Hunter PvP Part 1 Contents:
Human – Every Man For Himself – The human racial acts as a PvP trinket and opens the door to many different trinket options. You can go double PvE trinket for mass damage, or run with double PvP with the on-use and proc for a mix between resilience and damage. One of the better racials if you have access to crazy PvE trinkets.
Night Elf – Shadowmeld – Shadowmeld is one of the more interesting racials in the game. It has the unique ability to make you drop combat, and also acts as an extra feign. It has the even more unique advantage of being able to “Immune” damage, or a cast on you, if you time it correctly.
Dwarf – Stoneform – Stoneform is a great racial if you happen to be the target other teams train(which is most often the hunter). And you grow in size. How awesome.
Draenei – Gift Of The Narru – A pretty “meh” racial, in my opinion compared to others. It just doesn’t heal fast enough to be that effective.
Worgen – Darkflight – Amazing racial for mobility, great for battlegrounds and is quite useful in arena.
The human racial here stands out for the sheer amount of options it opens up for you. The dwarf racial is again a great defensive racial if you find yourself being the target, but not too useful if you aren’t the target dummy of the team. Darkflight is very viable for either battleground or arena usage, but pales in comparison to the human racial. I’d recommend Human for a rushdown comp, and Dwarf for comps where you find yourself the target the most.
Orc – Blood Fury – Can’t go wrong with a little extra ap.
Undead – Will of The Forsaken – One of the better racials. Very useful since spriests and warlocks are a hunter’s bane.
Troll – Berserking – Decent with Rapid fire. Stacks for crazy Aimed Shot casts.
Tauren – War Stomp – Not too great for a hunter to be honest. You’re rarely meant to be in melee range, but moreso than that, there’s not that much you can do in the 2 seconds other than try to flatter the melee that’s sitting on you with compliments.
Blood Elf – Arcane Torrent – One of the best racials around. This baby can turn the tide of a battle or seal the kill against the other team by silencing the healer, or even saving your own or a friend by silencing one of their dps.
Goblin – Rocket Jump – Another good racial for mobility. Can be amazing for eating traps that would otherwise cc your healer for 8 seconds, getting away from that warrior chewing your ass, or even get around that corner to get a kill shot on the fleeing mage.
For Horde you’ve got the choice between a fear breaker, a rocket jump, and a silence. It really comes down to playstyle and what you feel you need for your comp. Overall, I would choose Human for Alliance, and Blood Elf for Horde, but feel free to play with what you think looks best. There’s no point playing a race you don’t like the look of.
Gearing for PvP nowadays as a hunter is a little different from early Cata. Your gearing is also quite dependent on what type of comp you’re running, and whether you’re going to be the squishiest target. I’d highly recommend for pvp, running with the 2pc t13, even if it’s LFR quality. The focus is A-MA-ZING for hunters.
What To Get First:
– Trinkets – The ~400 or so resilience from trinkets easily makes them the first purchase for your PvP set, as it’s the biggest upgrade.
– Weapon – A major upgrade if you’ve just recently dinged. It only takes a few days to earn the required honor to buy it. It’s important to note that 2h is far better than 2x1h due to stats.
– Main set – The 2 set and 4 set bonuses are great and should be attained first before any other offset gear.
– Everything else. – Rings/Offset etc.
How To Gear:
– Arena – First and foremost, and I cannot stress this enough, fill your conquest cap every week. Get those points! It’s the easier/laziest way to gear up.
– Rated Battlegrounds – The emphasis and reliance that blizzard has placed now on grinding rated battleground rating for points instead of arena rating has pigeon holed those who want to be/stay competitive in arena into farming RBGs. It’s quite annoying but it is an area where hunters shine and are quite fun to play in. After you get full Ruthless, I’d suggest trying to get into a low match maker rating(MMR) rated battleground group to increase your conquest cap per week, as just 2k rating in rated battlegrounds is something retarded like 2.8k conquest points a week.
– Battlegrounds – Any will do, just sit in the back and shoot stuff. Try to help your team and don’t farm HKs in mid, as tempting as it is to go 1vX and walk away with 110% health like I know you can, you’re better off being a team player. Hunters offer so much crowd control in battlegrounds and a few clutch traps and silences here and there can win the battleground for your team.
– Crafted sets – I wouldn’t really recommend bothering with buying any. Just grind a Call to Arms weekend and get full ruthless.
*Important*Reforging and Stat Weights:
Marks/SV: Hit (until you are at the 5% hit cap)> Agility > Crit > Haste > Mastery
BM: Hit (Until you are at the 5% hit cap) Agility > Crit > Mastery > Haste
For Marks and SV, reforge your mastery into crit, and then any haste to crit or hit if needed, and for BM, reforge haste into crit. Do not drop below 5% hit.
– Ruthless or Cataclysmic with resilience. You can buy a crit once to swap out, depending on how much resilience you’re comfortable running around in. keep in mind the Cataclysmic resilience trinket is a whole 6.12% damage reduction compared to 2.70% crit.
Secondary trinkets(Human hunters will take two of these):
Non-humans will run with the Cataclysmic PvP trinket and aim for the Vial of Shadows(Best in Slot right now) or the Badge of conquest. I rate Badge over insignia due to the fact that games are won during burst windows during a CC chain, not your overall dps. Humans will want to run with Vial of Shadows and Badge.
Head – Arcanum of Vicious Agility
Shoulders – Greater Inscription of Vicious Agility
Back – Enchant Cloak – Greater Spell Piercing
Chest – Enchant Chest – Mighty Resilience
Bracer – Enchant Bracer – Agility
Gloves – Enchant Gloves – Agility. Engineers get Synapse Springs
Waist – Ebonsteel Belt Buckle(Gem with 40/50+agi)
Pants – Dragonscale Leg Armour or Charscale Leg Armour – Choice between offensive/defensive, though I would go with Charscale because of how well Agi scales.
Feet – Enchant Boots – Assassin’s Step *NOTE*: We’re using movement speed enchants on the feet because we’ll be using the Agile Shadowspirit Diamond Meta.
2h – Pyrium Weapon Chain
Ranged – Flintlocke’s Woodchucker
In full PvP gear, you will have 1 meta, 3 red slots, 3 blue slots, 3 yellow slots and 1 prismatic. You’re also going to want ~220 Spell penetration so your magical shots and some damaging shots wont get resisted.
Meta slot – Agile Shadowspirit Diamond Meta
Yellow slot – Lucent Lava Coral