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Marksmanship Hunter DPS Guide (Legion 7.1)

Last updated Yesterday at 14:33 by Azortharion 394 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 9 pages:

7. ChangeLog

  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 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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