Ghostcrawler has given us a snapshot of who is getting which buff and debuff in Mists of Panderia, and Hunters are getting a couple of nice ones! …..and one kinda ordinary one… *cough*
Effect: +10% melee and ranged attack power (which will be the same value again)
Example: Battle Shout
Brought by: Any death knight, any hunter, any warrior
Effect: +5% ranged, melee, and spell critical chance
Example: Leader of the Pack
Brought by: Guardian and Feral druids, any hunter, any mage
Effect: -25% healing received
Example: Mortal Strike
Brought by: Arms or Fury warrior, any rogue, any hunter
Ok, so it looks like the Marksman talent Trueshot Aura is going spec wide, and the wolf crit buff Furious Howl is getting baked in too! This will be great, because it looks like Blessing of Might might be going… maybe? But, uh, seriously? That last one looks a hell of a lot like Widow Venom to me. I seriously hope not. Last year when they did the whole “Tell us what you think about your class” thing, widow venom was one of the most complained about talents for hunters. I hope this means that they’ve heard our moaning and are improving it. Please oh please let them just make it part of Hunter’s Mark, I don’t want a short duration debuff to watch unless it’s automatically applied.
And to top it off…
We are still likely to use the design that hunters, especially Beastmaster hunters, can fill in for missing buffs or debuffs by using certain pets.
Woot! I like what I see here! The fact that we’re still able to fulfil the role of buff vending machine with our pets is great, that’s something I really like about our class. I makes me feel useful and important, so I hope they follow through with that. The list above is a big shake up though, with the 5% crit buff being innate to our class means that they are going to be making changes to which pet brings which buff; that buff is currently brought by wolves and devilsaurs, so either we’re going to see a replacement buff from them, or they’re shaking up the whole system. My money’s on the latter. It’ll be cool too see what they come up with.
One great thing is that we don’t share any of our buffs with Monks. This is a very good thing. I’d expect pretty much every raid to be carrying at least one Monk, probably more. If history is anything to go by (think Death Knights in WotLK) the Monks will be quite strong to start out with, and many raids will benefit greatly from having at least one in it, either tanking, healing, or DPSing. If we have buffs they don’t have we’re more valuable. I’m glad they’ll still need a hunter.