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3-01-2010 @ 5:52PM
@Camaris - I don't know if they've specifically declared homogenization as a goal for Cataclysm, but their decision to make healing/caster druids and shammies share the same gear seems to suggest that they have an interest in it. They've specifically worked to move from two separate types of item for two specs to a single type of item used by both. So spell plate seems like something they might try to do something about. I'm not sure what they'd do, but it'd be nice if they just acknowledged the issue.@Stephen and Camaris - I'd rather fight over gear - as long as the total number of drops is increased - than have spirit cloth that only priests will ever want. Also, as a disc/shadow dual spec, I would really prefer that I could have a single gear set, much like they're setting up boomkins/trees and ele/resto shammies. It just doesn't make any sense for there to be spirit cloth if only healing priests want it.
3-01-2010 @ 6:50PM
I hear you about gear, but I'm a dual spec Disc/Holy and I still carry several extra pieces of gear to swap for each spec. If I'm farming dailies I have to bring a set of +hit gear too. I think they are just trying to limit the number of different sets of gear each class needs to be balanced around. Paladins will still probably need 3 gear sets, but Druids are going from 4 to 2 and Shaman from 3 to 2. So here is the end result for healer gear:Spirit cloth: Disc Priests, Holy PriestsSpirit leather: Balance Druids, Resto DruidsSpirit mail: Ele Shaman, Resto ShamanSpirit plate: Holy Paladins. From what GC was posting, mastery will be their way to incentivize using your classes' gear type.
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