I posted this earlier in another thread, but as Vong was kind enough to fire up a Survival Hunter discussion I'm reiterating here.
I start in Aspect of the Hawk and lead with Black Arrow to DoT and get my pet moving; followed by Ice trap (AoE) or Freeze trap (single target) to help proc Lock & Load:
- If Lock & Load happens I fire Explosive Shot twice - with Rapid Fire and/or Serpent Sting in between to fill up the CD space.
- If Lock & Load doesn't happen I'll either (a) hit Rapid Fire and setttle into a DoT + instant cast party mix with a trap thrown in, or (b) DoT up, launch a trap, then start looking for stray mobs who might benefit from a Concussion Shot or Wyvern Sting.
I realize that Arcane Shot is part of the Lock & Load proc with Explosive Shot. But I choose to substitute a 2nd Explosive Shot in the L&L rotation (with Rapid Fire and/or Serpent Sting as spacers) in place of Arcane Shot because of Essence of the Viper's elemental damage bonus. I find that Mastery actually means something to Survival Hunters.
To regenerate focus while still DPSing:
- If Serpent Sting is active, I hit Steady Shot followed by Cobra Shot.
- If Serpent Sting isn't active, I hit Steady Shot plus Serpent Sting followed by Cobra Shot.
Rinse and repeat to regen focus.
Like the warrior stance dance, I find switching back and forth between Aspect of the Hawk and Aspect of the Fox to be a necessary evil in long fights where I'm constantly having to strafe out of the stuff. I do what I can to remain stationary in Aspect of the Hawk as much as possible. But when I need to regen focus on the run, Aspect of the Fox is a butt saver.