|Choices. I HATE them... except, hang on...|
Right then. Mists of Pandaland Hunter Talents, I AM IN YOU.
I'd not really taken that much time to examine how this new system would work previous to the Talent Calculator being announced today. When I arrived at the page the full enormity of how much this process has been nerfed finally sunk in. Six choices, from eighteen possibles. Bloody Hell.
Knowing how much I currently rely on Silencing Shot for soloing, the L45 choice was the easiest and the first to be made. After that... I was frankly a bit lost. I picked Frozen Arrows at 15 though I am suspecting for dps it'll be Venom-Tipped Arrows. At 45 it'll probably depend on the type of encounter but Exhilaration's looking like a decent bet for survivability (and to help your healers) which is also the case with Spirit Bond at 60. However I've taken Aspect of the Iron Hawk for soloing (again), where dps will not be the overriding issue.
The 75 Talent choices made me stop and think, and to realise just how much theorycrafting's going to have to go on when the Beta hits. Here we have three ways of regaining focus/resetting CD's: which one's gonna be the optimal dps boost for the spec? Fervour has a 2 minute CD, Thrill of the Hunt is a 15% base chance, and although I've picked that as my first choice I find myself thinking that Readiness, my current MM staple might yet be the best of the three, even if you only get it every three minutes. Part of me likes not to have to rely on percentages: it's the OCD in me ^^
Of course, once we get to 90
Looking at the 'standard' set of Marks Talents I'll get without having to throw points at them, I see Careful Aim remains, and that I'll get Concussive Barrage 'as standard' at 30 (so that's a third daze ability if you include Scatter Shot \o/) In fact, looking at the list, all the Good Stuff (TM) appears to have remained untouched. There I was thinking that I'd be learning stuff from scratch AGAIN when this all looks rather too familiar...
Suddenly I find myself rather looking forward to playing this game in Beta :D