Q: Would you tell me your thoughts about the recent PvP balance? I’m wondering about the future plans that Devs has on PvP balance change. For example, only a few number of Hunter are found in the Arena and this has not been changed for years. - Stormnreaker (Korea)
A: We are pretty happy with PvP balance overall. We think this season may be the best overall in terms of balance. There are definitely some areas where we can improve. Remember that part of our goal with Cataclysm was to encourage more players to try Rated Battlegrounds as an alternative to Arenas. Some classes that struggle in Arena, like hunters and Balance druids, perform very well in Battlegrounds. We recognize that Rated Battlegrounds haven’t yet caught on with players, especially more casual PvP players, as much as we’d like.
Q: What do the developers think of the current state of hunters? (PVP balance) – Albevil (Europe [Spanish])
A: Hunters are good for very skilled players and particularly in Rated Battlegrounds. Our challenge has always been to make the class a little more forgiving to play in PvP at the medium level without making them unbeatable in the hands of a truly talented player. We think the recent changes, such as Auto Shot on the move and allowing Deterrence to prevent attacks that typically always hit, will help bridge that gap. We’re starting to discuss more whether hunters need the opportunity to do some damage in melee range instead of always focusing on escape. While the hunter is ultimately a ranged class, it is true that other casters can make the decision to keep casting while in melee range, even if they suffer consequences for doing so.
This is pretty sad right here.
1) Telling us to do rated BG's is like telling a class that can't perform very well in end game Raiding to not worry because they can always do Heroics. Also, do you know how hard it is for a guy like me to get a consistent arena team going, let alone 10 people to do rated bgs?
2) I think it's a tragedy of design that Blizzard is willing to let hunter's languish based on the QQ of other high rated players. Saying we can't get buffs because the better will only get stronger. Why do we have to fly a Helicopter when other classes get to drive a Kia Rio (thanks for that analogy Threats)? Rogues are completely OP in the hands of people like Reckful and that is totally ok. But if a Hunter performs that well, it's nerf city. Why do you guys do this? Where is your logic? Look at Reckful, 3000 rated Rogue and he is UNBEATABLE and that's ok? 117-4 this season and he personally is 54-1. Why is that ok?
3) The bottom line is that it appears you guys are never, ever going to give hunters anything that is going to help them be anything but bottom of the barrel in terms of pvp. Although Design has put a lot of time and effort into hunters, the Hunter community feels like Design has failed the class in terms of PvP and continue to fail it while sticking to the same rhetoric.
I'm sorry if it sounds like I'm ranting. I'm not mad, just disappointed to the point that I feel sick to my stomach.