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5-09-2010 @ 4:40PM
By the time you're considering your off spec, everyone's main spec should have enough gear to start passing on items during your runs. Meaning you can get your hands on it. Furthermore, tier one Cataclysm raids are being designed to be balanced around heroic gear and quest rewards at 85. You should have enough gear to be able to perform your offspec duty by simply gearing up your main spec. And, when the next tier of content comes along, you can get offspec gear from the last tier of content, since the first tier are also being designed to be shorter. Pug it own or run it with the guild on an off day. Poor you, having to wait for items for your offspec. Meanwhile, others are also waiting for offspec items that you use for your main set. Poor, put-upon you. This "sky is falling" crap is starting to get on my nerves. It's hilarious how disdainful 25-man raiders are of 10-man content until it becomes inaccessible to them.
5-09-2010 @ 8:28PM
Ruh roh! Isendre, I don't resent players for pursuing their best-in-slot items; we're going for heroic Arthas-25, and it's dumb not to want the raid kitted in their best. They're also my *friends*.I just think itemization (more particularly the overvaluation of armor penetration) has had an incredibly punitive effect on rogues and ferals, who now find themselves competing with most of the melee for their BiS pieces. It's unfortunate for players on both sides.
5-10-2010 @ 1:27PM
Allison: I heard they were getting rid of ArmPen in Cata. But, let's assume there is some other stat that forces all Melee to prefer Leather. I'm not sure that's plausible from all the announced changes so far, but I guess it's what you're stuck on.You say: "it's dumb not to want the raid kitted in their best." Note, that you say, "the raid" and not "myself". So, right there, it often makes sense to force people to prefer their own armor type or the raid as a whole will have trouble getting to "their best." Or, just farm forever and never actually attempt hLK25 in an effort to fill out everyone's BIS list.But, you're talking about off-spec. A couple of options present themselves. Go Boomkin! It should be way more shared gearing between the two specs (no +hit, Spi desirable). No, you say? Go to the previous Tier (basically the same as going to 10 man now) which for Tier 11 will be lvl 85 Heroics, so in fact it will be EASIER to gear your off-spec. Beyond Tier 11, not much can be said because that is just way too much speculation.Anyways, I don't think it makes a lot of sense to put hLK in the same argument as gearing your off-spec.
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