View Poll Results: Are you playing a "difficult" spec?

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  • Balance Druid

    17 13.82%
  • Feral Druid

    48 39.02%
  • Shadow Priest

    28 22.76%
  • Protection Paladin

    23 18.70%
  • Retribution Paladin

    39 31.71%
  • Survival Hunter

    13 10.57%
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  1. #81
    Quote Originally Posted by Whistl3r View Post
    All specs are viable. You just have to accept you'll be less desired in some groups. Believe it or not plenty of people would rather play the game and beat something with a great person rather than a great spec. Someone who really enjoys playing moonkin, doesn't slack or fail constantly would get an invite in my group over some dick who's rolled a rogue after posting a thread asking which class does the most damage. Optimal specs also require optimal performance to get the most out of them. A brilliant kitty druid is loads better than a shit warrior.
    I kind of agree with some of your post but the bolded doesn't make much sense, suboptimal classes arguably take far more work and while some super optimized kitty might be better than a shit warrior, an average or good one will walk all over you, let alone a really good one. Not that it matters for anything but raids or organized pvp (in which some of these specs are fantastic actually) but work to reward ratio just isn't really there for most hybrids, but play what you enjoy at the end of the day.

  2. #82
    Survival is beast mode after Tier 2.5

  3. #83
    Quote Originally Posted by Slowpoke is a Gamer View Post
    Why would you ever play a spec when classic lets you triple dip?
    Because people don't understand that the term "spec" had a different meaning back then. People are expecting you to be able to play a "disc spec" priest, and go full discipline. That would be the BfA equivalent of speccing Disc and ONLY picking the far right talents. Sure it's possible, but you're gimping yourself. There's nothing wrong that that not being completely viable. Not every combination of talents needs to be viable.

    People need to realize that specs in vanilla are essentially like talent choices are today. You get a handful of major options. Do I go 11 points into this tree to get X, do I go 21? Do I just get these 5 minor passives? Do i go 30/21? Should I go 31 into X? etc... This is very similar to today's talent choices of: Do I go 1312233? 1312111? etc. The main difference is that there are 36 classes in today's wow, in vanilla there were only 9.
    Last edited by barrsftw; 2019-05-17 at 04:42 PM.

  4. #84
    Assuming it's for PvE since half of these specs actually works decently in PvP. Shadow, Feral and Survival can actually work but they're just shit, simple as that. Everything else you cant make to work because they're simply lacking crucial tools.
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  5. #85
    I am glad to see that Feral Druid is the #1 on the list. I have always loved Druid & mained a kitty for several years.

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  6. #86
    Quote Originally Posted by Aeula View Post
    No, I’m not invested enough in the class fantasy of any of them to go through the hassle. I’ll be playing a ret Blood Elf in TBC if that ever comes out but that’s as close as I’ll go to playing a ‘bad’ spec.
    I wish I had my forum post on our guilds forum still in tact, the one that let me play retri paladin and after a while, all raiding guilds had atleast 1. The bonuses 1 retri does for a raid is huge. So it's not a bad spec at all, and you do deal quite good DPS, especially as belf because of their racial seal (get healed, get mana).

    It was a hassle though since people are so narrow minded that it's freaking insane. Even after topping DPS in 5-mans, heroics people were still in denial saying they didn't even try. Every time. No one ever tried, that's why a retri could do decent DPS.

    In raids, you wont top it. Except for a boss or two with like 0 armor and a nice group for WF totem etc and you really go all out. But you bring sooo much good to the raid.

  7. #87
    No I'm gonna roll a Lock so I can be good in pve and absolutely unstoppable in pvp as a soul link lock.

    Notice how he reflected Mortail Coil and still lost.
    Last edited by enigma77; 2019-05-17 at 09:54 PM.

  8. #88
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobertMugabe View Post
    You do fuckin know that most raid bosses are immune to taunt in vanilla?
    How about OOM = no tank?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Molis View Post
    How about OOM = no tank?
    Seal and/or Judgement of Wisdom? Can't remember how well that could sustain you.
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  10. #90
    Quote Originally Posted by enigma77 View Post
    No I'm gonna roll a Lock so I can be good in pve and absolutely unstoppable in pvp as a soul link lock.
    That is a really bad example. That lock both outgeared the rogue and that rogue was awful. Bad timing so no stun lock, no popping of cds, etc.
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  11. #91
    Quote Originally Posted by Livnthedream View Post
    That is a really bad example. That lock both outgeared the rogue and that rogue was awful. Bad timing so no stun lock, no popping of cds, etc.
    No, Soul Link Lock is by far the best 1v1 spec. It's so good on private servers when they do duel tournaments SL locks are not allowed to compete.

