Are you a specialist or a generalist?

29 Mar

Most of the time in life, we are told that it pays off to specialize.  In WoW, it seems the generalist seems to reap the greatest rewards, at least in Wrath of the Lich King. 

As much as I try to believe otherwise, I am a generalist.  There will likely be a time in the next couple of years that I will have a level capped character of each class.  I’m also susceptible to severe alt ADD when I get a character close to the level cap.  When I get close to the level cap, some part of me wants to put it off so I don’t have to “finish” the character in question (I’m well aware that there is plenty to do at 80, and for some, the game is just starting).  This probably goes back to my days in Vanilla when once you hit the cap, it was either raid, pvp or farm gold, rep, etc.  For most of Vanilla, I was not in a position to be raiding, well that and hunters were not regarded very well back then.  I like the idea of pvp, but I’ve never put in the time to learn how to pvp properly, so I die.  A lot.  Not my idea of fun spending a Saturday afternoon face down on the road in Arathi Basin.

Most of the people I’ve known to play WoW have been specialists, and they can’t seem to wrap their heads around my style of play, and can’t figure out why I can’t decide what character to play.  I’ve seen this tendency in other parts of my life, so I guess it’s something I’ll have to get used to.  Which is fine if Cataclysm follows the same path that Wrath has laid down.

I’m hoping that someday in the not-too-distant future, I’ll be in a place where I can say “I don’t feel like waiting in the DPS line, do I feel like tanking or healing today?”



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