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The great 2008 World of Warcraft Hunter nerf

Michael Zenke

WoW Insider is reporting on the nerf to end all nerfs, aimed squarely at one of the most poweful classes in Blizzard's World of Warcraft. No, not Warlocks, the other one. Hunters are getting hit with the nerf bat something awful, as revealed in a post to the official forums by Community Manager Ghostcrawler. Says the (normally) popular 'Blue', "Hunters of all specs, and particularly Beastmaster, are doing too much damage in PvE." The class is recieving an across-the-board reduction in damage output as a result, a stepping down of power levels commonly referred to in the MMO community as a 'nerf'.

Ghostcrawler's words are particularly blunt, given that the Hunter's entire purpose is to dish out a steady stream of damage and the changes are so drastic. Tweaks to the class include Volley being reduced by 30%, Steady Shot only gaining 10% of Attack Power instead of 20%, and Readiness no longer affecting the cooldown of Bestial Wrath. This last is apparently particularly galling, as it elminiates one of the more popular Beastmaster Player vs. Player builds out there right now. Full details for the great 2008 Hunter nerf are available on WoW Insider.

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