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6-06-2008 @ 2:52AM
I run a lot of heroics, because I like them. I do use armory as a tool, but mostly as a starting point for weeding out people who clearly don't know what they are doing (like the tank in that thread - a pally in gear that says she doesn't understand paladin tanking at all) or as a spec checker, since I hate having to ask someone their spec and then say, "Sorry, we can't use you, because we were looking for a different role." I also keep in mind they might have logged out in alternative gear. My healer has +1300 heal in her dps gear as opposed to +2100 heal in her healing gear.I think another another thing people are forgetting are the volume of alts at this point in the timeline (a year and a half after the level cap was raised). I have a melee dps geared at the Hyjal/BT level, a healer geared at the SSC/TK level, and a newly 70 caster dps in quest and dungeon drop blues with one or two purples. I'm not going to be taking the caster to Heroic Arc anytime soon, but she's a lot better prepared for the easier heroics than she looks, simply because I've done every heroic fight many times already and know what to do.Group-wise, you need a balance if everyone is not on level for the instance. If the healer is overgeared, the tank can be a bit undergeared, or if the dps is overgeared, the healer can be a bit undergeared, etc. As much as everyone loves fast runs in heroics and kara, I prefer going in groups with a few people who can use the upgrades. I like getting shards and voids as much as the next person, but it's kinda sad to run something and watch all the gear get sharded, when if you took 50 minutes to do heroic SP instead of 40 minutes you could help someone get some gear.
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