Now that the WHU is under new management, let’s set some ground rules:
From this point on, Guns AND Bows are acceptable for use. Follow your dps.
End of the Tyranny
I like Dwarves. They can stay. But this is now a safe zone for elves as well.
Gnomes are still to be ostracized whenever possible. They can’t even be hunters, so I’m not sure what purpose they serve.
This is, and should always be, the bedrock of the WHU. Pay your dues. Do the little things. Be the best hunter you can be. Be the best anything else you can be.
I don’t want the earlier sections to lead you believe I’m the anti-Frost. I have the same soulless devotion to dps and min-maxing, a trait largely inherited from the way Frostheim did business. MM on top? Fine, screw BM. Sporebat is the best pet? Awesome, forget this awesome rare I just tamed. I’ve never much cared for rare tames or achievement hunting, and I’m furious when I screw up a fight mechanic or lose to someone I think I should beat on the dps meter.
Even before I knew WoW existed, I gravitated toward hunter-style characters in books, video games, TV and movies. I modded my copy of The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion so I could have a companion pet to fight alongside me. I’ve chosen a hunter-esque character in more games – tabletop or video games – than I can count. My favorite fictional character is Drizzt Do’Urden. I’m putting together a semi-authentic hunter/ranger outfit to wear at various events (Renn Faires, Comic Cons, etc.). It includes a functional bow, and some period garb that should fill out the costume nicely. And when I first bought WoW and took the manual into the crapper with me to figure out which class I should pick, I read through them all once and knew exactly which class I had to play. At this point, you guys have my “WoW Bio” but I thought it was important to share these tidbits with you, because it’s not just WoW hunters I enjoy but the whole mentality of the class from a roleplaying perspective.
What do you want to see on the WHU? I’m going to be keeping the WHU updated with news (patch notes, press releases, etc.) and providing commentary based on my experience with the class. But I’m not currently raiding. Despite a long history of heroic raiding, soloing, pet tanking, some PvP, etc., my play-time has been entirely casual for a couple months now, and will likely stay that way for the immediate future. So there are elements of the class I can’t speak on right now.
So some of your suggestions might require guest bloggers. Others might not be possible. Others might be covered extensively elsewhere in the hunter world, and we can highlight them. The WHU won’t become the WHH, but it also won’t be a one-man show. I want to spread the love.
I’ve always seen the WHU as a composite site. Not just a blue tracker, not just a guide repository, not just an opinion column, not just pet stuff and tree-hugging, not just patch and expansion notes. But some of all of those things and more. As much as possible, I hope to keep that alive, even if we’re shorter on some of the more hardcore aspects of raiding and PvP than we were for a long time.
I have the last installment of hunter poetry to post tomorrow, then goal #1 for next week will be to catch up on PTR notes. Beyond that, we’ll see. I have a guest blogger lined up for some soloing articles, and there are some stats I’d like to catch up on as we head into 5.4. As always, feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d make the email clickable for easier access, but when I do that the spammers attack…so pay yer dues and copy/paste it :-)