Melee Weaving Not Possible In WotLK Classic Featured Image
  • Author: Passion
  • Date: August 13, 2022
  • Updated: August 13, 2022
  • Expansion: WotLK Classic

A bluepost tonight has clarified Hunter swing timers in WotLK Classic, explaining that the current behavior on the Beta is correct and elaborating on how it works.

The post explains that performing a melee swing will reset your auto shot timer, and performing an auto shot will reset your melee swing timer. This means that if you were to duck in for a quick melee swing in the time between auto shots, you would reset that timer and delay your auto shot, as well your swing would likely not happen instantly.

This is a change from the current TBC Classic behavior, where the timers are independent, allowing you to quickly “weave” in and out of melee range, hitting the enemy with your melee weapon and then immediately following up with a ranged auto shot. The reason this worked was that the timers were independent of each other.

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I wanted follow up on this and put a bit of a pin in it and confirm that this is not a bug. The current behavior and interactions between auto shot and melee swing timers is intended and correctly matches 3.3.5.

Intended Wrath behavior:

  • Performing a melee attack resets your ranged swing timer.
  • Performing an Auto Shot resets your melee swing timer.
  • Arcane Shot and other abilities are NOT affected. Casting Arcane Shot without doing an Auto Shot does not reset your melee swing timer.

This is also one of those situations where we don’t have to even guess at intent, as this all traces directly back to a task we have in our task database entered in July 2008 by one of our designers that was specifically targeted at ending this interaction.

Thanks to everyone for the discussion and reports around this.

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I love MMOs of all shades, especially the nitty gritty numbers parts of them. You might recognize me from the Shadow Priest discord, otherwise I play a little bit of everything, especially games with support roles available.

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1 year ago

Good. Also remove hunters and paladins entirely from the game.

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