It all started when I was bored in Dalaran, my finger hovered over the ESC key, preparing to log off. Something that has become remarkably easy since the RealID stupidity.
Just as I pressed the ESC key and the system menu popped up, I noticed someone
LFM Tempest Keep.
I thought to myself
Invites out, summons accepted, in we went.
We engage in the usual start of raid ritual of buffing. No one is bothering with fish feasts or flasks – it’s a level 70 raid and it’s filled with 80’s.
A quick glance at my raid UI shows there’s one other Mage in the raid, so I automatically select them and plant a big fat Focus Magic on them.
My Focus Magic is accompanied with my usual pithy macro:
Focus Magic on you, bring on the crits!
Then I stumble.
Rather than the usual automated “thanks for FM” message, I get
Thanks, you want me to respec Arcane?
You play your game, I’ll play mine.
I play Fire, I always have.
I love Fire. It could be as weak as a Warlock and I’d still play Fire.
Krizzly plays Frost, he always has.
He loves Frost. It could be as weak as a Hunter and he’d still play Frost.
Larisa plays Arcane. She loves Fire, but right now loves Arcane more. I think she’d respec Fire with the slightest nudge.
TotalBiscuit plays Arcane because it’s the only spec to play. Playing anything else, particularly Frost proves you’re an idiot. He plays Arcane because as the best Mage spec, you would be gimping your raid by a good 50 dps if you played anything else.
He isn’t sentimental, he doesn’t play a spec because he loves it. He only plays it because it is the best!
Which of course makes me wonder why he isn’t playing the current best raiding spec… Fire.
Let’s face it, if Jong finds Arcane Mages simple and boring… they are simple and boring. He wont be their poster boy.
Do whatever is fun for you!
Apart from the fact that I was a nobody amongst nobodies in a PuG retro raid, thus really had no right to tell anyone what to do, I replied the only way I know.
You do what makes you feel good
Gota love a Frostie that loves Frost ;-)
I felt a little sorry for the player, living under fear that they should respec from love to practicality.
I chuckled to myself on the 1st boss fight, while the string of
Popped up on the screen.
Ahhh Fire, on a Fire boss.
I was soon laughing hysterically, wondering if I should have done a quick respec to my secondary spec.
Of course exchanging PvE Fire for PvP Fire really wasn’t going to fix things.
It was irrelevant anyway, I just popped open my spellbook and cast Frost spells directly from the book (you don’t think I’d waste space with Frost spells on my toolbar do you? Next you will be wondering if I even bothered spending the gold buying Arcane spells from the trainer).
Seriously folks, when it comes to WoW, a game, play it the way you want to play it.
Fire, Frost, Arcane, Wand Spec – whatever floats your boat, do it.
You may be the only person in the game to spec that way, but just remember.
Contrary to popular opinion, 10,999,999 people can be wrong!
If it’s right for you, then it is right.
I’m lucky I play with a few folk that don’t care and subscribe to my play whatever you want attitude.
Every now and then they ask if I have a particular Frost talent that is an Arena winner. I gently remind them I am Fire and, everything cool, we move on.
I’ve been seeing more and more people in BGs running with Fire. It’s still a bit of a surprise.
Natural for me, unnatural that I am fighting against Fire.
The other night we came up against a dual Fire Mage team. I didn’t realize at 1st, but the Dragons Breaths and Blastwaves gave the game away.
I almost felt sorry for burying them both, almost and not for long.
I am happy they are playing fire because let’s face it, you wouldn’t be playing fire in the Arena unless you loved it.
Gnomer and Out!
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