Friday, May 29, 2009
Hunters are recieving two more buffs since the Ranged Weapon hotfix. Hunter's Mark is going from 300 to 500 and the talent Master Marksman is now also affecting Aimed and Chimera Shot (mana wise).
These changes will cause each tree to gain a somewhat different amount of DPS:
Marksmanship: +196 DPS
Survival: +148 DPS
Beast Mastery: +79 DPS
These changes have minimal affect on PvP since Hunter's Mark is usually instantly dispelled and costs mana and a GCD; however, the mana changes should help Marksmanship slightly in PvP.
It is unfortunate that the Beast Mastery tree continues to fall further behind since Hunter's Mark does not help out a pets damage at all. Unless blizzard decides to buff the Beast Mastery tree in some way, I see even less BM Hunters in the future (not that I see many in the present).
Here is the update in DPS for each Hunter Tree come 3.1.3 (25 man raid, with my gear and talents as mentioned in each Tree page on this site):
Beast Mastery: +6211
Marksmanship and Survival are neck and neck, while BM is left behind, especially since if a BM Hunter loses their pet, their DPS plummets.
Posted by David at 5/29/2009 08:17:00 PM