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3-02-2011 @ 1:09PM
I go back and forward on the Hybrid Tax issue:Whilst I agree that you get a great deal of flexibility from being able to actually BE a Healer or a Tank rather than just a DPS consider the following:As a Rogue I have 3 DPS specs, so if one of my DPS specs is bad I have 2 others to fall back on.As a Shadow Priest if my DPS spec is bad, I have no other option.So it makes sense to me that Shadow Priests should do less DPS than Rogues.But it also makes sense to me that Shadow as a Priest spec should be nerfed less than, for example, Assassination as a Rogue Spec because the Rogue has other choices.So I don't know what to think!
3-02-2011 @ 1:12PM
To expand on that a little - I think many players tend to make a decision like - I am a Tank, or I am a DPS.Others make a decision - I am a Paladin and I do anything a Paladin can do.For the latter people the Hybrid Tax makes sense. For the former people it doesn't. So is it really a tax on specs, or is it just "unfair" to players who don't want to tank/heal?
3-02-2011 @ 2:27PM
See I always thought the hybrid tax was about ensuring an equal distribution of players per class, so they lead the hardcore DPS nuts to the pure classes to balance the fact that they can't tank or heal.What I mean is that tank specs make about 13% of the game's available specs, but tank players make up around 18% of the PVE players, similarly healers make about 16% of the specs but more than that play healers. If they didn't try to address this there would be a serious imbalance of players (Looking at wowcensus the two least played classes are pures, and the top 2 are the triple hybrids).Having too much of an imbalance causes general problems for players and designers, ranging from pvp, to how they design encounters to loot distribution.
3-03-2011 @ 8:24AM
The hybrid tax isn't really all that complicated. At times when raiding becomes particularly intense guild recruitment tends to go a bit loony and pure dos specs start to suffer if their dps isn't high enough. Why recruit a mage if you can have a priest who can heal too, even if they never do. When this happens out trots the hybrid tax. When things calm down it goes away again.
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