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Marksmanship Hunter DPS Easy Mode

Last updated on Nov 27, 2016 at 11:17 by Azortharion 461 comments

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This section is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialization without being overwhelmed by the numerous priorities and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.

1. The Basics

Marksmanship is a very versatile specialization, though it generally only has one talent build that is considered best in nearly all situations. Its strengths are mostly centered around AoE damage, so it is a very powerful spec for dungeons.

2. Talent Choice

These choices are optimized for ease of use. Although some talents might offer marginally higher gains when played perfectly, these same talents often result in damage losses when utilized by many players. These talents aim to present the best setup that has limited punishment for unfamiliarity or mistakes.

In order to be appreciated in most dungeon groups, it is important to remember that the Sidewinders ability is very susceptible to hitting mobs that you may not intend to hit. Keep in mind that the further away you are from what you are currently attacking, the wider the cone for Sidewinders will also be. Always make an effort and be careful not to pull unintended mobs with Sidewinders.

3. Stat Choice

Currently, you will want to prioritize secondary stats as follows:

  1. Mastery;
  2. Haste;
  3. Agility;
  4. Critical Strike;
  5. Versatility.

Haste, Critical Strike, and Versatility are all very close in value, so you should usually just pick the item with the highest item level when considering upgrades.

4. Basic Rotation

  1. Cast Marked Shot Icon Marked Shot when it is available (after casting Sidewinders when it is glowing)
  2. Cast  Icon Windburst on cooldown.
  3. Cast Black Arrow Icon Black Arrow on cooldown.
  4. Cast Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot when you have enough focus, and Vulnerable Icon Vulnerable is active.
  5. Cast Sidewinders Icon Sidewinders when you get a Marking Targets Icon Marking Targets proc, or when it reaches 2 charges.

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.

5. ChangeLog

  • 27 Nov. 2016: Added easy mode for Marksmanship Hunters.
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