Hello. I'm creating a list of the top 10 positive Hunter changes since Burning Crusade. I'm trying to avoid talking about individual spells. What are your suggestions?
1. More Classes can be Hunters: Humans, Worgen, Goblins, Undead, Pandaren
2. The Hunter “Dead Zone” was removed in patch 2.3 – info here.
3. Aspect of the Pack is now raid wide
4. Call Stabled Pet: This new ability lets the hunter remotely access the stable
5. Stablemasters can now accommodate two additional pets.
6. Pets now have their own trees.
7. Aspect of the Cheetah: Can now be learned at level 16. (3.2)
8. The time that traps will exist in the world after being put down has been reduced to 30 seconds (3.2)
9. Traps can be set while in combat, but require a 2 second arming time. (2.1)
10. Hunters Can Throw Traps
11. Ammo has been removed from the game. (4.0)
12. Five pets can now be stored with the hunter at all times. Any one of these five pets can be summoned via the Call Pet ability. (4.0)
13. Focus has replaced mana as a new resource (4.0)
14. The Stable will now store 20 pets. If a pet is moved into the Stable, its talents are wiped. (4.0)
15. Hunters can now use Auto Shot while moving. (4.0)
16. Tame Beast now tames pets to match the hunter's level (4.1)
17. The Happiness/Pet Loyalty System has been removed. Hunters will no longer have to manage Happiness for their pets, and the previous damage bonus for pets being happy will now be baseline for all tamed pets. (4.1)
18. The Aggressive pet stance has been removed and replaced with the Assist stance. This stance will cause the player's pet to attack the player's target. The pet will not change targets unless the master attacks a new target for a few seconds. (4.2)
19. The Defensive pet stance will now only cause the player's pet to attack enemies which attack the pet or the master. (4.2)
I’d like to present a counterpoint to the positive spin on your list, and I mean no disrespect in doing so. The following are just from my own perspective as a hunter since my realm first opened (2006 or so):
1 Not awful, but more homogenization is not good.
2 The ‘original dead zone’ was in fact very difficult to deal with versus reasonably skilled players. The next so-call ‘dead-zone’ was appropriate, as it required the hunter to use his tool box to maintain distance. The current iteration? “Hunter For Dummies”.
4 Negative. Convenient? Yes. Hunter flavor? Decidedly not.
5 Not sure I understand this one.
6 Negative. Back in the day a special pet was indeed special, as was learning the skills needed to teach the pet. Currently it’s terribly dumbed-down.
9 As old school as I am, having to drop combat to set a trap was too much. This is a positive change.
10 In PVP I think this was needed. In PVE I’ll bet one hunter in ten couldn’t trap a mob the way it used to be done. The finesse sometimes needed was actually quite a thing to watch on a really good hunter.
11 Bad. Bad. Bad. Hunter flavor gone. Working our way through the minefield of requirements to get to that next level of ammo was a test of perseverance and dedication.. Those things are gone.
12 For pet lovers? Positive. For others? Meh.
13 Blizzard has figured out the focus needs, just like they had figured out the mana needs. This one’s a wash.
14 See number 12.
15 Negative. A simple skill that was nonetheless required to play at higher levels. Allowing auto-shot while moving was another dumb-down change.
16 Negative for sure. Taming pets and training them in the world, while also learning the skills you wanted to teach them was part of being a dedicated hunter. This change makes it all about end-game. And this change is exploited frequently by arena hunters.
17 Negative. Our pets are now just a DOT. We don’t wean them, we no longer train them to know certain skills, they are no longer unique in any shape or sense, and the hunter no longer has any sort of bond with them. The way it is now, while streamlined, fast, easy and convenient, is a shadow of the old way. New hunters will never know the real joy.
18 Negative. Blizzard bowed to complaining rogues and in doing so made our pets look like they’re leashed with a yo-yo.