Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Huntard Sighted!



I was taking the boat from Borean Tundra to Howling Fjord this past weekend. While sitting around with nothing to do, I did the same thing everyone else does... inspect the others waiting. I especially enjoy inspecting classes that I play, to compare gear and talents. Sadly, more often than not, I happen across Huntards. While this is not exactly news, this one was EPIC.

I won't mention any names here, but I will link his gear. His talents weren't bad, if a bit unfocused. No more than 40 in any tree at level 70, but they were all good choices.

And, yes, this is the same gear he was wearing at the time. I didn't catch his armory at some weird time.

Head: Merciless Gladiator's Chain Helm - He seems to do a lot of PVP, so nothing wrong here. Not what I would choose for leveling, but I'm not everyone.

Neck: Green "of the Monkey" - Okay, nothing too bad yet.

Shoulders: Blessed Pauldrons of Undead Slaying - Hey, this guy has nice gear!

Back: Spell-slinger's Protector - I take that back. Delicate Green Poncho is a reward from the SAME quest.

Chest: Blessed Hauberk of Undead Slaying - Back on track.

Wrist: Vindicator's Chain Bracers - More PVP gear.

Hands: Blessed Handguards of Undead Slaying - More of this stuff.

Waist: Waverunner Waistband - This is new, but a fine choice.

Legs: Merciless Gladiator's Chain Leggings - I promise, it gets worse.

Feet: Marshal's Chain Boots - These are really nice... at Level 60! Seriously, you couldn't find an upgrade in 12 levels?

Ring 1: Nexus-Stalker's Band - Strength is warning sign #1 for Huntards. Once again, Consortium Cloak of the Quick is a much better reward from the same quest, and we know his existing backpiece is horrible.

Ring 2: Activist's Signet of Blasting - Look! More Spellpower! Same quest: Ring of Indignant Rage.

Trinket 1: Death Knight's Anguish - This is a very nice item, a welcome port in this tard-storm.

Trinket 2: Tidal Boon - What?

Main Hand: Jagged Icefist - Nothing WRONG with this, but there are many, many better options.

Off Hand: Green "of the Elder" - Seriously? Stam, Int and MP5?

Ranged: Amphibious Speargun - This is more of a tanking ranged weapon, but I'll let it slide. However, there are several better quest rewards in Borean.

Now, pointing out a Huntard is something anybody can do. A more important issue is what causes Huntards to exist. This will be the topic of tomorrow's post.

3 comments:

Miss Elf said...

Haha, I genuinely laughed at this post.

I enjoy inspecting others to see just what kind of horrible choices some people make. The "Why" they choose the gear in question always eludes me, though...

Very much looking forward to your next post ;).

Kudrania said...

I love inspecting people too, although I tend to be way more critical about shaman specs. Why would a resto shaman not take cleanse spirit??

I'm trying so hard to keep my brother from becoming a huntard. He was so excited about his new staff yesterday, saying it did way more damage than the dagger he had before. So, I asked him to link it. Spellpower...I died a little inside.

I ran to the AH and set him up with a bunch of agility stuff and ported him to IF to train in 2h axes. I hope all the run-thrus he's getting with his new guild doesn't spoil my efforts.

KT said...

Haha ... well I'm here to speak up for the n00bs. I only started playing last year and my main character is at level 57 now and I'm only just now starting to understand gear. I think it's instinctual to look at the damage or armor that something gives you and look at everything else as a bonus.

Believe me I am mighty embarrassed that I've got a warrior alt running around in a robe that I need to replace ASAP. WOW Armory told me it was an upgrade, and I didn't realize at the time that you have to refine the search to match your class before you look for upgrades on there.

I'm getting a grip on it now, and doing some hardcore auction house playing to try to get my characters re-geared as soon as possible.

For me this whole thing is a huge learning process. I haven't played games like this before so I'm learning everything from scratch, from gear to game mechanics to how to use the skills, etc.. I mostly play by myself and don't know anyone else who plays, so I haven't had anyone to guide me but blogs.

It's taking a long time but I'm hoping eventually I'll get to a point where I'm not a "____-tard" anymore. It is a little harder though, when you don't have a group of friends who play, and when you haven't had the time yet to get over the questing and the lore and exploring in order to take a closer look at the statistics, etc.

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