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What spec are you going to use to grind through levels 70-80?

Protection
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Retribution
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Holy
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Postby Lev » Fri May 16, 2008 4:41 am

Planning on going retribution. But depends on the paladin changes. If ret is not going to be generally buffed, i may end up playing my warlock again or reroll a shaman.
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Postby Snake-Aes » Fri May 16, 2008 4:46 am

They intend in keeping us as aoe freaks, and mobs there are mostly undead. Killing stuff will hardly be the issue, but how many we can gather at once ^^

I'll stay prot all the way up.
We even have the gear advantage of having lvl 70 epics. People with t5 or t6 gear won't really replace most of it for a while. I'm sure even more t5/t6 stuff will still be good at 80 just by comparison. There are lvl 60 naxx stuff that we'd still use(namely the frostwyrm's trinket), and apparently the gear scaling curve won't be as abrupt on the 70->80 swap.
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Postby shifttusk » Fri May 16, 2008 9:17 am

I'll 100% be leveling protection but I won't be respeccing till 71. Reckoning+1HS+Sanct Aura+Avengers.

That is unless the 51 point talent is rediculous.
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Postby Vanifae » Fri May 16, 2008 9:33 am

Lanicus wrote:I was curious to see how other tankadins planned on speccing for WotLK level grinding. I personally plan on staying protection, but I have no clue how I'm going to make my build more grind friendly. I suppose I could add reckoning back into the build, but that's assuming I get hit enough for it to proc.

What about you guys?

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Postby Sjimmi93 » Fri May 16, 2008 11:21 am

If my pala gets to 70 before WotLK ill probably stay prot and do alot of instances and explore the new quests with my hunter
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Postby ashbringer » Fri May 16, 2008 1:12 pm

I voted prot. I tired ret with semi-decent gear and compare to other classes it just isn't funny waiting for a random proc. It seems that unless you have the uberest of uber gear ret just isn't very good.
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Postby Hankthetank » Fri May 16, 2008 1:24 pm

Catriona wrote:And miss all the new quests and stuff? NEVAR. I plan on sucking Northrend dry; I left Outland's glass about a quarter full and don't want to make the same mistake again.


I plan to instance until Honored rep, then do the quests. That way I can get the revered heroic keys before they get their requirements nerfed!

but in all honesty, I'll be levelin up my Death GNOME! I already called dibs on the guild's raid spot.
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Postby Cosha » Fri May 16, 2008 4:16 pm

Prot ofc, 5ppl from guild, doing instances most of the time is win. Then I dont have to fight for quest-items with the 327528975589other ppl that are lvling in northrend
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Postby Invisusira » Fri May 16, 2008 4:38 pm

Knaughty wrote:? Go kill 15 casters!

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Quest-giver: ....

Quest-giver: .... go reroll ret.

Prot Warrior: lol @ u...


I'm not sure yet. I leveled prot thru instances to 70, which facilitates gearing up, but strictly from a GO HIT 80 QUICK standpoint, most quests go FAR more quickly as ret. The "aoe down 15 melee mob" quests aren't quite as often as one would like.
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Postby Yinramu » Fri May 16, 2008 5:56 pm

I always thought questing was something you did when you couldn't find an instance group?

Protection to 80.
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Postby Sarutankah » Fri May 16, 2008 7:40 pm

Not that I can do this yet but the trash in Black Morass looks like a good place for some early XP if you intend to grind. you could in theory get to 80 in there if you happened to be masochistic enough?


I have a 70 demo lock as well so may just go grind BF and up with my quasi multibox setup (2 accounts ftw).

If I do quest on pally - Prot to ret respec cos ret is so much fun :D (a side note - try dueling yourself with multiple accounts - talk about brain infarction lol)
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Postby Worldie » Fri May 16, 2008 8:05 pm

For sure not to 80, trashs are 67-69 so you'd get to 75 i'd think.
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Postby Byzant » Fri May 16, 2008 8:12 pm

If the new talents and the outlook is good Ill stay prot. Tho I will spec reckoning, as I feel it works well with ret gear and a decent, slow two-hander, go go double dmg.
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Postby Rorshach » Sat May 17, 2008 4:30 am

Protection. Even though I will almost certainly be levelling with the same 5-man group the whole time and doing instances as often as quests I still remember levelling as protection when the expansion hit, rushing to hit 60 so my guildies would run me through Outland.

Level 30+ I'm in STV and I'm levelling solo because it's 4am and no one is on. It is then I discover that I can solo elite quest bosses 4 levels above my current level (the hunting final quest mobs come to mind) and come out with nearly full mana/health from SoL/JoW or vice versa.

It was right at this point that I fell in love with protection spec and I have never looked back.
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Postby Wolkinov » Wed May 28, 2008 2:35 pm

Rorshach wrote:Protection. Even though I will almost certainly be levelling with the same 5-man group the whole time and doing instances as often as quests I still remember levelling as protection when the expansion hit, rushing to hit 60 so my guildies would run me through Outland.

