Hunter Memorial: Aspect of the Viper
Sun, 02/06/2011 - 7:46am — monochromacer
Hunter Memorial gives tribute to past Hunter abilities that we all loved or hate in World of Warcraft. Whether it annoys us or raises our DPS, for long time players, that certain memory of a particular hunter ability sticks with us for the rest of our lives. Today we'll be talking about the most essential aspect next to the Aspect of the Hawk back before Patch 4.0.1 and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm came along, I'm talking about the Aspect that we so hate, we just gotta love it: The Aspect of the Viper.
So what is Aspect of the Viper again? Well once upon a time, Hunters used to believe that they're intelligent, that's why they have mana as their source of energy.
Here's the original tooltip description taken from wowpedia.org:
"The hunter takes on the aspect of the viper, causing ranged attacks to regenerate mana but reducing your total damage done by 50%. In addition you gain 4% maximum mana every 3 sec. Mana gained is based on the speed of your ranged weapon. Only one aspect can be active at a time."
In long boss fights, Hunters usually have an issue with mana regeneration since the standard Hunter rotation (whichever spec you belong to) requires alot of mana. Therefore, to help conquer that problem, we were given the Aspect of the Viper. However alot of us arrow-wielders tried to avoid using it due to humongous DPS loss, but many have triumphed and still delivered top-notch damage even when the Aspect is used at certain times.
So why was it removed? Basically because mana has been replaced now by focus as our source of energy. The mystical world called Blizzard realized that Hunters don't need intelligence, and even doubted that Hunters are intelligent (which is a gross misconception). With no more mana, there's no other need for the Aspect of the Viper. And instead of just changing the aspect from a mana regeneration ability to a focus regeneration ability, it may seem a little awkward considering that we only have a 100 focus cap (110 for Beastmastery). Though focus regeneration has somehow also been solved through various talent points in the Hunter's talent tree. Many Hunters do receive the removal of the aspect quite well.
And so we say goodbye to the Aspect that has kept us going whenever we go OOM. We'll never see it again, ever, but us Hunters will remember it for the rest of our World of Warcraft lives.
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