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Beast Mastery Hunter DPS Guide (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated Yesterday at 12:57 by Azortharion 134 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Beast Mastery Hunter DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.0.3. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Beast Mastery Hunter in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Azortharion, the main theorycrafter of the spec. He is also an accomplished player who raids in Vanguard. You can also watch his stream on Twitch.

1. Class Overview

Beast Mastery has decent single-target and extremely strong AoE which makes it particularly powerful for Mythic+ dungeon content. It is also a respectable raid spec, but it is considered to be mechanically worse for most encounters in Emerald Nightmare than Marksmanship.

2. What Has Changed?

Beast Mastery in Legion has been completely redesigned, retaining only a few abilities from its Warlords of Draenor incarnation. The spec is centered around summoning a variety of beasts to deal damage for you. Finally, the Beast Mastery spec no longer manually generate Focus, but it passively generates Focus at an increased rate from Warlords of Draenor, at 10 Focus per second.

3. Strengths

  • Very high AoE damage
  • Strong burst damage
  • Unlimited mobility

4. Weaknesses

  • Cannot deal well with spread-out targets
  • Single-target DPS outside cooldowns is fairly weak

5. Viability in the Current Patch

Beast Mastery is considered to be worse than Marksmanship for raiding in Emerald Nightmare. It is, with the right amount of traits (13 traits and up), better for almost all Mythic+ content due to its high AoE damage and consistency. It is also generally considered a better spec for outdoor world content (such as world quests). Thus it is recommended for serious raiders to put about 13 traits into the Beast Mastery artifact, before focusing on getting the Marksmanship artifact leveled up. You can perform these steps in any order.

6. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 8 pages:

7. ChangeLog

  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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