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10-22-2008 @ 2:23PM
@Bunyipee: In general, yes, the things you need to worry about are more or less the same, and I was sort of talking in general and not specifically referring to rogues. However, there are subtle differences in mechanics. 5-mans generally allow a bit more freedom and situational leeway depending on your group, but in 10-mans and 25-mans (at least in BC), where your role becomes very specialized, Combat quickly become the only viable spec if you really want to maximize raid dps. In PvP, focus in battlegrounds and arenas are similar. BGs offer a bit more freedom, and "offspecs" (spriest, fury wars, feral druids, combat rogues, etc) can be quite viable. In arenas, assuming you want to push for the upper brackets, you absolutely need to have *the* viable build & gear, which for rogues generally means shadow-step, as every other build is too fragile or lacks mobility.For soloing/leveling, you goal is generally to maximize the kills-per-minute, basically dps and up-time. This can be quite different depending on your class. For rogues, it won't matter much, but for a class like a mage (frost vs fire) or warlock (affliction vs destro), it does greatly. Again, this isn't saying that a player can't have all sorts of fun with "offspecs" or gear. But if you weren't interested in Min/Max'ing in the first place, this whole article and conversation would have been irrelevant.
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