4.06 Marksman Refresher

Morynne —  February 10, 2011 — 2 Comments

4.06 happily put Marksmanship back on top!

Now that some of us have gone Survival, it’s worth talking about how we’re going to adjust going back to Marksmanship.

Now, your build for raiding should look something like this: 8 / 31 / 2 or 0 / 31 / 10 (if you want to be more trap-friendly)

Now, how do I maximize my DPS?

Shot priority my friends!

In doing a little research last night, I found that the amount of damage that Aimed Shot is doing is nearly worth working it into your standard shot rotation (even without the proc) — which is a little surprising.

When a fight begins, you clearly want to put up Hunter’s Mark and Serpent Sting on your target… beyond that, you should have a rotation similar to the following:

  • Chimera Shot
  • Aimed Shot (with cast timer in the first 20% of the boss fight, procs after that)
  • Arcane Shot
  • Steady Shot (typically done x2)

Notice anything? Kill Shot is missing.  As it stands right now, Kill Shot is doing less damage than Aimed Shot.  Do I think you need to drop it from your rotation entirely? Absolutely not.

Kill Shot needs to remain in your rotation for the last 20% of the boss, and the rest of your abilities are on cooldown.  I would prioritize Chimera Shot and Aimed Shot over Kill Shot for the time being though, until Aimed Shot inevitably gets nerfed.

And remember, in the first 20% of the fight, you’ll likely want to leave Arcane Shot out of your rotation because you’re getting so much more damage out of your Steady Shot and Aimed Shot from your Piercing Shots and Careful Aim talent.

With 4.06, don’t forget that you’re able to Auto Shot on the run now! There should be minimal DPS loss in your rotation now on movement heavy fights, and if you’re focus starved — don’t forget you have Aspect of the Fox that will let you regenerate some focus moving too.

Good luck!


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Morynne is an avid hunter, and prefers Marksmanship. She has co-hosted the Hunting Party Podcast, and appeared on the Twisted Nether Blogcast. For more information, click here.

2 responses to 4.06 Marksman Refresher

  1. I played around last night on the Twin Dragons fight with MM over SV. I was still doing significantly less with MM, but I think its based on my shot priority. I also noticed that Aimed even with the cast time was worth it. Really worth it!!!

    I am thinking from now on I am going to just run in Fox all the time on any fight that is not a straight on pewpewpew, i.e. Lootaloth.

    Thanks Morynne!!!

  2. Yesterday I've done Omnitron and Chimaeron in MM (Magmaw and Maloriak are still SV fights). My DPS was a lot better when I threw Arcane totally out of my rotation and just kept spamming Aimed. It was pretty much like that (after HM & SrS): 2xSteady, Aimed, 2xSteady, Chimera. Really easy and effective IMO.

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