By now you might have noticed that I love to heal. Most of my mains over the years have been healers and my “time played top list” is filled with classes that can heal, but there’s one exception: Hunters!
Hunters is actually my all time most played class, a fact that is not well known and that surprised even me when I figured it out. My first ever raiding character was a hunter. I raided on her for most of vanilla, and this was back when I raided a lot, so time played really stacked up. These days priests and paladins are closing in to snach the first spot, but even so hunters will always have a special place in my heart.
It all started with a little alt back in May 2005 (jikes, that’s a long time ago). She was the third character I ever made and with time she turned out to be my first serious alt. It also turned out to be the start of my love for female taurens, aka femtaurs.
The guild I was in was slowly dying, some ppl wanted to raid others didn’t. So there was a lot of drama and many left to find guilds that focused on the aspects of the game they liked. As an officer I felt I couldn’t just leave. I wanted to try and make things nice for those that stayed. But often I logged over to my hunter alt to get away from the drama. The more drama we had, the faster she leveled and one day she was 60.
Soon after I dinged 60 the guild was more or less empty and a friend convinced me that it was time to move on and that I should apply to his guild, a serious raiding guild. They were full on healers so my priest main was out of the question. I ended up taking a leap of faith and applied with my hunter, and I got in!
I had so much fun with my new guild. When the hubby noticed all the fun I was having he applied to join as well and ended up leveling a warlock to get in. We raided many times a week and after a while I was promoted to hunter class leader. I was very happy with my choice to change guild and main.
One of the things I loved the most back in Vanilla was the hunter epic quest, it was an awesome challenge and a great teacher. I’m so happy I got to experience that. It made me a better hunter and taught me how to strife. And turns out strifing was very handy for one of my all time favorite raid bosses, Ossirian the Unscarred.
It is said that all good things must come to an end, and that seems to have been the case with our guild; it started to suffer at the wrath of guild drama. A third of the guild ended up moving to a PvE server to play alliance, I moved with them. By this time I wanted to get back to healing so no more hunter main, but I still missed my hunter. So once I had my things in order on the new server I made a new hunter alt to play casually.
These days I play my hunters casually, picking what hunter to play depending on what faction I’m focusing on atm. I have also had other hunter alts, but these two are the hunter I keep coming back too. The tauren one is level 87 today and the night elf one recently dinged 85, she had been stuck at 73 since the start of WotLK so things are really looking up for her. I’m planning to get one of them to 90 soon-ish, or maybe both.