As patch 3.1 approaches, many of us are trying to consider our options regarding dual-specs. Which characters should we get it for, and why? Well, as I’ve been quite enjoying the Marksman tree lately, I started to consider whether I should get it as a secondary spec, just for fun. Then I thought, maybe I’ll pick up dual specs on my mage, try some Frost for PvP! And I’ve already given up on leveling my priest until I can get him his dual specs.
But all this thinking started making my wallet scream at me. So I defined a few key points which would help me decide whether it’s worth getting or not.
From my humble point of view, there are 3 reasons one would be willing to get dual specs.
- A likelihood of respecing mid-raid.
If you are an off-tank and can find yourself often being asked to switch to your DPS gear for some fights, having a dual-spec option would be beneficial to both you and your entire raid.
- Constant swapping between 10-man and 25-man specs, or PvE and PvP specs, or grinding and raiding/PvP specs.
If you have two specs you swap between often, you’ll be able to save time and more importantly, money by picking up dual specs. It isn’t necessary, since you could pretty easily just visit a trainer between your arenas and raids or your 10-man and 25-man, but if you think you’d like to do this more than 20 times between two specific specs (20 x 50g = 1000g), it certainly a worthy investment, and it will allow you to do this much more often than you might be doing now. Keep in mind though that if you are someone who likes to test out different talents often, this isn’t a ticket to change your talents for free!
Maybe you occasionally change between two specs. Every few weeks you like to spend a day doing PvP, or once in a while if a healer is nowhere to be found you like to shake your branches or shed your shadowform. Well, now that change will be much more convenient. This change won’t make you PvP or change roles more often, but when that situation presents itself you won’t have to make the trip back to the old world and pick your individual points. It’s only 1000g anyway, right?
I have characters that fall under every point.
My Hunter falls under category 3. She doesn’t need a trash or farming or PvP spec. I have never paid more than 35g to respec, and I can probably count the number of times I’ve respec’d on my fingers. But I wouldn’t mind being able to switch to MM on pet unfriendly fights. I wouldn’t mind being able to do a bit more damage on the off chance I decide to hit the BGs or arenas. I wouldn’t mind specing for a pet tank should the situation where it’s needed arise.
My Priest falls under both 1 and 2. I love leveling as Shadow, but I hate grouping as Shadow. It is the opposite for Holy. Being able to switch to Shadow easily while I work my way through Northrend would be a huge incentive for me to play him. And if I ever get to the point where I’m raiding, I know we wouldn’t need all the healers in ever single trash or boss pull, so I could always make myself more useful by switching.
So what’s my decision? Well, as much as I’m enjoying MM, I don’t mind manually respecing when I feel like switching. It’s certainly cheaper, since it’s a rare thing. However, there’s no question for my Priest, he’s going to camp out at the trainer until the patch hits.
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