A few weeks ago I was going through my characters doing a little house cleaning. Back in vanilla days I had a handful of alts that I tried and usually never made it to level 10. Part of this is because they weren’t hunters, and really, how could they add up? Part of it is that I despise leveling.
As I was cleaning out these alts, I discovered a priest alt that I forgot I had. Now I’ve always figured if I could stomach leveling just one alt to 80, I’d want it to be a priest. I love casting shield, and healing pets. So I played around with the alt a bit.
Then I discovered something interesting: while I hate leveling, I enjoy running dungeons just fine. Enter the dungeon finder, and all of the sudden I’m running a dungeon or three every couple of days on the baby priest when there’s nothing to do on my main. Don’t get me wrong, I highly doubt I’ll ever make it to 80 — I expect new content to come out before then, and then all of my attention will be on Frostheim. Or come beta time it’s hard to imagine spending any free wow-time outside of hunter stuff. But for the time being, I’m enjoying the occasional night of healing.
And this is where I’ve discovered the darker side of hunters. I’m used to thinking of hunters as the ultimate class that is the savior of everything wow. I was always delighted when a hunter came into my random dungeon group: I’d buff him and the pet — if the pet got aggro I’d delightedly bubble the pet and keep him healed up. I was, if I do say so myself, the perfect healer.
Only the hunters were not perfect. Or good. Or average. I hate to say it, but down at those levels, hunters are kind of more likely than any other class to be horrible, horrible people. I mean not just horrible players, but horrible people. They are most likely to talk in half leet speak half some made up language. They pull aggro constantly, always. Often by attacking before the tank does. When they get aggro, they run away — they run around corner, out of LoS. They drag silencing mobs over me. They have time while running to yell in party chat for heals, however. And should they die they have plenty of time to cuss me out for it.
Is it feign death that makes hunters so cocky at those levels? So much more likely than any other class to attack before the tank gets there, secure in their knowledge that they can likely FD *just* before the mob reaches them (at which point decent odds it comes at me, the healer, by the way). Don’t get me wrong, down at those levels a LOT of dpsers have the horrible habit of running away when they get aggro, but hunters are guaranteed to do it. Every time.
Or is it just that you can be pretty certain that any low level hunter is an alt, and thus they aren’t true hunters, not in their hearts. So really, those are all just ret pallies and DKs that are raging asshats?