I had a very interesting conversation with a few hunters in Blog Azeroth chat the other day, and I came to a conclusion that they are very attached to their pets. Even though there is a consensus ‘best’ pet for different situations (whether it be PvE, PvP or solo content), they adamantly stick to their favourite, often at the expense of extra DPS/utility/survivability.
“I’ll always stick to my [pet], even if it means I don’t get x or y.”
In hunter terms, can mean a few hundred DPS, depending on the type of pet chosen. While that difference is negligible in a raid not overly serious about pushing through content, it is usually enough for people to accept the presence of different pets.
Sadly, my decision to bring a water elemental pet has more dire consequences. It’s one thing to leave a few hundred DPS on the table, but when you leave several THOUSAND, you certainly need a damn good reason to spec frost, or you need to love your squirtle that much.
Nowadays, I’m just not sure anymore. I used to say that I specced frost because it was my best spec, and compared to fire or arcane, it was the one that I performed best at, and was at 100% productivity all the time. However, a recent blunder left me without a Mark of the War Prisoner, and to make up for a lack of Hit, I replaced my Fire off-spec with Arcane.
And the results were staggering. I suppose I should thank the recent buffs that Arcane got over the past few patches, but by spamming arcane blast instead of Frostbolt, and casting arcane missiles instead of Water Elemental, my dps shot up to the 4-5k’s, easily putting me at the top of my guild runs, somewhere in 3rd-5th place in 25-man raids.
And I’m not even trying. It’s just so easy to put out these great numbers, whereas with Frost, I’m always on my toes for the next cooldown, or calculating the timing in my head to line up my icy veins and water elemental with the upcoming heroism.
Those days raiding as frost are starting to run dry. For every congratulatory or complimentary whisper that I get from a PuG, I get at least 5 rejections from PuG raids or are forced to switch to my healer by my guild. The message essentially was, “We’d rather have exceptional heals than just acceptable DPS.”
With Icecrown well on the way, I want to see the content, but on my terms. I don’t see that happening without the need to push myself into arcane and selling out my soul. I want to play frost because I love the style in a raid environment. But what good is that when you’re not raiding at all?
I am a diehard frost mage. But I’m dying hard out here. It’s a terrible position to be in, and right now there are more bad things than good. I will never give up, but that will probably mean I will be unable to raid. What do I do?