The first wow-related blog that I ever bookmarked had to be Big Red Kitty, which for those who don’t know, was a hunter blog, originally with a focus on the Beast Master spec.
Eventually even BRK switched specs after the Blizzard hit Beastmasters with the Nerf bat back in Dec 2008.
But I didn’t.
Back in Dec 2008, I hadn’t hit 80 yet. I was making my way through the regular dungeons of Northrend. I wasn’t far behind– I hit 80 in early Jan 09 and from there, started playing in the heroic dungeons and in Naxx with the guild.
To be honest, I have never seen a reason to switch specs. Sure, I’ve read all about how BM was not the optimal raiding spec. And yes, I know that the best raiding pet out there was a wolf, yet my sidekick was a cat.
Guildies could correct me here but honestly, as I know it, my DPS has always been decent. I’m not going to say something ridiculously cocky and claim to be the best DPSER in our 10mans but I will say that I was consistently among the top DPSers.
When I compared my performance to the hunters in my guild who were speced MM or SURV, the difference between our DPS was minor. Sometimes I’d be on top, sometimes I’d be behind them, it of course depended on the fight.
I’ve read about people who were forced to spec MM or SURV for their guilds. It’s always made me happy to know that my guild wasn’t like that, being the causal raiders that we are.
I’ve read about people who were made fun of because they were BM and therefore NOOB however, personally I’ve never experienced it. In the few PUGs I’ve been in, the only question I get is usually “where did you get that pet” due to my spirit beast.
The only pressure I’ve ever felt to change my spec has been my own and that is due to my belief that I should play to the best of my ability.
That philosophy was put in the spotlight over at WoW.com with Frostheim’s hunter “Can Beast Mastery Raid?”
Ignoring the title of the article, I agree with him on the fact that
“Raiding is a team sport. It’s not just about carrying your minimum DPS mark, it’s about doing everything you can to help the team.”
To date, this has meant going to the Raids with flasks, potions and food. It’s meant throwing down a Fish Feast to feed those who had forgotten their own food buffs. More recently, it’s meant carrying epic ammo.
And now, I’ve convinced myself that I’ve got to apply that same philosophy to my spec as well. At least to try it out. At least to see if I could do better.
So last week, in secret, I dualspeced my hunter.
I activated my 2nd spec, read “You have unlearned Bestial Wrath” and felt sad. Then lonely when I realized my spirit beast had disappeared on his own.
I still have to go out and test it, away from the heroic testing dummies. Thus far, I haven’t seen an improvement but it is a new rotation. I can already feel it nagging me to glyph it properly and then switch out my AP gems for Agility ones. It also wants me to tame a wolf. If I do, I’m tempted to name it “Sellout”.