71 point specs are nothing short of laziness.
I went into H-PoS this morning on my warlock – hoping to snag the boots off the final boss [which I did get]. Our first healer had to leave randomly after getting herself killed on Ick and we got a resto shaman. A 71 point resto shaman. A 71 point resto shaman without any gems or enchants in his gear. And he could barely heal. Every single pull was a frustration. I was draining life left and right… I dare not even life tap, wanding instead. The poor tank is hovering in the 10k and under range all the time. And to top it off, the shaman wasn’t even dropping totems until someone requested he drop it on the disease mob pulls. It took us several wipes, but we did manage to down him – 2 plus people dying per pull – usually the other two dps and usually due to splash aoe damage – some avoidable, some not so much.
This is all sheer laziness. I can understand green gems in gear, especially offspec gear, or low level enchants, or even missing the helm/shoulder enchants because you may not have a toon with the rep to get them. I’ve bought a piece of gear before that was a solid upgrade and had my queue pop before I had the chance to gem it. I either made sure my stats were capped or I used the old piece for one more run. I’ve even forgotten to add belt buckles to alts and such. Stuff happens, people are human, heroics aren’t raids – every piece need not be perfectly gemmed and enchanted. Even now, my shaman’s resto offspec is riddled with blue quality gems. I probably need to replace the int gems I have with some haste to help my spells get out a bit faster.
And I can understand not going with the cookie cutter Elitist Jerks approved spec. I’ve developed variations on some of my toons that suit my playstyle. But that’s usually after spending a time working with the so called “cookie cutter” spec and finding a talent I need more. Skipping essential talents can be just as glaring as taking 71 points in a spec. I’ve seen holy pallies skip beacon of light – I kid you not. Raiding Tankadins not taking Judgements of the Just. Rets not take Art of War and Vindication; Dual Wield DKs take the 2h specialization and not take the dw. 2h dks take the dual wield talents. I’ve seen tanks stack stamina to the exclusion of even defense. Then there’s the hunters in shaman spellpower gear; rogues in druid spellpower gear, etc and so forth. People please. Go google your class and desired spec and you can easily find a run down on what stats you need, and some prescribed specs in under 5 minutes. Or go copy off a player you admire – that’s what I did for my arcane spec on my mage and my resto spec on my shaman. What they’re gemming and enchanting is probably good for you too.
If you’re on a farming toon – fine – go 71 points – I honestly don’t care. I see a lot of people whose farming toon is a 71 point spec frost mage. It may not be optimized but it works for what they’re doing. But if you’re going to play with others – whether tanking, dpsing or healing, please do a TINY bit of research and put a little bit of effort into it. Obviously you cared enough to get the toon to 80.