Sounds kind of lame? You want to build an entire spec around a filler spell that isn’t even always used?
Where did I say that? I’m asking for Arcane Archer because it’s an easy thematic win that can be applied to any and all Hunters and already has logic in the game for every Hunter being capable of doing it. Doesn’t have to be Arcane Archer though. More importantly, not every single MM Hunter wants to be a “Dark Ranger”. My Night Elf being a “Dark Ranger” makes absolutely no sense in the lore and is thematically and aesthetically a giant mismatch. Pack Leader is probably not going to be an option for MM, so I am assuredly going to be stuck with Sentinel, because as cool as Dark Ranger is, it’s extremely niche and doesn’t fit many races the same way it fits races like BE or Undead:
NE, Orcs, Tauren, Trolls, Draenai all do not make sense being Dark Rangers
Many are pretty much forced onto Sentinel unless we feel like contradicting lore immensely or feel like shoe-horning ourselves into a very specific character theme. As a NE MM Hunter main, I don’t feel like I was offered options for my hero talents. I feel like I was told I am getting Sentinel and an option I will never choose because it’s extraordinarily niche and a giant flavor loss for my character. Again, my NE would never, ever choose to be a Dark Ranger.
What makes you think Packmaster would be BM & MM, not BM & SV?
It is SV, but the SV playerbase is tiny comparatively and is basically it’s own class. I’m sure the few dozen SV players are happy with whatever choice they take here, but I will not presume to speak for them. I know players who play both BM and MM, but everyone I know who plays SV only plays Hunter for SV and vice versa. I don’t want to take Dark Ranger on my NE MM Hunter, though. I don’t think Pack Leader will even be an option for MM.
More importantly, it feels like every BM player is going to want Pack Leader. Obviously I haven’t seen the trees, but you have a spec that heavily leans into pets and a few hero trees where one clearly leans into pets… I feel like the choice is clear. Similarly to the way it is for MM Hunters.
I don’t feel like there’s a choice here in most situations unless someone is hard min-maxing (which is another issue for another thread). I feel like BM Hunters will universally take Pack Leader. MM Hunters are forced into Sentinel unless they want to be a Dark Ranger, which only fits aesthetically/thematically for specific race and spec combos, meaning races like BE, Worgen or Undead get two options but races like NE or Tauren are left out to dry and forced onto Sentinel.
I like that they are switching things up and trying new stuff, especially with hero talents, but I look at the hero talents for other classes and go “they won and I lost” because I see options for, say, my Mage, and go “wow, all three of these would be super cool options on my Mage, which do I choose?!” - but for my MM Hunter, it’s just “yep… guess I’m a Sentinel…?”