Beastmastery is not Dead!
Beastmastery is not dead. It may not be equal to Marksmanship or Survival as far as DPS (Damage Per Second), but it is far from a dead spec. For those of you that enjoy Beastmastery as a primary spec I believe that you should continue to do so.
To my fellow hunters out there I have a simple message. Stop bashing our fellow hunters that decide Beastmastery is the spec for them. You can min/max until your heart is content, if that will be ever possible in the evolving world. You can create the best spec for whatever situation. You can state things as a fact and prove it with relevant data. However, don’t forget that what we do is as much about fun as it can be serious.
To the new incoming hunters I want you to know that you can level with Beastmastery, Marksmanship, or Survival. I leveled as Marksmanship. I did the bulk of my leveling during the Burning Crusade. I was a rare hunter then due to Marksmanship being looked down upon, but I enjoyed the playstyle of the spec. Now, I’m lumped with all the other Marksmanship hunters, except for the fact I don’t have an ArP (Armour Penetration) build. The ArP I have is by pure chance due to acquired gear.
Here is a snapshot of my Beastmastery spec, which is my secondary spec. I don’t switch gear when I switch specs.
Here is an unscientific break down of 10 recent (in the last four days) heroic dungeon runs I did in my BM spec using Viper, my spirit beast, as my pet. I used the LFD/LFG tool (Looking for Dungeon) the whole time. I was not questioned nor kicked at any time for a total of 10 runs. I do know I was inspected at least 3 times. I didn’t change gear for specs. What I have is what I have. The lowest item I have are iLevel 200 boots from Heroic Nexus. I am a JC with 3 Dragon’s Eye agility gems equipped, and I am way over the hit cap right now.
FoS – 3475.9
GUN – 3047.2
ToC – 3553.6
VH – 3044.7
NEX – 2823.3
HoS – 3174.2
HoL – 2379.5
OK – 2471.8
UK – 2532.2
UK – 3271.7
Avg = 2977.41
The UK anomaly was due to holding back on the DPS to control my threat more due to what appeared to be a near fresh level 80 tank.
I make about 300 – 500 more DPS in my Marksmanship spec. I would expect such considering having access to Wild Quiver, Aimed Shot, Barrage, and Marked for Death.
Hunters, we need to support each other no matter which spec we choose instead of alienating one spec over another. All three of our specs are able to do what we do best. Deal damage in large amounts with a smile on our face.