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According to WoW Census, they're about as popular as any other class these days.
There are only three low played classes @ lvl 80, which are Warlock, Rogue and Shaman, everything else is sitting at about 10% or above.
Edited by Kuban on 11/27/2010 11:37 AM PST
I've played with great hunters and terrible hunters. Most of the time the difference lies in failure to assist target and pet control. If you can master pressing "F" and manually controlling your pet you should be just fine.
Of course, with Cataclysm's return to increased use of crowd control in instances, I would expect to see ability to kite and trap properly added to the definition of great hunter once again, at least for raids and dungeons at mid-higher levels.
No, the "huntard" stigma is much less prevalent these days.
A truly bad hunter can still make quite a mess, but it's no longer assumed that every hunter is that terrible until proven otherwise.
It's now deathknights that are feared for their ability to make a run harder than it would be without them.
69 Night Elf Hunter
Stupid players get bad reputations. Class doesn't matter.
this. I think hunters have had a bad rep because they're an easy leveling class for a new player. Noobs tend not to be very good in groups, because they're..er.. noobs?
I agree that the new dungeon content that is focusing on crowd control will do a better job bringing out the disparity between good and bad hunters. But not just hunters, all classes. No more aoe zergs! thank the old gods. Bring back marking, focus firing, sheeps, ice blocks, mind controls, all that fun stuff. I haven't seen a sheep in a 5 man in 2 years!
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