Am I the only hunter out there that was playing survival for a long time with focusing shot and recently started messing around more with marksman and beast mastery that is finding that cobra / steady is really annoying the crap out of me?
The cast time between focusing shot and cobra / steady seems to be negligible. Before haste is applied focusing is a 2.5 second cast time and both cobra and steady sit at a 2 second cast time.
To anyone that is a button masher like I am where I spam my keys waiting for the next ability I can cast to become available a 0.5 second difference really is like an eternity but after using it for so long, and seeing it after some haste was applied, that 0.5 second cast time doesn't seem to be much of a difference. Actually that 0.5 second difference in cast time seems to be a little bit closer to a 0.2 or a 0.3 second difference now with some gear.
So basically we are talking something you need to stand still for (focusing shot) which might be considered more of a skill thing for the usually mobile all the time hunter class vs something you can cast while moving. One returns a boatload of focus, the other almost none in comparison.
With the exception of a few fights were I was still sucking it up with focusing shot sometimes thanks to the RNG of things I have pretty much gotten comfortable with standing still, or at least standing still 2 seconds at a time. I was not very fond of focusing shot when I first started using it. So many times I was used to moving that I messed up a cast and needed to fix myself from that habit, but such is life, I adapted and I got used to it.
Now going back to steady shot while playing marksman and cobra shot while I am playing beast mastery I always feel like I am focus starved. I hit my steady shot and then still can not use any ability. What is wrong with this. I had gotten used to one focusing shot gave me enough focus to keep me going, at least for a few seconds, and now here I am having to chaining multiple steady shots before I can even do anything? And then when I hit one shot I am out of focus again? Ahhh, I am hating this.
I can not tell you how much DPS I am leaving on the table. I will hit an ability like aimed shot or kill command thinking I have more than enough focus because I don't, so it never goes off and I need to hit another steady or cobra shot instead. Every time I hit an ability expecting to be able to use it and it does not go off, even when I am extremely quick about it, I am losing DPS and it feels like I am losing a lot because I can easily name 5 or maybe even 10 times or more on each fight where I have wasted time trying to hit an ability that does not go off because I do not have enough focus. Subconsciously I feel there is enough focus there, or should be enough focus there, because I am so darn used to focusing shot returning more for only a minimal bit more of a cast time. It is making my transition away from survival a lot harder than it should be.
Is focusing shot that much of a huge boost to focus management that it really makes it that smooth or is cobra / steady just that pitiful? Or maybe there is just another option that it could be, I have gotten so used to focusing shot that I am spoiled by it and have to learn how to live without it again. That is what I think it really comes down to.
With adaptation being the beast mastery level 100 talent and lone wolf being the marksman level 100 talent that means I will need to learn to live without it.
But I see another option, one that would require us giving blizzard a little push in the right direction. Make focusing shot base line and add another level 100 talent instead in its place.
I would not mind a little change like that and I doubt anyone else would. We would have focusing shot for when we can stand still and cobra / steady for when we can't. But that would be too easy I guess and it would completely invalidate cobra / steady shot because any decent player would never use it if focusing was an option. So that will not happen and it looks like I will just have to get used to cobra / steady now that it looks like survival is the red headed stepchild of hunter specs.
I'll admit it, focusing shot spoiled me and while survival has never been my favorite hunter spec I would rather stay survival with focusing shot than switch to a "better" spec without it. Yep, that is how much it spoiled me. I would play a spec just for it. How about you? Has it spoiled you and do you find yourself missing it when in other specs?