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Marksmanship Hunter DPS Tomb of Sargeras Boss by boss (Legion 7.3)

Last updated on Oct 14, 2017 at 15:26 by Azortharion 879 comments

Table of Contents

General Information

On this page, you will find boss by boss strategies for your Marksmanship Hunter for current content.

The other pages of our Marksmanship Hunter guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

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.

Introduction

In this section you will find information pertaining to each boss individually. It is recommended you follow the standard talent build found in the Builds, Talents, and Glyphs section of the guide unless otherwise advised on a per boss basis. Much of the information is geared towards Mythic encounters, though it can be applied equally to the lesser difficulties.

Each section is aimed at players progressing through the tiers, and as such, old raids will not advise the use of new items available after their patches have concluded.

1. Tomb of Sargeras

A note on trinkets; as seen in our gear page and trinket sims over there, Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal can be swapped with a number of different trinkets, although none are quite as strong. Convergence of Fates Icon Convergence of Fates' usefulness can vary based on the fight length you are dealing with, and whether it will cause Trueshot Icon Trueshot to line up with certain mechanics or not. Tarnished Sentinel Medallion Icon Tarnished Sentinel Medallion is a great trinket, but falls short on multi-target fights where nothing even comes close to a combination of Convergence of Fates Icon Convergence of Fates and Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal.

MKII Gyroscopic Stabilizer Icon MKII Gyroscopic Stabilizer and Ullr's Feather Snowshoes Icon Ullr's Feather Snowshoes suffer a similar conundrum, where the gloves are generally the better single-target Legendary, especially paired with a decent, non-tier offpiece, but certain fight mechanics and timings may make you prefer a Ullr's Feather Snowshoes Icon Ullr's Feather Snowshoes-based build where you add in Convergence and the Tier 19 2-piece bonus to achieve a lot of well-timed Trueshots.

When we recommend talents and trinkets, we are generally focusing on the best overall damage output as this is by far the easiest to judge objectively, but in certain situations this may not be the best bet for your group composition. Always think about how you can use Trueshot Icon Trueshot cooldown reduction items to make a fight go more smoothly.

We also recommend Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal a lot, even though it is not a ToS raid trinket. This is simply due to how powerful it is, but it also has no fight-specific benefits, it is just the stats boosting its value. Therefore it can suitably be replaced by whatever your second-best trinket is for that slot and so on.

1.1. Goroth

Goroth is a standard "Patchwerk" style encounter. Your main focus points should be on minimizing your movement and executing your single-target rotation as cleanly as possible. You can use Aspect of the Turtle Icon Aspect of the Turtle to solo-soak on Mythic difficulty if needed. It is very important to have a Trueshot Icon Trueshot for the final part of the fight during your Bullseye phase, so do not use a Trueshot Icon Trueshot before ~15% health unless you know that you will get another cast in.

1.1.1. Talents, Trinkets, and Legendaries

Trinket Choice: Tarnished Sentinel Medallion Icon Tarnished Sentinel Medallion & Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal.

Legendary Choice: MKII Gyroscopic Stabilizer Icon MKII Gyroscopic Stabilizer & Soul of the Huntmaster Icon Soul of the Huntmaster

Talent Choice:

1.2. The Demonic Inquisition

Your damage output against The Demonic Inquisition is largely determined by how well (or badly) your group spawns small adds. If you spawn a lot of small adds and they are all over the room, you should consider Sidewinders Icon Sidewinders with appropriate positioning for it (i.e. be as far away from everyone else and the bosses as possible to hit both bosses and as many adds as possible). Save Trueshot Icon Trueshot for when adds spawn, keeping in mind when the boss is about to die but focusing on using Trueshot Icon Trueshot the adds.

1.2.1. Talents, Trinkets, and Legendaries

Trinket Choice: Convergence of Fates Icon Convergence of Fates & Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal.

