I kept starting and stopping a variety of posts because I’d find something to write about but it wouldn’t be enough for a full post. So, today, a stew of all those ingredients.
There are new quest achievements that are obtainable through the new Hyjal and Molten Front dailies, so keep them in mind if you’re into that sort of thing.
The change to this talent hurts, especially for MM. And, sadly, it does nothing to discourage us from starting DPS as soon as we can get away with it. It is still, frankly, a perverse incentive, but one that we just have to deal with as best we can. As before, the strategy for MM is to fire as many hardcast Aimed Shots as possible during the CA range. If you are using a Cunning pet for its raid buff, make sure to keep Roar of Recovery off autocast so you can trigger it duing the CA range (macroing it to Rapid Fire certainly works, since they’re both on 3min cooldowns as MM).
Getting Around in the Molten Front
A lot of the new pets are at the north end of The Furnace in the Molten Front. The thing is, there’s deadly fire, open air and cliff faces surrounding that whole sub-zone. The trick to getting to the spawns without dying is to hug the western cliff edge on your way past the fire.
The Lava Bolt Crossbow is a tempting buy but its droprate suggests to me that the smart move is to wait for it to go down in price, at least on high population servers. Firelands trash runs will remain popular for quite some time owing to the rep gains (think ICC trash runs), ensuring that the supply of the crossbows will be steady. The undercutting on the AH should only increase as guilds get further into the Firelands and market saturation increases. Mind you, this is just a prediction on my part, not a guarantee. On a personal note, I find it sad that the crossbow makes a gun sound, as if was designed to taunt dwarves with every shot fired (QQ, I know).
I’ll mention this again below, but keep in mind that the ilvl 358 PVP gear is now craftable. This should make it even easier for alts and new toons to reach the required item levels for heroic dungeons. Of course, you can also just subvert the system by keeping high level items of any sort for a given slot in your bags. You can even take a profitable loan from the AH in the sense that you can buy BoEs, keep them in your bags without equipping them to hit the required average item level, and then sell them off at a markup when you don’t need them anymore.
I came across this guy while wandering around The Molten Front. He was surrounded by corpses and so, naturally, I thought “let’s do this!” I quickly hit Wowhead for some taming advice and then managed to get him on my first try. I agro’d him from one of the floating rock platforms in between The Furnace and Fireplume Peak (he pats along the western and northern edges of The Furnace). I used the rock platform so he couldn’t melee me and I used Tame Beast to agro him because I didn’t want to risk an evade bug. When he began to cast his first “you die now, chump” dot I stopped my channeling and popped Deterrence to avoid it and immediately started the tame again. There’s just enough time to finish the tame between his casts this way. I didn’t use any haste buffs, though they would assumedly give the tame more room for error.
Incidentally, if you want a fire spider but don’t want to rely on camping or random chance, there are tameable yellow and red fire spiders hanging around The Widow’s Clutch in the Molten Front. This is disappointing I’m sure to the hunters who’ve tamed Skitterflame and Anthriss, the tame challenges that share the same skins as these normal mobs.
I can’t say that I’m a fan of the new stance changes, but, well, what can you do? I’ve taken to just keeping my pet on Passive and using my /petattack macro for every target switch. I’ve found this to be particularly necessary in PVP where the new Assist and Defensive stances can make my pet helpful in the way Mimsy is helpful. That is, they cause my pet to try hard but not in ways that are useful given the amount and kinds of target switching that PVP requires.
Remember that if your pet macros get too long with all the different autocast settings that you might want for various pets, you can chain macros together by telling one macro to `click’ on another with the /click command. For more on that, check out the macro guide here. Note that you can’t get around the GCD by chaining macros.
Check your trainers and recipe-sellers for new recipes. A new round of PVP gear is ready to craft, including Inscription relics and Bloodthirsty cloaks. I believe that any of the old intro-level pvp recipes that were already known have been automatically replaced with the ilvl 358 recipes in player profession windows. This is a nice touch on Blizzard’s part that will save crafters from having to buy new recipes every season.
While it’s tempting to buy up those new BoE recipes from the Firelands, it’s worth remembering that the Living Embers required for the new recipes will potentially making crafting costs prohibitive in the short term. Blizzard’s decision to not make the Embers purchasable with Valor almost ensures that you will not see many Embers up on the AH for the foreseeable future. Guilds who acquire Embers will very likely be holding onto them for some time to craft gear for their own raiders.
As stated above, Bloodthirsty PVP gear (blue season 9 set gear) is now craftable. They’re something to consider for incoming pvpers who want to speed up their rate of acquiring resilience, especially given the still-present 2piece set bonuses.
Blizzard messed up their plans for the CP->HP conversion, so I’d like to apologize to anyone who followed my tip from a previous post and stacked Honor up to the cap thinking their CP would converted rather than lost.
I surely didn’t notice everything there was to notice about 4.2. Do you have any additional tips for your fellow hunters? If so, please leave them in a comment below.