Sep 10th 2010 4:03PM When I first saw the Seed.com submissions call go out, I rushed to Seed, made an account......that's as far as I've gotten. While I doubt I'll make this particular deadline it has spurred me to pick up the pen again (nothing will ever replace the feel of writing with pen and paper for me) and start banging stuff out. Maybe something good will be written and picked. If not, it'll at least get the creative juices flowing once more (oh how dormant they've been). Cheers to those who get picked, and hopefully in the not too distant future our non-US friends can participate via Seed.com as well. I really do enjoy the special guest articles.
Sep 6th 2010 3:54PM Hooray to enhancement shamans!! TBC and all the way through 3.1 my shaman was Enh, but with dual spec i did have a resto off spec. Flash Forward to 3.2 and I rerolled a DK on the opposite faction (ok just before 3.2 and faction xfers) and the shaman went resto (Random dungeons as resto were much easier, and are still much easier to do) because i was Resto-curious. Now, I have two sets for the shaman that look like I quit raiding at the end of 3.1, beginning of 3.2 XD
Dk took the main slot, and I'd return to the shaman when I got bored of dpsing. I find healing is a nice change of pace for me. Then came the hunter, then a faction xfer for my priest (who was lvl 73? at the time) who was an enchanter and the shaman. Now everyone was on the same side as the DK. The hunter took the DK's spot for attention, and miraculously was my first toon to wonder into ICC. I started leveling the priest on the side.....guess who my main is now? Yep the priest. Who has since gotten a KS title and is properly (more or less) ICC geared. The priest turned out to be the final straw and the shaman now rots in obscurity, unless I need to fish stuff up. It turns out I favor a Holy Priest over a Resto Shammy. I found the using more than 3 buttons to be more fun while healing (which I know think is way better than dpsing).
Back on topic, I usually find I don't switch specs, I switch toons, lol. My priest is Holy for PvE and Disc for PvP, and I refuse to get a dps spec or a Disc pve spec. Just not appealing to me. The hunter has two PvE specs, in case I ever actually get the chance or there is a need for me to go MM (I don't have the passive ArPen to feel comfortable in a MM spec so I favor my Surv one). The DK, well, it always has a PvE and a PvP spec. The PvE spec has changed quite a bit. Depending on the flavor of dps being preferred or because DW Frost finally seemed viable and I am giving it a go. The shaman went Resto because I was Resto-curious, and while raiding was around alot of them. Then there was my poor druid, my first main, my first love, my "I haven't played you since TBC" toon. I used to switch specs as needed for groups. Need a tank? I'll respec. Kitty dps? SWEET! Tree? Ok guys but I am not very good. At least Dual specs have saved me gold =P
I guess every toon of mine had different reasons for their specs. Mostly for flexibility. Sometimes to fill a needed slot. No point doing a role you do not like, or aren't comfortable with just to see content though.
Aug 27th 2010 2:51PM WTB edit button lol.
Sinnh's original post should be voted UP UP UP. It was a simple question that most have a strong opinion about (including myself), but it doesn't deserve to be downranked.
Also, Sinnh sounds like the bad experience/negative response at the time did help! I do hope he enjoys the tanking though.
Aug 27th 2010 2:45PM MS > OS is a common courtesy approach that should be used in an instance or raid. Your husband should have asked the group if it was ok, stating that he had a tank spec as well. If the group as a whole, or the actual tank of the group protested, then he should pass (not passing would warrant the label of "ninja"). If he does not in fact have a tank spec, then yes he very much ninja'd it.
The best way, imo, to go about things is to roll "need" on items for the position you queued up for, and politely ask if its ok to roll on off spec gear. This limits drama. Not to mention, its just common courtesy. I pass on items all the time on my DK because I queue as dps, and an item drops that would help fill out my tank gear, but the tank needs it too. I wait, see if they rolled need, and if so pass. If they didn't I usually just ask to be polite and the group says Idc, sure go ahead, or something like that.
Aug 8th 2010 12:26PM @willowblue
I am partial to your suggestion of a hybrid. My very first toon, which also happened to end up being my first max level toon (70 in TBC) was my Nelf druid. I've always been an elf fan, from D&D days and reading dragonlance novels. So a Nelf was a perfect choice from the start for me. I remember reading the description of a druid and just loving the sounds of using magic and/or turning into a bear/cat and fighting. It also was nice because I could heal myself when I goofed (which I still do alot on any toon). I think that is what makes them an easy first choice. You can pull to much and possibly survive because you can heal yourself through it.
The one drawback to a hybrid for a fresh player may be speccing. I know it can be rough regardless for anyone the first go around, but I kinda remember having pts spread between all 3 trees on my druid through level 40ish when my then wife (who was new as well, but had fallen in with a crowd who had lvl 70s and had been playing in Vanilla) informed me I was supposed to have a main tree, and get my talents down to the bottom point. GAH! I had been picking talents that seemed to work and make sense to me, and the way I had been playing. Now I was doing it wrong?!? Fun times though. Sadly, my first main is stuck at lvl 72, as I've had little desire to level the druid to 80.
Aug 2nd 2010 1:43AM I am saddened by Serendipity being renamed. Sarendipity (Serendipity was taken), my priest, will be sad. Serendipiti my warrior is pleased, as is Sarandipity the DK. Now their names aren't variations of a priesty talent. I wait for the day Serendipity becomes an available name on my server.....*waits oh so impatiently*
Jul 27th 2010 1:52PM The Mount is nice. Becoming a statue and just sitting in Dalaran strokes my ego. I approve!
Jul 27th 2010 1:34PM *Spoiler Alert 2* Not just Darkshore (where he is a quest giver) but he also reappears up on Mt. Hyjal. If he is somewhere else as well, I've just not found him yet. Where in Azeroth is Malfurion Stormrage (yep had the Carmen Sandiago theme in my head when I typed that).
Jul 27th 2010 1:29PM Since I will have no need to be in the zones (for farming/leveling) I'll probably just keep my Hearth set to Dalaran, or if its overly busy and laggy still because everyone else had the same idea, I'll switch it to Shattrath.
Org does seem to be a nice conveninat hub for travel in Cata. Both starting zones are fairly accessable from there. Boat to one, and just fly on your mount to Mt. Hyjal. Having no major shared hub in Cataclysm makes sense at least. There is definately a rift between the Alliance and Horde, and for that matter between the Horde leaders themselves. There is no way the factions could (storyline wise) seem to occupy the same space in peace.
Jul 26th 2010 7:20AM I just happen to find the original comment hilarious. Not to mention it works oh so well with the First sentence.