I agree, I've been playing DH for about 8 months and can safely say they require way more skill and focus than other classes, I like this, but what I don't like is how other classes steamroll all over us with less investment and time added.
I read most of these threads (so so long) and have seen some great options.
First the Shadow Power buff to either 2 minutes OR on a crit/sec option is great.
This will put it on par with every other class, but it would still be worse than mantra's and Berserker (which is just ridiculous when compared side by side with SP)
Also the faster a Hunter attacks, the worse it is for hatred regen. Either decrease hatred cost, or add a mod to a passive which grants hatred on crit (similar to nightstalker).
AT this point 80% of DH passives are never used because they are HORRIBLE. They also have the worst passive in the game in Hot Pursuit (who thought of this, then capped it, I don't wanna know).
Your forced to take Nightstaker and Gloom/Smokescreen and sometimes Prep. Thats THREE discipline spenders just so we can face tank, cause there is no other choice unless you wanna run around for 5 minutes kiting the same 4 mobs with extra health. My dps isn't great, but I never spent real money, and have gotten to 180k~ I usually run MP5, and it takes me time to kill elite packs, I can only imagine MP10. Each upgrade piece cost me 50-100 million PLUS.
This isnt worth it when you can make a Barb/Monk for under 50 million and do everything faster and take more damage, and have buffs running consistantly. I just don't play them cause I find them boring. Don't like Wiz builds cause only 2 exist and why should I roll a WD to compensate? I wanna play my DH but not when every single other class is better, for cheaper, doesn't add up, bad game design.
Items wont help alone, skills need to be buffed, passives need hardcore rework, they are all almost useless. And FYI who in the world would use Rapid Fire when you have to stand in 1 spot and eat hundreds of shots from mobs that you can't do crap about? We have to keep spamming defensive skill, why would we stand there all day? Not like we can anyway, you still run out of hatred too fast, then it's back to square one, run (not kite, but actually run) until you get resource back, running and kiting is 2 different things, if we DO kite, it should be effective and its not, so you run and have to backup in a corner to start face tanking again AND take 30% extra damage. I don't see the logic behind it, and im shocked there has been no response on this matter after 85 pages.
Some form of response would be awesome, but I feel like this is a bigger issue cause of the PvP thing. They can't balance it. Don't know why they would cause they said PvP isnt balanced anyway. Blizzard stumps me.