Written byProfessor Prime

BlizzCon 2013 – Hunters and Professions

So as I’ve talked about on and off, they are doing some major changes with professions which I’m really thrilled about. The big news for me is the whole player housing feature they are adding, which allows you to have access to professions and they are going to make it so professions are fun again and not just a stats stick as they are for most players.

As I’ve talked about with the new Garrison we’re getting. You’re going to be able to have access to other professions you don’t have but are limited. You’ll be able to gather using your followers, which means you won’t have to farm anymore and this can happen while you’re not login.

No details about it yet but they have stated they are going to work on making professions fun again and not just being a stats stick your character has. I can’t wait honestly

New Hunter Talents

Bola Shot
30 Focus, 40 yd range
Fires a bola at the target, which wraps around them. After 1 sec, it explodes, dealing 3000 Fire damage to them, and an additional 2000 Fire damage to all enemies within 5 yards.
Replaces Arcane Shot.

40 yd range
2.77 sec cast
Requires Ranged Weapon
Carefully line up the perfect shot, dealing 150% weapon damage. Generates 60 Focus.
Cannot be cast while moving.
Replaces Steady Shot and Cobra Shot.
Beast Mastery & Survival
Also refreshes Serpent Sting.
Also triggers Steady Focus.

With or Without You
Beast Mastery (Versatility)
Increases the effect of your pet’s Combat experience to 70% increased damage. Your pet now gains the following abilities, regardless of spec:
Spiked Collar
Blood of the Rhino
Great Stamina
Boar’s Speed
Marksmanship & Survival (Lone Wolf)
Increases all damage dealt by 30% when you don’t have a pet active.

They sound really cool but I’m not going to try to talk too much about it because honestly they’ll change by the time we get to beta and even then we’ll see more changes. But for the sake of having them here for the future to see what could have been. I will note however when I saw the trailer, seeing a hunter attacking in close combat with no pet, sort of gave me the feeling they are pushing for one of the specs to be a no pet spec of a sort and another to be a tank. Which I’m okay with as long as we have the tools that all other tanks have.

I’m hoping we get some updates on some of the changes to Hunters and how they’ll affect the class. Some of those little bugs and things we all want to see happen. Like being able to be awesome. I’m also hoping to see something along the lines of a new profession, but maybe in another life.

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