A somewhat overlooked part of the latest WoD alpha build is the PvP 2-piece set bonus.
When your Freezing Trap activates, you and your pet gain 1000 Focus.For now, I think it's safe to assume that the tooltip is a bit off and it means it will give you a full focus bar, not more than you can use.
At first glance, this is a fairly bland ability. But after thinking about it for a minute, I really like this for several reasons.
- I love playing SV, and it's seeming less and less likely that SV will be viable for raiding, so I love to see perks that are beneficial to SV PvP. This will be a much greater bonus to SV than the other two specs because of Enhance Traps; while BM and MM will get an extra 20 focus out of each freezing trap, SV will get a full focus bar twice as often.
- I already need to trap a healer to kill anyone, this provides some burst at the exact moment you trap the healer. And as an added bonus, if someone else eats the trap, you still get the full focus bar.
- It integrates damage dealing with crowd control. If you want to do the most possible damage, you need to be using a Freezing Trap on cooldown. Which also leads to...
- I have hopes that the reason they're adding this in the first season of the new expansion, is they are hoping it will teach hunters to trap. Especially in random battlegrounds, hunters will now have more incentive to be a good, team player, focusing on support/CC as much as they focus on dealing damage.
If you can't tell, I'm really pleased with this bonus. Hopefully the 4-piece set bonus will be a bit more flavorful, give something specific to each spec, but as far as 2-piece set bonuses go, this is perfect.
Compare this to our current 2-piece set bonus, Arcane Intensity. I happen to think keeping up that buff isn't a bad bonus. Though most people use arcane enough that they don't have to think about it. The new bonus, on the other hand, will have much less of a passive aspect to it.
Without Scatter Shot, this becomes an even more impressive feat for a hunter to get the most out of this ability. We've got to decide if we want to attempt to attempt to kite someone through the trap, or aim it just ahead of someone running, or eat the DR and use it with Binding Shot/Wyvern Sting or one of our teammates' CCs.
I, for one, am looking forward to finding ways to maximize this ability.