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2-16-2012 @ 8:19PM
Reply based on a combination of the article and stuff I read in the comments... Specific roles encourage various players to combine and fulfill those roles to the best of their ability. Being able to focus on one role, perform it decently (or even awesomely) is a much greater asset than attempting to be a jack-of-all-trades (by necessity or by peer pressure) and failing miserably.[2a] If I want to tank, I do so (currently) only on my Death Knight. I refuse to tank on my druid. I will NOT be forced into "tanking" on my mage. I utterly REFUSE to endure being forced or bullied into taking on any role other than the role appropriate to whatever spec I am playing. If I honestly want to heal, I'll get a resto/holy/disc spec on my druid/paladin/priest, toss on the appropriate gear and que/enter a dungeon or raid in that spec. If I don't enter in as that spec, I don't want to hear any crap over it. What spec I play, what effort I expend into gearing for whatever spec I have, and what I do with MY paid game time is MY CHOICE - and I have no want or will to serve anyone cheese with their "whine."[2b] The WoW community has only themselves to blame for any shortage of tanks and/or healers, regardless of whatever level of content you're speaking about. Hearing everything from "just pull the whole room" to "I have to be at work in 20 minutes - hurry up" and "just heal through it" drives away people who might otherwise know how to tank or heal, or even be willing to TRY tanking or healing. If tanks could actually ask for CC and get COOPERATION instead of bitching .. if healers could buy THIRTY SECONDS to top off their mana before a boss pull without some impatient moron pulling anyway .. the entire game might not suffer ten, twenty, thirty minute or hour-long wait times in que seeking a tank or healer.[3a] Gear choice is a myth. Every class has one stat they should be chasing above all others, with other stats taken into consideration based on if the person is a tank, a DPS or a healer. If you're a hunter wearing all spirit gear, you're doing it wrong. If you're a plate tank stacking agility AFTER the fact Blizzard removed the benefit of agility for plate tanks, you're doing it wrong. Mage? Seek INT gear. Ret pally? Go for that STR gear. Disc priest? If you fail to roll need on that INT/Spirit gear, you'd better be wearing something BETTER than that - or risk hearing me laugh at you.[3b] The early stages of the game do little to prepare people for getting into the proper mindset for seeking the right stats. Freshly created characters starting off wearing cloth when the character may be capable of wearing leather (druids) or mail (hunter/shaman) is just WRONG. Put people in appropriate gear from the get-go (both in terms of armor type and stats added by wearing them) and Blizzard would go a lot further towards having players with a clue about what they're doing. Hand-holding? Yes it is - but I'd rather hand-hold and give people a proper bit of knowledge that will make them more informed (and hopefully better) players, rather than giving them the freedom of choice to stack the wrong stat/steal gear from other players at lower levels.[3c] Speaking of gear-theft, the need before greed system needs a major overhaul in lower levels. Mages, priests and warlocks can ONLY wear cloth for the duration of their existence - they shouldn't have to suffer others need-rolling on cloth items simply to gimp-up their healing gear when those other players could invest some effort into seeking leather (druid) or mail (shaman and paladin pre level 40) with the same stats and better armor ratings. Wowhead much?I could go on, but I'll let this ride as-is for now.
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