The final 10% of the playerbase worried about balance, meanwhile the rest of the playerbase all went out to get cigarettes and never came back.
The only things that are going to make Hpal be less favored in the healer meta is either 1. a total spec redesign or 2. giving other healers a way to deal damage without sacrificing healing. MW is starting to break the mold slightly with its damage and venthyr's insane throughput, but still also lacks the raid DR or shielding.
Imagine paladins having a dps spec... yeah that doesn't exist or anything. sigh.
Beast mastery hunters are the underpaid workforce of raiding in SoD. Minimum wage for a highly skilled job.Blizz to BM hunters, "just go solo something and stop pestering the poor raid bosses."