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Marksmanship Hunter DPS Guide (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated Yesterday at 11:23 by Azortharion 131 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Marksmanship Hunter DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.0.3. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Marksmanship Hunter in a raid environment, although most of the content also applies to normal and heroic 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

The Marksmanship specialization is excellent at both single-target and multi-target. It is able to do its full AoE damage potential while simultaneously maximizing its single-target damage. The spec's damage scales incredibly quickly with multiple targets. Marksmanship has completely unlimited mobility with the tier 18 4-piece set bonus, and remains quite good at bursting down high-priority targets. Marksmanship scales excellently with weapon damage, and generally benefits more from good gear than the other two specs.

2. What Has Changed?

Marksmanship in Legion has been completely redesigned, along with the other two hunter specs. The spec is centered around the Hunter's Mark Icon Hunter's Mark mechanic, which causes your focus generators to occasionally have a chance to mark the target, which will allow you to use the high-damage ability Marked Shot Icon Marked Shot on them. Along with Survival, Marksmanship is one of the more complex Hunter specs in Legion.

3. Strengths

  • High burst damage
  • Efficient cleave on stacked targets
  • Strong single-target damage
  • Unlimited mobility with the tier 18 4-piece set bonus
  • Scales well with gear

4. Weaknesses

  • Cleave is automatic, making damage stops on stacked targets difficult
  • Bad RNG can have a huge negative impact at any gear level

5. Viability in the Current Patch

Marksmanship is currently considered the strongest raiding spec in the Legion pre-patch, as well as Legion itself. This may very well change between the pre-patch and release of the expansion, but for the time being it looks like Marksmanship with its amazing cleave and AoE ability at no expense of single-target damage and generally high damage, powerful gear scaling and strong artifact traits will be the raiding spec of choice in Legion. Managing the sometimes extremely punishing RNG of the spec will reward clever play, but can occasionally be extremely annoying.

6. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 7 pages:

7. ChangeLog

  • 23 Jul. 2016: Removed note about weak spread-out target damage as this is wrong when using the advised talents correctly.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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