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7-25-2007 @ 5:48PM
@Readers:The way some of you are freaking out, you'd think you'd never read a Mike Schramm article before. The man is opinionated. He draws a lot of flak for that. It's part of who he is and how he contributes to this site, and I for one enjoy reading his articles even if I don't always agree with his opinion. If you think he should stop writing because his point of view isn't the exact same as yours, you should be not only be ashamed, you should restrict yourself to reading technical white-papers so that you don't accidentally hear about else's bias. It might actually force you to think.As for the article itself - yes, some of Mike's information is a little outdated or biased. For example, most Holy Priests don't spec Lightwell. Spirit of Redemption (the healy-ghost) is about as far as most Priest healers are willing to go in the Holy tree. It's just too flawed to give up the great stuff found in the higher tiers of the Discipline tree.And yes, his information about Arcane mages is slightly dated. Arcane used to be the utility tree. It was the tree you specced into if you wanted mana efficiency. It used to be the tree that supported the other two trees and not really a tree in and of itself. Now it's pretty much the 'Uber Arcane Missiles' tree and little else. As for what he said about hunters, most raiding hunters spec Marksmanship for a reason - you can't depend on pets in a raid. Yeah, BM is better at non-solo content than it used to be, but Marksmanship is still where most DPS-conscious hunters go at the end of the day. There will always be exceptions, but really, Mike isn't wrong.And he's not wrong about Survival either. It lacks the things that make the other two trees powerful and doesn't add anything equivalent. It needs a lot of work.Lastly, tanking Paladins. He clearly stated that this was his opinion. And given the number of bad paladin 'tanks' out there, it's a damned easy opinion to come by. Most paladins who think they can tank are either former retnoobs who haven't learned how to hold aggro on more than one target, or they're still retnoobs and think they don't need to spec into the Protection tree. Either way, Paladin tanks have a bad reputation for a reason. That having been said, my experience has been that a good Paladin tank is easily the equivalent of a Druid tank - that is, almost as good as a warrior in most situations and even better in some. But I'm not going to start calling Mike names because his experience hasn't matched mine.So back off a little people, take a deep breath, remember that this is an opinion piece, and try to get a little perspective. Mike isn't trying to insult you personally - he's just expressing his own point of view. Once you figure out that part, the rest is easy. @Mike: Keep up the good work.
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