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Marksmanship Hunter DPS Guide (Legion 7.2)

Last updated on May 17, 2017 at 09:43 by Azortharion 808 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Marksmanship Hunter DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.2. 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

All the specs have very similar single-target output in Patch 7.1.5. Marksmanship's main strength is a very versatile toolkit. It has stronger burst AoE potential than Beast Mastery, and it can more successfully achieve passive cleave at no single-target loss. The best build for all situations also does not need a pet, making Marksmanship the most adaptable of the three specs in general. It is also slightly more flexible with its cleave than Beast Mastery, with the option of wide-range cleave being available, and not relying on a pet's position to do cleave damage in general.

2. What Has Changed in 7.2?

3. How Does it Work?

  • Focus is the primary resource. It is generated passively at a base rate of 10 Focus per second. The spammable ability Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot generates 8 focus per cast as well.
  • Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot is the main ability. It is a 2-second cast that cannot be cast while moving. Its damage is vastly amplified by Vulnerable Icon Vulnerable, and trying to achieve as many casts with Vulnerable active is the bread and butter of the spec.
  • Marked Shot Icon Marked Shot deals moderate damage and applies Vulnerable. It can only be cast when Hunter's Mark is active, which is activated by casting Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot with a a Marking Targets proc. Marking Targets proc come from auto-shots.
  • Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot generates 8 Focus per cast and deals low damage. It is the filler ability of the spec when not using Sidewinders Icon Sidewinders which replaces it. It generates the Focus needed to execute the rotation, and it provides you with procs that will allow you to activate Vulnerable. Its multi-target equivalent is Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot.
  • Trueshot Icon Trueshot is an extremely powerful cooldown that vastly increases your Haste and causes all Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot to activate Hunter's Mark Icon Hunter's Mark. With 13 points in the Artifact, it also increases critical strike bonus damage by 50%. There are set bonuses, trinkets and legendaries that reduce the cooldown of this ability. Using it effectively is extremely important.
  •  Icon Windburst deals heavy damage on a 20-second cooldown and applies Vulnerable. It costs 20 Focus and serves as a gap-filler or simply an additional round of Vulnerable every 20 seconds.

4. Viability in the Current Patch

Marksmanship is the most versatile of the two ranged Hunter specs in Nighthold. It brings nearly equivalent single-target damage to Beast Mastery, and it is superior in general unless Beast Mastery has its very best legendaries, though this difference is somewhat offset when mobility enters the picture. Being significantly more difficult to play optimally in a raid setting than Beast Mastery does not help matters, but Beast Mastery's reliance on its DPS legendaries cannot be stressed enough, and that is mostly what the choice will come down to. Marksmanship remains very strong for Mythic+ and any encounters that need specific types of AoE, as its toolkit can be switched around with talents to accommodate different needs.

5. Viability in Patch 7.2.5

It is currently too early to say what the best spec will be in Patch 7.2.5. So far, Marksmanship's set bonuses look superior to those of Beast Mastery, with Survival remaining much more of a grey area. This section will be updated as we get closer to the release date of this patch.

6. Strengths

  • High burst damage on both single-target and AoE
  • Different talents amplify different strengths (stacked/spread out AoE)
  • Not nearly as reliant on good legendaries as Beast Mastery.

7. Weaknesses

  • Mobility is limited by Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot, an ability on which timing is important, so movement management is absolutely critical.
  • Less consistent damage from attempt to attempt due to RNG.

