I thought I was in the rogue forum for a second there reading this thread. My bad.
Regardless. I'm just about to cruising altitude with my raid toons and am looking at possibly making hunter the next project (casual, some relaxed raiding maybe, a bit of BG pvp). So I clicked on this thread looking for insight and viewpoints regarding specs.
My question is NOT which spec is "zomg leet deeps" in a progression setting, but which spec you each prefer generally and why. From what I've read today, it appears that Marksman is a bit more complicated, Survival is bursty AoE, and Beast Master is the most straight-forward. Is that accurate? Not doing hardmodes on my next toon eliminates the need to theorycraft another toon (I hate writing sims, really) or absolutely need max throughput. But it would be nice to have some opinions to guide the respecs.
After reading the above I suppose I'm asking the hunter forum for their generalized views and opinions that can help a casual hunter player rather than the hardmode raider.
Thanks in advance.
For soloing, I prefer BM because it's ridiculously easy and it's almost impossible for my pet to die.
For PvP, I prefer SV because it has ridiculous CC capabilities, and reflecting Death Coils/Fears back at locks makes me LOL pretty hard (similar to using the Shadow Reflector in vanilla).
I haven't really done any real PvE (as in instances) on my hunter, and don't plan to, but I have to say MM is a lot easier than SV (Aimed Shot, Steady, Chimera are really all you need).