If you didn't see this coming, you haven't been paying attention: as of Mists of Pandaria
and patch 5.0,
the ranged slot is being dismantled. Relics are going extinct, hunter ranged weapons will become their only
weapons, and wands? Those are main-hand weapons now, too. To be extra clear:
Relics are going away
Wands become main hand weapons (and will function as wands do now)
Hunters can only equip ranged weapons (and hunter minimum range is going away)
This is something we've expected for a long time here at WoW Insider, as it's a topic Ghostcrawler discussed at BlizzCon '10. It's a removal of superfluous stat sticks and that's a good thing. None of us will miss our librams with +10 to Character Sheet Clutter and absolutely no visual, no real effect, and no purpose.
The news is out -- we'll be playing Mists of Pandaria! Find out what's in store with an all-new talent system, peek over our shoulder at our Pandaren hands-on, and get ready to battle your companion pets against others. It's all here right at WoW Insider!