Posts Tagged ‘hunter-gear’


WoW Hunter Guide: Patch 4.3 hunter changes

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by Brian Wood


That magical time is almost here – patch 4.3 is just around the corner. No, we don’t yet know for sure when it’s going to land, but we’re expecting it any week now. We’ve been watching and testing on the PTR, and one Tuesday soon, we’ll get to play with all the shiny new changes ourselves … and cross our fingers and hope Blizzard slipped in some kind of awesome undocumented change, like removing elves or shaman from the game.

This week, we’ll be looking into all of the hunter changes that the patch is bringing us. And it’s a good thing we waited until this week too, as we got yet more hunter changes just in the past few days.

None of the hunter changes are huge game-changers this time around. Instead, what we’re seeing is a collection of minor buffs and tweaks to BM and SV in an attempt to bring the specs up closer to MM DPS levels.

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WoW Hunter Guide: Patch 4.3 hunter gear

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by Brian Wood


If there’s one thing gaming geeks like, it’s new toys. Whether it’s a replica Frostmourne, a shiny new set of D&D dice or a sweet lightsaber app for our smartphones, there’s nothing like new toys to get us excited. And the best toy of all for a WoW gamer? New gear!

Patch 4.3 is moving along, and while it’s probably still a bit away, the background downloader is doing its thing and the final content patch of Cataclysm is undeniably coming soon. And that means that it’s time to take a look at the new hunter gear that will soon be available to us!

Join me after the cut for the new Wyrmstalker hunter gear, an endgame gun for real this time, and all the other delightful little toys we’ll get to play with until the pandas come.
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by Brian Wood

We want to be a lot more careful about selecting our ilvl 349 gear than we were with pre-heroic gear. This is the gear that is going to enable us to start killing raid bosses, and in raiding, the small nuances of optimization really start to add up. You absolutely want to enchant and gem this gear with the best possible gems and enchants. You may also want to evaluate your own stat weights using a tool like Zeherah’s DPS Analyzer combined with a hefty dose of logic and common sense. That said, the difference between gear of the same ilvl is smaller than ever, thanks to reforging.

So join me after the cut for the complete list of the best gear we can get outside of raids.

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by Brian Wood

We are going to start by looking at our pre-heroic gear options and save the pre-raid gear for a next Thursday. Unlike WrathCataclysm heroics promise to be actually challenging.

When we first step into the new heroics after reaching level 85, they’ll be much harder thanWrath heroics were when we first hit 80. Heroics will absolutely be wiping groups and giggling madly while doing so, so you don’t want to go into them with just whatever gear you happened to end up with when you finished leveling. In fact, the dungeon finder will have a minimum gear requirement to queue for the heroics (in the beta, it was ilvl 329), so even if you want to be an underperforming anchor to your group, the game won’t let you. (Well, it will — there’s still no cure for idiocy — but it won’t let you in without at least being geared for it.)

So join me after the cut for the massive list of all the gear you’re going to be aiming to collect to start slaughtering heroics. This should help you plan which instances you want to run while leveling and which reputations to pursue.

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WoW Hunter Guide: Gearing up without raids

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by Brian Wood

For every hunter scaling Icecrown Citadel and duking it out over Saurfang’s corpse, there are five more slogging their way through an unending chain of heroics. Sure, those hunters in heroics don’t die nearly as often or spectacularly as the raiders — but they have to tolerate their own pain: death knight tanks and a continuing stream of healers shamefully neglecting their pets.

Regardless of what content we hit, what we all have in common is the pursuit of the best gear we can get. So whether you’re trying to optimize your heroic hunter or building up your gear to start dominating raids, we’ve got you covered today. Join me after the cut as we take a look at some of the best hunter gear available without setting foot in a raid. And you might be surprised by how quickly your hunter can become geared — it only takes a couple of weeks to be raid ready if you’re diligent and prioritizing well!

Where to get the gear

With raids out of the equation, we can get our best hunter gear from several sources, and all of them are heroics. Here’s the breakdown.
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by Eddie Carrington

This week we’re going to start exploring the hunter loot that drops in Trial of the Crusader and Trial of the Grand Crusader. I’m sure we’ll have some spirited debate over the merits of each item. And, I’m pretty sure we’ll see druids mangling their keyboards and rogues will throw in a cheap shot or two over our ability to equip almost anything.

