Patch 5.4.2 is out, and it didn’t bring anything big for hunters. But there were a few small changes:
- Deterrence modified by the talent Crouching Tiger, Hidden Chimera should now correctly provide immunity to physical interrupt effects.
- Revive Pet now has a casting time of 2 seconds (down from 4 seconds).
- Resolved an issue where Battle Pets were incorrectly receiving the Spirit Bond talent
PvP Stealth Change
Pets can no longer be dismissed while in arenas. This may come as a disappointment to PvP hunters, but the frequent dismissing of pets was a strategy that was never intended by Blizzard’s designers, so the change was going to happen eventually one way or another.
It should also be noted that buffs from non-active pets also fade in arena. This isn’t a 5.4.2 thing, but might still be something that PvP hunters were used to having. So the old strategy of summoning multiple pets pre-match to buff you and your arena partners will no longer work. This, again, is to align arenas with the intended usage for hunter pets, and is likely a long-term balancing issue.
WHU Guild Server Merge
The Icecrown server, which is home to the WHU all-dwarven-hunter guild, is being merged with Malygos. This shouldn’t greatly affect anything, but will increase the server population. In general, I like Blizzard’s push for more and more connected realms.