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How to be a Huntard in Ten Easy Steps

Updated Tue, Apr 12, 2011 by Mem



Are you bored while raiding? Guild giving you a hard time? Tired of using that same old shot rotation over and over again? Feel like having a few good laughs? Well I have the solution for you!

If you want to put some spice back into the World of Warcraft you simply need to take my free course on how to excel at being a Huntard. “Isn’t being a Huntard a bad thing,” you say. No, my friend, I assure you, being a Huntard will add a whole new aspect to the game you have never experienced before. I guarantee that if you follow the ten simple steps below you will be amazed at the extra enjoyment you gain. Ignore those haters who will belittle your Huntard skills, they too wish they could be Huntards.

Without further ado here are the ten simple steps you need to become a Huntard:

 Expensive Arrows/Ammo? I Don’t Think So.

Venture to Razor Hill, or Dolanaar depending on your respective faction, proceed to purchase the cheapest ammo/arrows available. Why buy that expensive stuff when these can be bought from a vendor for less? Use these in your next raid, you should see a significant DPS difference, and your raid will too.


To Feign Death

We’ve all been there, wanting to get up from our computers for whatever reason, urgent or not, during a pull. You will be pleased to know that if you succeed in becoming a Huntard you will be able to get up whenever the urge strikes you! Simply Feign Death, and walk away. Take that bathroom break, grab another beverage, check your e-mail, or text your friends.  

On the other hand, if you don’t want to get up, but don’t feel like doing much of anything, simply sit back and observe the raid. Remark over vent or in guild chat exactly what each individual is doing wrong, do not offer suggestions to fix said problems. Ideally both of these should be applied during a boss fight, however they will also work during any and all trash pulls.  Keep in mind your fellow raid members will be extremely envious of your newfound ability and may offer up rude comments as a way to express their jealousy. Ignore these comments as you can totally appreciate why they would be jealous.


Or Not to Feign Death

In this step you will learn how to apply the opposite of step 2 in your raiding. This should also be employed during a boss fight, however once again this can be used during trash with lesser effect.

To begin, disable your threat meter, it will only distract you. If you find yourself getting the urge to hit Feign Death often, remove this spell from your bar while attempting this step. Finally, all you must do is what hunters do best - DPS, DPS, DPS. If you pull agro from your tank, then clearly the tank needs to improve their skills. If cries of “FEIGN DEATH!” come across vent or guild chat, your raid wipes, or you die personally, explain calmly that you were simply doing your job. Hunters are a DPS class. There is no reason you should have to stop said DPS to Feign Death. Instead, your tank should simply lrn2play.


Leave Growl On

Did you know that stifling your pet’s base urge to growl makes it more likely to die in combat? It’s true, just like jumping while running makes you run faster. It’s totally natural for your pet to growl, and really why should you have to do all that extra work to remember to turn it off all the time? There is no reason that it cannot be active at all times. In fact, once again, this could give your tank a bit of a challenge, helping them hone their abilities, and World of Warcraft is all about improving. If your tank can’t handle it, obviously you need to recruit a new one.


Aspect of the Noob (err I mean) Pack

As you can see while learning to be a Huntard you will learn many new things. Another little known fact about Hunter DPS is that Aspect of the Pack actually improves your DPS while making you and your raid run faster. For maximum effect I would suggest using this new strategy on Thaddius in Naxxramas, however all bosses or trash will do. If your raid has the audacity to tell you to turn this valuable ability off, exclaim loudly that it helps your DPS and you are shocked that no one appreciates your generosity. You could simply be using Aspect of the Cheetah, but no, kind person that you are, you wanted to help out the rest of the raid as well.

Everything is a Hunter Weapon

This is one of the most important rules when transforming yourself into a Huntard. Everything is a Hunter weapon without question, and it should be rolled on accordingly. Part of really being a Huntard is understanding that your loot privileges are above those of the other inferior classes. Do not hesitate to roll on every single weapon that drops. For an extra bonus exclaiming “HUNTER WEAPON!” over vent gives added affect. Don’t bother to look at the stats, that just wastes time - just roll. Even if the weapon is unable to be used by Hunters, roll. Blizzard will in time realize that Hunters should be able to use it and fix the problem.


 Misdirect 

Misdirect is a valuable tool and by thinking outside the box you can use it to improve your raid performance. Everyone knows that healers really don’t do anything at all, and sometimes need a wake-up call. To keep them on their toes, simply misdirect the nearest trash mob to them, or wait until the boss pull and instead of misdirecting the tank, misdirect the squishie. If they happen to die, obviously you were right and they were sleeping at the keyboard again. Typical healer. This lesson can also be used on Warlocks, Mages, and anyone else who you feel needs to understand the words of Alastor “Mad Eye” Moody, “CONSTANT VIGILANCE!” While you’re at it, you may want to also ask your shamans to have Windwall Totem down at all times. You never do really know when those ninja archers will sneak up on you.


Ninja Pull

Nothing is more boring or frustrating than standing around waiting for a boss to be pulled. This can happen for various reasons; your raid leaders have gotten into a boring strategy talk, someone decided to go to the bathroom, or someone decided they just had to go back to Dalaran to get a gem for their new piece of gear. Whatever the reason, Huntards know how to fix the situation. By ninja pulling the boss you are standing in front of and Feigning Death to enjoy watching the entire raid die in one fell swoop, you are helping your raid become better at situational awareness, and also helping shorten those waiting times before the pull. Who wants to stand around and chat or go afk when the boss could be pulled at any second? This way is much more exciting than waiting for the traditional ready check.
As a side note, due to your humble personality, never admit that it was you who pulled boss. Even if someone sees you, or if you are the only Hunter in the raid; deny, deny, deny.


Go Melee

My personal favorite,  is realizing that Hunters can melee as well as ranged DPS. Leave your ranged weapon in the bank, ditch those caster sissies hiding in the back and run head on into boss fights with the melee DPS. Once again, commentary over vent is needed. Use phrases such as “Wow guys, you should see how much damage I’m doing with my weapon(s),” or “I just got a **** melee crit!” Keeping your own personal damage meter running and posting the results after the boss fight is also a great idea. By choosing to do this step you will help dispel myth that Hunters are only good for ranged damage.

You might be a Huntard if...

The final step in becoming a Huntard is one you may or may not have already completed and is probably the simplest step of all. If you read this article, and seriously considered these steps to be rational, you might be ready to be a Huntard.

After completing these steps you will officially join the ranks to the legendary Huntard. Congratulations! Join us on our forums to share your epic Huntard stories.

Jason Bechdel and Ten Ton Hammer are not responsible for any guild removal, server blacklisting, friend loss, or anything else that may happen to the player as a result of these steps. Use at your own risk.




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