Every Thursday, WoW Insider brings you Scattered Shots for beast mastery, marksmanship and survival hunters. This week, your host Adam Koebel, aka Bendak will be discussing the finer points of pew pewing in The Underhold and Downfall wings of Siege of Orgrimmar.
Some of you have been waiting 6 weeks for the Downfall wing to unlock, but now all hunters will get their opportunity to turn Garrosh Hellscream into their own personal pin cushion. If you missed the column from a few weeks ago, you can go check out part 1 of the Siege tips and tricks, covering Vale of Eternal Sorrows and Gates of Retribution.
The fights in the latter half of the raid range from purely single target, such as Malkorok, to complete AoE binges like Spoils of Pandaria. In this guide we'll be focusing on mechanics in flexible and normal mode, but some of this can apply to raid finder difficulty. Keep in mind that a lot of the forthcoming tips are simply suggestions and that your mileage may vary. What works for me may not work for you, but this will give you an idea of how our abilities can be utilized on the final six bosses. Stock up on some Tomes of the Clear Mind and let's get started.
- Level 60 Talent: Dire Beast tends to be the strongest single target talent if you want to argue tiny percentages, but all are viable.
- Level 75 Talent: A Murder of Crows will be the highest damage here since you can use it on cooldown. Blink Strikes is equally good for beast mastery.
- Level 90 Talent: Glaive Toss remains the best single target talent. This guide is more geared to flexible and normal mode, but if you do happen to have a heroic weapon, Barrage can begin to overtake Glaive Toss even on single target fights.
Spoils of Pandaria
- Level 60 Talent: You will be doing a lot of cleaving and target switching, which makes Thrill of the Hunt and Fervor very strong here to minimize the focus impact of Multi-Shots while still being able to use your signature ability on cooldown.
- Level 75 Talent: The mobs here simply die too fast for A Murder of Crows and Lynx Rush to be any good. Blink Strikes is the clear winner, and for beast mastery you would be seriously harming your damage if you didn't take it because of its interaction with Beast Cleave.
- Level 90 Talent: Barrage since everything will not always be clumped up and if you aim yourself properly you can hit the whole room with it.
Thok the Bloodthirsty
- Level 60 Talent: This is a single target fight, so use whatever plays best for you. I stick with Dire Beast.
- Level 75 Talent: A Murder of Crows can be cast on cooldown so it will be the highest damage for survival and marksmanship. Blink Strikes does just as well for beast mastery.
- Level 90 Talent: Glaive Toss.
- Level 60 Talent: Dire Beast works fine since you spend the majority of your time on the boss, but if you are going on the conveyor belt then Fervor can be quite useful for on-demand focus to get those adds down if you're having any DPS problems.
- Level 75 Talent: A Murder of Crows since it can be used on cooldown, but Blink Strikes is just as good for beast mastery.
- Level 90 Talent: Glaive Toss is the clear winner here. It will always be up to use on the conveyor, and it can snare the Crawler Mines.
Paragons of the Klaxxi
- Level 60 Talent: I like Dire Beast since you should be spending the majority of your time focus firing.
- Level 75 Talent: I prefer Blink Strikes here for all specs. A Murder of Crows and its 30 second duration can be a problem when each boss dies relatively quickly. It would be a waste to precast it on your next target because it will get healed to full when your current ones dies.
- Level 90 Talent: Glaive Toss has a better chance of being available when a priority add spawns, and while Barrage is going to hit everything, remember that damage on the other bosses is wasted anyway.
- Level 60 Talent: This fight is so long and has so many different phases that there's no clear winner, so just use what feels best to you.
- Level 75 Talent: A Murder of Crows has an interesting benefit here because Garrosh goes below 20% health multiple times in the fight. Casting AMoC below 20% will reduce the cooldown by 1 minute. If you are beast mastery you will want to stick with Blink Strikes for the Beast Cleave damage.
- Level 90 Talent: I prefer Barrage, but Glaive Toss will work fine here since the adds are usually clumped up.
[Thanks to the posters over at the MMO-Champion forums for being hunter guinea pigs and sharing their results.]
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