The Thrill of the Hunter Pedagogy

Learning never exhausts the mind.
Leonardo da Vinci

The Thrill of the Wild — the brilliant blogger.

I came across this posting called Hunter Pedagogy: Why the Unskilled are Unaware It is this blogger riffing off an article called Why the Unskilled Are Unaware: Further Explorations of (Absent) Self-Insight Among the Incompetent

It is mind-boggling in the best of ways. Please, go read his blog it is well worth the read and mayhap a chance to see yourself in the mirror. The titles in the above paragraph are hyper-links, feel free to click.

What made me also excited was in the comments section, The Grumpy Elf chimed in with some terrific back and forth. The conversation has begun. The Thrill in this experience is watching someone take information and then try to layer that information on top of our experiences in the World of Warcraft.

Go read it.

Done? Good, welcome back.

My take on the solution is to teach or practice yourself with the idea that learning a “rotation” is an exercise in technique. With the goal of having your technique down so that when it comes time to raid that you can perform.

This is the Artist’s Approach to huntering. Like the Grumpy Elf who goes into the LFR to practice, every artist works on their technique before performing. When I was taking guitar lessons and getting the chords and notes down, my instructor asked me to “put some grease on it.” He was wanting me to perform. Clearly, from this point of view: doing your rotation is not the end game of being a hunter.

For any who might dismiss this idea, I can make you a promise; the greatest ballerina in the world who is performing tonight, I can tell you exactly where she’ll be in the morning. She’ll be in the studio at the barre, starting with the most basic dancer thing — bending her knees; a plie.

The goal of an Artist is to transcend technique. This is when they get “into the zone” — much like a basketball player who suddenly can’t miss and says “the hoop looked eight feet wide.” It doesn’t happen often. It won’t happen at all if you don’t practice.

Since the LFR came out, I too am a LFR boy. How can you see or experiment? With lockouts, you’ll only see the same boss once a week in a raid. No need to be extreme, being a hunter is not a career!

I’ll finish up with a little story. During MoP, we ran SoO a lot. Seriously, a lot; twice a week every week. I played Beast Mastery the whole time. During some of these fights, I began to think that the encounter was designed for hunters. Cool downs lined up, spells as needed were ready, I’d be in the position I needed to be to doing a hunterly thing. It was easy — not due to gear, but execution.

Clearly, all raid encounters are not designed for hunters. They are designed for all classes. With some practice, you’ll see it all fall into place — like a piece of art.


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