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Survival Hunter DPS Easy Mode

Last updated on Mar 20, 2017 at 15:05 by Azortharion 292 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

Survival is a versatile melee spec capable of quite powerful single-target and sometimes very powerful AoE. It is a complex, but rewarding spec.

2. Talent Choice

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.

3. Stat Choice

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

  1. Haste;
  2. Mastery (until ~12%)
  3. Critical Strike;
  4. Versatility;
  5. Mastery (past ~12%)

Haste, Critical Strike, and Versatility are all very close in value, so you should usually just pick the item with the highest item level when considering upgrades.

4. Basic Rotation

  1. Cast A Murder of Crows Icon A Murder of Crows on cooldown.
  2. Cast Mongoose Bite Icon Mongoose Bite when it is available with 2 charges or more.
  3. Cast Flanking Strike Icon Flanking Strike on cooldown.
  4. Cast Explosive Trap Icon Explosive Trap on cooldown.
  5. Cast Lacerate Icon Lacerate just enough to keep the DoT up on the target.
  6. Cast Butchery Icon Butchery
  7. Cast Mongoose Bite Icon Mongoose Bite when it is available with less than 2 charges.
  8. Cast Raptor Strike Icon Raptor Strike to refresh Serpent Sting, and when there is nothing else to do.

4.1. Cooldowns

Use Aspect of the Eagle Icon Aspect of the Eagle when you are at 0-1 charges of Mongoose Bite. Try not to use it when Mongoose Fury Icon Mongoose Fury is just about to expire.

Use Fury of the Eagle Icon Fury of the Eagle with 6 stacks of Mongoose Fury Icon Mongoose Fury.

Use Carve Icon Carve instead of Raptor Strike when fighting multiple enemies.

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.

5. ChangeLog

  • 07 Feb. 2017: Updated stat priority and rotation slightly.
  • 12 Jan. 2017: Updated stat priority and talent recommendation to be even easier.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 18 Dec. 2016: Added easy mode for Survival Hunters.
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