Marksmanship Hunter PvP Rotation and Playstyle (Shadowlands / Patch 9.2)

Last updated on Feb 22, 2022 at 11:27 by Azortharion 20 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 if used one after the other.
  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 Chimaeral Sting Icon Chimaeral 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 Double Tap Icon Double Tap if you are certain that you can finish your Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot in its window.
  4. Use Death Chakram Icon Death Chakram if you are Necrolord.
  5. Use Resonating Arrow Icon Resonating Arrow if you are Kyrian to increase your damage against targets inside the area.
  6. Use Flayed Shot Icon Flayed Shot if you are Venthyr.
  7. Cast Trueshot Icon Trueshot.
  8. Cast Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot.
  9. Use Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire.
  10. Use Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot
  11. Use Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot
  12. Reapply Concussive Shot Icon Concussive Shot if necessary.
  13. Maximize your Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shots and Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fires while still in your cooldowns. Weave in Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shots for extra damage when you are high on Focus.
  14. Remember that Steady Shot Icon Steady Shot also refreshes Concussive Shot Icon Concussive Shot and that it is better to reapply Concussive Shot with a damage-dealing ability that generates Focus, compared to simply casting it repeatedly.
  15. Treat Lock and Load Icon Lock and Load procs as regular Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shots, casting them as soon as they become 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 Death Chakram Icon Death Chakram if you are Necrolord.
  2. Use Resonating Arrow Icon Resonating Arrow if you are Kyrian to increase your damage against targets inside the area.
  3. Use Flayed Shot Icon Flayed Shot if you are Venthyr.
  4. Use Double Tap Icon Double Tap.
  5. Use Trueshot Icon Trueshot
  6. Use Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot.
  7. Use Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot.
  8. Use Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire.
  9. Use Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot.
  10. Use Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot.
  11. Use Steady Shot Icon Steady Shot to generate Focus.
  12. Cast Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot.
  13. Cast Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot.
  14. Use Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire.
  15. 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, ideally using Steady Shot Icon Steady Shot to refresh it.
  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 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.
  5. Use Rapid Fire Icon Rapid Fire for single target damage and to generate Focus at the same time.
  6. Use Arcane Shot Icon Arcane Shot after you use Aimed Shot Icon Aimed Shot to increase its damage.
  7. Use Resonating Arrow Icon Resonating Arrow if you are Kyrian to increase your damage against targets inside the area.
  8. Use Flayed Shot Icon Flayed Shot if you are Venthyr.
  9. Use Death Chakram Icon Death Chakram if you are Necrolord.
  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

Feign Death Icon Feign Death can be your main defensive tool due to your Survival Tactics Icon Survival Tactics PvP Talent, your Resilience of the Hunter Icon Resilience of the Hunter Conduit, and Craven Strategem Icon Craven Strategem Legendary Power. Use it as often as possible while you are being targeted to force the enemy to re-target you, drop DoTs, and reduce damage taken.

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.

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

  • 22 Feb. 2022: Updated and restructured the Opener and Burst DPS Rotations and clarified Lock and Load/Concussive Shot usage. Added Death Chakram.
  • 10 Nov. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 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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