Saturday, October 16, 2010

4.0.1 Hunter Tricks: Worm AOE DPS!

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So I thought I would tank about one of the ways I have been able to see high DPS after the recent WoW 4.0.1 patch.

As I was looking over the hunter pet changes I was keeping my eye open for any pets that do AOE damage. Previous to this patch the bear was a respectable AOE pet with Swipe as well as Thunderclap. This along with Volley were the bread and butter of my AOE DPS strategy while farming heroic dungeons for emblems.



This the removal of Volley and the transferring of our Multi-shot into out main source of AOE I really wanted to punch up the AOE damage somehow. I found my answer when they announced the Worm pet's special Beast Mastery ability Burrow Attack. Here is the tooltip from wowhead.com:
Burrow AttackLevel 80
30 Focus35 yd range
Instant30 sec cooldown
The Worm burrows into the earth, shaking the ground above dealing (231 + ((RAP * 0.40) * 0.24)) Nature damage over 8 sec.
Now I got excited when I knew that we would have an AOE pet but how would it hold up as far as DPS goes? The first time I used it it was bugged and only did 4-5 damage per hit but the next PTR patch remidied that and also start my love affair with Worm AOE DPS.

There are a few things you need to prepare if you are going to maximise the AOE DPS of a Worm pet. My personal favorite Worm is the semi-transparent Disembodied Jormungar (PetopiaWowhead).

The first thing you will need to do is have a Beast Mastery spec and have tamed a Worm.

The second thing you will need is a macro so you can cast Burrow Attack on demand. The following macro will allow you to do this.

/cast Burrow Attack

The second thing to note is the timing of the ability. You will want to start hammering this ability when the worm is up at the mobs you want to AOE. To help ensure your pet gets to the mobs quickly you will want to take all movement increasing abilities in your pet talent tree.

Once your pet is near the enemies hammer the macro until you see your Worm burrow and see rocks coming up out of the ground. If it's a large pack that is taking a while to go down you may have to cast it a second time.

Now that we have our pets AOE squared away it's time for us to maximize our own. Since our worm is burrowed and doing his own thing we won't be casting Kill Command which frees up our focus to use on Multi-shot. I personally always have my tank as my focus target and have the following Misdirection macro set.

/cast [target=focus] Misdirection

I use this macro right before I start spamming Multi-shot. For most trash packs I have enough focus for 3 or so Multi-shots. I only focus on Multi-shot while doing AOE packs.

Using these techniques I often am top damage in 5-man heroics and my pet easily out DPSes myself.

In conclusion if you are a hunter in 4.0.1 and are looking for a way to boost your AOE DPS as well as your DPS in general then a Worm is something you will definitely give a try.

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