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10-03-2007 @ 1:56AM
Mike, I applaud you for posting your spec and the detailing the reasons for each talent choice. It takes a lot of guts to open yourself up for critique to a community that tends to be low on tact. Your build emphasizes a key philosophical ideal on gameplay that seems highly debatable- namely that hybrids ought to spec in a way which allows them to fill in for dissimilar roles during a single encounter, or alternatively, focus on your gear to determine your role (you mention dpsing in 5 mans or raid healing on weekends with a simple gear switch). There are many many many arguments for and against this ideal, and it seems to me that most of the point-blank-in-your-face responses listed in these comments are from people who fundamentally disagree that a hybrid ought to attempt the type of "fill in the hole" gameplay it seems you're in favor of. I think a lot of people missed the part where you said that this is what you want to do.Having said that, and with all due respect, it seems very silly for this build to be on display before wowinsider even gets a chance to show what the good solid cookie cutter builds are for each class/role. It's easy to look at this, which is only the second shammy buildshop, and think that you guys don't really know what you're talking about... simple because wowinsiderhasn't properly addressed what the accepted/theorycrafted builds are for raiding and pvp. It's not difficult to do, others mentioned hopping on the shammy boards and simply reporting the work that other people have done, but on here. Do that, and then toss us some builds like this inbetween updating what the most current cookie cutter builds are (because they do change, even if it is only a little bit at a time). On the off chance that you guys are worried about running out of builds too report on too soon, why not just report on a single talent or talent level and really examine those talents in some detail? Doing this would be a lot of fun for a lot of people, and it would definitly help a lot of people to understand when it is good to take Ancestral Knowledge and when to skip it for instance.
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