Hello, and welcome to my Hunter Class guide for all specializations that include Survival, Marksman, and Beast Mastery, my name is Wiigan, one of the Core Hunters of Demonic Hordes and Alt Run Core Leader. In this guide, as you can imagine, is here to help you get started off raiding as a hunter.
How this will go is I will break down the three hunter specs into branches. I would advise you test each one to see if it fits your style. Good Hunting.
Stat Priority: Agility (Your most important stat)>Multistrike>Mastery=Versatility>Crit>Haste
Glaive Toss (in single-target situations; if you have chosen this talent) or pre-cast Cobra shot, after you popped your pot.
Murder of Crows or Stampede (which ever talent choice you took)
Kill Shot on CD(below 35% Health)
Proceed unto dpsing.
Stat Priority: Agility>Crit>Multistike>Versatility>Mastery>Haste
The reason why crit is so valued is that it benefits Aimed Shot. Each critical Aimed Shot gains Focus back allowing you to either effectively shoot another Aimed Shot or, Chimera Shot, which takes priority over Aimed Shot.
Marksmanship as a unique benefit when you stand in one place for an extended period. You'll gain a buff called Sniper Training which increases your damage done by a small amount, it's really not noticeable on the charts unless you're standing idle for long periods of time of about 10 seconds. Fights that allow you to be still for a period of time might allow you to pick Focusing Shot which is better than Lone Wolf, but only for fights where there is little movement up to about 5 seconds. For instance fights like, The Butcher.
Chimera Shot(Keep on Cool Down)
Murder of Crows or Stampede
Aimed Shot (Thrill of the Hunt, and Focus dumper)
Kill Shot on CD (At 35% Health; takes priority over everything but Chimera Shot)
Steady SHot 2x or 3x, depending on where your focus might be. Focusing Shot (Talent if chosen) only once.
Stat Priority: Agility>Mastery>Multistrike>Haste>Crit>Versatility
Pre-pot, pre-cast Cobra Shot
Kill Command (On CD)
Arcane Shot (Dump excess focus)
Focus Fire (use on 5/5; or when it turns shiny)
Plan ahead, what you are going to do and how to keep your CD's on Cool down. DON'T EVER CAP or Hit Low Focus, this is a major DPS loss. If you know you are going to focus dump, make sure to plan 2x Cobra/Steady Shots in, or if you're about to Cap on Focus, don't waste another 1.5 to 2.0 seconds casting Cobra/Steady Shot, dump some focus and then do it.
Talent Choices for each spec (What you should use, but that's just my preference):
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