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Marksmanship Hunter DPS Easy Mode

Last updated on Jan 11, 2017 at 09:27 by Azortharion 597 comments

Table of Contents

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

The talents listed below are selected either for ease of use, or for more a more simple to understand gameplay style. Whilst in a number of cases there are alternatives on the tree that will provide more if played well, they create much more room to play incorrectly and reduce your performance. Due to this, treat this as a starting point and a primer.

3. Stat Choice

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

  1. Mastery;
  2. Critical Strike;
  3. Haste;
  4. 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 Arcane Shot when it is glowing)
  2. Cast  Icon Windburst on cooldown.
  3. Cast Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot when you have enough focus, and Vulnerable Icon Vulnerable is active.
  4. Spam Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot for procs and focus.

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

  • 11 Jan. 2016: Removed the Haste softcap.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Updated for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 27 Nov. 2016: Added easy mode for Marksmanship Hunters.
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