Hi folks, today you’re going to get a primer on how a hit capped raiding hunter can rearrange the deck chairs on the titanic and get DPS increases on gear with hit while hit capped!
I was in Dalaran admiring the new gear I paid through the nose for, and glanced down at my hit rating. 300!? What in tarnation…? What do you do in a situation like that? I’m wasting 70 itemization points (as a Draenei, my hit cap is 230). That new T8.5 chest added a buttload of hit, and while the DPS calculator says it’s still an upgrade (probably because it gave me my 4 piece bonus), I feel dirty running over hit cap! What to do?
Well, I started off by analyzing where all my hit was coming from. Top of my list is my trinket and weapon. Now I stole that staff fair and square from a feral druid, and there’s no way I’m not going to wear it. Nothing says “this thing looks so silly that I would never bother hitting anything with it” like tassels on a stat stick, and the groans in vent from the (regrettably still untamable) cat druid in our guild every time he sees it make me happy. So happy that I let another hunter in the guild get the rune edge first. Well, that and he asked nice.
So, short of getting rid of a tier piece with hit and losing my set bonus, I am looking at a trinket replacement. I sat down with wowhead and looked at my options. There are some nice drops in Ulduar I will probably be unable to afford, as well as some T7 trinkets that would serve to reduce my hit, but I don’t have any of them and I’m really not interested in running OS25 pugs again to lose rolls on the fury of the five flights. Wait a sec, what about the first epic trinket I ever got? That’s right, the badge trinket I bought with badges earned mostly in heroics, the very basic yet fairly decent mirror of truth!
Having gotten rid of all that hit, I was actually below cap. Now, I checked the math and I can gain a very small amount of DPS by removing arcane shot from my rotation (because of all the armor pen I have) except when Im moving and need another instant, or fighting a boss with a magic damage accellerator. I can take three talent points out of improved arcane shot, however I need to put one of them somewhere in the first 5 tiers or else I can’t get to the 6th. Well, I can avoid gemming for hit (which allows me to gem for agility) by taking a single point in focused aim. Since this was fixed, the hit will now be passed down to my pet.
Where to put the last two points? There’s nothing in tier two of the beast mastery or survival trees that would increase my DPS, and while I would like the extra range allowed by hawk eye, I put the points into mana talents. The raid comp we run is mana-regen light, and I find I have to go into viper right about when we hit the execute range of a boss. So I took another point in rapid recuperation, and a point in efficiency.
Now all that remain is for me to test this out. I’m leaving arcane shot keybound and on my bars, but ideally I’ll get more steady shots. I’m also going to invest in a belt of dragons.