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11-05-2008 @ 2:57PM
How foolish of people to claim that "hybrid" classes shouldn't be as good at a role as a "pure" class. They also make the mistake of thinking that some of the "hybrid" classes aren't "hybrids" at all. (Warriors are one of the better examples, as are Priests.)A bear tank is there to tank. Period. Not to heal or any other half-arsed other activity they *could* perform. Tank. A Boomkin is there to dps. Not to heal, not to tank. They'll generally suck at either of those roles (much like a Shadow Priest trying to main heal...).Any class that could do more than one role (tank, dps, heal) by respeccing talent trees needs to be darn good at each role, or they aren't worth using.
11-05-2008 @ 3:06PM
11-05-2008 @ 4:00PM
Currently you are right. If the dual spec system goes live with hot swaping allowed during raids then the utility of hybrid classes goes through the roof. For example, being able to take a strong DPS spec like boomkin and switch it between encounters to a strong healing spec like resto suddenly makes druids a lot more desirable than a mage.The only classes that will really suffer from this problem will be hunters, mages, warlocks and rogues, but in compensation those pure classes are being designed to have slightly higher theoretical DPS. The gap is just going to be far smaller than it used to be so that skill can lead to the real differences.I'm only leveling my hybrids.
11-05-2008 @ 5:13PM
@ManatankAgree that what you're saying has truth, but dual speccing isn't JUST for Raid Spec A and Raid Spec B. Plenty of people (not just mages, locks, hunters and rogues) might go for Raid Spec and PVP Spec or Raid Spec and PVE Solo Spec ... or even some other combo.
11-05-2008 @ 5:42PM
"Plenty of people (not just mages, locks, hunters and rogues) might go for Raid Spec and PVP Spec or Raid Spec and PVE Solo Spec"True, but not the folks trying to get into a min/max raiding guild.
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