Firstly, thanks for all of your continued kind comments! I received a lot of requests for more hunter kindergarten posts and guides for lower-level hunters. Well you've come to the right place: ask and ye shall receive! I'll be working on more Hunter Kindergarten guides shortly.
Lemme tell you a little about today, though. I got home from work, logged onto WoW, and noticed I had a mail waiting for me from Blizzard Customer Service. Excitedly I ran to the mailbox, eager for my boots, and found... two badges. Just those. And a letter from Blizzard that seemed to be closing up the whole issue.
They also had an e-mail address, though, telling me I could e-mail them if I had any further requests, so I quickly fired off an e-mail to them telling them about my boots and how I saw them and couldn't get them, and could they pretty please get them to me?
After that, though, I was in sort of a low rut of a mood, stressing about my boots and all. So I went and did some Sunwell dailies and then went to the new badge loot vendor and decided to take a close look at the badge stuff because to be truthful all I'd really paid attention to before was the Choco-Bow.
But today I saw this and immediately began drooling. And it cost 100 badges. I had more than enough.
And I wavered. I was suffering from No Boots Syndrome and I needed something to lift my spirits and ohhhh that chestpiece is about a million times better than my current auction house blue which I've been wearing since about ten minutes after I hit level 70.
But the bow that I'd been wanting forever...
But now I have this rifle which is still pretty darn good and which just plain looks sexy...
And I hit this horrible crossroads where I couldn't make up my mind and I didn't know whether I wanted to spend 100 hard-earned badges only to later decide I'd made a terrible mistake and would rather have the bow or something, and then have to earn 100 more badges.
So I decided to do something I'd never really done before and consult The Spreadsheet. Most of you probably know what I'm talking about. Basically a hunter sat down and coded up this ridiculously complex and awesome spreadsheet where you can insert all your stats and it will cook up your DPS and your shot rotation and you can sit around and fiddle with stuff to your heart's content and decide what is optimum for you.
I've never really used The Spreadsheet before; I tried it once before and got confused and quit. (I get confused easily. >.>) But this time, armed with Drotara's guide, I plugged in all my stuff by hand (the Open Office version, which is the only version I can use on Linux, does not let you import info from the Armory) and did some research.
Turns out that by either getting the Choco-Bow and keeping my current chestpiece, or getting the new chestpiece and keeping my current gun... I get almost the same exact DPS increase. I think the bow gets me a very slight edge (less than 1 DPS). Either way I do gain about 18 DPS. The super interesting part was that with the bow, I'm the one getting most of the DPS increase, whereas with the chestpiece, a lot of the DPS increase will come from the pet. So I suppose it's really a choice of whether I'd like to have more of a pet-DPS increase or focus on the hunter-DPS increase. And also a choice of whether I'd rather spend 100 or 150 badges to obtain roughly the same increase. And a choice of whether I'd cheat on my rifle (my preciousssss) with a Choco-Bow.
Leanin' towards the chestpiece but I don't want to make any major decisions right now. Especially because I sort of wonder if the haste rating is going to make things harder on my hand-woven shot rotations. So for now...
I will have patience and will think about this some more.
And I will wait for my boots.