I’ve been spending a fair bit of time on PvP lately, and while I’m far from an expert, I’ve logged a lot of battleground time, a little arena time, and have picked up a bunch of habits that I plan on writing about. As I’m fairly certain that I’m the worst PvP hunter on the planet, I’m expecting you, loyal reader, to correct me in the comments and make me better!
One of the challenges I come up against on a regular basis is fighting another hunter. Here are some of the tactics I’ve started using in these situations.
If you’re up against multiple targets that include a hunter
Focus on another target while making the hunter kite you. You’ll probably need to kite anyways, so sticking to the other hunter just makes that hunter have to try harder and do less damage to you. You can’t count him out, but keep track of when he’s blown his CC cooldowns and remember that everything he can do, you can do. If he drops a frost trap, master’s call out of it. Have a mouseover wing clip macro, and be prepared to disengage as often as he does. Also, it can be helpful to macro some of the melee abilities that are off the GCD into that wing clip macro, just for a little added pressure.
If you’re up against just a hunter
You will want to use every trick you have available. The most important differentiator in hunter versus hunter one on one will be terrain and ability usage. You need to know when to break line of sight and feign death so you can eat or bandage for a second, and assuming you’re both equally skilled and geared and that neither of you have any self heals, this can make the difference.
Use CC intelligently. You can CC the pet or the hunter, and your decision of which to do this to should be based on their spec. Remember that when you feign death, the pet backs away until you attack again. Also remember, BM has a big cooldown that prevents CC, however is no more immune to kiting and LoS than any other hunter.
Again, you can always beat a better geared hunter by getting into melee and staying there. Use scatter shot to bridge the distance. A lot of hunters don’t have melee abilities on their bars, however if you notice them hitting you back and you don’t feel you can beat them at this game, don’t shy away from changing tactics. While you’re in melee, though, drop a snake trap. It won’t do much while they have instants, but as soon as they have to start using steady shot, it will reduce their DPS.
Lastly, while we should always open with an aimed shot to reduce healing done, against a hunter without someone healing them, prioritize pure damage. Aimed, luckily, is also a great damage shot, however you should probably open with a serpent/chimera shot. If it’s been a minute since you last did this, consider opening with a scorpid sting and using the chimera to disarm them, and then close to melee once the disarm is almost done.