So, the time has come to fix up my hunter’s build a little. No, this isn’t the great hunter experiment of 2007 where I run simultaneous runs with two different specs and all other variables held constant. That experiment has for the most part fallen by the wayside as I’m not that eager to go to Beast Master. Instead this is more in line with some things I knew I had done wrong when I first went to my build after hitting 70. This was only exacerbated by the post in mid-December by BRK about the (and I'm paraphrasing) dungbombs in the marksman tree. When I actually looked, I found I'd taken most of the dungbombs listed. Lest anyone think I'm a "bad hunter" and needed my shortcomings pointed out by BRK, I knew that I'd taken some less than optimal choices, but unless something is really broken, I quite often go back and fix it.
That said, I thought I'd share my personal philosophy on how to best respec. Here it comes another list.
- Determine why you are respeccing. Is it to change to a completely new build? Are you intending to take on another role within your class? Is it to make microscopic adjustments to your build? If you don't understand what you're trying to accomplish, how can you determine your success?
- Faithfully copy your build into an online talent calculator (like the one at Wowhead). Preferably this one should be something that can print a text version of your build. Double check and make sure you've copied your build exactly. Print this build.
- Reset the talent calculator and build your new proposed build. Print this too.
- Mark the two print-outs with labels. (I reccommend "OLD" and "NEW." Use whatever makes sense to you!)
- Cross out any skills that are in common between the two builds in every way. There is no net loss or gain from those skills between the two builds. They are the same in every way.
- Open your favorite word processing program (that supports tables) or spreadsheet program. Make the following columns: Skill, Old Effect, Old Rank, New Effect, New Rank, Net Effect, +/-, Weight.
- Using one line for each skill that's different begin filling in the table. When you get to the +/- column mark + for a new ability, - for an ability you lose on respec. Assign a weight from1-5 in the weight column.
- Add up the pluses and minuses. This tells me whether I should respec or not. That is if my assigned weight to the skill makes it "worth it."