First, let me say thank you, Zeherah, for your continued efforts toward modeling hunter dps. Second, I think it’s worth sharing that Zeherah updated her site with new options for modeling different MM rotations. Continue reading after the break for a brief look at these changes.
Some caveats: these options are new and are innovations by Zeherah; they also are trying to model fairly nuanced shot priorities.
The new options can be found at Shot Priority > Spec Specific Settings > Marksmanship and appear as in the picture below.
Improved Steady Shot Behavior has been around for a while and is fairly self-explanatory. It lets you adjust your modeled shot priority slightly regarding Steady Shots and the maintenance of the Improved Steady Shot buff.
Aimed Shot Behavior tells the modeler how and when you want to use Aimed Shot (and, consequently, how and when you use Arcane Shot).
Instant only will cause AiS to be fired only when you get the Aimed Shot! proc.
Manual cast during careful Aim and instant fires AiS as a hard-cast focus dump during the Careful Aim phase but only uses it when it procs at all other times.
Manual cast and instant enables hard casts of AiS throughout the fight. How these hard casts are employed depends on the next option.
ok, let me say love this. But man does this make my head spin. This right here is probably why I have always loved SV. Its so much more straight forward. Does that make me a bad hunter, maybe in someone’s eyes. But I am all about people doing what they love in game, which usually means they will perform better.
No, MM used to be the simple “I could literally do this with my eyes closed” spec during WoTLK that offered all the instant, satisfyingly hard-hitting abilities, while SV was the spec that made my eyes hurt from having to watch 30 million debuffs and CD’s.
But in Cata, Blizzard has decided to turn things completely upside down; now SV is the even more repetitive “3xShot1+1xShot2+Shot3 every 24secs” spec, with MM having been totally gutted and burdened with a cast-time laden and unwieldy shot rotation that is the anti-thesis of the “scoot and shoot” philosophy of the Hunter class. So now you have a choice between a tedious, repetitive shot rotation, or one that makes you feel like you’re fighting more against your own rotation than against the boss.
So I am not surprised if all of this makes your head spin. You have Blizzard to thank for giving us this wonderful non-choice between 2 equally painful specs in return for our monthly patronage.
Up until the 2k Aspect of the Hawk hotfix I found the MM rotation much more comfortable than SV. It triggered fond nostalgia for raiding Molten Core back in WoW 1.x and having the time to manage all of our guild’s application interviews during Aimed Shot casts. It’s possible to type a surprising amount of text in three seconds.