Good evening hunters!

I’m going to make sure I don’t constantly spam the front page, but with so much exciting news on the way, it’s hard not to keep the community updated with each bits that we gather in. The first large announcement is…

Hunting Party Podcast – The Next Generation

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Rejoice hunters! We’re bringing back the podcast that you all loved and missed in Frosthiem’s time. We plan on having original admins of WHU to be guest starring in future podcasts as well, so don’t think you won’t hear the end of Arth or Frostheim yet, and even with our new time, be expecting really fun and engaging conversations about everything and all things relating to hunters. New and old cast will be behind and fronting the scenes for this show and we really hope to make awesome each time we air.

For hosts it’ll feature myself, Solarflair (Cloaks and Quiver as well as an author here), Delirium (ToTH blogger, NEW staff member at WHU) and Darkbrew, who is an original host and is a blog writer at thebrewhall!

So for more details about the show; they will be live broadcasted on twitch.tv/huntingpartypodcast every two weeks at 10am. Sunday will be the dates for the show to go, and you can expect episode 201 to air September 28th. Can’t make it to the live broadcast because you’re west coast and 7 am times are just no-go on your day off? No problem! We will have our shows recorded and published shortly after we air so you can be caught up with all of the shenanigans.

With the podcast kicking off, we will have a party the night before!

 

Hunting Party Podcast.. party

Saturday, September 27th at 9:30pm central, we will have an all level 1 dwarf hunter raid to kick the podcast off. Expect all of the HPP and most of the new editors/authors here from WHU to go! We will be on the server Icecrown, where the original WHU guild is. Are you interested in attending? Just show up and look for Artemishowl the female dwarf!

Delirium has some key tips that he wants all hunters who attend to remember:

…remind new folk that you can fly to stormwind from kharanos in dun morogh. If you kill more than ~8 mobs, you’ll level, making you inelligable for a hogger raid. You’ll have to kill a couple while running through Coldridge Pass to get to kharanos, so dono’t kill anything else.

The flights to Stormwind or Goldshire cost 48c. I’d be happy to hand out coppers to anyone who doesn’t have a character on that server, or doesn’t have a way of getting coppers, but since you can’t level, it means you really don’t have a way of gathering the small amount of copper needed.

 

Lanyards for BlizzCon

Lanyards for WHU’s all hunter meeetup (for details, click here) have finally mailed in, and here’s what they look like:

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Unfortunately this year they are a BlizzCon perk, so we will not be mailing anyone lanyards out (I know, I suck!). Things for all hunters to purchase will be our shirts that will be available to order in a few weeks, so all players can enjoy some Hunter pride-filled shirts with glee at any hunt that they do in the future, let it be at the convention (please leave your hunts at home) or outside at work on casual friday.

Thanks everyone for the continuous support! Hope to see you all at our fun-filled gathering next Saturday! Bring your own bombs if you must.

 

~Artemishowl

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Finalboss, IRC, more shirts!

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Good afternoon Hunters!

Today we’re going to highlight some of the things happening in the community this past week. While we patiently wait for the arrival of 6.0 to drop on live, WHU’s very own Solarflair was on Finalboss this week giving his own impressions on beta and much more. Please give his interview (and the boomkin from Promethean) a watch!

There’s not much I can say different, Solarflair himself nailed it on the show, and we had a lot of hunters take over the chat in a mini “#TeamHunter” postings. His robotic voice periodically was indeed pleasant to hear to as well, give it a listen! A lot of things mentioned including ideas to fix MM AoE, the issues with soloing in WoD currently and the stable stacking problems, and much more including his impressions on the specs, stats and rotations in beta at this time.

 
Hunter-Only IRC

Please don’t forget to join into our hunter-only IRC where you can get some help fast from pretty nice players under “#beastcleaves”. Quakenet.org is the easiest way to jump in the IRC channel and come hang out whenever you want. The hunter IRC group always has friendly people and mods hanging around to make sure there’s no trolling or spamming occuring, however people still joke around and have fun with one another. What a good way to make some hunter friends! See you there!

 

Shirt Updates

I wanted to briefly address shirt plans for this website. Currently, we will have 3 shirts coming into operation for BlizzCon and beyond. Yes, 3! We have our artist Demiz Perez still working very hard on the inked up shirt design with a bow the community came up together known as “Hogger’s Deathwish”, and it is going to be getting colored this week. Our second artist is hosted by Miava, who is already in the fashion industry on our website, as she is designing two shirts for ladies and men representation. And yes, there will be a dwarf on the male side of things. While the male shirt is still being done, and ladies and gentlemen can purchase either design, here is the progress on each shirt.

