Hunter loot post incoming!
I haven’t spoken about it all that much, but for at least the last month, I’ve had two main playtime objectives;
- Run Karazhan with my Hunter
- Play my brand new Shaman alt
My Shaman is, as of this writing, level 35 and parked in the Inn in Southshore to rebuild some rested XP. I’m leveling Enhancement all the way, with Skinning/Leatherworking (with an eye towards crafted gear at 80), but I intend this to be a fully specced Healer at 80.
I’ve been running Karazhan with my Hunter, because my Priest and Druid are pretty much as maxed out as they’re going to get, and therefore are held in reserve to help out. Why take a tank spot with my Druid when there are plenty of other people that want to play their tanks in Kara? Why take a Priest ranged DPS when I could take a Hunter ranged DPS?
Except for Moroes, of course. I still bring Windburn on Moroes, for the extra Shackle. And for those rare occasions we don’t already have a Priest in the group, to do a quick Fort buff and swap back out.
But yes, I’ve played in Karazhan on my Hunter quite a bit, and I’ve had a lot of fun. I’ve smoothed out a lot of my mistakes, and I think I provide pretty decent ranged DPS, plus the fun of Misdirects and Traps.
Now, you might think that, having me along as a Hunter would be a bad thing. After all, I have a low and evil sense of humor.
Fortunately, so does everyone else in the guild, so we’re good. When I see we are waiting on someone to enter the instance, for example, I don’t really think it’s out of character for my to throw Misdirect on our Mage and then open fire at the elite Spiders in the room right off the front door. Keeps ’em on their toes.
Damn spiders go into evasion as soon as they leave the cellars, anyway. They don’t cause more than a second or two of panic. .:sigh:.
Last week, I had a moment of ‘whoops’ that had me feeling bad for a moment, because it caused a complete wipe. Truly a Huntard move.
The first pull on the way to Attumen that has a single wandering Healer that comes in and out of the group. Think it’s like the third actual pull, not counting the pat.
The healer mob got marked with Skull… and I still had it targeted, even after it wandered away from the group, when the tank pulled the X and Green Triangle horsies. I sent my pet, and tab-targeted the X to Misdirect onto the tank, help out with some threat generation before switching back to main tank target… and then thought to wonder, “Hey, where the hell is Moonclaw going? He ran right past the horses… OH SHIT!”
Moonclaw happily ran after the Skull I had originally targeted. Who was, at that time, saying high to the group out of sight in the other room. It never came with the pull.
That’s fine. So the pet went, and as long as it dies there, it’s all good, right?
I made a worse mistake, though. I had just seen Moonclaw’s tail disappear through the arch, and I tried to recover from my mistake by hitting ‘Follow’ on the pet control bar… telling my pet that he had new orders, to get his furry tail back to me, NOW!
And come running back he did… and he brought friends! Lots of friends.
I had a moment to consider telling it to ‘Stay’… and then I decided, “Hey… why not let nature run it’s course?”
I kept quiet, as the new crowd came out of nowhere to pound us into Kibbler’s Bits.
After the momentary shock and awe of reacting to our new friends, and a quick graveyard run back, someone coughed and mentioned something about Huntards… I have no idea who they could have been talking about.
Remember, runs aren’t always about success. At least, not this close to WotLK when no one is really stressing about Kara anymore. Sometimes, a galactically awesome failure has entertainment value all it’s own.
On the plus side, this run brought me a new toy. A reward for my stellar performance!
And I caused it to happen. I manipulated the loot gods to get my toy to drop. It was by my will that the loot happened!
See, I didn’t plan on sacrificing my raid to the loot gods to get my drop. That was just a fortunate stroke of luck. I would have planned on it, if the thought had occured to me. Now that I know that works, I’ll keep it in mind for Naxxramas.
No, what I did was entice the loot gods by giving them cause to make me cry for wasted gold.
I’ve been running with the Ornate Khorium Rifle for a very long time. I’ve had other gear upgrades over time, got some nice pretties, but as far as my weapon, I’ve used that gun exclusively since I crafted it after dinging 70.
I had determined, early on, that my Hunter was 100% guns. Aside from the first level or three, where I had no choice, I have been guns. Big happy bang-bangs.
- Gun skill: 350
- Bow skill: 19
- Crossbow skill: 0
I am damn proud of those numbers. Shows commitment. Dedication. Close-mindedness. Wait, what?
Anyway, I had set myself to only using Guns. And I didn’t want to fart around with just any old upgrade.
I wanted the big mamma jamma. I wanted the Wolfslayer Sniper Rifle.
I still do. For the stats? Screw the stats. I think it is the neatest looking damn gun in the entire game.
So when I started running Karazhan, I never really cared if anything else dropped, I was sniffing around for the Wolfslayer.
Well, I’m still sniffing. R&J seems to be the Opera event we see the most. And the Masquerade Gown the loot that drops the most. No worries, other folks have waited on drops a lot longer than me, and I don’t NEED it, I just would love to get it.
But I finally caved in to the inevitable, realised it wasn’t going to drop, so exactly a week ago I went ahead and dropped 900 gold on a good alternative to a Kara gun drop; the Don Santos’ Famous Hunting Rifle.
Thanks to my Icon of Unyielding Courage, I have Hit Rating to burn, so the lack of stats didn’t bother me too much. And at least it looked neat as it fired!
So I armed myself with Don Santos, and then we did a Kara run. And I told Cassie, “I betcha we’ll see some weapons drop now! I can’t wait to get to opera! BBW for sure!”
So of course we get R&J, and the Masquerade Gown drops.
We finished going on to Curator, downed him, and then decided to pick up Attumen and call it a night. Goofiness was the order of the night. We were pretty much just being silly. We even went and did Maiden, and wiped like three times? Four? I can’t remember, I just know we kept trying different things to give it a whack, move outside our comfort zone a little.
Anyway, as I’d mentioned before, the last order of business for the night was smacking Attumen around.
So of course, Attumen drops the Steelhawk Crossbow.
Now, that was mean. Give a weapon drop, but don’t make it the gun.
I was the only Hunter along that could use it, so it’s not like I could have passed on it to Blusummer’s Hunter alt that just hit 70, or any other Hunter, like I would have. Wulfa was there as Hunter lead, but she has long had the Sunfury Bow of the Phoenix. She certainly didn’t need it.
So I took it, and I was grateful for the drop. The crossbow looks really neat, and has better DPS and nice stats and an excellent speed for weaving my Steady Shots. I weave them myself with the aid of Quartz Cast Timer, I don’t use a macro.
It is, in all respects, a quality weapon any starting Hunter would be proud to own.
It wasn’t a gun.
So, two things.
First, I now had to go get myself some arrows and a Quiver. And that meant getting a Quiver of a Thousand Feathers. I had the blue quality Ammo Pouch, so I wasn’t going to replace it with a green quiver. Moar money gone!
And that also meant I had a Crossbow Skill of zero. Might want to look into that.
So I did what any self-respecting Hunter would do.
I traveled to the Blasted Lands, and faced off on a Servant of Razelikh (who are invulnerable until you destroy the crystal that they are close to) and leveled my Crossbow skill up to 350. I just left my pet on Growl and auto-attack, threw the occasional Mend Pet out there, and plinked away. Read a book while I waited, glanced up every now and then to throw another Mend Pet.
Word to the wise; if you have a Weapon Skill you need to level, do it before the next patch release. They are changing things so that you can no longer gain Weapon Skill fighting these guys.
Anyway, I now have a Crossbow.
I feel… dirty.