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10-22-2009 @ 8:10AM
I only ever look up cookie cutter builds if i notice i'm under performing in raids.Otherwise i just tend to research some of the key talents/techniques and work it out myself. I far prefer finding my own way of doing things than simply re-enacting someone elses method.
10-22-2009 @ 10:16AM
Theres not one single case in wow where individualization works better in a raid scenario, but when it comes to leveling or quest grinding or pvp its a whole other story.
10-22-2009 @ 10:55AM
This is what I do. I researched all the talents for my prot Warrior made some decisions and ended up with a build what while not the cookie cutter build so many elitists think is so awsome proforms just as well in most situations and better in some.
10-22-2009 @ 12:24PM
I don't see much room for originality when numbers are at stake: cookie-cutting or not, theorycrafters have good numbers behind their recommended raid specs. And if that weren't the case, Blizzard wouldn't be promising to allow more meaningful (and forgiving) talent customization in Cataclysm.
10-23-2009 @ 4:08AM
@Knyle2That's not necessarily the case, though the exceptions are becoming less and less common.Throughout WoW's history there have always been trees which suck. Arcane, Retadin, Protadin, Destro, the list goes on and on. Sometimes these trees have been nerfed into the ground, sometimes they were just always sub-par.Sometimes, if the sucking was really extreme or the period really long, it takes a really long time after a spec has been repaired before people are willing to try it or to acknowledge that it might be good. I remember helping my mate build an arcane spec after the fixes they put in towards the beginning of expansion and seeing him do massive massive dps.Sometimes the theory crafters and hard core raiders can get a bit set in their ways, and miss out on the implications of major changes to a tree. This is happening a lot less often now what with dual specs and the fact that very few trees still suck, but it still does happen. There are times when you can be right and they can be wrong.There are also times where it doesn't matter. A lot of times your dps will be affected more by how you play than by the talents you pick, and picking a talent which buffs something you aren't particularly good over one which buffs something you can keep up appropriately doesn't help anyone. It's also only a game and so long as you're doing your part, who really cares.
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