With my newly-acquired gear equipped, gemmed, and enchanted, I loaded up my quiver and headed out to clean up Naxx25 last night.
I hadn’t gotten around to respeccing yet, as I was away all weekend and my availability Sunday night was up in the air until shortly before raid time. Still, I ran around like a feared squirrel to get myself raid-ready with losing the +hit that I was. We jumped in to demolish the Military quarter first.
Raz went down pretty easily, although the SV hunter bit the dust almost immediately by attacking without waiting for anyone to have aggro on the boss. I bit my lip and praised push-to-talk as he announced over Vent, “Can I get a combat rez?” Yeah, he didn’t get it.
Gothik was a mite touchy and took a wipe to get through. He did, however, drop my pants. I waited for the RL to call for a roll and then typed out the /roll in record time. Then I squeed in delirious joy as the roll resulted in a 100 and a pair of pants in my backpack. It occurred to me briefly that perhaps I should’ve saved my roll for other hunter loot…and then I stopped caring because I wanted those pants, dammit.
The Four Horsemen went down on the first try, but I bit it after the switch to the back two bosses. The switch was underway and then I fell over dead. While I lay dead in a bubbling black void zone, it appears from the WWS that I was actually killed by a single source doing 108,030 holy damage in one blow. Ow.
At least they dropped hunter loot…that no one rolled on! It went to open roll and I came away with a new hat (more on this later). I also started to feel a bit like a loot hog again. ;_;
Then it was time for good ol’ Sapphiron. I suited up in my three-piece frost resist set and snacked on some Worg Tartare for the additional 40 hit. I was a little worried, since even with the food buff my hit was 17 under cap. Seeing the results, though, perhaps I shouldn’t have been concerned at all:
Third! The other three hunters weren’t even in the top five.
We went on to take out Kel’Thuzad after three tries. The first two tries I did fine – the third, I was the first hit with an ice block and received zero heals, dooming me to lay on the floor and watch the rest of the fight. The DK was kind enough to ghoul me so I could thrash at the lich ineffectively before exploding, though!
With Naxx25 thoroughly cleared, we decided to waltz on down to Obsidian Sanctum and see about getting the Less is More achievement on Heroic. Sure enough, things went down pretty smoothly and we happily tucked another accomplishment under our belts last night.
Now, before I move on to talk about other things, here’s the WWS listing for Trash mobs from the two raids:
Eeehehehe. Hehehe. Heeeeee.
Okay, where was I? Oh yes, where things stand now.
With the gear I got last night, that pretty much brings me up to par with the rest of my guild. While I’d been proud of my perfomance in relation to my gear, it’s time that I have to actually step up and excel above the others while rocking similar gear.
Now, with the pants and hat I got last night, I’m at a bit of a crossroads. I’ve gemmed and enchanted both of them, and all that’s left is to make a decision: if I equip the hat, it’ll put me at exactly one point under +hit cap. Buh! I could replace a single gem to give me +hit over the cap, yes. OR I could respec, throw three points into Focused Aim so that I can ditch a bunch of +hit gems for AP or Intellect gems. OR I could just live at one point under +hit cap, with the bare minimum misses possible.
The downside to respeccing for Focused Aim is that it takes away a point I could be keeping in Efficiency. While at the moment we have a SV hunter in the raid, which is nice for slowing down my mana drainage, he’s a spec-of-the-day type of guy and is likely to jump specs depending on what puts out the most dps. Depending on him for mana regen would probably not play out well in the long run if all the hunter specs really do get balanced.
Still, lowering my +hit cap would also give me the freedom to throw a pretty AP enchant on my two-handed weapon, instead of the weapon chain that’s currently there. I think I may go out on a limb and do the respec and pray my mana holds out in the big fights – if not, I’ll need to figure something else out.
But until then…check it out! We may not be the best of the best, but among average raiders, this BM hunter is beating out the SV one, hands-down. And we’ve got a buff coming tomorrow, too!
Hunter (Skills List / Talent + Glyph Calc.)
- Kindred Spirits (Beast Mastery): This talent now grants 20% pet damage at max rank.
- Serpent’s Swiftness (Beast Mastery): This talent now grants 20% pet attack speed at max rank.
- MMO Champion
Should be a good week!