Maybe if I start from the beginning…

Last week I wrote a post about my Hunters.

The TL-DR version is this. So much has changed with how they work that I simply was not able to make the transition. I am frustrated and annoyed, more at my pesky muscle memory than at the class redesign as a whole.

A few days later over at the Big Bear Butt there was a post that directly addressed where I was coming from. BBB made quite a few good points in that one, but there was one that stuck out.


You see, the characters I was really familiar with obviously feel like strangers now. Enough of the core rules have changed, but enough of the intent has stayed the same, that it’s not just that there was change. It’s that some things look like how they used to, spell names and Talents, and it leads me to expect them to work a certain way from past experience, but things are changed enough that once I get into a flow using abilities can feel jarring, unnatural.

But the characters I don’t have any pre-conceptions about come off as feeling fresh, smooth, and extremely well-designed. It’s the well-designed and well thought out aspects that make me look more closely at the classes I know.


The reason seldom played alts seem to make so much more sense than my long time mains is because I really have to kind of learn to play those alts all over again every time I take one for a spin and burn off it’s rested XP.

My Hunters though… those were a different story.

Three level 80 Hunters scattered across the server-verse and they were all set up the same. Same macros, same keybinds, same specs. The only thing different was their gear.

I had it set up so that I could simply log onto a given server and jump right into playing. It worked well for me for a long time.

In short, when everything went ass over teakettle with the way they played I simply failed to adapt. Instead I decided to abandon what for the last 4+ years has been my favorite class.

I decided to walk away because I was too lazy to re-learn how to play.


Thats bullcrap.


I like my alts as much as the next altaholic, and fully intend to get my Pally to the cap as well as the Druid and Shaman I will be rolling. I am not abandoning that desire at all, in fact I look forward to it.

After taking a week to think about it one thing has changed though.

I will be playing my Hunters again.

I am going to do my level best to wipe out years of knowing what I am doing and start over fresh. I will roll myself a shiny new Hunter and level it up from the ground up, the way Blizzard intended with the new system.

If all goes well, by the time I make it to 85 I will have learned how to play all over again.


15 Responses

  1. Maybe if you pick a spec you haven’t really played it will help because you won’t be expecting things to work in a certain way.

    I think that’s why I struggled with SV but am happy with playing BM, which I hadn’t played in a long time.

    • Thats the thought.

      For the longest time I have been either BM or SV, in fact I havn’t been MM since vanillia. That what I plan to go back to.

  2. A good decision Dech – this is exactly what I did.

    Granted I wasn’t a raiding level player on my hunter, but she had been my main for a long long time (since release) but I really lost my Mojo with them in Wrath. But as soon as the announcement came out about focus. I was determined to pick them up again, but rather than try to re-adapt to the new mechanics on an existing character I decided to start from the beginning.

    So I deleted my hunter (level 75) and am rolling a brand new shiny human hunter in cata. I’ve got a placeholder hunter already that i’ve been playing to get used to it (up to lvl 13-14 now) and i have to say – it makes a lot more sense when you start from scratch.

    • aargh i meant to remove the abbreviation of your name in my opening line there sorry 😦

    • Pretty much my plan as well, even down to already having a placeholder name.

      Oddly enough you guessed it… My new Undead Hunter is going to be named Dech =)

  3. *cough*rollamage*cough*

  4. […] that pleased with the changes to his hunters.  (And now a day after I wrote that line, Dechion is re-inspired.)  Either way, I am not all that pleased or comfortable with druid tanking right now…or as […]

  5. The Army would like to cordially extend an invitation to sign a minimum term-of-service contract to Dech on the Silver Hand serververse. Don’t mind that fine print, there. It’s not important. 😉

    My undead hunter needs a leveling pal, too. And having never gotten a hunter past 20 or so (for the same reasons you and mages don’t get along, I suspect), it’s all new to me.

  6. I just know that you’ll love the Hunter, sooner or later, Dech. In the meantime, heck, as long as you’re in good health and you’re having fun with whatever you’re doing, and enjoying playing the game with your chillins, it’ll all work out.

  7. Good to hear Dechion.

    Hunter for life.

  8. “I am going to do my level best to wipe out years of knowing what I am doing and start over fresh. I will roll myself a shiny new Hunter and level it up from the ground up, the way Blizzard intended with the new system.”

    I agree that everyone should play a class they love from the beginning of the game, lots of things have changed, spells at different levels, free spells for thinking about specing and once cata hits, the landscape in many zones will have changed as well. I assume that many quests were “recycled” but even then there are likely new quests thrown in here and there as well.

    As for the changes to classes I have characters of, I was able to pick up my druid without much fuss (not much changed on the healing front anyways) and the only class I was/am really playing and still having problems with is the pally but I plan on making a tauren pally once cata hits so I am not really all that concerned about getting up to speed with that alt at the current time.

    I like the thoughts of the changes to the hunter class, but I couldnt get into playing mine either, but my druid is my favorite character so it wasnt as much of a hurt.

    Luck on your Baby Hordy Hunts.

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