The School of Nim Rocks: On Gear
Did u c wut I did thar? Yes, I’m available for bad puns from now until eternity. Just text LAME to 786-256-4437 (PUNBLOGGER). Okay, so don’t really do that, I have absolutely no idea who’s number that is. Anywho…
So the other day, Slig asked me what I thought about Dual Specs because she’d been reading some blogs out there and noticed a negative slant on a few. Particularly, BBB posted the other day his thoughts on gear drama that would result because of people having ‘two main specs’. I think the ultimate point that he was trying to make was that Rogues and Mages, and to a lesser extent Hunters and Warlocks are kind of getting screwed out of the deal as they are the only classes that can’t fill at least two of the three main roles (tank, heals and damage dealing) and yet, their primary function, dealing damage, is on par with the other classes who can fill multiple roles. The ultimate question being ‘Why would anyone want to have a Rogue or Mage when they aren’t the top damage dealers and they can’t tank or heal?’ But that’s a different post. This is about the dual specs.
So, you may ask yourself, what does the title have to do with dual specs. Well, Bear talked about how in the past, someone in a raid may roll on a piece of gear as an off-spec item, if no one else in the raid needed it for their main spec. That was all good and fine. But with dual-specs, people would be able to claim that they were rolling for it based on their second main spec, which would lead to the inevitable loot drama.
Now, I would like to introduce you to the School of Nim Rocks: On Gear. Nim’s attitude when it comes to gear and raiding is probably one of the most refreshing that I’ve met in game. Like everyone else, he enjoys getting upgrades. However, his purpose for raiding is to be there having a good time with his friends. If nothing drops, well nothing drops. No big deal. If something drops and there is more than one person who could use it, Nim is always the first person to say “Go ahead and take it.” Why? Because his sole focus in the game isn’t to get that one piece of purplez. He plays to have fun, and to see content… With his friends. You may have someone similar in your guild, and I have to say that that attitude is refreshing. In my guild, we have a lot of people with this attitude and the usual result of a loot drop is everyone telling someone else to go ahead and take it.
Loot drama is only drama when individuals start to think that the sole purpose of going on raids is to get loot. I would like to point out, for the record (very, very redundantly) that WoW is a GAME. /OhNoes. It’s a game. What are games for? To have FUN. Some people only have fun by getting loot. Okay, even if I disagree with that, I can understand it. But if your raid is made up of those people, and you, like me, think that that is kinda silly, maybe you should look for a different group of people to play with.
The other thing Bear mentioned about dual specs is that he can forsee a time when people inviting you to a group will ask “what are your two specs and your spell power/attack power/damage etc. in each?” Sure, that’s probably bound to happen. I know it will happen to me eventually, when I ask to go on that inevitable PUG. Sure there will probably be arse-chapeaus in Trade Chat who will say, “You don’t have dual spec? Lolnub, L2Play.”
But so what? Would you normally associate with those people anyways?
I wouldn’t. I use the spam reporting function in the game as it auto-ignores those people and doesn’t fill up my /ignore list. Then I never have to listen to them again. I wouldn’t ever want to hang out with someone who’s gonna act like that, so I won’t be bothered about it. At the same time, I’m not going to allow those few idiots out in the world to taint my view of what I consider to be a great change to the game. Dual specs are going to allow me to have even more fun in the game than I do already, by allowing me to switch up my playstyle very easily. I have an Enhance Shaman and a Prot Pally at level 80 right now. Both of them have a healing set in the bank. Right now, I don’t respec either of them, hardly at all. Why? Because it gets too costly for me in the long run. But I would love to be able to say, “Ya, my shaman can heal, that’s his Second Main Spec” or “Sure my Prot Pally can DPS, let me just switch into his Ret Gear and swap specs.”
Now, the point of this post wasn’t to flame Bear. (A certain someone does that enough… *cough*BRK*cough*). I love reading Bear’s long rambling posts. He may take a while to say what it is that’s on his mind, but gosh dernit, you’re going to enjoy the story along the way. But at the same time, I disagreed with him about this, and wanted to throw my two copper into the mix for those out there who may be very much looking forward to dual specs and being a little surprised to see some negative feedback from the blog-o-sphere.
May the Horde be with you