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Marksmanship Hunter DPS Easy Mode

Last updated on Mar 04, 2018 at 11:05 by Azortharion 922 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 of Marksmanship Hunter

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 Choices of Marksmanship Hunter

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.

Volley Icon Volley should always be turned on, even on single-target!

3. Stat Choices of Marksmanship Hunter

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

  1. Mastery;
  2. Critical Strike;
  3. Haste;
  4. Versatility.

4. Basic Rotation

  1. Cast  Icon Windburst on cooldown in order to put up Vulnerable Icon Vulnerable.
  2. 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 73 Focus or above (delaying it is okay). It crucially activates Vulnerable Icon Vulnerable, increasing the damage of your Aimed Shots. Ensure that Vulnerable is up before casting any Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shots.
  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.

The most important aspect of the spec's basic rotation is to ensure that Vulnerable Icon Vulnerable is up when you are casting Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot. You never want to cast Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot without Vulnerable active. It does not always have to be active (chasing 100% downtime is not worth it), you just want to get 2 Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shots into each Vulnerable window.

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

  • 04 Mar. 2018: Expanded slightly on the basic rotation and mention Vulnerable.
  • 26 Aug. 2017: Simplified the rotation even further.
  • 25 Jul. 2017: Noted that Volley should always be turned on.
  • 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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