I submit that most hunters are still largely deserving of the appellation huntard. I had the dire misfortune to end up in a Blackfathom Deeps run on my baby, horde side mage and in that brief amount of time cycled through not one and not two but three huntards. It likely would have been even more had I been able to vote to kick the third one who was, in my opinion, by far the worst of the lot. Of course, that might be an opinion brought on by a longer exposure to the overwhelming force of his stupidity.
Having been the hapless paladin tank who needs to stop every 2.5 pulls to get some mana back so that I might have a chance of holding threat and being useful, I suggested to the third huntard (Balleryo of Executus) that he might want to let the tank pull. He rudely professed that he could see no reason for such a thing and then suggested in a belligerent fashion that I might want to buff him with AI. I refused on the grounds that he wasn’t using his existing intelligence so I couldn’t see how more would help.
I’m just petty like that sometimes. Usually when exposed to assholes.
That’s also about when I decided to mock him on the Internet because I am also petty like that.
So, ladies and gents, here we have a huntard in action:
Please note the fine cloth items he is wearing and the lack of a BoA bow. I find myself surprised he’s not rocking the same staff I’m wearing there on the left. We were so close to being twinners!
Here we have a fine display of him being a melee huntard. This did not stem from any desire on his part to level up his weapon. Rather, his bow broke partway through the instance and rather than, oh, I dunno, porting out for repairs and then porting back in to continue, he felt that he might as well go the distance as melee.
It’s a testament to the patience of the tank and healer, both of whom did phenomenal jobs, that we did manage to get through the whole instance without a wipe. It wasn’t for a lack of stupid pulls and careless breaking of crowd control, I can assure you.
Should I blink out the door next time I queue up and there’s a hunter in the group? Or is that a disservice to all hunter-kind? I know some of them must have some notion how to play, but as of yet, I haven’t seen any in my LFD adventures.