Last night was raid night with my lovable and fun but let’s face it, dysfunctional, raid team. (We still have not cleared Highmaul normal, stuck on Ko’ragh after about 3 weeks in there, having skipped Brackenspore because there is no hope we have the DPS to do that one.) We were having one of our typical off nights (most of them are). Worse, I contributed to some of the “DOH!” moments.

By way of explanation — not excuse — I got a new mouse a couple of days ago. I had been playing with a Razer Naga for a couple of years, you know the one with a bajillion buttons on the side. Razer recently changed their configuration software, and you can no longer map the scroll click to middle click. While I could live with this on my hunters, I found it just wasn’t working any more with my healer on either VuhDo or Healbot. So I dumped it in favor of a Logitech G700S. Fewer buttons, but more configuration freedom, and honestly I really only used about half of the ones on the Razer anyway.

Commercial Disclaimer: I receive no money or other considerations from either Razer or Logitech, and I am in no way endorsing either of these products, they are just what I have been using.

So the point is, I was a tad unfamiliar with the feel of my new mouse when we started raid last night. Since I am the only one on the team who pre-pots, usually the tanks see no need to give anyone any warning about the exact timing of the pull, so I have gotten into the habit of targeting the boss and placing my hands in the “go” position on my keyboard and mouse, hoping I can get a pre-pot in before actual combat begins. Yes, you guessed it, there is a particularly sensitive key on my new mouse, which I have mapped to Glaive Toss. I swear I just brushed it lightly with my thumb as I was positioning my hand, but of course it launched a GT and pulled the boss while everyone else was eating and one of the tanks was running back from the wipe.

I was mortified. I apologized and said everyone could send me their repair bills, but I was really embarrassed. And I changed my pre-pull sequence to ensure I was not targeting the boss until the pull started.

So we continued the raid. Within about ten minutes — again as we were eating and running back after a wipe — our second hunter’s pet suddenly dashed headlong into the boss, pulling him. As if that were not enough, as we were recuperating from that wipe, the third hunter’s Auto Shot engaged the boss, causing yet another wipe. (Yes, we were running with 3 hunters in a 14-person team.)

By this time I was doing my best to look like a mage or a priest or anything but a hunter. Was not feeling very proud of the class at the moment. To try and make light of it, the Raid Leader cleared his throat and announced he would like to have a word with the shop steward of the Hunter’s Union. We all laughed a little bit, and I pointed out that the hunters get assigned every utility job we come across in raid, and maybe once in a while we deserve to have a stupid night.

But it got me thinking about hunter roles in raids. When I was in the military, there was an unofficial designation of one officer in a unit as the DLJO — Dirty Little Jobs Officer. Usually this was some brand new Second Lieutenant, who would be given a multi-page list of extra duties, things like Voting Officer, Equal Opportunity Officer, Mess Officer, Range Safety Officer, Charitable Collections Officer, Field Latrine Inspection Officer, STD/VD Control Officer, etc. Basically, any time the commander asked “Who is our [insert name of some weird extra job] officer?” the DLJO would jump up and claim the job, knowing that even if it was not on their list of extra duties, it was or would be their responsibility anyway.

Hunters, of course, are the DLJOs of raids. This is not new with WoD, but it does seem like more and more raid leaders — even in PUGs — now think of it automatically. “Let’s see, jump up on this giant piece of machinery and swing from the rafters while dodging rabid bats and applying the special Debuff of Mouthwash to the Deadly Halitosis Blast of the boss? Yeah OK, that’s a hunter job.”

I don’t mind being a DLJO, it actually makes raids more interesting for me, and I take a certain amount of pride in doing the jobs well and at the same time maintaining a pretty high damage output. I think it is more prevalent in WoD because of the huge nerf to instant casts for most classes. Hunters have such an advantage in mobility, especially in this expansion, that it doesn’t make sense to assign high-mobility tasks to any other class. In my opinion, mobility is the defining aspect of the hunter class in this game. And I like that.

But some people don’t. Periodically I read forum whines about how unfair it is that hunters can move and keep up their damage, but other classes can’t. And on the other side, some hunters do all they can to avoid being assigned utility jobs. We had one hunter in our raid (he no longer runs with us) that begged off of every extra job the Raid Leader tried to assign him, saying he really didn’t like to do anything other than stand still and pew-pew.

To that hunter, I say suck it up and carry out your duties, or else roll a mage. To the casters, I admit I have some empathy for them and honestly would like to see some of their instant casts restored. But if they do get some mobility back, then it is only fair that they start to share the DLJO duties.Meanwhile, if you want mobility, roll a hunter.

With great power comes great responsibility 😉



About Fiannor
I have a day job but escape by playing WoW. I love playing a hunter, and my Lake Wobegonian goal is to become "above average" at it.

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