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Perhaps one idea to make BM more "challenging" is to make pet micromanagement a more integral part of the class, rather than making the shot rotation more complex. The new pet talent tiers that Ghostcrawler has hinted at could cause the pets to do more damage, but also be much more susceptible damage. Concepts like:
Your pet does X% more damage but takes an extra X% damage;
Increases pet attack power by X for X seconds, but also causes your pet to suffer X damage over the same period;
Your pet gains X ability but also gains (debuff name), which causes X amount of damage and can only be healed with Mend Pet.
And also more hunter/pet interaction abilities like:
Arcane shot has a X% chance to apply (debuff name) to the target that lasts for X seconds, and BM gains a spell that instructs the pet to do a special damage ability that can only be triggered when the debuff is on the pets target - thus forcing the hunter to break rotation and weave the ability in (sort of a BM version of Lock and Load). An alternate version of this would be that each Arcane Shot leaves an Arcane Charge on the target, and once 5 stacks have been reached the ability can be triggered.
Revamping Spirit Bond along the lines of Hunter and Pet do 1/2/3% extra damage, increases healing done by the hunter to the pet by 33/66/100% but reduces healing received by the pet from any other source other than the hunter by 30/60/90%.
Naturally these are just off-the-cuff ideas I came up with while writing this post that Iâ€™ve put no real thought in to, but the concept is to make BM far more involving with your pet rather than overloading the spec with more shots. It would be much more challenging for those who just sent their pet in and steady spammed because of the possible constant pet-rez downtime and missed abilities, whilst rewarding those who look after their pets and their rotations. I also like the idea of some of the damage being healable only via the hunter, as I would hazard a guess that a substantial amount of the hunter community has become accustomed to the resto shaman on melee/tank duty also taking care of pet healing inadvertently.