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2-14-2012 @ 12:31PM
I healed my first Cataclysm dungeon yesterday on my little dwarf, and it wasn't as scary as I thought it would be. But, I can honestly say that this applies to those too. The mage died twice because they refused to follow the simple 'don't stand in bad' on a regular ToT. I felt terrible, but there wasn't anything I could really do about it. DK tanks are spikey, and I seemed to always be in the middle of a chain heal for her and two melee DPS when he'd suddenly drop like a stone.I do have a question, though. My Shaman is dual-spec as an elemental, and a lot of the gear will carry over but won't be optimal. I want to be able to do both my jobs the best I can, and that is going to require (most unfortunately for my tiny bag space) two sets of gear. Is it all right to need on OS-pieces in RF? I've seen a lot of people on my hunter main throwing fits about it, and only slightly less defending. What's your stance? And which set am I better off purchasing first? Can I still heal in my DPS gear, or am I better doing slightly less than stellar DPS for a while in my healer gear?
2-14-2012 @ 1:52PM
Why do you think most gear won't carry over? You will need different head pieces, obviously, because of the meta. As you gear up, you'll want a couple pieces without spirit or hit so you aren't way over hit cap when you dps. You shouldn't need any hit pieces at all since you'll be going for spirit so much in your healing set, and spirit converts 1:1 to hit.Resto is pretty forgiving as far as secondary stats go until you're healing more difficult normal modes or heroics. For LFR, you could easily get away with healing in a full elemental set, as long as you actually try. The healing requirements in LFR are nearly non-existent compared to even normal mode.
2-14-2012 @ 2:25PM
I would also consider finding an addon for reforging.You can easily use the same gear for both, and then slightly rebalance your stats with reforging. It beats holding multiple pieces of gear.
2-14-2012 @ 3:02PM
You absolutely can use the same gear for ele that you use for resto. And you are correct that they will not be 'optimal' for either, but they will be more than adequate for both. you just have to pay attention to things like meta gem and weapon enchant and select one that is definitely useful to both, e.g. +int and 3% crit effect, and power torrent. Also keep in mind the subtle differences in stat preference between the two specs; like int and haste are good for both, and while for ele crit is a low priority, it is a strong resto stat. As far as Spirit goes, my feeling is that it's better to be over hit capped as ele than it is to be constantly going OoM as resto.
2-16-2012 @ 6:41PM
And while doing that, remember that your weapon is a good place to stack/unstack a stat you need to change between specs. Your "DPS" weapon can be specced one way and your "Healing" weapon can be specced the other. Maybe not enough to be optimal in both, but enough to shift you one way or the other as you change roles.
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