I had a neat response to my molten armor post.
Lets face it. I'm not really gonna post anything earthbreaking on any class. Just my observations. I know the classes more or less. I've played 5 of em to level 60 or higher. I run on a pvp server, so I have a bit more exp than most of the BRK crowd with tactics. ArmsandFury has been quite gleeful with the difference his all too brief stay on a pvp server has made to his pvp'ing back on the pve server Kelmar is stuck on.
Anyway, here's the response...
Molten Armor + Impact procs can be nasty, but if your pet is smacking a mage long enough for Molten Armor to even make a dent on the pet's health.. you're doing something wrong.First of all, any halfway competent mage is not going to just stand there and allow himself to get mauled by your pet, not even when he has the 2-piece Aldor bonus which makes Frostbolts and Fireballs unaffected by pushback. He's trying to CC your pet and get into your deadzone to cut off your dps.
K. Here's my response, and why I wrote the post.
I was running Unbound in terrokar, (Unbound was a 63 enhance shammy at the time).., and got jumped by a 65 fire mage.
Normally... shammys pwn with extreme prejudice any caster class. But I'm a bit slower with unbound, and again, there's a shammy post out there on the subject. The mage got the first shot in (intercepted by a grounding totem...) and it was on. I killed the spider I had aggroed, and ran at the mage. By the time I had closed, we were both near 20% health... and I forgot to purge the little gnome bastard.
I go to melee and the molten armor kills me.
Shalkis, you are absolutely right about molten armor not mattering against a hunter. Except in those instances when you aren't.
Hence the point of this post. When should you kill the pet before the hunter?
When the hunter is doin that attack range of 70' crap. Which happens a lot in arena. Too often, I'll send my pet after someone, and they'll duck outta LOS. When that happens, the damn pet has to come back, or it will die. I KNOW this now. And if the pet dies, the hunter is gimped for the rest of the fight.
SO... Shalkis... you a fire mage in arena, and you get BM hunter aggro.
FIRST. Get the hell outta LOS. The pet will follow, and usually intimidate will proc. If you get behind or under something fast enough, its just you and fuzzy all alone for a bit.
3 sec stun. Then take 3 more seconds for "direct action." That's 4-5 claws, and if ferocity procs, 6-7 attacks. Thats 1300-1800 damage for the pet from MA, depending on how things go. Mana shield, OTOH, should keep the damage you take down to reasonable levels.
And yes. Thats a significant chunk of life outta the pet. Add a blast wave, dragon's breath, and fire blast... and if you managed a fire blast before he got to you... you looking at another 5.5k damage on the pet.
6700-7200... thats kinda close to dead for a pet, especially if they ain't running with endurance training. Add a scorch to put em over the edge. Dead pet in 6 seconds. Hunter turns the corner... and without the pet, the BM hunter is gonna die in a straight up fight against a fire mage.
Gotta have that mend pet up. (And I gotta find out if it can be spell stolen :) ) And you can't let the pet chase the fire mage outta LOS. Frost mage... sure... whatever... go to town. BW will keep em from hurting em... if a frost mage can't freeze you in place, 50% of his damage goes away.
Arcane... well, if the arcane mage wants to blow all his cooldowns on the pet, nothing you can do. Tho slow can be a bitch if BW is on cooldown.
But fire mages pose a specific threat to melee classes and hunter pets. Too damn much control, and 2 additional instacast mega damage spells. (Dragon's breath and Blast wave.) Add combustion to that... combustion... Each fire spell you cast adds to a counter. Each counter adds 10% to crit. Until you've crit three times.
If you get seriously unlucky... they kill the pet, and combustion is at 60%. And then they sheep you for the pyroblast... with a 95% crit chance.
Thats a 7-8k damage spell people. You will join frisky in the afterlife very shortly.
Anyway... props to Melvin. He and Magebert played their mages and ran with Mabd in 3v3 last week. (We went 7-3). One team we hit was made of 3 frost mages. Magebert and I go down, as well as two of the frost mages.
Melvin butchers the elemental, then sheeps the frost mage. (both are at >20% health and mana) Melvin goes invis... then he and the frost mage, both near full health and mana, go at it. Melvin did the team proud. He is actually quite decent at 1v1. If only he could get used to teamwork :(
One thing that screwed the frost mages? They went after mabd first... and mabd, with BW on, is immune to all that frost nova crap. Waste of perfectly good cooldowns... and mega gimp to frost damage.
BM hunters DO have a place in arena. "Have pain... will deliver!"
Just leave the pet alone to eat yo face, alright?