  12. #92
    Quote Originally Posted by enigma77 View Post
    No, Soul Link Lock is by far the best 1v1 spec. It's so good on private servers when they do duel tournaments SL locks are not allowed to compete.
    Basically no pvp is 1v1 though. SL is incredibly powerful, if you have the gear to support it and you want to go out and gank people. In any organized setting it is mediocre.

    And I don't really care what private servers have to say, seeing as just how much they have gotten wrong has skewed everything into oblivion.
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  13. #93
    Ugh, no. I don't want to spend my time banging my head against a wall.

    I'll be playing Holy Priest fyi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Askyl View Post
    I wish I had my forum post on our guilds forum still in tact, the one that let me play retri paladin and after a while, all raiding guilds had atleast 1. The bonuses 1 retri does for a raid is huge. So it's not a bad spec at all, and you do deal quite good DPS, especially as belf because of their racial seal (get healed, get mana).

    It was a hassle though since people are so narrow minded that it's freaking insane. Even after topping DPS in 5-mans, heroics people were still in denial saying they didn't even try. Every time. No one ever tried, that's why a retri could do decent DPS.

    In raids, you wont top it. Except for a boss or two with like 0 armor and a nice group for WF totem etc and you really go all out. But you bring sooo much good to the raid.
    I'll be a blood elf ret paladin in TBC regardless of how good it is. The Blood Knight fantasy is too strong for me to resist. I remember hearing that Seal of Blood makes Blood Elf Paladins much more viable there, but I digress.

  15. #95
    Where's the no option? lol

  16. #96
    Quote Originally Posted by Vyomesh2 View Post
    No.
    I can forgive, and felt empathy, for Hybrid players in the past. When they were bright eyed new players who signed up to be the shining crusader, or the shapeshifting badass druid.
    They had an excuse to try and prove to everyone that Feral/Enhance/etc could be viable with consumable X and gearpiece Y. They didn't pick their classes to be healbots. But endgame forced you to.

    But if you go and try to make these specs "work" 15 years after the fact, then you're in for a bad time. The game is pretty much solved. You're only setting yourself up for dissapointment in the end.
    The game wasn't "solved" back in 2006, players didn't theorycraft nearly as much as what has been done since then. People just went for the path of least resistance which made sense. If you seriously think that everything was figured out within the limited time that was had then you're in for a big surprise.

    For one, do you know that having moonkin is good? Not because they do great damage necessarily but because they give 3% spell crit chance to all party members within 30 yd, and that is difficult to ignore.

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    Posting this for posterity—true Vanilla ret paladin DPS and he isn't even using the optimal rotation (Consecration + HoJ).

    Last edited by Wewlad; 2019-05-17 at 11:08 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wewlad View Post
    The game wasn't "solved" back in 2006, players didn't theorycraft nearly as much as what has been done since then. People just went for the path of least resistance which made sense. If you seriously think that everything was figured out within the limited time that was had then you're in for a big surprise.

    For one, do you know that having moonkin is good? Not because they do great damage necessarily but because they give 3% spell crit chance to all party members within 30 yd, and that is difficult to ignore.
    I wouldn't exactly call that "true vanilla", seeing how ret paladins got their buffs in the pre-tbc patch, and that period didn't last very long. But I guess that's a bit nitpicky.
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  18. #98
    I've always played paladin, but since paladins can't be horde I guess I'll play undead warlock or rogue. Although if I choose warlock I would have to farm soul shards... that alone almost makes me not want to choose the class.
    Last edited by GreenJesus; 2019-05-17 at 11:29 PM.
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  19. #99
    Nope, resto shaman or holy paladin.

  20. #100
    Quote Originally Posted by Exkrementor View Post
    What about all the other useless specs? Enhancement, Elemental, disciplin, beastmaster, arms, arcane, sub.
    Arms was the pvp spec and Arcane/Frost (31/0/20) was the default raiding spec until AQ.

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