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12-08-2008 @ 1:48PM
I gotta admit, i'm pretty tired of people asking me if i'm FROSTFIRE spec when i try to join a group.Ever since i've been raiding with my mage (in TBC), the top DPS build has always been something in Fire, Arcane, or a mixture of the two, (with possibly a little frost thrown in for Icy Veins) but it has NEVER been FULL FROST, which is what I have always played, yet i'm almost ALWAYS at the top of the damage charts. That's because i know how to play my spec, and play it well. I know how to gear myself, what enchants/gems to get, what consumables to use, etc. Now WothLK is here and FROSTFIRE spec is the flavor of the month, and for the first time ever i seem to be encountering trouble finding a raid spot because i'm not speced as it. I don't know if its because WotLK is still new or what, but spec is only half the battle people. Any nub can take 30 seconds online to find out what the latest "best" spec is, but that doesn't mean they know how to play it.I encourage people to look at gear over spec when considering someone for a raid spot. Someone has to actually work for good gear, farming mats/gold/rep/badges/whatever to get it. www.wow-heroes.com is an excellent source for checking gear. It shows everything (gear, gems, enchants, etc) on one easy to read screen, including a convenient rating number you can use to quickly compare against other people and even a recommendation for raids they should be running.So please dont' be too quick to judge based on spec. A good player can top the charts with any spec if he knows what he's doing. (Unless, possibly its a PvP specific tree, or obviously, if its a broken tree like retribution used to be for pallys before the 3.0 patch, but none of the mages trees like that.)
12-19-2008 @ 4:51AM
Agree w/ Thundrpants. Yesterday I started getting flack from our guild's "mage lead" over my full frost spec. Everywhere you look people are telling you to spec FFB or gtfo. Blizzard has already said that after the hunter nerf they have their eyes on mages, and I for one hope that FFB spec chokes on the nerf bat. FFB spec's dps is only going to get more ludicrous in better gear, and as it stands already in naxx gear it ha singled itself out as the only 'viable' raiding spec by being such high single-target dps. This is obviously a huge fuck up on blizzard's part and the sooner it is fixed, the better. Yes, I sold out and re-spec'd FFB for our raid tonight, and my dps predictably shot through the roof. It was my first time raiding as anything other than full frost, and within 30 minutes i was beating our mage lead. The spec requires no skill, has no unique utility, zero survivability, wild and spiky threat, and is indeed cookie-cutter shadowbolt spam at its worst, making your preferred playstyle completely irrelevant in the face of such overpowered dps. I immediately spec'd back out of it, as the thought of remaining FFB thru heroic 5-mans, dailies, and farming made my skin crawl. Of course with dual-specs FFB will be my off-spec single target nuker spec, but until then I see no reason to experiment with it any further. Grats to arcane mages like Christian for their incoming buffs, and lets pray that mages of all (sensible) specs can continue to top the charts.
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