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11-05-2008 @ 4:25PM
Sorry, but to deny that these considerations will not take place is a fallacy. Do you think that progression raids had 5-6 shaman on a raid because of what swell people those shaman had at the keyboard? Go look at first kills in sunwell and you'll see fights with zero druids and Retribution Paladins while you have multiple shaman. To say that redundancy at roles is necessary, I ask, how many backup tanks you see on any progression raid? Surely if someone as important as a shadowpriest needs a replacement for a raid then having a spare tank should be vital for every raid.Sorry, but that's not how things are. You take what you absolutely must have in the way of tanks, healers and raid buffers and fill the rest of the raid with the most you can crank out. You take the fewest tanks you can, the best you can use so you can take the fewest number of healers. Hell, if you look at the first kills of Twins you'll see that the progression minded people sat all their melee to allow for fewer healers. Here's a link to an article here on WowInsider:http://www.wowinsider.com/2008/04/10/nihilum-does-it-again-downs-twin-eredars/2#c11569429Progression minded people will do whatever it takes to get whatever advantage they can get. When it meant farming mats for resist gears, they got it. When it meant dropping and picking up new tradeskills, they did it. When it meant sitting people and bringing others, they did it. And... they will continue to do it. Those who settle for good enough come in second.
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