Jov sez: Your lousy specMarch 17, 2009
I’m putting my supposed-to-go-up-last-week-but-I-didn’t-finish on the back burner yet again due to the veritable shit storm of commentary from Seri’s post a couple weeks ago, the simple post screenshotting a spec which we’re STILL getting responses to. (And also because the put-off post is still not finished.)
So, it’s a lousy spec. Most of the priests who actually research their class (or think hard about it) can spot the 10 or 20 things that really need improvement before being proclaimed a viable spec. The ones who REALLY enjoy the math aspect of the game can take it one step further, pulling out calculators and spreadsheets to illustrate exactly WHY it’s wrong, and specifically how much gimping you’re doing to yourself by your inability to research. (And for the person who points out there are shit specs on wowwiki, it’s true, but one source does NOT count as “research” by any definition. Armory or inspect someone in a raid guild, ask around where to get other information, read the effing tooltips.)
But! All that aside, there’s a bigger question that was raised by Nihonga in comments: “Does he get the job done with this spec?” Seri answered assuming the commenter was simply being a smart ass, I gave the more blunt answer that current content could be healed with 0 points in holy OR discipline, so it’s not entirely a fair assessment.
But what if it is? If content is such that currently it can be done without paying the slightest attention to theorycraft or talent trees, does that then imply that they don’t matter?
The short answer is no, the longer answer is sometimes.
The obvious problem with going into any situation with a bad spec is the fact you’re not doing as well as you could. A respec may not by definition make you a better healer, but will make some heals stronger, some faster, and give you some more tricks for maintaining your mana. It makes your job easier. Back in the dark ages pre-Wrath when TBC, Illidan, and Sunwell were the Big Things, Wynthea over at World of Matticus made a post which could be essentially described as the rallying call of the non-bad. “Myth: It Doesn’t Really Matter As Long as the Boss Dies” I’m not going to reinvent the wheel and give a blow by blow of her argument, but to sum up, it posited that HOW a boss goes down is actually more important than just the fact that he does.
Does a bad spec get the job done? Presumably, or they wouldn’t be on the team. But the more important question as to how well that happens is totally untouched.
So why do I answer with sometimes? Well, it really goes back to the raid group as a whole. If you’re in a group that doesn’t care (that believes that only the boss dying matters) then theorycraft really doesn’t matter beyond a certain point (do you have the health/mana/regen/defense to survive the encounter, and if you don’t, do you know enough to know what needs tweaking to change that answer to a yes?
If your answer to that is yes, then if you’re clearing content, your lousy spec does not, in fact, matter. It just makes the rest of us twitch. (And, no, you cannot join my guild.)