Thursday, June 10, 2010

Count by Numbers, or "Know Your Spec?"

Several Cataclysm talent trees have been released. I tried to look at the priest one and my eyes crossed. I don't even know the intimate details of my talent tree now.

The truth is, you don't have to know the minutia of your spec, talents, or talent options. Purists will vehemently disagree with this, but that's why they're purists. They disagree with stuff. It's what they do.

All you need is a trustworthy source to give you your options. For many, this is Elitist Jerks. For me, it's my husband who uses Elitist Jerks. The other day, I waited forever to put 3 talent points in and then had my husband explain my new ability to me. He not only told me what it did but also how to maximize its effectiveness.

This form of learning how to play a class is acceptable to me. And, as far as my pugs are concerned, I do my job. As long as you learn the information, it doesn't matter how you get it.

This may make you ask "What do I do if someone wants to talk about my spec?" There are quite a few academic squabbles about specifics of spec, but if someone tries to argue with you about yours and you don't have an answer, there's a simple way to shut them down:

"I'll look into that."

How can they argue with that? They can't. Unless they're trying to pick a fight. Ideally, you will then talk to your source (whether written or verbal) about the matter in case the squabbler has a point.

Oh, and don't take your raiding habits from me. I'm writing this while waiting for the strat for Putricide to wrap up.


  1. Usually when it comes to talents, I read what the talents say, then think about if I could use it or need it to be efficient. Most talent trees are very easy to do that with but some get a little more complicated and deal with a lot of passive things you will never see. One class I have trouble specing for however is hunters. All the talents look like gibberish to me. If I get lost in a spec though, then I might google it and get a round about opinion on what is the most efficient talents to get for leveling/raiding etc. Im sure I'll be lost in talent trees with my seven 80's when Cataclysm comes out. Something I am looking forward to, yet dreading.

  2. I do know the intimate details of my talent tree. But I never discuss my talent choices with other people, unless I know them.

    They think they know better because they've read it on a strange web page or heard it from someone and haven't run any kind of simulation or done any relevant testing (5 minutes on a target dummy is not relevant.)

    It's rarely worth to discuss talent choices, no matter on which side you are.


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