Demis Perez

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Miava

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No male blueprints ready to go quite yet for Miava, so hang in tight folks, we want to make sure you all get amazing shirts for BlizzCon or even outside of BlizzCon. Let these artists know what you think! As a final thought for today, what do you like or dislike about the designs so far?

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Hunter Specialization Guides for WoD

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Good afternoon, hunters!

Yesterday I wasn’t home, and came home way too late to make a blog post. Regardless, today I want to introduce to all of you two players who are going to help reformat and clean up some of the hunter specialization guides to make sure your transition from Mists to Warlords will be as smooth as possible. I have two more players who will be introduced the next week as well to finalize the mini QA series, but today the community will have be able to see what Dyveriate and Cliper have in store for the community.

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First we’ll have a look at Dyveriate’s point of view on his perspectives of what to bring and provide for Warcraft Hunters’ Union. He’s a strong hunter raiding for Blood Legion with a very long raiding history.

1) What is your experience with raiding as a hunter?‏

I started raiding at the beginning of TBC doing about 15-20 hours a week after Karazhan. I took a break from the game during Sunwell, but started playing again for WotLK with a 10 man guild. I eventually joined the Horde Death and Taxes guild for Ulduar, where we eventually merged with Aurora to become Vigil, taking US 2nd Yogg 0. I continued raiding with them until around the middle of Dragon Soul farm, where I had to take a break from the game.

I decided to come back to raiding the week after Blood Legion finished Tier 14 progression, where I joined the guild with another member of Vigil, and have since continued raiding with them.

2) What are you most excited about for BM hunters in Warlords?‏

BM has largely remained the same for WoD aside from the removal of serpent sting. However, our focus generating talents in fervor/steady focus/thrill of the hunt are not as effective as before, and I’ve been getting an average of 50%-60% thrill up time on AoE fights, compared to the old 70%-80%. Steady Focus is clunky to use and is 10 seconds shorter than the current iteration for MM, which was buffed to 20 seconds to improve quality of life, which leaves me a bit confused. Barrage has been significantly buffed, making it the only usable 90 talent currently, but it impacts our AoE priority heavily, leaving very little room for Kill Command with our current focus constraints.

3) What do you hope to give to the community with helping the BM guides?

I hope to help players learn how to go through different fights, or at least provide guidance through different mechanics from a hunter’s perspective.

If you have questions for him about anything hunter related, feel free to contact him on twitter @dyveriate.

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While we have a lot of horde pride in our WHU staff, we also still care about the Alliance hunters out there. Bringing on board Cliper, who is also a very experienced high end raiding hunter for Midwinter, hopefully this adds more Alliance flavor to the technical side of things behind the scenes, even though he has a horde hunter ready to go for any all-hunter raiding events!

1) What is your name and your hunter history?

My name is Cliperlol, a raiding hunter in Midwinter on US-Sargeras. I’ve always played a hunter since I started playing World of Warcraft during Burning Crusade but I didn’t actually main a hunter until T11. I currently have 2 raiding hunters that I raid with, one of which is Horde and the other is Alliance. This allows my to get the best of both worlds and also allows me to be able to participate in the ever so famous All Hunter Raids!

2) Why do you want to help revise the BM guides for WoD

I wanted to help do these guides because I have always enjoyed playing BM and I feel like there are a some grey areas within the spec that consist of what if’s and when if’s something happens, whats the correct thing to do. My goal through these guides is to help eliminate that area and to help other hunters looking for a way to maximize their performance to have that opportunity to do so. Also, with time be able to provide information on individual new encounters with ways to better your performance with tips and tricks.

3) What is something that you want the community to know about you?

If you have ever watched my stream, you will know that I’m a pretty weird person with a weird but funny personality. Through doing the All-Hunter Raids, I have gained the glorious title of “Alliance Scum” as I am the only hunter there who mains a alliance character but if I don’t represent, who will? I enjoy helping people, and you can always ask me questions on my twitter @Cliperlol or by twitch message.

And there you have it for two amazing hunters being brought to the staff here! I know I stress daily that we want to be a hunter resource for all players to use come Warlords. We will start having updates coming in the next couple weeks as 6.0 gets closer and closer.

Everyone enjoy your Sunday, enjoy your football (Go Saints!) and do whatever you love doing most on a Sunday afternoon. My final thought of the day for everyone here is: What do you want added to this website? Reminder we are not changing the face of WHU, but if you have any suggestions, feel free to add them in the comments below.

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Blizzcon 2014 All-Hunter Meetup

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Let’s Hang Out!

