Hunter 2-piece T15 Set Bonus: Your Steady Shot and Cobra Shot have a chance to summon a Thunderhawk to fight for you for the next 10 sec.
*yawn* Another summoned pet. So at any given point, we can have 5 pets from Stampede, a flock of crows, a Dire Beast Pet, and now this. We get it, Blizzard. We’re the pet class. Find a new gimmick. Seriously though, this is neither good nor bad, but isn’t really a dynamic set bonus. This IS affected by BM mastery, but the proc rates for the various specs are different to account for this, so it looks like dps for this proc will be fairly similar for all specs.
Hunter 4-piece T15 Set Bonus: Your Arcane Shot and Multi-shot have a chance to trigger a Lightning Arrow at the target, dealing 100% weapon damage as nature.
This also has spec implications. SV’s mastery bonus (increased nature dmg.), and the fact that you’re probably casting more multi-shots in SV anyway (it’s the default AoE spec right now) means that this will be a big deal for SV hunters.
So if we want to determine a “winner” it’s probably SV, but only slightly, and only with the 4-piece.
Arth’s Set Bonus Proposal:
It’s not a new idea to want to choose our own set bonus from among ANY set bonus. So, for example, if you’re doing some soloing, you could wear your T14 but use the T5 set bonus that gives us extra healing to our pet.
But here’s my variation on that: Only allow this feature on non-LFR gear. And only allow the player to choose set bonuses equal to or lower than the gear level. In other words, T13 gear couldn’t use the t14 bonus, but could use Tiers 1-13.
Would there be a “best” set bonus for single target and AoE? Of course. It’s the nature of the beast. But with some proper balancing, we could switch between as many as 3-4 bonuses depending on the boss fight or spec we use, and would have 1-2 others available to us for things like soloing and tanking. And making it non-LFR-only means that you’re providing a perk that encourages raid progression. LFR was created so all players could “see the content” and help them gear up. And it does that well. But other than the half-ilvl upgrade, there aren’t perks for the hardcore raiders who are running both LFR and regulars each week to stay on the cutting edge of progression. This would solve that issue.
What are your thoughts on the T15 bonuses, or set bonuses in general?