The first installment of Ribeiro Knows Best – a series of blogs that gives you my thoughts on the general state of the game of World of Warcraft. Whether it’s opinions on features, sharing of epiphanies or rants!
Well, I had planned on writing a long winded self-driven debate blog between me and myself about Duel-Spec back before the system was released live into the game. I wasn’t happy with the blog I had drudged up so I saved it to my drafts and it never saw the light of day. But, now that I’m back in WoW and see the Duel Spec implimented first hand, I feel I am obligated to put in my two cents on the matter.\
First, let me say that when the system was announced I had ill-feelings about it from the start. It was my point that it would really ruin the individuality that a MMO offers in a public, social situation. For instance, I am a resto-shaman, people know me for my heals. I have dedicated a lot of time to getting the best gear, learning the best spell rotation dependant apon not only the target but the situation as well. I have prided myself on being “Ribeiro, the good healing Shaman”, to people I play with, server-wide. Then there are the OTHER shamans, those guys who do the ridiculous elemental spell damage or the hardcore melee enhancement damage. We have our own identity to which we have made a name for excelling in one field or another regardless of the class. This of course is only a problem for the hybrid classes such as the Shaman, Paladin, Priest, Druid, etc. The DPS who are JUST DPS benefit fully from this without any argument. However, my point at the time was, if everyone can be a DPS and a Healer, it ruins a certain social aspect of a social-driven video game.
But only time would have told at that point just how much those social mechanics would really change under the weight of such an addition. That time has come and gone and I have had a chance to test it out myself. While the problem I feared is present, it’s not nearly as present as I thought it would be. I expected that there would be certain situations it would excell in where as others it would ruin the game entirely. While this is partially true, I haven’t seen the game ruined just yet.
Guilds thrive under this new system, allowing them to fill voids in their line up on the fly by having a member switch from their main spec to their off spec given they are geared enough for whatever task is at hand on it. It allows them to be less choosy when it comes to putting together a raid team because many of the members can be mroe than one thing without necessarily having a bunch of alts, thus sacraficing gear on the character they want. It does, however, hurt the puggers. I have only experienced the growing pains of this system in a partial pug layout due to a tool of a fellow playing a Shaman (unfortunately giving us a bad name with his attitude). He was gearing his enhance spec, but we needed an additional healer so he went to his spec and for whatever reason decided he hated me. And because at the time he was better geared in BOTH of his specs all of a sudden I was terrible for not beating him on the healing charts. Now, I get it – this situation is based more on the fact that I came across a douche bag, but at the same time the fact that he could pop on his healing gear and out heal me despite enhance being his professed “main spec” was just fuel for his ego and the fire that was my crumbling experience that night. Turns out he was a guy from my old server who I got into an argument, but that’s another blog…another time.
Despite my fears, the system has given me more than it has taken away allowing me to hop into an enhancement spec and farm as need be. Or simply change over when I need a change of pace from spamming my heals.
So there you have it. Stay tuned for my next installment of Ribeiro Knows Best where I tell my readers what small changes I would make to World of Warcraft that would make a big difference in certain parts of gameplay!
While you mull over my boring efforts here, you can also see my increasingly geared self on my WoW Armory that is linked on the right side of your screen! I’m proud of my gear for the first time since my pre-WOTLK Protadin (RIP).