I’ve been looking forward to the implementation of dual-specs for a long, long time. I gravitate towards hybrid classes and play them as both healers and DPS. I love playing Khaeli as a shadowpriest, and I love playing her as a discipline priest; and as such, I respec fairly regularly. While I do shell out the coin to switch her talents, I keep her healer glyphs intact. I feel a bit sheepish, then, to show up to groups and raids as shadow, knowing that I’m not really “geared” correctly. So for Khaeli, at least, dual-specs can’t come soon enough.
Admittedly, I am a little disappointed with the news that the dual-specs will only be available at level 80, as I’d enjoy taking advantage of the ability to switch back-and-forth with leveling. I’ll probably respec my druid and shaman regardless once they hit the upper-70 range, as I’d be a little nervous to hit 80 and have no experience with the classes’ healer talents. Of course, almost all leveling content can be healed while specced for DPS (Khaeli certainly did this as shadow), so perhaps this isn’t really a big deal.
Despite my excitement, the advent of dual-specs raises a lot of concerns for me as a raider. Namely, what will the guild’s policy be about dual-specs and loot distribution? I already have some issues with how this works vis-a-vis alts and off-specs, and so I am fairly certain that the introduction of dual-specs will exacerbate this problem. What constitutes “need” in situations, such as 10-mans, where loot goes to need- then greed-rolls? If there’s an expectation that someone gear themselves for a secondary spec (for example, that shamans be able to heal when called upon or DKs be able to tank), must they spend DKP in order to obtain this gear? Will items cost the same as main-spec ones? How would that impact their DKP accrual versus classes or players that are not compelled to do so? (Will the warlocks, for example, always have more DKP than the paladins and priests when it comes time to bid on tier tokens as they won’t have to worry about multiple gear sets?) Will there be a priority between mains, alts, secondary, and off-specs? Does Khaeli, for example, get priority on a belt with +Hit over an alt mage that’s participating in the raid? And furthermore, will there be priorities between secondary-specs that are used in raids (such as backup healers and tanks) and those that are used to farm? Just because you can have a secondary-spec, for example, doesn’t mean you should take loot if you never actually intend on using it. Yes, person-who-won-the-DPS-pants-from-Sapphiron-in-a-greed-roll-then-announced-in-vent-you’ll-never-wear-them — I am talking to you.
Loot distribution systems suck. No matter the method used to pass out loot, people always end up feeling slighted. I do hope that guild officers address these issues now. Because even though we don’t expect to see dual-specs til Patch 3.1, almost everyone is planning their secondary spec and working towards gearing themselves out as such.
* an EQ2 defiler K- and I raided with who felt compelled to lay claim to any epic that he could wear, whether it was appropriate for his class or not.