Daily Archives: October 28, 2008

Hunting at 70

Tistann, my hunter in World of Warcraft finally hit 70, just a couple weeks shy of the impending Wrath of the Lich King expansion.

And, thanks to the 3.0.2 updates, I got a sound, a fountain of light, and an achievement when the time came.

And speaking of the 3.0.2 update, I really like the changes that were made to the hunter class.  It has always been my favorite solo class in WoW and maybe my favorite class overall in any MMO, though my fae swashbuckler in EQ2 has plenty going for it.

I like the changes to the beast mastery tree for the hunter and I especially like that my pet now has a tree as well.

Not that I hated the old method of pet training.  In fact, I thought it was quite original and innovative.  Having to go out and find an animal that had the skill you wanted, tame it, and learn that skill by working with the animal certainly seemed like a good idea.

Of course, in practice, finding and taming the right animal to keep you pet up to spec was more of a chore than it should have been.  I recall a couple of points where to keep my pet current I had to tame something in an instance or wait 5-6 levels to find something in the outside world.  And in 10 levels or so I would be behind again.

So, with the skill tree for my pet, a wolf named Puck, he is now fighting with skills current for his level.  And, naturally enough, he seems a lot tougher than he was before.  That, plus a nice self-heal ability (lick wounds?) makes him a real scrapper.

This is good, because Tistann himself seems to have turned into something a push-over for mobs.  I know his gear isn’t the best, but two normal mobs seem to be able to take him down if Puck isn’t around to bail him out.  That came as a bit of a surprise, but I guess it makes sense and reinforces the player/pet dynamic for those who have gone down the beast mastery path.

I now have two characters at level 70 but who took somewhat different paths to get there.

Tistann went almost completely solo to level cap, devouring quests in all the zones along the way while Vikund, my paladin, got a good chuck of his experience with the Saturday night group doing instances.  So in the end, between these two characters, I think I have ended up seeing a lot of the game.

I have yet to make it into a raid instance, so all of that content is off my list,  but I haven’t actually tried to get into that either.