Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Wing Clip + Raptor Strike, FTW

In a comment to a recent post, Durgan asks what's the deal with my Wing Clip + Raptor Strike macro.

I thought hunters were supposed to fight from range and do the MQoSRDPS thing????

I started out in PvP utterly clueless. When I was 39 and playing in my first BG's, I was all about WSG. Spent nearly 2 weeks at 39 doing nothing but WSG. And having no clue how to play, what a twink was, enchants? those are for enchanters, right? I'm a herbalist/miner.

I basically knew I liked shooting from far away because then i was generally not taking as much damage. That was about it.

Once somebody got to melee range, I'd basically just stand there and melee them, using not much besides auto-attack.

You can imagine how effective this was.

Well, fastforward 31 levels and many moons. I'm trying to be a bit less clueless in the PvP world.

I found myself back in WSG.

Escorting the flag carrier.

I started wing clipping anybody that was trying to get close to my FC.

Being a left-hand keyboard w-s-a-d mover, and having my wing clip mapped to number 2, this was rough.

So once we got moving with the flag, I'd switch over to mouse movement, tab target the guy closest to the FC, and then with my free left hand, spam away at number 2.

Vunderbar. Very quickly, I can tab through a few players and watch them all lag behind our mini little pain train.

So this got me to thinking.

Why not try it out in other situations. Lemme try to do the nasty and just plain old fight in mid field in WSG with no flags nearby. Just for an experiment. So I would target warriors at first. Start hammering from distance, try a small amount of kiting with my minimal strafing skills, and once they get to melee, wing clip them and run straight through them.

Works pretty nicely because its often a surprise when you suddenly charge right at them, and then they find themselves clipped.

Started using this in more and more scenarios. Wing Clip, FTW!!!

I wing clip anything and everything I can get my hands on. Well, naturally, my first line of defense is concussive shot, traps (maybe freezer, maybe frost, depends on which key my fat finger lands on the situation), and mobility to maintain range.

But when they do get close, wham-o, Wing Clip.

Got me to thinking some more. When they are in melee range, I've got this wonderful spell called Raptor Strike.

Gives me a nice big one-time hit. Since I'm already in melee, and already wing clipping them, might as well strike them also. Its beautiful when it crits.

But pressing all these keys was a pain in the butt, so its macro time.

Hitting up WoW Wiki's Hunter Macro page revealed the very simple Wing Clip + Raptor Strike macro.

Also, since I'm here in melee, there's a chance I'll dodge a hit and qualify for a Mongoose Bite. Why not throw that in there too?

And, just for good measure, like I said, my first line of defense is firing from range before they get to melee. So perhaps I had a crit somewhere in my opening volley. So I threw a Kill Command castrandom on there, just in case there was a KC waiting to be used.

And there you have it. Try not to let them get close, but if they do, make them hurt for it. And get back to range.


#showtooltip
/cast Raptor Strike
/cast Mongoose Bite
/cast Wing Clip
/castrandom Kill Command


Note: i manually transposed this, not cut-n-paste, so double check the syntax if it doesn't work for you

Melee Huntard, FTW!!!!

4 comments:

Durgan said...

Thanks!! Much appreciated.

Keep blogging, I really enjoy the dialogue (sp?), I'm just not much of a commententer (is that a word). I'm still hoping to fire up an alliance char sometime and find you. Just don't have a lot of time to play these days.

Durgan said...

Thanks!! Much appreciated.

Keep blogging, I really enjoy the dialogue (sp?), I'm just not much of a commententer (is that a word). I'm still hoping to fire up an alliance char sometime and find you. Just don't have a lot of time to play these days.

Anonymous said...

Mmm kay.. so I saved this for a while until I could try it out on my hunter (little bitty lvl 41). It looks like both Mongoose Bite and Wing Clip trigger GCD so you can only have one in the macro. I dropped Mongoose Bite and now Raptor Strike and Wing clip are both firing.

Thanks for the great macro.

Nibuca
http://chicanery.fibergeek.com/

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