And the first time we ever mentioned this on our personal blog
, the tank-lurkers erupted in a foaming blather of incoherent and monosyllabic outrage.
"Tanking is the hardest part of the game! If a hunter's pet can do my job, I'm rerolling Student and getting my f-ing associates degree."
That's right, the tankers were concerned they'd be out of a job, on the street, and relegated to a daily ritual of washing perfectly clean and untarnished shields. And we're here to tell you... we certainly hope that happens. Enjoy your NevrDull, fellas, and don't let that armor drag on the carpet on your way to Poly Sci 101 at your local community college.
Now that we're completely on the bandwagon of potentially eliminating the need for tanks until level 80 and the new 25-man raiding content, the Hunter-Pet World Domination Extravaganza has a new target in its sights.
LF Healer for Heroic Steamvaults... oh wait, never mind. Our Hunter has a Healing Pet.
The insanity that is Pet Talent Trees must be amplified, my fellow hunters. Give us a pet DPS Tree and bequeath unto our class a pet Tanking Tree, that's all gravy. But take the Utility Tree and round-file it. In its place...
In it's place, we need a pet Healing Tree.
That's right, we need a hunter-pet capable of healing a five-person group. And we've got the whole thing worked out!
First, we need a pet capable of doing healing spells. Unicorns, by Elune! Make unicorns pet-trainable in WotLK and we'll spec one in the pet Healing Tree.
The spiffy yet fictional pet Healing Tree gives our pet the ability to auto-target our party's tank and auto-cast heals when the tank's health drops. Our unicorn will have a bonus-to-healing aura, an auto-casting heal-over-time spell, a decurse, a quick-but-small heal spell, and a slow-but-big heal spell. When the hunter selects his pet's Healing Tree talents, the hunter is able to pick and choose which healing spells his pet unicorn can auto-cast . Simple, easy, fun to do.
A hunter's Ranged Attack Power would continue to buff his pet's spell damage, e.g. Wind Serpent's Lightning Breath, but through the use of the pet Healing Tree, RAP would also be able to buff a pet's bonus to healing. All the standard hunter-pet synergy would remain intact, but instead of your pet blasting away at the boss, your unicorn would stand by your side and drop heal-bombs on your tank and a Unicorn-Horn Blast of Tranquility over the entire party.
Can you smell all the Win here? Is there anybody out there who doesn't want a little Unicorn-Healing Love?
But of course there is one group who might have an issue here, who might have a major grievance to file with their union. That would be our sweet-smelling healers.
Just like the pet Tanking Tree will cause a massive resignation of tanks, the pet Healing Tree would turn all those Holy Priests into mana batteries and the Resto Druids into ferals. And when their cries crashed the forums and their rages obliterated our chat windows... we'd eat it up with crusty Italian bread dipped in oil and vinegar.
Mr. Holy Priest, do you want to know what it's like to sit outside of the Caverns of Time for three hours, trying to get into a single Black Morass run? Just wait until the pet Holy Tree is implemented and the pet unicorns replace boars as the Overpowered Pet of the Year.
LF3M, Fury Warrior and Shadow Priest need a hunter with either Tank or Healing pet to run anything they'd like. We're bored and lonely. Please, we used to be popular...