Beast Mastery in Legion

“What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.”
Samuel Johnson


Beast Master Hunter in Legion

Today’s date is: Feb. 9, 2016 — which means that it is early and changes will happen.

For example, our minor glyph and our top tier talent have the same name: Aspect of the Beast.

What we CAN do is look at the direction in the spec.

It looks like we have a lot of choices and flexibility. Cooked in to our skill-set is some nice pet tanking choices for our solo ventures (or questing with your friend, the mage). Some talents look great for soloing and some for raiding.

Two things stand out immediately.

One: a lot of our mechanics are built around the Dire Beast spell. Two of our Tier One talents hinge of using Dire Beast; whether it is reducing the cooldown of the spell or generating focus, it looks like the designers want us to use Dire Beast.

Two: A lot of things depend on our Crit. What this means is that early on (as it should be) we won’t benefit as much as later in raiding when we can stack crit.

Have your coffee, cakes and crit it too.

The question is: is stacking Crit going to be stronger than stacking Mastery? Having our pet do cool stuff vs having a very strong pet dealing damage.

Examples of Crit:

  • Aspect of the Wild is our cooldown spell
    Instant 2 min cooldown
    Increases the Critical Strike chance of all skills for you and your pet by 10%, and gain 10 Focus per second for 10 sec.
  • Go For The Throat (passive)
    Your auto-shot critical strikes cause your pet to generate 15 Focus.
  • Wild Call (passive)

    Your critical strikes have a 20% chance to reset the cooldown of Dire Beast.

  • Farstrider (Tier Two Talent)
    When any of your attacks cause a critical strike there is a chance the cooldown of Disengage will be reduced by 10%

It would blow my mind if there are “builds” in Legion. Viable builds that present you, as a hunter, in different play-styles. A heavy Crit build would allow you to get lots and lots of shots off vs a heavy Mastery build which might make you stoic and strong! Pure speculation.

I’m thinking that (after agility) that we’ll stack, in order: Mastery, Crit, Haste and then whatever.

Exciting times ahead!

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