Let me start off by asking you a simple question. Do you try to improve as a player in WoW? I would hope the answer to that question is a definite “Yes”. Now, how about a slightly more complex question. How do you try to improve yourself? I’d love to hear some of your answers to that question in the comments section at the end of the post.
There are many different ways a player could work on improving themselves, whether it’s improving your DPS, or survivability, or perhaps something else entirely. Personally, I have a few different methods of working to improve myself as a hunter. The first method is simple. Talk to other hunters. In Undying Resolution, we have our own little hunter chat channel. During the course of a raid night, we are always using this chat channel for different things. Sometimes we’ll pass things along to the raid leader, sometimes we’ll just goof off, but sometimes we’ll use it to share valuable information. Some examples of what we have used this for is suggesting different talents on a per-fight basis, or discussing how to best survive an encounter while still putting out the damage required by the fight. This method has been very valuable for all of our raiding hunters on any given night (this expansion, between 3-6 per raid). With all of us working together as a team, not only are we able to improve ourselves, but help improve the raid team. If I see someone dying to a mechanic that hunters could easily survive, what good would it do to let them continue dying to it? That won’t help the raid team defeat an encounter. Perhaps there is a mechanic that hunters are good at cheesing (i.e. the Aim ability in the Paragon’s encounter). With our chat channel, we are able to share our knowledge gained from fight to fight to help benefit each other, which will in turn benefit our raid team.
Another method that I have been using recently is video. The other day, I was able to record out first Heroic Spoils kill. To touch it up, I added some music and posted it to Youtube for all to see. I have listened to it a few times mostly for the music, but while doing that, I have a tendency to stop what I’m doing and re-watch the video. Doing this, I have noticed a few things that I have done poorly through the encounter, such as missing key things in my rotation at certain times, as well as slow target swapping a few times. Watching the video can help me the next time we are on that fight, as I now know more what I need to focus on to maximize my damage, which is very important since both of our kills have come with under 3 seconds left in the fight.
The last method that I use that I will talk about today is Skada and Recount. Numerous people use these addons, but do they FULLY use them? I only ever look at the damage portion of my Skada meter for a very short time each raid night. In fact, I typically keep it off during fights, as it is one less distraction to deal with. One things I want to point out is the Death tab. If you die during an encounter, and you aren’t sure why, do you look at this? I will always look at it to see what killed me. If I see it, but am still unsure exactly how it happened, then I may ask others to help so it doesn’t happen again. This meter will tell you the amount of heals you received in the past few moments before your death, as well as what damage you took. This is vital to ensure steps are taken so you do not die to the mechanic again.
As I mentioned before, I posted a video on Youtube of our Heroic Spoils kill. I recommend watching it yourself. See if you notice anything that I did or did not do that could help you the next time you’re in a raid. Do you see something that you had never thought of doing that could help your raid group? Please share your feedback in the comments section.