So you’ve got this offspec. And maybe you like to PVP too. You get a little gear for it, now and then, mostly when nobody else wants something, but by and large your main spec gets all the love.
What happens when suddenly you find out that your offspec is now also needed? Or that you’re playing more of a certain kind of content, and you really need some upgrades? How do you balance your “raiding main” with enjoying all the other things that you do?
I’ve found a few ways.
Don’t be a dick. It’s the quintessential rule of TRI, and I think it applies here. If you bid on a token and win it (whether by DKP, EPGP, SK, or Loot Council) it should be used for that which you said it would be used for. Don’t tell your raid that you need the gloves for a set bonus and then trade in the token for your offspec pants. Lying is bad, mmkay?
Evaluate your group. I play a paladin, and Aely’s offspec is retribution. We have two fury warriors, a ret pally, an arms warrior, and two DK’s in our raid, plus a warrior and paladin tank that both need offspec gear. The likelihood of my winning a piece of plate DPS gear in our 25 man is… small. If you’re the only druid in your raid, and there’s only one rogue too, your chances are much better.
Know what will be most useful. Prioritizing your offspec over your main spec isn’t usually a good way to go… but what if your raid now wants you to go DPS (or healy, or offtank) for a couple of fights, to help fill in? If your main is geared out the wazzoo, but your offspec really /really/ needs new pants, and that will help you be a better contributing group member, well – buy the pants!
Know what you find most fun. There’s a point where “minor upgrades” are all you’ll be buying for your main spec. And if you love PVP and do a lot of it, spending some badges on a major upgrade for your PVP gear instead of a minor or sidegrade for your main spec? Probably ok.
Be sensible. Remember this is all about balance. You need to be performing at the best of your game for your main role – but you need to have fun too. Finding that balance can take a little thinking, but it’s not too terribly hard.
In my case, I’ve just shelled out some Triumph badges for a new pair of melee DPS shoulders for Aely. Her old ones were abysmal, she /really/ needed a little extra +hit, and I’m now going ret on a fight or two, here and there. Plus the occasional Naxx run and a lot more soloing. The chances of my winning a set of tier shoulders for an offspec? Slim to none. Plus, there wasn’t really anything I could buy with the badges that would vastly improve her Holy gear right now.
And they’re pretty. >.>
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