Happy Friday hunters! Tonight it’s been a pretty difficult evening at work, and I still have some Q/A’s I want to share with you all not tonight unfortunately, but tomorrow evening as I wrap a few things up with a couple new WHU editors who will be handling the more technical side of things for hunters, including the guides for all the specializations and the gearing specifics guide for Warlords.

With the place I work at almost catching on fire, just want to make tonight a special hub for you hunters who will be attending BlizzCon 2014. We wanted to really express how our after-Con all-hunter meetup will be amazingly fun, with scores of over 70+ players who are dedicated (and slightly less dedicated) hunters from all levels of the game will be there. Are you still not interested?!

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Look at these amazing lanyards. Thanks to the efforts and contributions of the wonderful community, we were able to have a (brief) fundraiser to purchase 100 of these lanyards for YOU! Yes, you lucky reader who will hopefully come hang out with us! I have high hopes that we will be passing all of these out at the convention, which sadly means you may not purchase them directly from the website (yet, we might have plans for that in the future, but not immediate future). These lanyards will be free for all hunters who come and meet up with us! Majority of the new editors (Azortharion wishes he could go, but alas, always next year) of WHU will be there to help me hand them out, so it will be a great way for all of you to meet the staff, meet some more hunters in your community, celebrate the joys of being a hunter, and show off the lanyards to the other classes who don’t get to be as lucky to be a part of an amazing community.

We will be meeting up again, after the convention is over on Saturday evening, November 8th. “After convention” will be relative to a person who thinks the concert is worthwhile being there or not, but I more than likely will be there early and help direct others to the right location. The meetup will take place at the Hilton in a remote restaurant away from the rest of the festivities. Returning con-goers will understand that the Hilton is flooded annually with a lot of BlizzCon folks, so we want to try to find a little location away from the crowd and have a nice get together, as nice and small as we can for a group of 70 people. Foxy has been put in charge of finding us that right spot. We’ll have a better update as the convention gets closer as to the specifics of where we’re meeting up.

We do recommend leaving all dwarven hand-cannons and bows behind, as the Hilton staff probably will frown upon you bringing those into the hotel.

With this in mind, we at WHU still value all the members and hunters of the community, and would like to help you have some more hunter gear for the life outside of the convention. We have an amazing artist who shared with me and some other hunters recently the first sketches of the brand new WHU-themed shirts. Here’s the first sketch of our potential shirt design below:

Shirts!

You can follow this up and coming artist on twitter @demisonfire. We have no doubts that these shirts will turn out wonderfully. You may even order it custom-designed on the back to include your hunter’s name, server, guild, anything your heart desires! Again, shirts will be available for ALL players, as to pay dues to hunters who can’t go. We still care about you! (Try coming to the convention next year!)

If you want to see my spreadsheet for the convention (and some previous TeamHunter raid rosters), just follow this link here! If you want to go, you don’t need to sign up, but if you want to be placed on the list, you may post a comment or tweet me your hunter’s name, server and guild information. Alliance and Horde friendly, and very, very hunter friendly, we hope to make this BlizzCon one to remember for all hunters involved!

Thanks everyone for reading once again. Tonight’s final thought: What are you most excited to do at BlizzCon? Share your thoughts below and have a good night!

~Artemishowl

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Mini QA #3 and Throwback Thursday!

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Throwback Thursday

Tonight is for all you old school hunters who have been hunting the world of Azeroth since Arthas decided to do that thing again where he wants to take over the world or something like that. Every week we want to showcase a video from the past to jog your memories of the good ol’ huntin’ days, where we had mana and not focus, you know, when every weapon was also fair game to being a hunter weapon. To start off tonight, Delirium tossed me an excellent video to first share with you all, in an attempt to really bring the WHU spirit back to the community! Enjoy!

Mini-QAs Round #3: Pet tanking and soloing extraordinaires

Tonight we’re going to take a focus on our pet tanking and soloing departments. We on WHU have guides that still apply for MoP, but for Warlords in mind, we got some strong hunters with extraordinary soloing achievements under their belts to help share their kills, other hunter kills, and how you can start your soloing endeavors in warlords as a lot of pet information has changed in terms of the soloing game. Helping me out this evening is Solarflair and Shoot!

Soloing Department

The main hand of the soloing department is being trusted by Shoot of Mug’Thol. This player is arguably one of the best soloers in the US, and is a dear friend of my own. He was the original thinking thought for “Team Hunter”, which was the horde hunter-only group that we both co-raid lead and helped do our best to achieve impressive kills to highlight to the rest of the Warcraft community that once again, we as a community can handle the challenges MoP had before us! With his stubborn persistence attitude, some of his US 1st soloing kills took him a grand total of 8-10 hours, and he told me one fight had 800 pulls before he successfully killed the boss. Without further adu, here’s more from him!

