Impish by nature

Speccing by Shotgun

So I play a lot of toons. I’m getting a feel for them as I play them.

I’ve dug deeply into the Paladin and Warlock spec trees. I completely -get- the Holy and Protection Paladin trees. I’ve compared the different talents and come up with my favorite Holy and Protection specs. I’ve read all the talents and understand their tradeoffs. I leveled my Paladin before the buff to the Retribution tree and I’ve never gotten a chance to play her as full Retribution so I’ve never dug very deeply into that branch to figure out a good full Retribution Spec. I’m ok with that. (Fiancee is currently leveling as Retribution and I feel bad that I can’t offer him better advice.)

I’m fairly knowledgeable about the Warlock trees. I -get- Affliction and have a vague understanding of Destruction and Demonology.. but not enough to talk knowledgeably about which are the best talents for a good Destruction or Demonology spec. Still.. I kinda get it.

I realized this weekend I totally don’t get the Hunter trees (or the Druid trees for that matter).

I understand the different roles of the different specs but I don’t know which are the crucial talents in each tree versus the trivial vs the skip-this-it-sucks talents. I’m utterly clueless and if you look at Nocc’s spec, I think it shows.

I have this vague understanding that Beast Master is good (massive quantities of sustained, ranged DPS and a terrifyingly destructive pet) but I have little clue which talents I should acquire to attain this. I suppose this will require more research. Until then Nocc vaguely sucks.

Also.. for all you hunters, how do you spec your pets? I have a ravager, Bug.. she’s a not-at-all-cuddly glass cannon. When I’m getting talents for Bug, should I focus on things to bring up her DPS or should I get her more armor and health? Same thing, Prosciutto the piggie has great armor/health but crappy DPS. Should I talent her for more DPS or focus on bulking up her health/armor? This hasn’t been a real issue yet since I have enough points to get both.. but I think eventually I’ll have to make that choice. Is it better to have one pure DPS pet (Bug with only DPS talents) and one pure tanking pet (Prosciutto with only armor/health/resistance talents) or should I instead normalize them (Bug with good dps/ok armor/health and Prosciutto with good armor/health/resistance and ok dps)?

I suspect a lot of people spec this way. Until you really really understand the spec trees.. and the effect of the talents in those trees you’re just throwing point around. Even reading BRK and getting his wisdom about specing doesn’t change the problem.. it just puts off the research. Having BRK say “choose talent X” is nice.. and makes it so I don’t have to think about it.. but what *gasp* what if BRK is wrong. If I blindly follow his recommendations I’ll never figure that out.

I guess I’m saying that having altitis is fine.. but eventually you need to dig into the toon and -really- figure it out instead of just winging it.