Easy Mode

I said in a post a bit ago that diversity and complexity of WoW pets are one reason I like my hunter way more than I like pet classes in other games. But as I mentioned, there is another reason also: underlying playstyle. In short, the hunter class allows for both simple, uncomplicated play or complex, skillful play, depending on what floats your boat.

When it comes down to it, I’m not a very skillful player. I like to think that if I wanted to, I could learn all the intricate details and the quick responses that make a player skillful, but in all honesty it wouldn’t be easy — and more to the point, it wouldn’t be why I play these games. I’m generally not interested in min-maxing my class — I just want to wander around the world and see things. Plus, I’d rather do that by myself — I don’t play well with others. (Or as I like to say, I’ve spent most of my working life managing eccentric engineers and prima donna designers and I don’t want to have anything to do with that kind of interpersonal mess in the games I play.) So I want a simple, straightfoward solo class that let’s me wander the world sightseeing without dying too much.

WoW hunters — unlike most pet classes — allow me to do that. I can pick pretty much any pet, throw my talent points more or less randomly into the Beast Mastery tree, and be good to go.

Now, don’t misunderstand me — I am by no means saying that all hunters are skill-less idiots like myself. (The title of this post is intended to be tongue-in-cheek.) Certainly there is a world of skill to playing hunters well. Spend the time and attention on the details and we can be truly impressive killing machines, a force to be reckoned with. There are people who post on the forums I frequent who know a thousand times as much as I do about playing this class — I know their names, I read their posts, and most of it goes right over my head. I think it’s a mark of the success of the class that I can play alongside these people — and even more, that I can contribute to the community via a pet site without ever really needing to optimize my shot rotation.

But the reason that I play a hunter — aside from a terrible addiction to the complex and fascinating pet system — is that I can play the way I want to: wandering randomly, looking at stuff, and mostly doing okay.

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5 Responses to “Easy Mode”

  1. drelodi Says:

    Although my reasoning for playing a hunter has nothing to do with how easy or hard it is to play, I agree that it’s nice having it be so open in playstyles. I also enjoy soloing (I know, I know, this is a MASSIVE MULTIPLAYER role-playing game, but sometimes it’s nice to know that you don’t have to rely on others to achieve your goal.)

    It’s nice to know that if I want to, I can be more relaxed while I play, but if there’s a tough mob that I have to kill, it’s also nice to have the know-how to successfully manage your skills.

    Frankly, shot rotations aren’t the toughest part of this class, really. The tougher parts (especially when grouping) are a combination of knowing when to turn your pet’s growl on/off, when to use a trap and which one would be the best in a given situation, knowing which pet has skills that would be best in a group (or the worst – I wouldn’t use firebreath in an area that CC is being used.)

    There are a lot of different things you have to learn to juggle sometimes, but it’s nice when you also have the option to sit back and enjoy the game without having to worry as much. =)

  2. sylvina Says:

    I think one of the funnest things about the class is simply naming and customizing your pets. I am also extremely jealous of just how amazing Hunters are with their freeze-trap crowd controls & chain trappings. It’s just amazing!

    In general though, I understand your need to explore and play how you’d like. I design and used completely unconventional specs for my classes. I like to do the ‘oddball’ thing, and focus primarily on doing what’s fun or what would fit in well with the story for my character (I play on an RP server), and if that means not having the best stats in order to have fashionable attire, or not taking certain abilities or speccing a certain way due to it being against my character to do so, then so be it. As long as you have fun, that’s all that matters.

    Although, I must say, try to be a little more social on an MMO, there are tons of great people out there!

  3. smurphysmurf Says:

    I love hunters!

    I’m not the most skilled hunter out there. I can’t kite worth beans and I get my two frost traps mixed up 100% of the time when I need to lay the right one down. But my absolutely favorite part of the hunter is the pet. I love watching my bat or wolf tear through everything, and at level 49, my pet has main tanked every instance since VC. I get plenty of doubt from other players about the ability of my pet to tank, and it gives me a great thrill of satisfaction to prove them time and time again that my wolf or my bat can quite efficiently tank!

    Hunters are great fun. When I want to be serious, get stuff done, etc, I go on my druid. But even my lowbie hunter can seriously mess with people in a way my druid just can’t. I can’t count the amount of 70s who ran straight into my traps or was hit by my pet’s Intimidation.

    Cracks me up.

  4. degbunke Says:

    This might be a litte off topic, but can you use blank space in your pet’s name, and/or capital letters? For example “My Pet” or “MyPet” instead of “Mypet”. I think I’ve seen pets with blank spaces and capitals in their names, but I’m not sure. (Am about to name a new pet at the moment, so it’s a bit important to me, since I want to give it a proper name that looks good too…)

    I just have to say I truly love the Petopia site. It has given me tons of good info. =)

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