 1) Who are you and what do you enjoy most about soloing?

My name is Shoot; a raider and solo’ist in the World of Warcraft community. One of the things I enjoy most about solo’ing is pushing the limits of what the hunter class can do individually and trying unconventional methods to achieve killing bosses that are usually otherwise thought “impossible” I really enjoy having to sit back and examine some of the more unrealistic possibilities that sometimes result in some of the most interesting and difficult strategies

2) What is your proudest soloing kill?

I would say it’s a tie between two fights; Spirit Kings on World of Warcraft live; and most recently as of last night Primordius on World of Warcraft; Warlords of Draenor Beta. Spirit Kings presented a number of interesting challenges and was the first Mists of Pandaria boss I ever soloed. At the end of the fight I had 509 health left and an extreme feeling of relief after so many frustrating pulls and how close it was to not being a kill. Primordius was an insane fight that had very tight requirements in multiple elements and although I made a few minor mistakes; utilizing pet control perfectly among other things made this fight incredibly challenging; extremely frustrating; and just a very satisfying kill overall.

3) What do you promise to bring to WHU soloing department?

 I can promise to bring my knowledge of solo’ing using what a lot of people would call “unconventional” methods as well as general solo’ing advice/strategies and up to date information on solo’ing in Warlords of Draenor. In terms of the differences between solo’ing on live and solo’ing on the beta there is a drastic difference and I can promise to share some of the newer and more unknown tricks and tips that can really give clever players an edge over some of the more difficult encounters. I can also assist new solo’ers starting out with some of the more basic and general overarching strategy that applies to most if not all encounters as a solo’ist.

And that’s Shoot! If you want to see him in action, please check out his stream twitch.tv/shottenheim, he streams his feats as well as team hunter VoD coverage, previous heroic kills, and more on his twitch / youtube.

Pet Tanking Guides / Soloing Help

While Shoot is very, very capable of handling the soloing department, I still wanted to put another hand involved to make sure we have everything covered, and to bring another fantastic soloing hunter into the spotlight. Most of you know him already, Solarflair and Shoot will be partnering up to make sure we as a site can give you the best help for soloing. We really want more hunters to try picking up some time and just do something that makes them proud. We want to make sure we have all the resources here and the tools you need to make that success happen! Solarflair is going to answer some questions so you all can get some more information about what he has in store for WHU.

1) What is your involvement with the community already?

I’ve been active and involved in the World of Warcraft community for 2 1/2 years now, my debut was the excellent Convert to Raid podcast, where I was was a co-host and discussed the many facets of being a PvE player in Warcraft universe. It was a fantastic time and also a great entrance to being a contributing member to the Warcraft community. From there, I diverted and created my own Cloak and Quiver podcast (which will soon be back on track) earlier this year, and that has also been a tremendous experience to participate in actively in a smaller community, but really be able to discuss and interpret so many topics I am passionate about, in a compelling and often design-altering way. It would also be important to note that I am dualy excited to begin being a contributing member here at the Warcraft Hunters Union – it is a great honor and I am thrilled to begin working on projects that are always an awesome journey for me to embark on in-game as well.

2) What do you want to help fix with pet tanking and soloing guides?

I want to be able to update the guides to be more in-depth, mainly. Everyone knows to spec Tenacity, and keep Mend Pet up at all times – but did you know you also could cycle through pets, using their chained defensive cooldowns to adsorb a normally fatal one-pet tanking encounter? Soloing provides such an incredible avenue to apply our pets many often overlooked abilities. This combined with the tremendous variance in boss encounters from expansion to expansion, have led. over the years thrilling solo experiences – and also heralding in some major discoveries along the way. Who knows what could be next? Well, come with me!

3) What do you like the most about being a hunter and soloing?

Easily the most exhilarating thing about extreme soloing is that there are no solution to the encounter at hand. It’s uncharted ground, and often a frontier unexplored. How will this mechanic work with only one player? Is it a threat to me or my pet? These often incredibly challenging puzzles, have led to the most fulfilling moments in my Hunter career.

Well there you have it folks. You can find Solarflair on his twitter @the_solarflair, but please give his podcast “Cloak and Quiver” a listen!

Tomorrow we’ll have our last round of QAs featuring hunters who will be helping you out in the world of Draenor as we finally start highlighting the wonderful people who will be tackling the MM, BM and survival sections of the site, to make sure all of you are ready to tackle the toughest of orcs!

Tonight my final question for all of you hunters is: What is your favorite thing about the Hunting Party Podcast? Leave your comments below, and thanks for stopping by!

~Artemishowl

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