Legendary Choice: War Belt of the Sentinel Army Icon War Belt of the Sentinel Army & Ullr's Feather Snowshoes Icon Ullr's Feather Snowshoes

Talent Choice:

1.3. Harjatan

Use Trueshot Icon Trueshot when the boss is pulled, and on every wave of adds after that. Utilize any moment when the boss is close to another murloc or egg to build up belt stacks. When you are stacked on the egg and about to kill it, using Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot to build Legendary belt stacks so that you have 20 stacks ready for a Sickly wave is very useful. This is the only fight where the T19 2-piece is almost mandatory, provided that you have it.

1.3.1. Talents, Trinkets, and Legendaries

Trinket Choice: Convergence of Fates Icon Convergence of Fates & Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal.

Legendary Choice: War Belt of the Sentinel Army Icon War Belt of the Sentinel Army & Ullr's Feather Snowshoes Icon Ullr's Feather Snowshoes

Talent Choice:

1.4. Sisters of the Moon

This fight is a typical single-target fight and has a lot of the same essentials as Goroth. Be careful not to use any cooldowns right before the 70% and 40% marks, as the boss will disappear at these points and stop you from doing damage for a few seconds. Aspect of the Turtle Icon Aspect of the Turtle can be used to stop Beacon rings from spawning in the last phase. Be liberal with using defensives like Turtle and Exhilaration Icon Exhilaration when targeted by Rapid Shot Icon Rapid Shot and Twilight Glaive Icon Twilight Glaive.

1.4.1. Talents, Trinkets, and Legendaries

Trinket Choice: Tarnished Sentinel Medallion Icon Tarnished Sentinel Medallion & Convergence of Fates Icon Convergence of Fates.

Legendary Choice: MKII Gyroscopic Stabilizer Icon MKII Gyroscopic Stabilizer & Soul of the Huntmaster Icon Soul of the Huntmaster

Talent Choice:

1.5. Mistress Sassz'ine

There are two ways of going about Mistress: Single-Target and Cleave Focus. Technically speaking, the best of these two is the cleave-focused build, because it does not lose that much single-target compared to the other build while doing excellent cleave, but it can be downright debilitating for your raid because the Abyss Stalker adds must not die too quickly. Your best choice will depend on your raid composition. Ask yourself "Do we have enough damage to always nuke the adds down in a hurry if we need to". If the answer is yes, then you can probably go with a single-target build. The cleave-focused build will do more damage overall, but with great power comes great responsibility, so in short, do not kill the adds too quickly!

1.5.1. Talents, Trinkets, and Legendaries

Trinket Choice: Tarnished Sentinel Medallion Icon Tarnished Sentinel Medallion & Convergence of Fates Icon Convergence of Fates.

Legendary Choice (Single-Target): MKII Gyroscopic Stabilizer Icon MKII Gyroscopic Stabilizer & Soul of the Huntmaster Icon Soul of the Huntmaster

Legendary Choice (Cleave Focus): War Belt of the Sentinel Army Icon War Belt of the Sentinel Army & Ullr's Feather Snowshoes Icon Ullr's Feather Snowshoes

Talent Choice:

1.5.2. Single-Target

1.5.3. Cleave Focus

1.6. The Desolate Host

If you are part of the corporeal realm (which is ideal), you can always use your Aspect of the Turtle Icon Aspect of the Turtle to avoid being sent to the spirit realm when targeted by Spear of Anguish Icon Spear of Anguish. When the adds have the Bone shield on them, use Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot instead of Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot, but use it as if it was Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot instead of trying to maximize overall cleave. The goal is to use the adds and the Legendary belt to maximize boss damage when the adds are taking reduced damage. When the adds become fully attackable, cleave as normal and save your Trueshots for those moments.

