I turned to Twitter, and found more hunters that had found this issue, and then I found this old post at WHU about the removal of auto-targeting for hunters in patch 4.1. And now I remember the change! And how much I liked it. And that it boosted my confidence a bit in dungeons, not longer that worried to do something stupid...
I don't know why auto-targeting is back. It could be because Survival is now a melee spec. Auto-targeting is awsome if you're a melee player! But if you're a ranged player with auto-attacks (autoshot) and only instant abilities and a pet on "Assist" it's pretty bad!
Yes, I can put my pet on "Defensive", and I guess I could try to always have my back to the next group or max range to the group we're fighting, but these are not always viable solutions.
There was a reason auto-targeting was removed for hunters back in Cataclysm, so please remove it for BM and MM again! I want to keep doing my reliable tab-targeting.
Edit: I've tested a bit, standing 30 yards away from the testing dummy in Stormshield.
Abilities and macros that trigger auto-targeting:
- A Murder of Crows
- Dire Beast
Abilities that don't trigger auto-targeting:
- Bestial Wrath
- Chimaera Shot
- Cobra Shot
- Concussive Shot
- Counter Shot
- Dire Frenzy
- Kill Command
- Stampede (although they run in front of you, mowing down everything, so don't use it when you're trying not to pull mobs that are close)
- Wyvern Sting
Macro to prevent auto-targeting:
/cast [@target, exists] A Murder of Crows
(insert Barrage or Dire Beast instead of A Murder of Crows for those respective abilities)
I'm happy with this fix now. I'm gonna be using /startattack with Multi-Shot, and /cast [@target, exists] on the three listed problem-abilities. Hope you all are able to sort out stuff like you want to too, whether you like to autoselect targets or not. :)
I'm playing Beast Mastery again, and my plan is to have Lae as my main in Legion. :)