I think it's because it's just got that reputation of being the 'starter class'. Hunter seems like a 'cool' class to pick and the class description honestly makes it sound kind of overpowered if you've never played the game before. And at one time, hunter was a bit overpowered (Shadows of Angmar, anyways). We could practically off-tank back then. Now, not so much.
I don't know about it being 'simple' to play though, maybe only solo. Hunter is a more complex class than many, tbh. It requires a lot of self-buffing, cooldown and focus management, and knowing when to use certain skills for maximum effect. Hunter skill rotation is typically not as simple as other classes (see; Champ, two button wonder). You have to make decisions on what to do so you don't completely throw your DPS out of whack, due to the focus mechanic and also the thin-skinned nature of the class. On my champ, I literally press about four buttons at all during a single-target fight (unless I pull aggro and have to bubble/BA), and even guard tanking rotation is laughably simple and easy to do.
Last edited by Kajil; May 06 2013 at 01:17 AM.
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