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5-08-2009 @ 4:43PM
Wow. Looking at just the first two pages of responses to the respec question makes me cringe. Most are saying "spec how you want for solo. But if you want to raid, you better spec exactly how the raid leader tells you, or risk not being taken and/or being /gkicked!" It's precisely that kind of attitude I can't stand. Even if that IS your guild's attitude, you'd be much better served to put a more positive spin on it than the "my way or the highway" attitude. Explain that, as much as you'd like to take the person in, their performance just isn't competitive enough with others. But you'd like to help, if they're willing! It's, essentially, the same thing, but far less confrontational and far less likely to but the person in defensive mode, meaning they'll be more open to suggestions. That's how a GOOD class leader should work. They should be your guide, your mentor, not your slave-driving boss. And the whole "spec how we want or be gkicked" thing is one of the many reasons I wouldn't like a "hardcore" guild. My guild's attitude is, essentially, "we don't care how you're specced. So long as you do the job well in a role we need to fill, we'll take you." (Though we do try to take the same people who started a run, unless they came in with the understanding they were to get a chance at early boss loot to gear up, then let our better geared players in for progression.) But the point is, you don't NEED to be the "flavor of the moment" spec to do well. If I wanted, I could raid in my MM spec (a 200 DPS difference from my surv spec with only self buffs, but I'd still be one of the top DPS.) but I choose to raid survival because I want to push my DPS. Some guilds will be fine with this, some will not. All I can say is, if you really cannot come to an agreement with your guild, then it is probably best to find a guild that is better suited to you.
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