- Draw parallels between the two specs you’re swapping between.
- Set up your UI where it’s pretty close between the two specs and what order you’ll be hitting the buttons.
- Practice on a target dummy
First thing’s first, learn the rotations of both specs, and compare the two — how they’re similar, how they’re different.
For MM (mob below 90%)
- Ensure Serpent Sting is on the target (assuming you have the Marked for Death talent, otherwise make sure HM is up too)
- Kill Shot (when mob below 20%)
- Chimera Shot every time it’s up
- Aimed Shot (every time the Fire! proc happens)
- Arcane Shot (as a focus dump)
- Steady Shot
- Ensure Hunters Mark and Serpent Sting is on the target
- Kill Shot (when mob below 20%)
- Explosive Shot every time it’s up
- Black Arrow every time it’s up
- During Lock n’ Load procs, cycle Explosive Shot and Cobra Shot until proc is used.
- Cobra Shot (refreshing Serpent Sting)
There’s a button you push constantly to fill in where you can’t push anything else. In your UI, you’ll likely want that to be the same button between both specs. In my UI, you’ll see Serpent Sting in the same place, and Cobra Shot and Steady shot interchangeably placed. So for the most part, regardless of what spec I’m in, I tend to start the same way.
In my MM UI, you’ll see Aimed Shot take the 2 key since it’s going to be something I now use very frequently — and I don’t have to apply Hunter’s Mark. It’s there, and within reach, but not something I push regularly, so it’s not key bound. Chimera Shot takes the 3 position with Arcane on the 4 button. Given that the Grave key (the button to the left of 1 is my push to talk key) I tend to stay on 12345, and use my Naga mouse to fill in the rest. Kill Shot is macro’d into my Steady Shot, as well as Cobra Shot, so I hardly ever have to hit that button – regardless of spec.
In my SV UI, HM is on 2 because otherwise I’ll forget to apply it, putting Explosive Shot on 3, and Black Arrow on 4, but largely the button pushing remained the same as my MM set up. So realistically, the proc difference between the two specs for what button I push is just one button off (moving from 3, back to 2 to MM)
So continuing to learn how to teach yourself a new spec, it’s all about muscle memory. That’s where you spend plenty of time refining your shot priorities to make sure your muscles can switch between the two. I tend to try to push myself on a target dummy to 10-million damage done, and then write down the DPS reported by Recount. Clearly not the most scientific way, but it works. Keep running it between the two specs — you’ll get better the more you do it. Once you’re satisfied with those numbers, the hard part begins. Create yourself a World of Logs account, and start running combat logs when you’re working on a target dummy. You’ll want to go through there and analyze the data. Look at how you did, and find ways you can optimize your shots. You’ll find areas you messed up your rotations, it happens, just learn from it and move on.
I made a video to show how my specs differ while running on a target dummy, if you need a bit more of a visual demonstration, this is it.
I know everyone has their own little tricks to learning faster. What are yours?