In my last post I mentioned how I was never a fan of the survival spec for hunters until I got the T16 four piece set back in SoO. It really made survival finally feel like a true hunter spec, like it belonged, something it had never felt like it did to me before that.
This tier I am anxiously awaiting my four piece tier set so I can play marksman with an instant cast aimed shot. The way marksman should have been from the beginning when they redesigned things. The one major fault of marksman, in my opinion, was the lack of instants. We had chimera with its cooldown and whatever level 90 talent we decided on which comes with its own cooldown, both of which are not really all that ideal for just throwing one quick shot out on demand because it might be on cooldown.
While dabbling with marksman all I keep saying is, we need an instant. The four piece set will give that to marksman just the way the four piece set in T16 gave survival an identity for the first time, at least to me.
It is not only hunters that have tier sets that seem like they complete the class, that they fix something that is broken, or offer something that felt missing, it just feels more pronounced to me as I main a hunter. There are many classes who have their tier sets basically make the spec.
I am sure this is "by design" but I wonder if it is the right design.
Wouldn't you rather have your spec feel natural and flowing all the time and have a tier set that makes you stronger instead of a tier set that makes you only make you feel stronger by turning your spec into something that feels natural and flowing like it should have been from the beginning?
I am not liking that you "need" to have a tier set to play the way the character should play naturally. Sure my main hunter will end up with his four piece sooner or later, as everyone else gets gear and no longer needs it so I get it as a hand me down, because I am not going to count on my luck winning it, but what of my other hunters? What of the ones I do not raid with?
Do I really need to go pug and hope for a 4 piece set so I can play marksman on my alts and it feel like it should feel to begin with? Sorry, I am not down with that. Tier sets should give you a power boost, it should not be a band aid to "fix" a spec.
I know some tier sets people shun off, like the druid healers in guild last tier. They let everyone else get their tier sets first because they did not want the four piece and there were better off set pieces with better stats for them. But that is the exception, not the rule. For most classes the four piece is something you will want and for some specs the four piece is something you "need" to fix the class.
Do you think they should keep using tier sets to "fix" what people complain about with a class, such as marksman not having an instant, or should they actually fix the specs?
My vote is for actually fixing the spec and making tier sets for power only, not to change how the class is played. But you probably knew that already from the tone of my post.
What is your opinion. do you think the tier sets should fix the specs or do you think the specs should be fixed naturally and the tier set just make them more powerful?