In an effort keep the carnage at a minimum let’s try to keep a few things in mind. We’re only reviewing raid loot and how each item affects your hunter and favorite raiding pet’s performance. Which means, we’re not going to talk about where else to go and get geared. Nor are we going to debate what is and is not considered “Best in Slot” or not. And if you’re looking for PvP alternatives? I promise, we’ll tackle all of those later on in a different guide.

Now if you’re wondering why we’re not talking about what’s over on the PTR for patch 3.3. We’ll make sure and cover all of Icecrown when it’s released. Then head on back to the other Northrend raids and finish up where we left off.

With that said, let’s walk through the swirly portal and head into Trial of the Crusader and it’s heroic sibling Trial of the Grand Crusader.

Introduced in patch 3.2, Trial of the Crusader (TOC) is the normal version, and Trial of the Grand Crusader (TOGC) it’s heroic counterpart. Their purpose is to make sure that all of the heroes heading off to challenge Arthas and his minions in Icecrown are ready. Set with 5 different boss fights: the Beasts of Northrend, Lord Jaraxxus, the Faction Champions, Twin Val’kyr, and finally Anub’arak.

Today we’ll visit the work our way through these feared bosses and look at the gear drops from both the 10 and 25-man Normal and Hard modes. We’ll also look at what is hidden for us in the tribute chests, another feature introduced in TOGC. So let’s get started and see what these guys have to offer. First up, Beasts of Northrend.

Normal 10-Man

Collar of Unending Torment (Horde) / Collar of Ceaseless Torment (Alliance)

Hunter Improvements

  • +11.71 base DPS = (57 Agility + 97 Attack Power) / 14 Damage Per Second
  • +82.98 CSR = (67 Agility * .552 Critical Strike Rating) + 46 CSR, +3.63% Critical Strike = (82.98 CSR/22.08 CSR)
  • +42 Armor Penetration

Pet Improvements

  • +25.65 Stam = 57 Stamina *35%
  • +24.25 AP = 97 Attack Power * 22%
  • +1.73 base DPS = 24.25 AP / 14 DPS
  • +12.125 Spell Power = 97 AP *12.5%

Bracers of the Northern Stalker (Horde) / Armbands of the Northern Stalker (Alliance)

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Hunter Guide: Picking the right hunter loot, part 1

   Posted by: free-wow-guide   in WoW Hunter Guides

by Eddie Carrington

If you’ve played a hunter for any length of time, you’ve heard the mantra that hunters should always, “Stack Hit until capped. Then stack Agility, followed by either Critical Strike or Armor Penetration.” That’s solid advice, but the choices presented really depend on you being Marksmanship or Survival.

Unfortunately, we tend not to explain why or how they help your spec of choice. And forget it if you’re a Beast Master, you might never learn how to improve your pet’s performance to help increase your own raid performance. (Okay, I’ll admit to having a bit of a bias for letting people raid the spec of their choice instead of whatever is today’s maximum dps darling.)

Anyways, let’s take a look at what we call hunter stats and how they impact your hunter.

Hit Rating

Hit rating is probably the single most important stat you need to track as a hunter. So important it’s even one of the few stats that Ghostcrawler has opened up and said hunters would need to stack even in Cataclysm.

You can check WoWWiki and it’ll give a long explanation on how Hit is defined as the percentage chance you will miss a target. I don’t know about you, but talking about reducing your chance of missing as a definition of hit is a bit confusing. So let’s make it a bit simpler.

With each percentage of Hit you achieve, the better the chance you’ll hit your target. Simply put, you can’t hurt it if you can’t hit it. So you stack Hit to make sure you hit the raid bosses.

Also, keep in mind that Hit impacts your pet also. Based on the patch notes of 3.2.0, your pet receives 100% of your hit. Meaning, every 1% below Hit cap the hunter is your pet will be 1% under cap also. So if you’re at 8% Hit, you’re pet will be capped and can’t miss.

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Let’s take a look at the quest rewards of Howling Fjord and Borean Tundra and their attached dungeons, and see what they offer:Amulet

The Worg Fang Talisman is gotten from a set of quests at the Steel Gate in the Howling Fjord: I’ve Got A Flying Machine! For the Alliance, and The Artifacts of Steel Gate for the Horde. With both critical strike rating and stamina, it’s just what a growing Hunter needs. 

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