So in searching to see which realms are eligible for free character transfers (azuremyst is too heavily populated for me, but I'm pretty well established there, so I would move for free, but its not worth paying), I saw a post by ghostcrawler talking about dual specs. I just figured I would throw my 2 coppers into the pot about what we learned.
There is a one time fee for the dual specs, once you buy them, you can switch between them freely at any lexicon of power. Also, your glyphs stay with the spec, thats awesome. They are implementing a feature that would make you actually save the talent spec for it to be set permanently (no more clicking something and going "OOPS, guess I'm stuck with it there!").
You have to be level 80 to have dual specs.
So basically they are implementing a bunch of great enhancements that will be useless to the characters it would benefit the most. I get the theory that once you hit the level cap, the game begins, I have never accepted that explanation. Once you hit the level cap dailies begin, and extended farming, and maybe if you are so inclined raiding. Allowing dual specs only for characters at the level cap is counter productive because the skills needed to play in a given spec are gained through leveling, and basic dungeons are much more forgiving than heroics. I don't want to tank a dungeon with a re-specced priest who has never healed before. I'm sure healers wouldn't want to run with someone who has never tanked before (not that there seems to be a shortage of tank-specced characters in the game).
I have healed as a paladin in instances before. I have a basic understanding of pretty much every class in the game. I can tell you right now, I would not be that effective healing as a shaman or druid, or getting max DPS from ANY class. Are these skills blizzard thinks we will magically acquire at level 80? Maybe it is because I don't have a level 80 character. Let me ask those of you that do: when you hit 80, did you gain an understanding of how to play every spec in your class?
Mid Afternoon Quickie
10 months ago