Once upon A time I started reading WoW related blogs.
I did not do this because I suddenly decided to wander the wilds of the interwebs looking for fun and interesting things to entertain me. I did it because I got my ass handed to me in the first instance I ever tried to run. I wrote about it in Everything I need to know about WoW I learned in the Barrens, and how that run colored my expectations of Pugs for a long long time.
Actually, come to think about it, that pug is not even in my top 10 for suckage anymore. Live and learn I guess.
Anyhow, that pug is where I discovered the awesomeness that was a well played vanilla WoW Hunter. It made such an impression that I abandoned my Druid and rolled a Hunter myself.
I played a Hunter. Ok, I won’t lie, a series of Hunters, ever since.
Right now on my various servers I have eight or nine of them, including three at the level cap and one over seventy.
Lets Just say that I am acquainted with Hunters and Huntering.
In the early days of my Huntering journey I was told of a few places to go for information about Hunters and their pets. Back when you had to go out and tame beasts to learn the skills to go back and teach your main pet. I began reading Petopia and Big Red Kitty. Studying those two I learned quite a bit. Then I started making my way down BRK’s blogroll looking for other sites.
Many of the sites I found there I still follow today, almost three expansions later.
There were a good many more that have since gone dark, and a good many more that I discovered since, but those stand out as the ones that have been on my reader the longest.
Eventually I even went on to become a blogger myself and started writing here, nearly two and a half years gone by now.
I wrote about what interested me, and still do. In the early days it was all about leveling through Outlands and getting ready to start Karazhan. Then it was getting ready for Wrath and gearing up for Northrends challenges. Lately it’s just been quiet as my enthusiasm for the game has waned.
Too much waiting for Cataclysm and not enough living in Wrath I suppose.
One thing that has been a constant for me in the last four years or so though has been my love for the Hunter class.
Through the days of sucking so bad that Blizz had to bribe them to take us to Molten Core with Tranq shot to the booming days of the BM steady shot macro I Huntered on.
From a time when chain trapping was a rare mark of skill to the time Blizzard broke it so badly I quit even trying to use it I Huntered on.
In early Wrath they came out swinging the great nerf bat. My poor Beastmaster Hunter came out battered and bruised, crippled on the meters and once again not welcome in a group. I learned to play as Survival and Huntered on.
Then came 4.0.1, and with it a complete redesign of my class.
I have respecced, and reworked, and murdered target dummies till I see them im my sleep. I have gone and tamed new beasts, and gone crawling through dungeons. I simply can’t do it any more.
I am putting my gun over the mantle, and putting my pets out to pasture.
My Hunters have changed so much from where they started that they are no longer the class I fell in love with. They seem more like a ranged Rogue to me, and I never really cared for Rogues. (no offence)
Every other time I just shook it off and Huntered on.
Not this time.
This time I am going back to my roots.
Back to where it all started.
Back to my Druid.
The guides and equipment lists and such I normally come out with around expansion time may or may not be happening this time. I honestly don’t know.
What I can tell you is that they won’t be coming from a Hunters point of view any more.
I am not even sure at this point that I will stick to my Druid, but I am sure that I am done Huntering.