With the recent patch notes for the beta we see very little, if anything, that effects marksman hunters, the spec that needed help the most. While beast mastery actually seemed to have gotten the best of the changes where it is near where it was before even with ability pruning and was not hurt with changes to how their abilities work and while survival took some serious hits from ability pruning leaving it with absolutely zero burst and no execute ability, they are both still playable whereas marksman was changed so much that it is just a clunky mess that has no clue what it wants to be and is mostly unplayable.
Everyone in the hunter community was asking for something to make survival feel more powerful at some moment, be it burst or execute, and to smooth out a rotation that either was horrible because you had no explosive shots due to low multi strike or filled with nothing but explosive shots due to high multi strike. Some changes were made, like returning explosive shot to a previous incarnation, which at least shows that blizzard was aware of the problem. Yet they still have their eyes closed when it comes to marksman.
Everyone, or at least everyone that wanted to play marksman was waiting for something to be done about that spec. Anything. Add a proc to spice up the rotation, add interaction between abilities, give some sort of instant focus dump, change the mastery to anything but what it is, or make what it is more functional and as some people suggested change the buff to 9 seconds, or change it so we always have 50% even without it and 100% with it, so many little things could be added or adjusted to give a little life to what is currently a lifeless spec.
So many ideas, so many people explaining what they dislike about the spec, so many people from world first raiders to little johnny solo player have said how horrible marksman played, how uncomfortable it was to play, and how boring it felt playing it. When you have everyone from the top players in the game to the bottom players who never even think about being the best all saying the same thing, that marksman felt uncomfortable, unenjoyable and over all unplayable you have to think they are on to something here and there is a real truth behind it. When all hunters for all types of game play can agree, you have a problem here, one that needs to be addressed. It is not one fringe of hunter players that don't like how it fits their particular play style, it is everyone no matter what their play style is that has a problem with it.
We had hoped that after Celestalon had a chance to play a marksman hunter he would understand what we were all talking about but he remains deliberately ignorant with the problem as proved with comments like "I was pleasantly surprised, actually. The Bombardment weaving, Thrill of the Hunt, and Kill Shots added more than I expected" which clearly shows he has no idea what it means to be a hunter, how it feels to be a hunter, and how these things he considers interesting and more fun than he expected are stuff we take for granted as being there and are, in fact, not fun but just all part of the rotation.
So we all were holding our breath that something would be done for marksman but a recent comment on twitter from Celestalon leaves me to believe nothing is going to happen. When asked "are you guys going to do another pass on talents..." he responded, "unlikely at this stage that talents will be redesigned..."
So does this means we are out of luck? It sure seems that way. After Celestalon played a marksman hunter a week later a bunch of changes come down the pipe that effect hunters but don't really help marksman at all. I guess he is standing by what he said and what he believes, that marksman is fine. The word unlikely means there is still a chance but I am not going to hang my hat on that one. I do not see it happening, at least not as long as Celestalon remains deliberately ignorant about the problem.
There are only two and a half months left before warlords is released, likely one and a half month, most likely, before 6.0 is released and any changes to talents are locked and will definitely not change because blizzard does not like to completely change specs mid expansion meaning we will be stuck with marksman as a clunky piece of garbage for all that time. Do you think there is still a chance we can see something done or have you given up?
After hearing Celestalon I have given up. He made me loose all faith I had in being deal a fair deal in this situation. As long as he has any say in the matter and he thinks we are fine, nothing will be done. At least that is how I see it.