Legion Alpha: the Beast Mastery Hunter and its flawed new fantasy

Change is good, they say. And hard. And even harder when it doesn’t feel nearly as appealing as it did back in August, when Legion and its inherent changes to WoW were firstly discussed. Undoubtedly, there’s been a growing number of concerns about the Hunter class changes both in terms of mechanics and aesthetics. I believe that most Hunter players currently agree that a good portion of the tentative changes seem way too drastic, making the Hunter feel like a totally different class than the one we know and love so much. Today, however, I will be talking about a very specific concern which, honestly, has been stirring in my head ever since before Beast Mastery became available for testing in the Alpha. Remember that poll before I wrote about Dark Rangers in Legion?

In the end, I hadn’t wrote about this topic earlier not only because it didn’t seem to be a topic of interest to my followers, but also because I’d decided to wait for the spec to be unlocked for testing and see what it brought to the table by then. It’s difficult to write about Legion Alpha when you don’t have Alpha access, and after I learned that my current laptop doesn’t even meet the mininum system requirements for the new expansion, all of my hopes for Alpha or Beta access have instantly died. But I love this game so I’ll keep the feedback coming in any way I can. And since I am unable to test things myself, I’ll keep focusing on the more aesthetic aspects of the game (such as ‘fantasy’, if you’d like).

But yes, Beast Mastery Hunters.

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Legion Hunters and Mechanical Pets in the Class Fantasy

Disclaimer: this is gonna be a quite extense and biased post. You have been warned.

Back in November, the WoW community was caught by surprise when creative director Alex Afrasiabi tweeted a screenshot of a character screen indicating that not only Gnome Hunters will be coming to the game in the next expansion, but also mechanicals as a new Hunter pet family. Players initially assumed that this would work as an exclusive racial feature for Gnomes and Goblins, perhaps expanded to all Engineer hunters. In fact, mechanical pets will be available for both Gnomes and Goblins from the start, but it appears that hunters of every other race will also be able to learn how to “tame” and control these creatures, thanks to a special device crafted by Engineers- much like the Ancient Tome of Dinomancy from MoP, which allowed us to tame Direhorns.

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WoW Legion and the Dark Ranger fantasy

Hello everybody! It’s been a while since I last updated this page as RL has been taking over my daily life and I also got back to raiding with my guild. Today, I am finally taking some time to write about a theme which has been making the Warcraft community pretty excited: the possibility of Dark Rangers in WoW Legion.

Before we get into the thing I’d just like to thank everyone who voted on my recent poll. There are so many Hunter themes I would like to write about, including other ideas which were not included in this poll, and I was curious to know what people were most interested in so I could hit that first. Hopefully I’ll be able to approach each and every one of these themes, either way.

But yes, Dark Rangers.

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Legion Beta: Potential Hunter Talents

Legion Alpha is now available and a lot of datamining has been happening for the last few days. Both MMO Champion and Wowhead have been posting huge data dumps at great speed, including talent calculators. Today’s blog is a brief overview on what we know about hunter talents so far. These are only my personal highlights, so feel free to go to official websites to see everything in more detail.

Just a little disclaimer: remember, we are still very early in the beta and everything presented is subject to change. Many of the things we’ve been seeing may already have been changed or even removed. Please have this in mind. Datamining is far from being 100% believable.

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Legion Beta: Professions, New Mounts, Class Hall Followers and more

Initial data for the WoW Legion beta is now available! Throughout the day, the community has been bombarded with tons of information and pictures hinting a lot of amazing stuff which might be making their way into the game next expansion. This post is a very brief overview of what we know so far; for all the information, strings and pictures, feel free to check the entire coverages by MMO Champion and Wowhead.

***WARNING* This post may contain SPOILERS regarding questlines, dungeons and side stories such as artifacts. If you’d rather see the new things for yourself, please do not continue. You have been warned.***

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Transmog Tuesday – This Hunter is Prepared for Legion!

Are you still aboard the Legion train? Today, we’re taking a break from my Legion Preview & Impressions series, for a different Legion themed post (ha!). It’s been over a week since Blizzcon ended and I’m still so excited for the new expansion. Back in August, right after Legion was unveiled during Gamescom in Germany, I made this speed transmogrification set for my hunter and was pretty happy with how it came out. More recently, I shared the item list on a community spotlight on Eluvia‘s blog. If you play a hunter and are a transmog junkie like me, then you should really have a look at her project because she’s amazingly talented at assembling unique looking sets!

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BlizzCon 2015 – WoW Legion Preview & Impressions [Part 2]: Hunter Artifacts

Each Artifact is a symbol of the might of the Hunter that wields it. Names have power—learn those of these mythic weapons well, for they will be your constant companions against the deadliest foe you’ve faced yet.

Hello everybody and welcome to second part of my WoW Legion Preview & Impressions series. In these, I will be talking about my personal impressions on some of the upcoming expansion’s features, namely the ones I am looking forward to the most. These include Hunter related stuff, zones and lore and other miscellaneous features and systems. Yesterday I made a summary of the recently announced Hunter class changes and today I’m moving to something closely related, Hunter artifacts.

One of the things that I’m most excited for in Legion is the focus on class identity. While the mechanical class changes being announced this week do help a lot to achieve this goal, the fact that each artifact and thus each spec will get some lore surrounding their respective fantasy takes it to an even higher level.

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