About Fiannor

I have been playing World of Warcraft since maybe mid-2008, at the tail end of Burning Crusade. My main is level 120 hunter, and I have 8 alts — another hunter, a warlock, a monk, a druid, a rogue, a shaman, a demon hunter, and a mage. I try to max level all of them over the course of an expansion. All my characters are Alliance. I have tried a few Horde characters, but have never been able to buy into that particular story line.

These are just my random observations as I play the game. Some are specifically about hunters, many are not. I am not a theory crafter, not an expert raider, just someone who likes the game and has fun playing it.

11 thoughts on “About Fiannor

  1. Been trying out Beast Mastery in Legion? Liking multiple pets? How is that? I for 1 can’t, *can’t* wait to finally have multiple pets out at once! Thank you!

    1. Sadly, no. I have never, in many years, been part of an alpha or beta test. Never. In spite of always opting in, and in spite of this time for Legion entering multiple contests every week, no luck. Which is a shame because I think I would be a great beta tester, providing useful feedback and observations from the point of view of the semi-casual player — someone who plays the game intensely but not at the level of a professional or elite raider.

      I will likely choose BM as my hunter spec in Legion, but I am not especially excited about it. As you point out, having multiple pets at once sounds nice, but unfortunately one of them — the one you get from your artifact weapon — is not controllable by you, it is more of just a visual for some increased passive damage. In general, what I have read about BM in Legion is that it will be quite slow to play, with gaps where you cannot do anything because you are waiting for your focus to regenerate. You will have no active focus-generating shot like we do now. Also, talents like Stampede become very different from the current one — in Legion, Stampede becomes more like Barrage, because you unleash your Stampede pets and they basically damage every enemy in a cone type path in front of you, then they disappear once they have reached their range limit.

      Check out my post “Beastmastery in Legion — still iffy” for a couple of links to good blogs written by excellent hunters with Legion access.

    1. Thanks for asking, no I am not done with it. I am still very active in the game, and I will most likely start the blog back up around the first of the year. Just needed an extended break.

      1. Understandable! i stopped huntering before Legion but i still really enjoy your writings. please keep up the good work

    1. Hehe. Pretty sure that had zero to do with me and is just a reflection of all the people that follow Hazzikostas on Twitter. Sadly, I am still pessimistic that it will change anything significantly.

      1. Totally because of you. 😁

        Never know. Maybe someone in his department will read it and he might hear of it and take a look. Maybe he will go talk to department heads and point out that things need to change, maybe the guild interface will get an overhaul, Hunters will get show done love and will have 3 viable specs to play depending on your style, and Shadowpriests will get a top to bottom revamp going back to a prior to Mind Spike design and will have 2 or 3 optional ways to play that are all decent. And Versatility will get scrapped.

        Am I doing this positive thing right??

  2. Have played a hunter since BC, and now find that pet management/storage is becoming a real pain. Do you know of any petitions or websites trying to address this problem.

    1. Unfortunately, I do not. I am not much of an avid hunter pet collector, I tend to stick with one pet for years at a time (Gara is my current one). I do have a few others, mainly to be able in a pinch to switch out for a certain raid buff, but those buffs have largely gone away also.

      I understand your frustration, though. Blizz keeps adding huge numbers of new hunter pets each expansion, but they refuse to give us meaningful space to collect them. In my opinion, the current stable could be reworked to make it basically a collection like mounts or foofoo battle pets or toys or transmog gear. Certainly the technology is there to do it, but I suspect it would take a significant recoding effort to bring it about, and honestly Blizz rarely thinks hunters are worth the effort. (Look at all the pet pathing problems that still exist after all these years, Blizz is just not interested in expending the effort to Fios them.)

      The other change I would like to see is an expansion of the number of pets a hunter could immediately switch out — 5 just seems like not enough. A collection type setup would also alleviate this problem, since the hunter could switch out any of their pets at will, just as we currently do for mounts.

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