Thursday, February 5, 2009

Explosive Shot Stealth Nerfed

Explosive Shot is now [RAP * 0.14 + 428] - [RAP * 0.14 + 516] (according to reports).

Explosive Shot was [RAP * 0.16 + 428] - [RAP * 0.16 + 516].

It basically boils down to an 8-10% nerf to Explosive Shot, and in turn a 3-5% nerf to Survival Hunter damage. 

Even with this nerf, Survival Hunters should still be the best PvE spec in terms of maximum personal damage, but the lead is narrowing: 5% better than Marksmanship and 7% better than Beast Mastery (theoretically).

Post from Ghostcrawler confirming Explosive Shot stealth nerf:

We made a hotfix recently to lower the coefficient of Explosive Shot. Sorry we didn't get a chance to announce the change ahead of time. We don't typically do patch notes for hotfixes so we don't have a system in place to always broadcast these before they happen.

We are in the process of making some changes to get damage done more in parity (in PvP and PvE). If there are other classes far ahead of you on the damage meters, chances are good they will see some nerfs to their damage soon too.

Overall, we are trying to make changes in a more timely manner so that players won't feel like they are stuck with a bug or other issue forever. We won't be able to get every issue fixed overnight, but it's a start. 
Some of the Hunter 3.1 class changes are going to be announced very soon.  I am looking forward to see where our class is headed.

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