When mists comes, actually when the prepatch for mists comes most likely, hunters will no longer use melee weapons.
We have been told that we should not worry about the loss of our melee weapons, the stats we lose from not using melee weapons will be made up by our ranged weapons. With the release of a few items leaking from mists I am left to wonder if someone at the design team forgot about the fact hunters can no longer use melee weapons.
Lets look at our current level bow, main stats only, the one most everyone will walk into mists with.
Vishanka, Jaws of the Earth - It has 161 agility and 242 stamina.
Now lets look at our first epic bow of mists, the one we will all be getting from heroics most likely.
5.0 Dungeon Bow - It has 283 agility and 424 stamina.
At first look it seems like this is not all that bad. The increase is fair, for 5 levels, and it looks like they are not going insane with the stat inflation, they are picking up right where they left off instead of making a huge stat jump. I like that but that is for another post.
Now lets look at what we will NOT have in mists.
Inscribed Tiger Staff - It has1015 agility and 1522 stamina.
Holy mother of god, I see where those stat inflation went to. They went to the feral / guardian druids who are now the only ones that can use that staff.
Where is my additional 1000 agility that I was promised when I lost the ability to use melee weapons for stats?
So if it where now, I would effectively have 1015 less agility and 1522 less stamina. WTF? I thought they said they would give hunters the stats they used to have on their melee weapons on their ranged weapons. Did someone not get the memo? Did they just forget? Did they think that because they are giving us such a fun ability like stampede that we would be all excited with it and not even notice we have just been screwed out of over 1K agility and 1.5K stamina?
Blizzard, you owe me some stats, really, this is not even funny. There is no way that hunter weapons are going to end up at 1/4 the stats of every other classes weapon. Heck, even the bows DPS is lower then the DPS on the staff so it not like they can say "we made up the difference in ranged weapons damage" because they didn't, it is lower.
There is nothing right about this picture. Nothing at all.
Being it seems what I was aiming for was missed I will just add this question to clear it up.
How did it even make it to the starting test phase without anyone realizing they removed melee weapons from hunters?
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