5.4 PTR is well underway, and hunters have a few small but important changes. Keep in mind, the PTR is always subject to change, and we likely haven’t see everything yet (and they may tweak the abilities listed below).
Arcane Shot had its damage and focus cost increased by 50%.
Aspect of the Iron Hawk now reduces all damage taken by 10%, down from 15%.
Silencing Shot is no longer a talent and is now an ability for Marksman Hunters.
Binding Shot is no longer a Marksman Hunter ability and is once again a talent.
Notes and Thoughts:
- Arcane Shot is going to be the most discussed, because the recent hotfix to Arcane means that it’s dangerously close to being as good as our signature shots. Add that to the upcoming set bonuses, and the gap is even smaller. As I said yesterday, Blizzard has historically wanted us using our full rotation. If hunters suddenly switch to a Serpent/Arcane/Cobra or Steady rotation, changes will likely be swift.
- All the recent Arcane Shot changes may make Thrill of the Hunt a much better talent. Stay tuned as we learn more about that.
- The switch of Binding and Silencing is a nerf to PvP. I guess the silver lining is, hunters were quite good in PvP, so they needed nerfed. The bad news is, the nerfs are coming. I know it’s tough guys, but let’s hold out hope that hunters are still in a good place in PvP post-5.4.
- Aspect of the Iron Hawk isn’t a hunter-only nerf. Rather, it is, but lots of other classes are having their best damage mitigation talents nerfed as well. Iron Hawk was the consensus “best” for most hunters in both PvE and PvP, so it likely need to be brought in line with our other talents. More than anything, this seems to be a general balancing issue, but isn’t hitting us any harder than many classes.