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Marksmanship Hunter DPS Easy Mode

Last updated on Jun 13, 2017 at 13:39 by Azortharion 846 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 fairly close in value, and their values will shift around based on how much you have of each of them. As long as you maximize Mastery and Crit, you are generally well off. Focus on playing, not stats!

4. Basic Rotation

  1. Cast Marked Shot Icon Marked Shot when it is available (after casting Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot when it is glowing). Try to cast it at 70 focus or above (delaying it is okay).
  2. Cast  Icon Windburst, Explosive Shot Icon Explosive Shot and Piercing Shot Icon Piercing Shot on cooldown if you have picked these talents. Use Explosive Shot best by tapping the button twice in melee range.
  3. Cast Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot when Vulnerable Icon Vulnerable is active on the target.
  4. Cast Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot when it glows.
  5. Spam Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot while waiting for procs, and to get Focus.
  6. Cast Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot if you are about to focus cap.

If you always cast Marked Shot on 70 focus like we recommend, you can follow this up with one Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot, followed by 2 Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shots, which is optimal. When using  Icon Windburst which also refreshes Vulnerable, do the same, but cast 2 Arcane Shots instead of just 1.

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 Solaris. You can also watch his stream on Twitch.

5. ChangeLog

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  • 13 Jun. 2017: Updated to be with a single-target focus, Trick Shot build.
  • 28 Jan. 2017: Revised stat section.
  • 24 Jan. 2017: Updated to essentially be the so-called "meme-build".
  • 11 Jan. 2017: 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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