Marksmanship Hunter PvP Rotation and Playstyle (Shadowlands / Patch 9.1)

Last updated on Jul 06, 2021 at 14:49 by Mysticall 18 comments

PvP requires you to perform various actions in the course of a duel, match, or battleground: interrupting/silencing enemies, damaging them, bursting them down, defending yourself, keeping yourself alive, etc.. It is a game mode that fully utilizes your kit, especially spells that are rarely used in PvE. On this page, we go through all the spells you need to use in PvP as a Marksmanship Hunter, how you should use them, and we explain what your playstyle should be.

This page is part of our Marksmanship Hunter PvP Guide.

1.

Playstyle for Marksmanship Hunters

The main role for a Marksmanship Hunter is simple: use your mobility to land Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Traps on the enemy healer and use your strong single-target cooldowns to burst your enemies down. You should not try to burst an enemy down unless the healer is on crowd control. You have multiple cooldowns that have a short cooldown and you should take advantage of this. You also want to make sure you are using your Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot charges as often as you can.

1.1.

Before Gates Open

If you are playing against a team with stealth, make sure to use Flare Icon Flare to try to reveal them. If you are playing with someone that has a stealth, make sure to use Camouflage Icon Camouflage.

2.

Offensive Rotation

2.1.

How to Crowd Control

Before going into how to deal damage as a Marksmanship Hunter, it is important to know how to crowd control the enemy team. Hunter comps rely heavily on landing Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Trap on the enemy healer and requires some setup. Normally, you will have a Rogue or Paladin on your team that can stun before you Freezing Trap, but here are some ways you can crowd control an enemy without help from teammates:

  1. Using Scatter Shot Icon Scatter Shot:
    • Use Scatter Shot Icon Scatter Shot on the enemy healer.
    • Use Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Trap.
    • Ideally, you want to stun someone and then use Freezing Trap. Scatter Shot and Freezing Trap are on the same DR and their durations are cut in half.
  2. Using Binding Shot Icon Binding Shot:
2.2.

The Opener

The opener refers to your team's opening crowd control chain and damage done as soon as you get out of the gates. The main goal in the opener is to force your enemies to use their cooldowns. If the enemy healer uses their trinket in the opener, they are in trouble. Marksmanship Hunters have Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Trap, Scatter Shot Icon Scatter Shot, and Spider Sting Icon Spider Sting, which can help to this end.

This is the rotation you should use on your target at the beginning of the game.

  1. Use Flare Icon Flare if you are playing against an enemy that can stealth.
  2. Use Concussive Shot Icon Concussive Shot to slow your target if they have a lot of mobility.
  3. Use Resonating Arrow Icon Resonating Arrow if you are Kyrian to increase your damage against targets inside the area.
  4. Use Flayed Shot Icon Flayed Shot if you are Venthyr.
  5. Cast Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot.
  6. Use Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot when you get a Lock and Load Icon Lock and Load proc.
  7. Use Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot if you cannot cast Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot and use it when you have the Precise Shots Icon Precise Shots buff.
  8. Use Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot
  9. Use Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire.
  10. The Precise Shots Icon Precise Shots buff:
  11. Cast Steady Shot Icon Steady Shot to generate focus.
  12. Use Double Tap Icon Double Tap when you can free-cast Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot. If you cannot, use it in combination with Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire.
  13. Use your burst rotation.
  14. After your burst, perform your sustained damage rotation until your burst cooldowns are available.
2.3.

Burst Damage

When you have the enemy healer in crowd control and you are trying to kill an enemy, you use your burst damage. You can use your own crowd control, such as Scatter Shot Icon Scatter Shot and Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Trap.

  1. Use Resonating Arrow Icon Resonating Arrow if you are Kyrian to increase your damage against targets inside the area.
  2. Use Flayed Shot Icon Flayed Shot if you are Venthyr.
  3. Use Trueshot Icon Trueshot
  4. Use Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot when you get a Lock and Load Icon Lock and Load proc.
  5. Use Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot.
  6. Cast Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot.
  7. Use Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot.
  8. Use Double Tap Icon Double Tap.
  9. Use Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire.
  10. Use Steady Shot Icon Steady Shot to generate Focus.
  11. Cast Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot.
  12. Cast Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot.
  13. Use Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot.
  14. Use Kill Shot Icon Kill Shot if an enemy drops below 20% health.
2.4.

Sustained damage

Sustained damage is damage you do when your burst cooldowns are not available.

  1. Maintain Hunter's Mark Icon Hunter's Mark on your primary target.
  2. Maintain Concussive Shot Icon Concussive Shot on your target if they are mobile.
  3. Use Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot as often as you can.
    • You never want to be capped on stacks of Aimed Shot. You should always have a charge regenerating.
  4. Use Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot when you get a Lock and Load Icon Lock and Load proc.
  5. Use Double Tap Icon Double Tap when you can free-cast Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot. If you cannot, use it in combination with Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire.
  6. Use Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire for single target damage and to generate Focus at the same time.
    • This is often paired with Double Tap Icon Double Tap, so make sure you have Rapid Fire available when you are using Double Tap.
  7. Use Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot after you use Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot to increase its damage./li>
  8. Use Resonating Arrow Icon Resonating Arrow if you are Kyrian to increase your damage against targets inside the area.
  9. Use Flayed Shot Icon Flayed Shot if you are Venthyr.
  10. Use Steady Shot Icon Steady Shot to generate Focus.
  11. Use Kill Shot Icon Kill Shot if an enemy drops below 20% health.
3.

Defensive Techniques

Aspect of the Turtle Icon Aspect of the Turtle is our main defensive cooldown. Use this when the enemy team is focusing you down and your healer can not heal you through the damage or is stuck in crowd control. Although you can not attack with this cooldown active, you still have the ability to trap. Using this to ignore incoming attacks and using Freezing Trap Icon Freezing Trap on an enemy healer could be crucial.

Exhilaration Icon Exhilaration is a very strong instant heal. Try to stagger Aspect of the Turtle Icon Aspect of the Turtle and Exhilaration and you will be very hard to kill.

Roar of Sacrifice Icon Roar of Sacrifice is a great utility ability for you or your teammates. This makes the teammate you use this on immune to being Critical Strikes by spells and transfers 20% of the damage they are taking to your pet. Use this when the enemy team is using their cooldowns on a teammate or yourself and not many defensive cooldowns are available.

Feign Death Icon Feign Death is a situational defensive that has many uses. When used, this will interrupt any spells that are being casted on you. In combination with some PvP talents, this becomes a powerful ability versus many caster teams.

4.

Macros

It is advised to use Macros to use abilities on enemies or allies without having to target them. For this reason, we have a page dedicated to them.

5.

Changelog

  • 06 Jul. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.1.
  • 18 Mar. 2021: Updated Burst and Sustained Damage rotations.
  • 05 Dec. 2020: Updated Rotations to include Covenant Abilities.
  • 29 Nov. 2020: Removed outdated Traits and Essences.
  • 11 Nov. 2020: Updated all Burst and Sustained damage rotations.
  • 15 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch (9.0.1)
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