Name and stats are subject to change, and may just be placeholder values at this point in the PTR.
(2) Set: Arcane and Multi-shot reduce the cooldown of Rapid Fire by 2 seconds per cast.
(4) Set: Explosive Shot casts have a 40% chance to increase the number of charges your next Lock & Load effect has. Instant Aimed Shots reduce the cast time of your next Aimed Shot by 50%. Offensive abilities used during Bestial Wrath increase all damage dealt by 2% stacking up to 15 times.
Set Bonus Notes:
The big question surrounding this is: will the 2-piece bonus make Arcane so good that we give up our signature shots? There’s a couple things to consider here. First, the upcoming patch notes (more in a day or two on this) have Arcane with a damage boost, but ALSO a substantial focus cost increase. Undoubtedly, the set bonus will make it more worthwhile to cast Arcane, but it remains to be seen whether it will replace signature shots. “Wait and see” is the correct response here, especially because there’s no way they’re done tweaking with 5.4
Also, in the past Blizzard has buffed signature shots to make sure hunters keep casting them. My prediction is that it will remain worth it to cast our signature shots, set bonus or not. This may require additional tweaking from Blizzard, but they won’t keep us with a simplified rotation for long.
Ghostcrawler recently tweeted that ilvls aren’t set for 5.4 just yet, but that they’re leaning toward the following: 528 LFR, 536 Flex, 553 Normal, 566 Heroic. So the stats on the gear may fluctuate in the coming weeks.
Ignoring the Arcane controversy for a moment (which I do hope gets resolved, and predict that it will), I love the idea behind both set bonuses. In the past, many of our set bonuses have been passive. In other words, there was a damage increase somehow, but we weren’t asked to do anything. But both of these bonuses imply a new or adjusted mechanic, that will allow us to alter our approach and rotation to get the most out of it. I can foresee hunters, for example, delaying Bestial Wrath by a few seconds and running off a few Arcane shots, so that Rapid Fire comes off of cooldown and can pair with BW. At that point, the extra shots will increase the damage buff of the 4-piece BW more quickly. Synergy like that, and the planning that goes into it, is VERY cool to me.