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9-29-2006 @ 2:35PM
Here's the rub... Player and skill > gear and/or class. We all have no clue what Eso's normal raid/guild composition is like. Maybe they have an abundance of awesome healers and other dps players had crap attitudes so they /gkicked them. Maybe he busts his @$$ healing b/c he has been raiding enough that he has full judgement and is also picking up his share of t3 gear along the way pulling more than his fair share when his role as healer pops up. Maybe he's just that good. /shrugAnd what are the odds that his guild's dps (mages/rogues/locks/hunters), don't have plenty of gear out of AQ40/Naxx? Pretty freaking slim. Last time I checked, there wasn't a script to dictate that paladin-specific DPS drops are given up by bosses in those zones and I seriously doubt they've been nexus shard farming with all the other class drops. Who here knows what his guild circumstances are. What I do know is that I'd take a hybrid busting their ass for DPS/tanking over some rogue half-assing their way through the zone soaking up DKP and drops while downloading pr0n and watching ESPN2 while we're raiding. That's weaksauce served cold over nub pasta and I don't have time for slack-asses when I'm giving my raid undivided attention...which is probably what Eso is guilty of as well. Putting forth an honest effort.As for BC, to believe that 25-man zones are going to have any reflection on current-day raiding is simply naivety running amuck. Blizzard has already stated they will be focusing on hybrid encounters and last time I checked, rogues had the least amount of survivability in the tanking arena and bandages don't count as healing. I have a 60 paladin, druid, lock and rogue; I'm not suggesting that rogues won't have a place in raids. Far from it, However, the ability to trade off roles midstream is going to change raid specialization considerably. As it stands today - specialization among 40 players is much more efficient...if for no other reason than the fact that the events are scripted around 40 players. Try running 5-man zones with a hybrid and you'll see a markedly different game.In the end, the only reason I have ever seen players get retarded when they see a healing class playing their DPS/tanking spec is because they feel their sacred turf has been encroached upon. No on can judge a class without knowing the circumstances behind a guild and/or the player behind the toon.
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