Contrary to popular belief!
There are a couple of hunter changes that have happened lately/are going to happen that I figured were worth mentioning. Typically I don’t really consider myself to be a “newsy” sort of site, but then I figured, why the heck not.
Improved weapon damage on ranged weapons item level 226 or higher
Pretty sure this happened last week. What it means is: If you have an Ulduar weapon, a Furious Gladiator’s weapon, or Envoy of Mortality from 25man Kel’Thuzad, your DPS has just gone up by about 30, and you didn’t have to do anything. Snazzy, no?
Hunter’s Mark: The ranged attack power bonus from this ability has been increased from 300 to 500.
This is coming up in the next patch, which means it hasn’t gone live yet. Since every hunter should be using Hunter’s Mark, this is basically an extra 200 attack power for you. One small buff for a hunter, one giant… er, yeah. You know what I miss though, is Hunter’s Mark also applying to melee (aka your pet) if you took Improved Hunter’s Mark. I was a staunch IHM loyalist who always always took it over Efficiency pre-WotLK. WTB oldschool Improved Hunter’s Mark, PST. Still, this may just be a small buff like the previous one, but it’s a buff nonetheless. Thanks Blizz!
Master Marksman: This talent now also decreases the cost of Aimed Shot and Chimera Shot by 5/10/15/20/25%.
And it came to pass that the Marksmen did rejoice and offer up their prayers of gratitude on this holy day. =P Doesn’t affect us Beast Masters, but much congrats to my Marksmen brothers and sisters. <3 This, like the Hunter's Mark change, is coming up in the next patch. This one may not be huntery, but if you haven't heard the news yet, druids are getting an overhaul of cat/bear form in the next content patch (which means it’s still a ways away). Well we all know that mine’s a tree (4 life! though my moonkin dualspec is surprisingly very fun, and doing more DPS than my similarly-leveled hunter /cough), but I’m still excited about this. Gonna jump on the bandwagon here and say I’m looking forward to the tauren cat options…
That’s all I’ve heard so far on hunter buffs. Pike’s thoughts? Heck, I’ll take ’em. The great part for me is that they are here because hunter DPS in Ulduar is supposedly low. But since I’ve yet to run Ulduar, my usual position as ichiban DPS in Naxx is just getting further solidified with this, and hey, I’m nooooot complaining! >.>
By the way, if you liked hearing my take on “hunter news”, let me know, and I’ll cover it more often in the future. Speak now or forever hold your peace. *nods*