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1-24-2012 @ 9:09AM
It's kind of too bad when everyone says "there is only one viable spec" for each class and imply (or even say outright) that that's what everyone SHOULD play. Maybe if you are a top-end raider doing heroic progression, that's what you're expected to do. But if you are going to do Raid Finder, have a good idea of A SPEC for your class, and are decently geared, you should do just fine. The majority of people experience raids through LFR. I can't say how forgiving NORMAL raid difficulty is but I can imagine that for most encounters, if you know the fight, know your class and spec, have decent gear, more or less correct stat stacking, are hit capped and have decent reflexes and awareness, you should probably do OK. While it's good to know which spec is doing well atm, and for people who love to try new specs all the time or like them all equally, it's fine. For the lower-end raiding though, I say, play what you like and do your best at it. You will enjoy it more than having someone tell you how and what to play. You will probably do better with a spec that you are familiar and comfortable with. And both of those things I think, will add more to your performance than being forced (yet again) to respec to something you may not like because a bunch of number-crunchers told you to. Worse yet, the person who told you probably wasn't the number cruncher, but the person who heard from someone who looked up a spec played by someone who talked to someone whose who read what the number cruncher said. Really, mages must be very powerful. They turn everyone into sheep. :PAlso, for the price of the epic gems right now (again, unless you are in high-end progression, which is a whole different world,) you might not want to spend thousands on 10 more points if intellect (per gem). Is it good to have more intellect? OH MY YES!! Is it worth 3k or whatever, when you are still gearing up? Probably not. If you raid normal or heroic, you have a chance to get the raw gems and then have them cut - in which case, I think you should. If you don't, you have to pretty much rely on the AH (the gems are not available in Raid Finder difficulty). It's more important to get the correct stats and gear up the best you can, but reasonably. If you made a killing on the AH and you want to spurge and treat yourself, I say, go for the Brilliant Queen's Garnet on a piece you think you'll keep for awhile. Otherwise, don't feel like you have to farm ore or herbs for 10 hours or whatever, just so you can afford to outfit all of your sockets with purple gems. Once the prices of those go down, it will be more practical for the masses to start using them, but for now, I'd say, the second-best isn't all that bad.
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