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Marksmanship Hunter DPS Guide (Legion 7.1)

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

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General Information

Welcome to our Marksmanship Hunter DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Marksmanship 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

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 scales excellently with weapon damage, and generally benefits more from higher iLvls 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
  • Very efficient cleave on multiple, spread-out as well as stacked targets
  • Strong single-target damage

4. Weaknesses

  • Cleave is automatic, making it difficult to stop damaging targets that you are not meant to be hitting
  • Bad RNG can have a huge negative impact at any gear level
  • Mobility is somewhat limited by Aimed Shot

5. Viability in the Current Patch

Marksmanship is currently considered the strongest raiding spec in Emerald Nightmare raiding, while also being a powerful spec for high Mythic+ dungeons especially (with less mobs per pull, usually). It is extremely good at dealing with multiple spread-out targets at once, while never losing any single-target damage or even changing its rotation to achieve this. It is recommended to go for around 13 traits in the Beast Mastery artifact purely for Mythic+ dungeons (as 13 traits is very cheap) before focusing on getting the Marksmanship artifact leveled up as high as possible.

6. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 10 pages:

7. ChangeLog

  • 27 Nov. 2016 (easy mode page): Added easy mode for Marksmanship Hunters.
  • 27 Nov. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket sims.
  • 27 Nov. 2016 (rotation page): Rotational updates.
  • 14 Nov. 2016 (stats page): Pawn string for Marksmanship updated.
  • 11 Nov. 2016 (simulations page): Added food sims.
  • 11 Nov. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket sims. Aran's Relaxing Ruby buff.
  • 08 Nov. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket sims.
  • 06 Nov. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket sims.
  • 02 Nov. 2016 (bosses page): Added some Disengage+Posthaste tips for Dragons of Nightmare and Cenarius.
  • 02 Nov. 2016 (rotation page): Slight opener change.
  • 31 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket sims.
  • 30 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Removed talent table at the beginning of the page.
  • 29 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket sims.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Updated the Vulnerable paragraph following the changes in Patch 7.1.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Patch 7.1.
    • Updated Posthaste's duration. Was changed in Patch 7.1 to be 5 seconds (down from 8).
    • Trailblazer replaces Dash.
    • Updated the reference to Vulnerable in the description of Patient Sniper.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (simulations page): Updated all sims and introduced a potion sim.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Expanded paragraph about Zevrim's Hunger.
  • 22 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated Mythic+ talent recommendation.
  • 17 Oct. 2016 (artifact page): Quick Shot is the best in slot relic - explanation.
  • 17 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Made it clearer what item level trinkets are simmed at baseline.
  • 17 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Ordered statistics explanation in order of priority because OCD.
  • 12 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket sims.
  • 09 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Added some notes to clarify frequently asked questions.
  • 08 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Updated the opener.
  • 07 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket sims.
  • 06 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Added rotational tidbits and fixed some ordering in the simplified rotation.
  • 05 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket sims. Added Unstable Arcanocrystal.
  • 05 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Changed Windburst's priority to be higher than Aim-Vuln.
  • 03 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Updated the opener.
  • 02 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Added Murder of Crows at the top of the rotation priority.
  • 30 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Fishbrul Special is now only advised for pure single-target situations.
  • 30 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket sims.
  • 28 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Added a few clarifications about Bloodthirsty Instinct and Naraxas' Spiked Tongue.
  • 27 Sep. 2016 (simulations page): Updated Racial sims.
  • 26 Sep. 2016 (stats page): Mastery > Agility. Windburst now affected by Mastery.
  • 26 Sep. 2016 (simulations page): Updated Neck Enchant sims.
  • 24 Sep. 2016 (talents page): Updated for hotfixes.
  • 20 Sep. 2016 (talents page): Changed recommendation back, as it was founded on a mistake by me.
  • 19 Sep. 2016 (talents page): Changed recommendation from Lock and Load to Black Arrow. Removed sims as they were not useful anymore.
  • 18 Sep. 2016 (artifact page): Talk about Precision and Quick Shot.
  • 18 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Added Emerald Nightmare Trinkets.
  • 16 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Added Fishbrul Special food.
  • 13 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Added the Tempered Egg of Serpentrix and multi-target trinket simulations.
  • 12 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Even more rotational clarifications.
  • 11 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Rotational clarifications and new additions.
  • 10 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Vastly simplified Windburst usage since thinking about it too hard is not really going to be noticeably beneficial.
  • 09 Sep. 2016 (stats page): Haste now better than Critical Strike.
  • 09 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Trinket Sim Update.
  • 08 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Updated gem recommendation to consider the recent nerf of 250 secondary stat gems.
  • 08 Sep. 2016 (stats page): Updated stat weights and Pawn string.
  • 08 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Revisited stat weights (new methodology), update your Pawn strings!
  • 06 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Gave more detailed explanations on the trinket sim results.
  • 04 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Clarified Volley explanations to make it more explicit that it is to be used at all times, even on a single target.
  • 03 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Removed note on Touch of the Void, as it was hotfixed.
  • 02 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Added note on Touch of the Void.
  • 01 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Made Masterful Shadowruby the gem of choice for all sockets.
  • 31 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Rewrote Level 90 talent explanations to make Volley viable in stacked AoE situations.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (simulations page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion expansion.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 11 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Improved opening rotation.
  • 06 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Added talent simulations for all tiers.
  • 29 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated to recommend using the Versatility potion (1500 versatility) instead of Agility (1000 agility). This only goes for Marksmanship.
  • 23 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Removed talents from rotation to simplify it a bit and avoid confusion.
  • 23 Jul. 2016 (this page): Removed note about weak spread-out target damage as this is wrong when using the advised talents correctly.
  • 21 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Added paragraph explaining the cyclical nature of Patient Sniper + Sidewinders usage.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Added simplified rotation and tweaked rotation a bit.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): More rotation tweaks.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Gave more explanations as to why some talents are not currently viable.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Added opener.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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