MMO-Champion mined out what Hunter Tier 13 is going to look like, and found a bunch of spell “changes” for us. They also found some items that will be dropping, which is just a tad exciting.
So let’s start with Tier 13. First off, I’m willing to bet that the MMO-Champion shots don’t do it any justice. It looks like it would be far cooler in the shots that Blizzard has provided for other class previews. The three colors are likely this: Raid Finder, Normal, and Heroic versions — purple being the heroic version (kind of like T10 was). The set clearly pays homage to being a dragon slayer. The breastplate looks very much like Deathwing’s chest, and the shoulders/helm seem to be young dragon skulls. I might not transmogrify this — even after all that work to put together the old sets.
MMO Champion has also mined out some spell “changes” for Hunters, but they’re really not changes at all. They’re tooltip fixes for the most part.
- Cobra Shot now has a 2 sec cast time, up from 1.5 sec.
So here’s where we’re at:
Cobra Shot, Aimed Shot, Steady Shot, and Chimera Shot are not changing. This is a tooltip fix, not a change to how those shots work/do damage.
All of the AP boosting abilities are getting the same change. They are granting melee 20%, while range continues to get 10%. This does not change how we are buffed by any of the AP buffs, nor will it change our DPS.
In the official 4.3 patch notes, there are no changes other than Trueshot Aura for Hunters — which means either A. they’re totally fine with hunter DPS as it is, or B. (which is hopefully more likely) that they haven’t gotten there yet. My hope is that they find a better scaling balance for Survival, and give Beastmastery a bit of a buff to keep up with the other two specs.
Here’s a list of the items datamined from MMO-Champion. It’s worth noting that hunters will have the option for a Gun or a Crossbow it looks like. (Cue Dwarven hunters rejoicing)
For those of you who are non-combat pet collectors as well, there are some new ones and changes that can be found here, at Warcraft Pets.
All of this information has been mined off of the PTR, and as it is the PTR, all of it can and will change prior to release.
What are your first thoughts about all the news that’s come out? Exciting? Boring? Are you stoked to punch Deathwing in the face? Let down? Tell me in the comments!