critical Strike buff (Terrifying Roar), as well as a debuff (Monstrous Bite) to help take down those pesky bosses that like to heal themselves. Spirit Beasts are like bringing along a pocket healer with their Spirit Mend ability, where they can lend a helping hand … er … paw or claw, rather, when a player or itself gets too low on health.
All in all, Beast Mastery is now a very viable raiding spec and no longer the low-spec-on-the-totem-pole. Raid Leaders that may be reading this, do not judge the hunter by his or her spec.
For hunters reading this, would you like to give it a whirl? Fantastic! Warcraft Hunters Union’s Hunter Guides are the perfect guides to follow. They have specs you can work with as well as gear guides, and gemming/enchanting guides. They also have plenty of explanations on certain stats to help you understand why we need them. I’ve found them to be incredibly helpful.
Elitist Jerks is an okay guide but they tend to confuse people newer to the hunter class and their specs due to a lot of theorycrafting and mathematics involved. For those who prefer that sort of guide, the Elitist Jerks version may be more up your alley.
The bond between a beast and his/her master is an incredible thing. Now hunters can enjoy the Beast Mastery spec the way it was meant to be enjoyed. No longer will a true Beast Master be forced to play a spec they don’t enjoy.
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I may not raid myself, but anything that let’s hunters play with the pet they love best has a big thumbs up from me.