Back in the day, on another server in the different era of patch 3.3.3a, we mained a Survival hunter. Or, well, one of us did. The rest of us didn’t find a whole lot of enjoyment in hunters, though the general knowledge and occasional gameplay would seep through. But for whatever reason, hunters were what he was good at. I , on the other hand, did warlocks. Affliction, to be precise, and according to my guildies and partner(s), I was damned good at it. I delved into Destruction for a bit, but it just wasn’t my style. Too bursty. I do DoTs. I didn’t spend a whole lot of time on that hunter, even though she was 80 and our only skinner/leatherworker; Even as Survival, which is more DoTish than the other specs, she felt too… bursty.
Of course, once 4.0.1 hit, everything changed. By then, my current partner and I had switched servers and had new characters. Including another hunter. She hadn’t made it too far, and by the time the patch came around, her skills felt clunky. Why?
Because for whatever reason (I didn’t read into it, not being a, well, hunter) they changed the energy mechanism for hunters from mana to focus. And now she felt like… a rogue. Which are melee.
I don’t do melee. I’m a caster. Any sort of melee class or spec feels wrong to me, and I have a hard time wrapping my head (ha, ha ) around it and their mechanics. Tried warriors once, no go. Death knights are just weird. In an interesting sort of way, but still weird. And while I do have a paladin and I’ve tanked before, running up to something and smacking it with my mace makes me twitch – I feel like I should be casting Exorcism or something. Which probably explains why my current pally is Holy.
Yet, despite this, my fiance was poking at me (on occasion) to reroll our hunter. Apparently we were the only good hunter He’s played with.  But I refused, because they’re clunky and use focus and melee use focus/rage/runic energy, not hunters. Hunters and other ranged classes used mana, damn it.
However, instead of never touching hunters again ever (which is about the position I was in, go obsessive-compulsiveness), the sibling in my system that used to play them (as well as rogues, though not extensively) decided HEY. I’MMA MAKE A HUNTER NOW, K? K. (whut? DAMN IT GIVE ME MY HANDS BACK.) 
And… he’s managing it pretty well. Cuz that’s just what he does. He does hunters. For one reason or another, he feels comfortable using hunters even when they have focus now – something I can’t get my brain around. The only time I even feel slightly at ease with using one is when the two of us are co-conscious, and that’s because he’s the one managing it all. I just sort of feel like I’m watching in the background.
Being able to play a class that I otherwise do not feel comfortable with opens up other worlds to us. There’s different experiences, different play styles, little tricks in our arsenal that contribute greatly to our power (jump shot kiting mobs? Fuck yeah, even though it hurts our hand after a while). These are things that you do not experience with any other class, simply because each one is unique in style and technique. And yeah, while it’s commonplace to think that people can just get used to new experiences after a while, that doesn’t work so well with us because of our OCD. For one reason or another, I’m more severely impacted by it than my sibling is, and my reaction to the changes to hunters is an extension of that. Except, yanno, we also have DID – and he can handle them despite my inability to.
This is something we’re all still getting used to, the fact that alters (god I hate that term) in a DID system can have vastly differing skills, strengths and weaknesses between them. And yet, this is exactly how DID operates. That core identity is fragmented, and with that fragmentation comes the separation of flexibility and those strengths and weaknesses. That way, if one of us finds ourselves in a situation that we can’t handle for whatever reason, another can. That’s the development of this coping method at work to protect us.
Granted, me not liking hunters isn’t exactly a situation I need to be ‘protected’ from. But since he operates differently than I do, the sort to be up front and aggressive in a time of need, it’s a situation where he operates best out of the lot of us . When faced with a situation that threatens me for whatever reason, I stand back and try to find another way to handle it. I don’t like to tackle things head on, and that carries over in games. I stay in the background, where it’s safe (unless fire spawns under me x_X). On top of that, I prefer to be in the company of trusted loved ones where our strengths help each other (healer + warlock = world of opportunities/dead mobs). Whereas he’s a very self-sufficient person. If there’s a problem that challenges him, he challenges it back. He has to, that’s the situation behind his development in our system and how he protected us and himself at the time.
So we’ve rerolled our hunter. Let’s see where this goes.
1. For once, only one of us is writing this post. Fancy that. No names though.
2. I apologize to anyone who doesn’t get why this comment is so funny to me.
3. He doesn’t like hunters. At all. Especially after this one time when He had to rez one after they stood in the fire – and then, while still in the fire, proceeded to sit down. And drink. All while He was standing in the fire to heal them, because that was the only way He was within range. I will always remember that moment.
4. Yes, this is about how our internal conversations go.
5. Yes, I get that hunters are ranged – the focus thing makes them feel like melee to both of us despite this. And with the way a lot of the PUGs I’ve run with have been running up to mobs and smacking them instead of shooting at them, sometimes I wonder.