Level 30+ I'm in STV and I'm levelling solo because it's 4am and no one is on. It is then I discover that I can solo elite quest bosses 4 levels above my current level (the hunting final quest mobs come to mind) and come out with nearly full mana/health from SoL/JoW or vice versa.

It was right at this point that I fell in love with protection spec and I have never looked back.


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Postby Ordin » Thu May 29, 2008 1:15 am

I'll be staying prot for instance grinding. I doubt level 71 quest reward greens are going to be replacing my epics, and people are always in need of a good tank. I figure instances will be the best place to level.
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Postby sherck » Fri Jun 20, 2008 6:10 am

I am the single person to reply "Holy" because I am making the assumption that virtually every healing class is going to spec to their DPS tree (Ret, Shadow, Feral, Enhance) in order to level and that there will be a sever shortage of healers for instance groups.

Assuming that the same paradigm applies in WoTLK as in BC, if I can instance level most of the way to 80, then going back and grinding the quests for money will be time well spent.

That is assuming that I can get to level 70 by expansion time, of course. Level 53 and working on it.

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Postby moduspwnens » Fri Jun 20, 2008 6:16 am

sherck wrote:Assuming that the same paradigm applies in WoTLK as in BC, if I can instance level most of the way to 80, then going back and grinding the quests for money will be time well spent.


This toon was instance leveled from 60-70. I've been too lazy to actually go back and do those quests (with SSO quests being easier and more centralized), but I had fun. Be sure you're an enchanter to DE yourself some shards!
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Postby Melathys » Fri Jun 20, 2008 6:22 am

I leveled prot from 30 on up. don't intend to change.

besides, like others have said. Instance leveling to level cap, then getting mad cash for quests is full of win.
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Postby moduspwnens » Fri Jun 20, 2008 6:38 am

Melathys wrote:I leveled prot from 30 on up. don't intend to change.

besides, like others have said. Instance leveling to level cap, then getting mad cash for quests is full of win.


And also, assuming the way they do reputation stays the same (i.e., quests can be done up through exalted, lower-level instances only to a certain point), it's easier to get exalted with factions, too. I did my quests in Hellfire after instance-leveling to 70, and it was WAY easier to hit exalted.
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Postby Questioner » Fri Jun 20, 2008 8:08 am

I tried ret before, and I didnt like it. Prot from 21-70.

Now, I had to put together a RET set for Brutallus. Farming primal shadows I can kill the mobs in a single gcd. I don't think I have any choice but to be Ret for questing.
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Postby Arnock » Mon Jun 23, 2008 7:22 am

Snake-Aes wrote:They intend in keeping us as aoe freaks, and mobs there are mostly undead. Killing stuff will hardly be the issue, but how many we can gather at once ^^


well, i expected mostly demons in outlands, and it wasn't all demons, but there were VERY few undead =/

and it all depends on whether or not i can find a decent guild, all the ones i've joined either wipe on midnight or never run kara/za/heroics for the lesser geared guys /cry

anyway, if i can find a decent guild, prot all the way, otherwise, solo as ret


EDIT: of course... everyone and their brother will be looking for tanks for instances... mayhaps i'll go prot after all
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Postby Miyazaki » Mon Jun 23, 2008 11:25 am

Depending on how.. apealing (no idea if I got that word right) DK-Tanking is, there may be a not-so-big lack of tanks as there was in TBC; but we can't really tell yet anyways.

I'll stay prot for sure, never liked anything else on my paladin.
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Postby Eaglestrike » Mon Jun 23, 2008 1:11 pm

It'll depend on what mobs and quests are like. If it's just grinding big loads of mobs, or I'm playing with guildies all the time, I'll be staying prot. But I imagine by then I'll have awesome prot and ret sets so I have both options open for me.
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Postby Targonis » Mon Jun 23, 2008 2:15 pm

I voted Ret simply because the solo questing is almost a requirement, as soon as you're up against heavy casters or even worse, the PvP component thats going to come as I play on a PvP Server its going to be a requirement to survive caster mobs AND other players.

I may stay prot for instances but I see myself respecing as required or making myself some sort of crazy hybrid Ret/Prot tree with Crusader Strike and Holy Shield (More Talent Points *Lightbulb*, I think it might be possible but we could be 1 point shy I can't see the tree's since I'm at work right now, if not holy shield isn't really used by me see below) at least to be a somewhat viable tank and staying ret for soloing... my gear is good enough I could probably be a better tank as ret than most people as Prot. With the possible removal of crushing blows (as talked about in previous posts, but yet to be tested) it may be very easy to tank with 490 untalented Defense as Ret spec, and I really don't use Holy shield for heroics at all at this stage in the game anyway because it mana starves me. The 71-72 instances shouldn't be much harder than that.

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