If you’ve been raiding for awhile, you’ve heard the term pre-potting. What does it mean? Well, it means you chug a class-appropriate potion right before the pull, so you can get a second potion during the fight.
Here’s how I do it. We have a countdown to pull from 5. At 5, I cast Misdirection on the tank. At 2, I chug my Potion. At 1, the boss is engaged, and I hit Rapid Fire as well, getting the most of that potion. If you’re Marksman, make sure you use Readiness and get your second Rapid Fire in.
In Wrath, the pre-pot of choice for hunters was the Potion of Speed, which still may be useful for some hunters depending on their amount of haste. The real choice for Cataclysm hunters, regardless of spec, is the Potion of the Tol’vir.
Why that one?
Agility equates to about 2 attack power, and ~325 Agi works out to about 1% crit. Crit being the awesome stat that it is, is something that is desired by every single hunter spec. The Hunting Party Podcast recently talked to Ask Mr. Robot and Zaherah about stat weighting and reforging going into more depth. Sadly that episode was lost, but the notes are available at the above link.
So I should pre-pot for every fight?
No. Pre-potting should be done where there is nothing preventing you from going all-out at the beginning of the fight.
Past fights where it makes sense:
- High Warlord Naj’entus
- Deathbringer Saurfang
Current fights where it makes sense:
- Halfus Wyrmbreaker (for the drakes)
- Magmaw (only if you’re not kiting parasites)
- Maloriak (careful, if DPS is too good, this can be problematic)
- Chimaeron (careful, if DPS is too good, this can be problematic)
- Majordomo Staghelm
Current fights where pre-potting makes no sense:
- Beth’tilac – As soon as you pull, she retreats to the web — wasting your potion. You should be using distracting shot mostly at the beginning anyway.
- Shannox (optional) – It depends on how you’re doing the fight. If your raid doesn’t mind a dog going down super fast, do it. If it’s a more controlled approach, hold off.
- Lord Rhyolith – his legs don’t need the extra DPS at the beginning.
- Alsyrazor (optional) – If you’re confident you won’t waste the potion after getting knocked back, do it. DPS your heart out.
By no means is this law. There are countless more fights out there that can benefit from pre-potting, and you should use your better judgement.
The questions you need to ask yourself are:
- Is there one target I’m going to be killing for the next 25 seconds?
- Will my extra DPS create risks for the raid?
- If I pull threat, am I quick with feign death?
- Is this a control fight or a burn fight? (Burn fights tend to be more pre-pot friendly)