Playing What I Want
Let me start by saying this post stems from a twitter conversation that happened recently in my timeline and I want to thank @aspana, @glyneth, and @returningtolife for their comments.
During a recent discussion on twitter my timeline kind of exploded with people joking at how simplistic (faceroll) the rotation is for an arcane mage. I jokingly commented that I wondered if I should be ashamed that I actually enjoy playing arcane. The three people above quickly posted that I shouldn’t be ashamed and honestly I’m not and never have been.
To me WoW is a game and a real fun one, and because of that I’ve never felt I’ve had to play one spec over another. In fact for some reason I have a tenancy to play the less popular specs and don’t always have to have the best cookie cutter build at least to start with. I experiment and because of that I’ve continued to enjoy the game immensely.
Experimentation is what allows the top raiders to eek out that last bit of dps that puts them over the top. Why should it not be alright for all players to experiment? Why must there be one right spec? I do know the answer to the second question at least, gaming is a competition, and we as modern gamers have developed into min/maxer’s always trying to find that magic spot where we are reaching our fullest potential. There is no real issue with doing this, but to me when you feel that you have to do this with every character you play, it takes away the fun of the game
While I may be in the minority, I kind of like that they try to balance the class and specs dps wise. I don’t think any player should be brought to a raid just because of their spec or because of a particular buff. Did I bemoan the lost of being a sole person with Bloodlust, of course I did, but it was needed. Now we shaman just need to teach those pesky mages and hunters exactly when to use their versions of it. I actually applaud the decision to completely revamp the talent trees and do like the current direction Blizzard is taking with them. By changing the trees to skills that are selected every 15 levels no matter the spec will allow players to better tailor how they play. I don’t think it will change things from some specs are better at some things than others, but I think it may open up for some possibilities that just didn’t happen before.
Well to steer this back on the topic at hand, never be ashamed to play the class/spec you want. In the end World of Warcraft is a game, and games are about having fun. So play what you want how you want and ignore those that try to ridicule you for it. It’s a game folks, lets have some fun.
As always comments and criticisms are welcome.
I apologize in advance for being all over the place, but it felt right to write it this way.