This actually isn't specifically about hunters but as a hunter main the T5 set bonus still remains the one set bonus I liked for use outside of just raiding more than any set bonus. Have other classes ever even had something that awesome as far as set gear goes?
For those that do not know, and any soloing hunter would know, the 2 piece T5 set bonus heals your pet for 15% of the damage you do.
Perhaps the question should be will we see set bonus' on gear that are not just direct performace increases ever again? Or would we even want them?
Personally I have used the T5 set more times than I can remember. It is such a powerful set for soloing that it was in my bags nearly all the time during wrath so I could switch into it. The stats were lower, sure, but the increased survivability of my pet was unmatched when I was wearing it.
In cataclysm, when stats really started to get out of hand I considered putting the T5 set away forever but I dragged it out of the moth balls to use it once more doing some soloing. While its stats were considerably less than the stats on my current gear the heal it gave to my pet was worth it. I put all my old gear in the void storage but I still keep the T5s in my bank should I need them.
So far this expansion I had not had a moment to consider using them and the ridiculously unnecessary stat boosts on gear that have made inflation move at an insane rate because blizzard once again failed at looking at the big picture and let it get out of hand basically means that putting on my T5 now is a huge loss. Would that 15% heal really be worth it if putting on the T5 two piece possibly lowered me from 100K to 75K?
At first I thought no, it is not worth it, but then soloing BWD last week and often finding myself doing 50K DPS because I had to spend so much time micro managing my pet and so little time doing damage it occurred to me the T5 two piece set is still worth it. Sure, my damage dealing potential will drop a great deal but the need to micro manage my pet, which hurts your bottom line more, will be decreased vastly if I am basically getting a 15% HoT rolling on my pet the entire fight.
So back to square one. Back to the T5 set even with insanely low stats on it compared to today's gear. T5 truly has a life of its own.
And that is what made me think about it. Will hunters ever get an update for that? I would love to have a set bonus like that for soloing that was not so out of date. All set bonus' are about performance boosts and not utility. I do understand that the self heal back in BC was a performance boost as the pet did need that healing to live, so yes, it was designed for a DPS boost by keeping your pet alive, but it was so much more. In fact, it was more to the extent that it is still useful even as we are sporting T15 gear, 10 tiers later, many years later, 3 expansions later, and it remains the single best set bonus in the game for the soloing hunter thanks to its utility.
Would people be adverse to there being a set bonus on gear that was meant for utility? Something that might not always be good in a raid but really shines elsewhere?
Even if blizzard were to add something like that again I don't think us hunters will ever see a replacement for T5 because pets no longer need healing in raids. So including that as a set bonus would basically be giving us nothing. And I am sure giving us a set bonus like that now would go over just as well as farting in church. Even I would complain and I want a set bonus that gives us pet healing again.
I propose that we have a way to upgrade old gear. A way to upgrade T5 to T6 stats, then to T7 stats, then to T8 stats and so on. So if we wanted to bring our T5 set up to current stat level we can. But that would bring a problem all in its own. Perhaps for some classes an older set would be the best set and people would prefer to waste all their time and resources into upgrading an old set instead of collecting the new one. Blizzard would never allow that type of real choice in game. Maybe always level the set upgrades to one tier behind. Now that is an idea. Sporting my T5 sets with T14 type stats would really make soloing things much easier.
Will hunters even see a T5 type set bonus again? No, we won't. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news for all those soloing hunters.