Hunter Guides updated on the WHU

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I have to apologize for the lack of posts here this month. Hopefully the all of the other amazing hunter blogs out there have kept you sated with hunter reading. I've been working on getting things ready for 6.1, which launched yesterday to give us some substantial changes to hunters.

The great news is, before considering the tier 17 set bonuses, all three hunter specs are dead even for single target DPS.  In AoE there's some slights parity, with MM falling a bit behind, but in general, this is the closest we've ever seen the hunter specs.

With the tier bonuses, however, we have a new raiding champion spec in Beast Mastery, which will be providing the greatest Single Target and AoE DPS.  I can't say I'm super excited about having spent the last couple months trying to get as much Multistrike gear as possible, only to have to start switching it out. And after a whole expansion where BM was on top in MoP, I was enjoying playing SV and MM a lot more. I suppose I should be glad that all of the hunter specs are at least viable, though, so I'll try not to complain about BM too much.

My guides (which is what I've been spending most of my time researching) are now updated for each spec, over at the Warcraft Hunters Union.


Beast Mastery
Beast Mastery received the most attention in 6.1, with Focus Fire's buff, so consequently, it's the most changed of guides, but MM is a little bit different now, too.  For any other particulars your curious about, check out all the WHU hunter guides here.


  1. I've always been an advocate of "play the spec you excel and enjoy over the 0.5% advantaged FOTM". I've been sticking with Marks as my primary raid spec since WoD dropped (dabbled with SV for a time) and consistently done better than my fellow SV raiders. While that's a comparison between skill+ilevel of the hunters in my raid team, I take it to also mean I've mastered the Marks spec to the point whereas if I switched to any other spec I would be spending considerable time mastering it while not enjoying the supposed advantage sims show.

    There is a learning curve to maxing each spec, one that I feel is particularly higher for BM over MM, and SV being the easiest (no CD's to manage).

    1. yeah, at this point I think we're definitely at the point where whichever spec you're better at will do better, without the set bonuses the simmed difference was something crazy, like 400 total dps difference from best to worst. I do like BM, I just think it's gotten way too much love lately, and I get tired of being so insanely reliant on RNG. I'll live, though. I'm really curious to see if SV remains overplayed for PvP or if the Chim Shot buff pulls MM back up. hmmm...