OnsDalaran

7.1 MM Black Arrow/True Aim over Lock n Load?

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I was thinking with the recent nerf to aimed shot that taking True Aim over Lock n Load would be more efficient because that's a straight 16% damage increase to aimed shot across the board where lock n load has a small chance to proc with an already nerfed aimed shot.

 

Was also thinking even maybe Black Arrow can be taken over lock n load now considering its on a really small CD now and scales with mastery.  Thoughts?  Me and another MM hunter are gonna test between true aim and black arrow on nythendra and ursoc to compare each others' DPS.

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Aimed shot damage was nerfed ~5%, not in patch notes because Blizzard.

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2 hours ago, pattedeluxe said:

Which aimed shot nerf? 

 

Today on 7.1 aimed shot damage was cut by 5%

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58 minutes ago, OnsDalaran said:

 

Today on 7.1 aimed shot damage was cut by 5%


ihunters.gif Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator /Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)

  • Track Mechanicals granted to all gnome and goblin hunters, as well as any hunter who uses the Mecha-Bond Imprint Matrix.
  • Posthaste now lasts 5 seconds (was 8 seconds).
  • Vulnerable now increases damage by 50% (was 25%), stacking up to 2 times (was 3 times).
  • New Hunter talent (replacing Dash):
    • Trailblazer: Your movement speed is increased by 25% anytime you have not attacked for 3 seconds.

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The 5% Aimed Shot cut was in the PTR notes, but looks like it didn't make into live.

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4 hours ago, Amusement said:

The 5% Aimed Shot cut was in the PTR notes, but looks like it didn't make into live.

https://worldofwarcraft.com/en-us/news/20335228

Marksmanship

  • Aimed Shot damage reduced by 5%.

They updated said patch notes again.  The 5% nerf is live.

Edited by Tsukigato
Added patch notes.

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Hunter

  • Track Mechanicals granted to all gnome and goblin hunters, as well as any hunter who uses the Mecha-Bond Imprint Matrix.
  • Posthaste now lasts 5 seconds (was 8 seconds).
  • Vulnerable now increases damage by 50% (was 25%), stacking up to 2 times (was 3 times).
  • New Hunter talent (replacing Dash):
    • Trailblazer: Your movement speed is increased by 25% anytime you have not attacked for 3 seconds.
  • Marksmanship
    • Aimed Shot damage reduced by 5%.
  • Survival
    • Raptor Strike damage increased by 100%.
    • Carve damage increased by 150%.
    • Butchery damage increased by 35%.
    • Throwing Axes damage increased by 25%.
    • Animal Instincts has been redesigned: Flanking Strike now also reduces the remaining cooldown of a random one of the following abilities:
    • Flanking Strike
    • Mongoose Bite
    • Aspect of the Eagle
    • Harpoon

https://worldofwarcraft.com/en-us/news/20335228

 

patch notes fixed. 5% nerf

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True aim is already on par if not better than lock and load on single target fights like ursoc nythendra and xavius IF you dont let the buff fall off. Also it loses value with barrage because it is such a focus dump, take crows with it. Since it is a % buff it will scale better with ilvl and be more consistent then lock and load. Black arrow will always be trash for single target but I  could see some EN situations where it might pull ahead but not worth it

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Do NOT use True Aim. It is harder to keep up, and there is always more outplay potential with a proc. Plus the fact that movement will drop True Aim immediately, and a lot of fights require movement.

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Funnily enough procs of Legacy of the Windrunners actually adds stacks of True Aim for each Wind Arrow that hits the target.

I'd also hazard a guess that Legacy of the Windrunner's wind arrows are also affected by the damage increase from True Aim.

This makes it much more forgiving to switch between targets but unfortunately is governed by RNG.

Final edit:
Whether this is known or taken into consideration I have no idea but it's food for thought. Lock and Load tends to be very helpful on movement intensive fights with a proc to help you move around however is again, governed by RNG.

Edited by Milkshots

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