8. Contents

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

9. ChangeLog

  • 17 May 2017 (gear page): Updated Legendary ranking to be in a tiered system.
  • 15 May 2017 (spells page): Added spell summary page, detailing the core abilities of the spec and class.
  • 12 May 2017 (this page): Added a note about future patch viability. Nothing much to add yet.
  • 07 May 2017 (artifact page): Updated BiS single-target relic. Updated the relic item level value chart.
  • 04 May 2017 (artifact page): Added note that you cannot get Unerring Arrows relics yet.
  • 20 Apr. 2017 (rotation page): Added tidbit about getting the most out of Trueshot for single-target/memebuild.
  • 18 Apr. 2017 (simulations page): Removed some simulations that no longer make sense/are adequately covered elsewhere.
  • 17 Apr. 2017 (enchants page): Checked today and deemed updated.
  • 17 Apr. 2017 (talents page): Checked today and deemed updated.
  • 17 Apr. 2017 (stats page): Checked today and deemed updated.
  • 17 Apr. 2017 (gear page): Trinket sim updated.
  • 17 Apr. 2017 (rotation page): Checked today and deemed updated.
  • 17 Apr. 2017 (artifact page): Checked today and deemed updated.
  • 02 Apr. 2017 (rotation page): Clarified just how awful Zevrim's is for single-target.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (this page): Added note about legendary changes to the list of changes in 7.2.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Made note of eating from the feast when possible, as it gives more stats than regular buff food.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (talents page): Reworded Barrage explanation/recommendation.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.2 changes.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Updates BiS single target Relic and Artifact Progression path for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): Added paragraphs about how certain Legendaries affect the rotation.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (gear page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 23 Mar. 2017 (simulations page): Added sim for Arcway/CoS set bonus.
  • 21 Mar. 2017 (simulations page): Legendary sims have been moved to the spreadsheet alongside the trinkets.
  • 17 Mar. 2017 (talents page): Fixed graphical markers for Tier 7.
  • 17 Mar. 2017 (gear page): The trinket spreadsheet now also has legendary sims in it.
  • 05 Mar. 2017 (talents page): Added "TL;DR" bits to the detailed talent explanations.
  • 25 Feb. 2017 (gear page): Updated legendary items and trinkets.
  • 18 Feb. 2017 (gear page): Added more information on legendary belt.
  • 17 Feb. 2017 (gear page): Trinket sims update.
  • 16 Feb. 2017 (rotation page): Improved text in some parts.
  • 14 Feb. 2017 (gear page): Added text about the Tier 19 4-piece set bonus' mediocrity for meme build. Added link to trinket sim spreadsheet.
  • 13 Feb. 2017 (gear page): Added new trinket sims. These sims test trinkets at a ton of different item levels, color coded for easy comparison.
  • 08 Feb. 2017 (rotation page): Updated meme build opener and added a tidbit about the opener for the Trick Shot one.
  • 08 Feb. 2017 (gear page): Updated BiS trinket, Fury of the Burning Sky is great for multitarget and more consistent.
  • 07 Feb. 2017 (gear page): Trinket sim update.
  • 07 Feb. 2017 (rotation page): Updated meme build video. Opener update.
  • 04 Feb. 2017 (rotation page): Swapped Marked Shot and Windburst priorities.
  • 04 Feb. 2017 (gear page): Fixed wording inconsistency.
  • 04 Feb. 2017 (talents page): Added stuff about meme build to the Explosive/Piercing talent descriptions.
  • 28 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Talked about some new trinkets in the "Trinkets To Look For" section.
  • 28 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Changed recommendation to Trained Soldier. It is more versatile and consistent than a random proc.
  • 28 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Revised stat section.
  • 28 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Added Marksmanship-specific Crit stat explanation. Updated stat weights.
  • 28 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Removed non-Trick-Shot related talents from the Trick Shot rotation.
  • 28 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Expanded Relic talk, added BiS meme build Relic.
  • 26 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Updated trinket sims with all the changes in hotfixes since 7.1.5. Updated BiS list accordingly. Added information about second-best tier item slots in case you have a Legendary that breaks the set. Updated legendary rankings.
  • 26 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Revised Crows description.
  • 26 Jan. 2017 (simulations page): Added Legendary trinket properly.
  • 26 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Added set bonus talk.
  • 24 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated recommendations to the "meme build".
  • 24 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Introduced the "meme build" rotation.
  • 24 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated to essentially be the so-called "meme-build".
  • 24 Jan. 2017 (simulations page): Updated Legendary simulations and added Legendary trinket.
  • 20 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Revised talk about Piercing Shot Icon Piercing Shot, as it is quite good.
  • 20 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Added some small rotational tidbits, added really nice Vulnerable WeakAura.
  • 19 Jan. 2017 (this page): Updated viability section, strengths and weaknesses.
  • 19 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Updated BiS trinket, as Draught of Souls damage has been nerfed for ranged.
  • 17 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Add BiS list. Trinket sims updated.
  • 14 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Add Legendary trinket to description (but not ranking yet).
  • 14 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Updated multi-target rotation.
  • 13 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Removed Aran's Relaxing Ruby as it was nerfed.
  • 12 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Fresh trinket sims.
  • 12 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Openness to the possibility of using Sidewinders for new players, or players having trouble picking up the new Arcane-Shot based talents.
  • 11 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Settled for 2 Aimed Shots during standard Vulnerable Icon Vulnerable windows. Change opener.
  • 11 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Updated stat priority and removed Agility from the listing as it does nothing but confuse at this point. Removed the Haste softcap.
  • 11 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Removed the Haste softcap.
  • 11 Jan. 2017 (simulations page): Further updates.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Updated to reflect changes made from PTR to patch release.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (simulations page): Updated for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Updated for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Updated for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Updated for Patch 7.1.5
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (this page): Updated for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (addons page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Dec. 2016 (rotation page): Added rotational example video.
  • 08 Dec. 2016 (enchants page): Added note about Potion of Prolonged Power.
  • 08 Dec. 2016 (rotation page): Expanded on the "advanced" stuff and new opener.
  • 08 Dec. 2016 (artifact page): Added second-best in slot Relic.
  • 27 Nov. 2016 (easy mode page): Added easy mode for Marksmanship Hunters.
  • 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.
  • 02 Nov. 2016 (rotation page): Slight opener change.
  • 30 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Removed talent table at the beginning of the page.
  • 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 (rotation page): Updated the Vulnerable paragraph following the changes in Patch 7.1.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (simulations page): Updated all sims and introduced a potion sim.
  • 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 (stats page): Ordered statistics explanation in order of priority because OCD.
  • 09 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Added some notes to clarify frequently asked questions.
  • 08 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Updated the opener.
  • 06 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Added rotational tidbits and fixed some ordering in the simplified rotation.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 16 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Added Fishbrul Special food.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (simulations page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion expansion.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 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 (this page): Removed note about weak spread-out target damage as this is wrong when using the advised talents correctly.
  • 23 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Removed talents from rotation to simplify it a bit and avoid confusion.
  • 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 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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