Being new to heroics I jumped over to BRK's Hunter Forums and asked this question:
I got several great replies, and this post from Zball is my favorite:
I was just wondering how to tweak my game for trapping in Heroic dungeons with the 41/20 spec.
I can chain trap most regular instances with no problems. I have spec'd both the pet and myself with keeping the pet alive during combat in mind.
I am hit capped and my crit is just under 24%.
Now that I am in Heroics is the trapping game basically the same? And is it worth dropping MM points to pick up Clever Traps (I'd rather not if at all possible).
With proper planning and management, trapping in Heroics as BM is easy. I never had an issue and I've done it as BM, MM, and SV.Thank you for the words of wisdom!
Things to look out for and keep in mind.
-Communicate. Your tanks need to know to wait until you give the go ahead on any pull where you will be tasked with trapping. Healers need to tell you if they're being attacked. You have to keep your party in the know about the status of the trapped mob. Let them know that blue square is yours and yours alone until it comes up in the kill order.
-Blue square is your responsibility. In Heroics the mobs hit a lot harder. Get used to it. Have another trap ready. Be ready to have your pet tank the square until your trap is off cooldown in case the trap breaks early. Be ready to kite. And do not Feign Death while Blue Square is alive. You have bandages and pots. Use them. Do not ask for or expect a heal when dealing with your responsibility.
-Mind your traps and pet. Be careful and be ready to blow Intimidate on a mob that has broken free. Your pet is a tool in an instance. Use it. Sacrifice if you need to. You are more important than your pet. You are less important than the healer.
-Do not outlive your healer. If you do, you're wrong. You die first. Those mobs hit you before they hit the healer. That's part of your job as a DPS class.
All in all, trap talents aren't going to make or break you. As long as you have knowledge of your class and keep on top of things, Heroics are easy- mode.