Posted Tue, Aug 16, 2011 by Messiah
Welcome, to the seventh edition of our column here at WoW.TenTonHammer.com called Gear Eye for the WoW Guy. In it Byron "Messiah" Mudry takes a look at a character that needs some help in the game. He then gives that player a complete gear makeover in an attempt to get them moving on to new content in the game. Sometimes that advise is slight upgrades, sometimes a full scale redo for those that are completely lost. Tune in each week to learn the tuning tips that will help you stand out from the average player.
Of course there are two big tools that are needed to be able to check out a player and make useful recommendations. The first of those tools is an in depth knowledge of the game, specifically the classes, mechanics, best stats, best gear, enchants, gems, and more. This isn't something that everyone has for the first little while that they play the game or even for the first while after they hit the level cap.
The second major tool is PlayerScore, which luckily is available and usable by anyone and hosted right here on our network. You can find search for your own character and see how you stack up by visiting the PlayerScore site.
This week I take aim on another hunter, this time an alliance one called Killerbruce from the European server Ghostlands. This is the second marksmanship hunter I have looked at if you remember back to BiggJack way back in the second Gear Eye for the WoW Guy that I did.
Unlike Biggjack who had pretty solid gear and you could tell played a lot and knew what he was doing, Killerbruce is a self proclaimed casual. He states that he playes about 12 hours a week and doesn’t want to spend all sorts of time raiding but does want gear upgrades and had no idea where to go.
My first comment on looking at the character was “what the heck did he spend 12 hours a week on?”. The character was a mess, having sub par gear, a mix of PVP and PVE gear, and worse equipping leather and mail. Ok, some serious work to do here.
As with all characters I look at, I checked Killerbruce out on a Friday a full week before the article goes up and took all the screenshots I needed to start working on the gear upgrades and recommendations. At that time there was some REALLY bad gear equipped. While working on the article during the week I noticed several key upgrades had been done, so re-wrote part of this article to actually cover and recognize some of the work he had done on his own so far. You can find his initial gear listing here: Killerbruce First Look, EEK!
Funny enough a lot of the upgrades he got were actually items I was writing up to suggest! So, while he started out poorly, it looks like he has gotten a solid idea of what he needs to do gear wise on his own, good work.
There are still a lot of things to upgrade though and several key mistakes that I see, so let’s get to work on this gear makeover.
You can find Killerbruces's PlayerScore information here: Killerbruce's PlayerScore, remember however that it will change over time compared to what is listed here. This is due to PlayerScore constantly being updated to reflect any new gear, achievements and anything else that happens as he plays and upgrades or changes gear.
Before looking at gear though, let’s start by looking at stat priority so that we know what we are looking for and why when evaluating gear.
Stat priority is important for any class, and can make a big difference in one piece of gear to another. But how do you decide which is better. There has been a lot of math done, by a lot of smart people to decide the best stats in the best order, and to the best limit, but remember essentially Agility is your key stat, it rules over all the others by quite a bit, with only hit coming close to being as valuable.
So before we go any further lets look at what stat priority should be like for a Marksmanship Hunter:
Marksmanship Hunter Stat Priority
Agility > Hit cap (8% for Raid, 6% for Heroics) > Crit > Haste > Mastery
Notice that there are two different hit caps? For Heroic instance you don't need the 8% cap, that is for raid bosses. Therefore you can actually hurt yourself by moving more points into hit than you actually need if you never plan on raiding. However, since most casually will at some point jump into a raid that is advertising in general chat to fill a few spots, I would suggest going for the 8% anyway, unless you are sure you are never going to raid.