Marksman Hunters and Lone Wolf in Legion

I’m hearing folks talk about how MM hunters in Legion will not be able to summon a pet. I’ve yet to read where that is the case. I am hoping someone can share with me a link to that bit of information. If you have a link to where the folks at Blizz said specifically that MM hunters cannot summon a pet, please share it in the comments. I really want to see it.

This is all that shows up on the Hunter preview.

Marksmen, too, shroud themselves in the perils of the untamed wilds, perfecting the use of weapons that are deadliest from great range. They’ve maintained little interest, however, in gaining the loyalty of the many beasts inhabiting these crude landscapes. Instead, the marksman blends into the surrounding environment, surveying behavior of all manner of predator and gleaning deadly methods for stalking their own prey. A sniper in hiding, the marksman unleashes arrows and bullets with deadly precision, exposing the weakness in whoever—or whatever—passes through their crosshairs.

The Lone Wolf gameplay introduced in Warlords of Draenor proved extremely popular with Hunters, and that play style fit perfectly with our vision of Marksmanship Hunters as master archers and snipers, relying on their skill and precision with weapons rather than animal companions. All Marksmanship Hunters now gain Lone Wolf by default, ranging through the wilds without a pet beside them. On the resource front, the Marksman now gains Focus from the use of Arcane Shot. And, as a note for those who enjoyed the previous version of Survival gameplay, we have moved certain abilities, such as Black Arrow and Lock and Load, to Marksmanship-specific talents.

As I’m reading this, a couple pieces stick out. MM has “maintained little interest in gaining the loyalty of the many beasts.” I doesn’t say “no interest interest in gaining the loyalty,” nor does it say “cannot gain the loyalty.” It then goes on to say that Marksmanship Hunters now gain Lone Wolf by default.

Lone Wolf (as it currently exists) has a tool tip of “While you don’t have a pet active, your damage dealt with *some abilities* is increased by 30% and you are able to provide one of several beneficial effects to your party and raid.” Which means, when you have a pet, the theoretical 30% damage they provide for your dps is done by the attacks of your pet. When you don’t have a pet, the theoretical 30% damage they provide for your dps is added into your *some abilities*.

So unless someone at Blizzard has said that Lone Wolf is being changed to “You cannot summon a pet,” which I have not been able to find yet, it’s exactly how we play MM-LW now. Mostly no pet, except for those times when it’s useful.

2 thoughts on “Marksman Hunters and Lone Wolf in Legion

  1. I don’t know the answers to your questions but I can imagine.
    I think you will have a pet out as MM while questing and adventuring in the world — you will have lost the 30% buff but you don’t have to stand still either! Then, when you dungeon and raid in group content, you would not have a pet out and go back to turret sniping as a hunter.
    If ( a very big question, no? ) they can balance well, then I have a tough decision: whether to go with the iconic Beast Master look and feel of a hunter and why I started the class or stay with MM as a raider and enjoy that single target killing machine — the raid mechanic designs will dictate that and we may have a glimmer as they test on the PTR.

    1. Since this post. I’ve seen some of the Twitter posts from the WoW team. It’s looking more and more that at level 10, Marksmanship hunters dismiss their pets permanently when they choose the spec. I’m rather disappointed at this. I love raiding MM with no pet. I also like having a pseudo-meat-shield when soloing. I think my hunter is going to be one of the toons that I learn how easy/hard it is to level 2 artifacts.

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