I’ll admit it, I’m a PvEtard. I don’t stand in fire and I don’t pull agro, but I sure as heck forget where I have master’s call bound and blow my trinket at the wrong time. That said, I’ve been having moderate success the last week in battlegrounds PvP, and thought I’d share some lessons I’ve learned.
Trial by fire
The first thing you need to know about hunter PvP is that you will die a lot. Hunters dish out lots of pain, but are relatively squishy compared to other DPS classes, so we get focused a lot. Luckily for us, resilience was changed recently to be much more awesome than ever. Unluckily for us, it’s also more accessible than ever, so more of your targets will have it.
My first recent journey into a BG was Arathi Basin. I had a PvE geared healer following me around, and decided to try to take Farm, which was defended by a solitary sad looking warlock. I didn’t know enough about the gear looks to realize that he was in full PvP gear sporting a resilience rating of over 1000, though. Two on one, and he thrashed us. Soundly. My attacks that usually hit for 5 digits seemed to do no damage. Every time my healer tried to get a heal off, he was feared or CCed, and within 15 seconds, both of us were dead and the lock was somehow still at full health.
If you are starting to farm BGs for your PvP set using 100% PvE raid gear, be aware that you will usually hit a lot less hard. Also, once you get enough resilience to survive more than a couple seconds of combat, you’ll start to see your damage output go back up.
Lesson one: you need resilience!
Having had this wisdom branded into me, I set about getting a welfare PvP set together. First off, there’s tons of excellent gear you can get with honor only. Here‘s the search I used in wowhead to make my hit list. Also, if you have a decent PvE trinket, keep it and replace your weakest link with the Medallion.
You can purchase iLvl 232 set pieces for emblems of triumph, dropped in heroics now. You want to get at least your two piece bonus of 100 resil. If you run VoA, keep an eye out for the 251 or 270 iLvl hands and legs that drop from there.
Arena points without arena
I am very hesitant to start or join an arena team. It would add a ton of work per week, and I’m not sure I have the time for anything but random BGs once in a while. Still, if you win a random BG once a day, you get 175 arena points a week, which is fine for my purposes. The goal here is picking up iLvl 251 pieces without an arena rating requirement. Note that in this wowhead search, they list the wintergrasp shoulders, which are less than ideal for most people. They’re better than PvE gear, but they have hit instead of crit, and hit is usually not a problem for PvE players getting into PvP.
Finding honor points in the weirdest places
- All those stone keepers shards? Convertible to honor.
- Old BG marks? You can turn them each in for 185 honor at the Champions Hall in SW or the Hall of Legends in Org. Note: this took me forever. Stupidly, you can only do one every two seconds, and can only carry 10 of the conversion items at a time.
All three hunters specs are viable for PvP. I can’t say anything about high end arena, but for BGs, any of them work. Here’s the differences:
- Beast mastery is all about pressure and cooldowns. When you use your big red button, you will do a lot of damage and apply a lot of pressure no matter how much they’re trying to fear or CC you. The problem is that you have less cooldowns available for survival, and will probably be quickly targeted and focused down. BM enjoys a nice short term stun, but little CC overall.
- Survival is all about sustained pressure. Same level of defensive cooldowns as BM, but the offensive pressure is less cooldown dependent. You have no big red button, but your overall damage output will be higher on longer fights. Also, SV has an extra short term ranged CC they can use.
- Marksmanship is my PvP spec of choice. You have many more defensive cooldowns and CC options because readiness doubles how much of everything you can do. You can dish out as much hurt as the other specs.
I’ll keep you folks in the know as I learn more.