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Originally Posted by Whitefyst
First, with running 10-mans, mana is usually going to be a lot more of a problem; however, I would not spec into Eff since it does not usually help enough. Especially not at the cost of Wild Quiver. WQ consistently accounts for 2% of my DPS, and from your WWS, that seems to be the case as well. Not using Aimed Shot is a good decision in 10-mans to assist with the mana problems.
I would keep your spec as is, with only the following possible options to consider:
- If you have pet management problems, you may want to drop points in UF to top off Improved Tracking, get Survival Instincts, and to top off ISS (since you are not using Aimed Shot, you are doing 3-4 steadies per Chimera cycle and ISS proc uses not only result in more damage but a mana savings too). The choice here is preferrential depending on which you prefer per your playing style.
My only other suggestion is to drop the Viper glyph. It doesn't seem worth it to me, even for 10-mans. With not doing Aimed Shot at all, having Aspect Mastery, and having the T7 4-set bonus, I would think that your mana regen during Viper is sufficient and your DPS loss is not that much that you do not really need teh additional 10% mana gain from it. I would suggest using Steady Shot, Serpent Sting, and IAotH glyphs.
In addition, you didn't say what elixers/flasks you are using. If you are having mana problems and am not dieing a lot, I would not suggest using a flask. Instead, I would use two elixers with my choices being Mighty Agility and Mighty Thoughts. This combination has almost equivalent DPS to the Endless Rage flask but also increases your mana pool by about 700-775 depending on whether you have BoK (assuming you had both BoM and BoK since two pallies) and increases your mana regen while in Viper. Mighty Mageblood is another option for the guardian elixer, but I prefer Mighty Thoughts due to the DPS boost.
Thank you and the above poster for your thoughts. I generally run with a haste elixir and a mighty mageblood elixir - I don't personally care for the AP flask, and I'm an alchemist so making a ton of elixirs is no problem for me. The mighty thoughts elixir is an excellent idea, and I wish I had thought of it sooner. I've started using agi elixirs over the haste ones now as well, with the below mentioned decay of haste.
As I said to the other poster, I dropped the Imp AotH glyph for the Viper one when the patch hit. With haste being not as useful anymore, I thought that dropping it for the Viper one would not be as much of a problem. I'm trying very hard to decrease the amount of time I spend in viper (and I just recently got 4pc T7, so that bonus may be enough to solve the problem, but I'm not sure, honestly.)
I've considered the spec changes. I tend to have problems with my pet on Sapph (the Chill basically kills him since we only run with a paladin aura for resist), KT (my own fault, I tend to not be able to watch him to pull him out of void zones quickly enough) and Heigan (but thanks to the other suggestion, this may be manageable now). Sarth I'm pretty tight on, and most other fights in Naxx are fine. I may try the more hunter dps-friendly spec changes over the pet-assist ones tonight in Naxx. I'll leave WQ in there, though.