05/08/2013 07:18 AM
Posted by Verdash
Hunters were reworked ( not as much as warlocks, of course) in the cataclysm systems patch. The odds of getting another major focus patch for hunters any time soon are slim to none.
We were not re-worked, our Resource system was replaced. It wasn't even redesigned (i.e. Locks all received a unique secondary Resource; ours was replacing Mana with Focus for everything except Counter-attack).
While some things changed (arcane shot geting no cd, cobra shot for sv and BM keeping serpent sting up, loss of viper aspect and viper siting) most of our play style and priority did not change. Sure, aimed shot got a big change, but nothing in the realm of having to completely relearn the class.
Locks that weren't playing aflic had to completely relearn their class with the broad, sweeping changes that were made.
An overhaul is when changes are so dramatic that you end up playing your class in a completely different manner, Survival pre cata was still making most of traps/black arrow, lock and load procs, and steady shot when everything else was on cd, only big differences now are multi shot being a powerful aoe (esp coupled with serpent spread), arcane shot having no cd and not sharing explosive shots cd, and no more volley, and we are using cobra shot (esentialy steady shot) to generate our primary resource instead of cutting our dps in half to regenerate mana.
BM was still Blow BW and use as many spells and abilities as possible, and use KC on cd, the big change is BW being a burst cd, due to arcane shot not having a cd, and KC being a nuke instead of a "boost next 3 basic attacks from pet by X damage" ability, along with multi shot being aoe dmg, beast cleave, and pet aoes.
Some pieces of our play style changed, but most of it remained the same, where as locks from cata to mists had their play style completely changed, instead of keeping dots up, using cds, and casting shadow bolt/fire spells when appropriate/on cd, it is now different for Demo and destruction. demo building demonic fury, then going demon and spending it, building it out of demon form, and burning it heavily when you have big cds. Destruction became build burning embers and use chaos bolt or fire and brimstone when appropriate to spend them.