1.6.1. Talents, Trinkets, and Legendaries

Trinket Choice: Convergence of Fates Icon Convergence of Fates & Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal

Legendary Choice: War Belt of the Sentinel Army Icon War Belt of the Sentinel Army & Ullr's Feather Snowshoes Icon Ullr's Feather Snowshoes

Talent Choice:

1.7. Maiden of Vigilance

This is a unique encounter in that your maximum damage potential will mostly be unleashed during very bursty moments. Firstly, focus on acquiring as many orb stacks as possible. It is almost always possible to get 9-10 stacks. If you are using the Gloves (which we strongly recommend), do not use Trueshot Icon Trueshot off the pull, saving it for the first orb phase (and the consecutive ones) instead.

1.7.1. Talents, Trinkets, and Legendaries

Trinket Choice: Tarnished Sentinel Medallion Icon Tarnished Sentinel Medallion & Convergence of Fates Icon Convergence of Fates.

Legendary Choice: MKII Gyroscopic Stabilizer Icon MKII Gyroscopic Stabilizer & Soul of the Huntmaster Icon Soul of the Huntmaster

Talent Choice:

1.8. Fallen Avatar

Your optimal playstyle and setup here will depend on whether your group has trouble with killing the Maiden of Valor in a timely fashion. As it is one of the few things that can still easily wipe your raid, we recommend starting out with a Boots-based build and using Trueshot Icon Trueshot on every shield phase. Then, if you find that the shields are breaking much sooner then they absolutely have to, you can swap to a Gloves-based build and reap the benefits of the movement and increased boss damage. You can solo-soak Touch of Sargeras Icon Touch of Sargeras and Dark Mark Icon Dark Mark with Aspect of the Turtle Icon Aspect of the Turtle.

1.8.1. Talents, Trinkets, and Legendaries

Trinket Choice: Tarnished Sentinel Medallion Icon Tarnished Sentinel Medallion & Convergence of Fates Icon Convergence of Fates.

Legendary Choice: MKII Gyroscopic Stabilizer Icon MKII Gyroscopic Stabilizer & Soul of the Huntmaster Icon Soul of the Huntmaster

Talent Choice:

1.9. Kil'jaeden

You can use Disengage Icon Disengage to negate the knockback effects in this encounter. But use it sparingly and only when you have to, as there are usually easier and less risky ways of avoiding the knockback. The large Armageddon Rain Icon Armageddon Rain pools can be solo-soaked with Aspect of the Turtle Icon Aspect of the Turtle. Save Trueshot Icon Trueshot for the Shadow Reflection: Erupting Icon Shadow Reflection: Erupting adds at all times, and use your Sidewinders Icon Sidewinders (Mythic-only) on the boss to make sure they are all being hit. Do still use Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot on the adds.

On Normal and Heroic difficulties, you should treat this as a pure single-target fight, but save your Trueshot Icon Trueshot for whenever the Shadow Reflection: Erupting Icon Shadow Reflection: Erupting adds spawn and use it to AoE there.

1.9.1. Talents, Trinkets, and Legendaries

Trinket Choice: Tarnished Sentinel Medallion Icon Tarnished Sentinel Medallion & Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal

Legendary Choice: MKII Gyroscopic Stabilizer Icon MKII Gyroscopic Stabilizer & Soul of the Huntmaster Icon Soul of the Huntmaster

Talent Choice:

An alternative Mythic build uses the gloves and the boots with Convergence of Fates Icon Convergence of Fates, this lets you Trueshot the first tank add of the second phase which is useful if your guild is having trouble with that DPS check.

1.9.2. Mythic-only Sidewinders Build

1.9.3. Other Difficulties

2. ChangeLog

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  • 14 Oct. 2017: Updated the Mistress, Desolate Host and Sisters of the Moon example videos. The Mistress video is with a single-target focused build.
  • 24 Sep. 2017: Noted that Sidewinders is only viable for MYTHIC Kil'jaeden.
  • 21 Sep. 2017: Added initial page for the Marksmanship Boss-By-Boss Guide.
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