Peer pressure is an odd thing and works many ways.
I’ve always been an odd sort of bird when it comes to peer pressure in that it usually backfires and drives me away from the new hot things. I take pride in being the black sheep.
Except Peggle. Damn the developers of Peggle to the 9th circle of hell. No, give them their own circle. Dante could not have foreseen the evil that is Peggle.
In high school, my standard response to the parental question of, “Would you jump off a cliff if all your friends did it too?” was usually along the lines of, “Depends. Does it look like I would have fun? If yes, then I would. If not, then no, I’ll enjoy the view from the top of the cliff. But why the hell am I on a cliff in the first place?”
In my pursuit of personal improvement on my mage I’ve been poking around EJ, WoW Heroes, WoW Meters, and whatever other flotsam comes my way via the interwebz.
And I have come to a conclusion. Yes, it’s the same one that everyone came to ages ago. Sometimes I’m a little slow, leave me alone.
Arcane has enjoyed the view from the top of the cliff, but fire came along and shoved it off. Blizz can say that they are comparable all they want but it’s not showing.
Even my mage buddy has hung up his frosty robes and pulled out the bag of marshmallows to roast over his opponents.
I leveled as fire, and it wasn’t too bad. But I don’t *feel* like a fire mage. I dunno, it’s just not me anymore.
It’s not “me” to just switch a spec because everyone else is doing it. And because everyone else is doing it, I’m even less likely to switch. I don’t want to follow the crowd and copy what’s already being done a thousand times over. I’m all for not re-inventing the wheel, but I think there should be some variety allowed in the game.
If I were in a top-end raiding guild I would go fire. I would have to in order to maintain a position in a top-end raiding guild.
But if I were that kind of player, I probably wouldn’t even be concerned with the hairstyle my character is sporting (fox tail FTW!), I would be driven exclusively by the numbers.
I think I’m a little afraid of being that kind of player. Where the game ceases to be an enjoyable thing and becomes more of a contest of wills against the developers.
“Ah ha! You thought you won by nerfing arcane! I will show you! I will spec into fire! And do damage beyond your wildest dreams! Mwahahahaaha! Until you nerf fire! And then I will spec into whatever is the new flavor of the month!”
(I’m totally seeing a Speed Racer-type animation where the character is stuck in a triumphant pose, fist raised and isn’t moving, except the mouth, horribly synced to the words and the background is just flashing lights.)
So I stand proud and tall (or broken and bloody at the base of the cliff that fire pushed me off of) and continue in my arcane ways.
The spec isn’t horrible, I’m still posting respectable numbers and I’m improving almost every time I return to a fight.
I’m discussing my peer pressure obstinance with a friend, someone that was previously my supervisor. He knows all my fucking buttons. He popped back with:
It’s not about flavor of the month. You are limiting your own dps and more importantly that of the raid. You have no idea how many <5% wipes I have had over the years because someone did not have the right spec/flask/etc that they were supposed to. YOU could be helping YOUR team in a bigger capacity… ;-)
So of course, we get a 2% Maexxna wipe on 10 Naxx last night… would me having been fire made a difference there? (Report at http://wowwebstats.com/unyvdiojmxbhm for the next 15 days or so, the fire mage wasn’t there for the first wing and still almost caught up with me and the rogue.)
I am now actually considering making my second spec fire, just to play with it. I’m not doing arena at the moment, so it’s really just sitting there… but I HATE roasted marshmallows.
Anyone else sticking to a spec even though it’s not the greatest thing out there? What motivates you to change a spec? To not change a spec?