I'm starting to wonder what role Hunters are becoming lately. As I see it, the best DPS class are Rune Keepers, once they get full attunement and blast, they can nuke a mob about 50% or more. Champs with Remorseful Strike can also dish out a hell of a lot of damage, and in quick succession as well. To some extent a Minstrel in War Speech can dish out quite a bit of damage, even Burgs traited correctly can do a hell of a lot of damage as well.
With that said, I started to wonder what are Hunters becoming? Hunters DPS seems to be very overrated of late, and even in raids, dropping a Hunter and replacing him with a Champ would give more damage output, so where does it put other Hunters?
I've stopped using Heart Seeker ages ago as the time it takes for the induction vs the cooldown, and lucky crit shot makes it not a viable attack. I much rather use Needful Haste over Heart Seeker any day, I have extended duration and Fast Draw traited to add to it. Even with those traits and my max induction and focus bow crits, Champs still out DPS me.
I've also noticed even in groups people are willing to drop a Hunter in lieu of a Champ, even during chatter in pug groups, I hear people not referring to Hunters as DPS. I can't blame them as seeing dps parsing, Rune Keepers blows Hunters away, Champs do about 25% more overall damage, not to mention they're the best AoEers, so it just pushes Hunters back of the line more. Minstrels with Legacies to ballads resists and a full DPS LI can out damage Hunters as well, traited in War Speech.
So is the end for Hunters nearing? With all the nerfing being done to Hunters and improvements to other classes, it's a crying shame that Hunters are no longer the prime DPS class of old. And Vol 3, what a joke, we get an upgrade to beneath notice, while Champs gets a nice upgrade to relentless strike. Though Capt also got the shaft on Vol 3 as well, but that's a different story. I just hope Turbine places Hunters at the top two if not the number 1 DPS class soon, it's sad that the only thing Hunters are useful for is porting. And the moors, Hunters are becoming a joke.