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12-18-2008 @ 2:11PM
The dual spec feature should help a little bit. Being able to switch between two would make more people switch to their healing spec if a group has trouble finding a healer.
12-18-2008 @ 3:38PM
Totally agree. I play a prot pally and my second spec is going to be holly.I think that the tank shortage wasn't fixed with dks only helped. I think the real success is how much fun prot is now for pallys and warriors.
12-18-2008 @ 2:59PM
It's going to help in that every hybrid in the game is now going to be asked to heal, no matter what spec they want to play.
12-18-2008 @ 3:16PM
It will fix any shortage that exists.Yes, people may be asked to heal for a heroic or raid, but switching between talents and glyphs will be an easier, and far less expensive option than it was before.People have been doing it for the entire existence of the game, now they have the option of switching back to a tree they can solo with when they aren't needed to heal.The only problem I would have is with a loot rule that wouldn't allow those people who are healing also roll on loot for their off-spec as if they came to that run with it. Like you say, healing may not be their character's main focus.
12-18-2008 @ 3:41PM
I am a tank and dps druid as my main, and I would LOVE to heal more often. My guild needs me as a tank most days but when I PUG I'd love to therefore heal.Oddly enough, many see me and assume I'm a healer, are there no druid tanks around anymore? I love my flying bear (knockback effects) but I've quite enjoyed healing when the chance arises as well.I want to just post: Druid, LFG and that be enough.Though I'm also looking forward to getting my priest dual specced into shadow to see how that works...And my warlock into destruction...And my mage into arcane...Dual spec will make my altoholic self even more altish. ;)
12-18-2008 @ 8:59PM
Definitely agreed that dual specs will solve a lot of this. I only just dinged 80 and am still Balance and intend to stay that way until I've completed the solo content I'm interested in doing (which is all of it, still got two and a half zones of untouched questing to enjoy) but I'm already being dragged into instances to do some light healing for friends when they can't find a real Resto player. As I'm not focussed on instance/raid damage I can play Balance but with plenty of mana regen thanks to the almost dual purpose of caster DPS/heal gear (one with hit and crit/haste focus while the other goes for more spirit and int) but it would be a lot easier to have an actual Resto build with glyphs and hopefully Blizzard will give up the cheap respec option soon to bounce between two styles.Although something like a Heroic HoL is possible for a Balance doing healing it does require the tank to be well geared beyond levelling green/blue to finish the final boss and I'm sure there are some encounters that I'd simply be incapable of doing currently. I don't mind healing but I'd rather not have to pay for constant respecs just to do it well as well as maintaining a viable solo spec where a lot of my game time is still spent.
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