And on the 9th of june:
Holinka himself stated he hasn't found any useful feedback (@aj), so let's give him some, though it may even be too late.
Many people complain about hunter damage, but according to PvE spreadsheets, the slight damagebuff we recieved with 5.3, was necessary for hunters to stay competitive in PvE.
But they may have overdone Blink Strikes, as they wan't passive damage boosts to be slightly lower than active ones. So this is possibly something they may nerf a little.
In regards to Stampede, they could double the cooldown and damage, and make it unuseable in arenas - however this would upset a lot of hunters, because it's a 'fun' ability to use, and even necessary, some may argue.
Personally I think the two biggest issues with hunters are Readiness and Beastial Wrath.
They could change Readiness to only work with a select few abilities (like rogue Preparation) - in particular CC-related abilties.
And they could change Beastial Wrath with either an increased cooldown and damage compensation - or to not break CC, but instead make the hunter unstopable for something like six seconds. That would encourage clever use of it in PvP. Thoughts?
-Stampede removed from arena - All speccs
-Readiness do not reset scatter/trap - All speccs
-Readiness do not reset Bestial Wrath
It's not any of these, however the changes Holinka mentioned for Hunters coming with the restart on Wednesday are relating to Stampede and Blink Strikes.
The changes we have coming for Blink Strikes are intended to assist with the regular complaint we hear about peeling Hunter pets. The change will mean that Hunter pets will only be able to Blink Strike once every 20 seconds and there will be a 10 yard minimum range to avoid the pet using it off cooldown when it's already close to the target. We hope that this will help with Hunter pets utilizing large amounts of glue to stick to their targets.
Our plans for Stampede are actually quite simple to explain; we are removing the ability for the pets summoned through Stampede to use any abilities. The end result of this change should be that the pets a Hunter summons from Stampede will only be able to auto-attack. As you are all aware, these changes will result in a quite the reduction of net damage for Hunters, because of this we have also done a minor 15% buff buff to the damage of Arcane Shot.
Not only are there these changes, but there is still more to come in patch 5.4. We cannot go into details on these for the moment, but keep an eye out for them on the blog
Edited by Ansi, 10 June 2013 - 07:26 PM.