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5-09-2010 @ 4:38PM
Well M.Arnold, I hope they at least let you have non-plate drops over shard- sounds like a bit of frustration and sore feelings over the whole spell plate situation to me. "You already get a set of gear entirely your own, what else do you need?"I always felt like it was too much work trying to maintain two top-level gearsets, so I picked the one role I enjoyed more and stuck with it. I'm a Balance/Resto druid and as I got into raiding I quickly found healing way too stressful and dps a lot more fun to play- it didn't help that I started in two-shot-tank-TOC. So DPS became my mainspec and resto became the offspec for messing around in 5 mans and old content. I did make a conscious decision to go Balance for my dps spec- I leveled 1-80 as feral/resto but I wanted the overlap in gear that balance/resto brought. Right now my resto spec is made up of half DPS pieces and half offspec rolls.I do see the problem with gearing offspecs out of 25 mans- I almost never see items go to offspec rolls in 25 pugs and the ones that do are typically poorly itemized junk. One solution to this problem is pugging older content- up until recently I was still doing TOC25 pugs every week for my shot at Reign, and I got several quality resto drops on offspec rolls because lots of people were wearing better from ICC10/25. Another solution is GDKP runs. I participate in a weekly ICC25 GDKP run where there are no rules on loot other than "highest bidder takes it." Assuming you've got the gold you could buy every mainspec and offspec drop you want this way. Another potential solution- make your offspec your PVP spec. This is what I've done recently. I never enjoyed raid healing, and with gear inflation I can heal 5 mans and legacy content in any spec, so I made a compromise pve/pvp resto spec and started running BGs, which is something I always wanted to try but never got around to. I'm up to 2 piece Furious/1 piece Relentless and a few offset pvp pieces and having a lot of fun. BGs and pvp in general look like they're going to play a larger role in Cataclysm.
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