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PostSubject: Dual-Specs and 3.1!   Fri Feb 13, 2009 10:49 am

Taken from http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/underdev/dualspec.html

Most interesting parts copied here!

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Nethaera: How will you be able to set up a dual spec?
Ghostcrawler: Players will be able to visit their trainer and pay a one-time fee to be able to use it.

Nethaera: How do you switch between specs?
Ghostcrawler: Players will be able to switch between their talent specs by visiting any Lexicon of Power provided they’ve paid for the ability to have a secondary spec. Lexicons of Power will be available in major cities, and inscribers will also be able to create a new item that summons one. Anyone can purchase this item, but it requires a ritual of several players to summon it for use by the party. It’s similar to a repair bot in that it will exist in the world for a short duration. It’s important to keep in mind that you will not be able to switch specs while in combat or Arenas. While you won’t be able to switch your spec without the Lexicon, you will still be able to look at your secondary spec whenever you want to.

Nethaera: Will solo players have the ability to switch their specs outside of the cities or will they still need to visit a Lexicon of Power?
Ghostcrawler: Solo players will still need to go into the city to visit the Lexicon of Power to switch their talent spec or will need to get together with other players to summon one in.

Nethaera: Will you be able to switch gear easily to match your spec?
Ghostcrawler: At the same time we implement dual specs, we will also be setting up a gear system. The feature is called “Gear Manager.” It can also be used to just swap weapons or trinkets or put on that tuxedo to strut around town. It will not automatically switch your gear when you change your talent spec, but it will allow for an easy gear change between them. The feature may not be fully functional immediately in the PTR, but we’ll have more information to share about it before too much longer.

Nethaera: What about hunters? Often their pet talents are set up to match the talents of the hunter. Will they be able to switch their pet specs as well?
Ghostcrawler: We will wipe the pet talents. However we are going to remove the respec cost for pet talents so that players won’t feel like they need to jump through an additional hoop to respec their pet. In addition, we are going to provide hunters a new core ability to let them remotely access their stable on a long cooldown. This way if their exotic pet heads off to the stable, they will be able to get a different pet. We hope to be able to discuss this new spell in more detail when we get a little further along.

Nethaera: Will you be able to change your Glyphs as well?
Ghostcrawler: Glyphs will be tied to each talent spec so that if you switch between them, so too will the Glyphs. You’ll notice the UI will have changed a little bit so that the Glyph panes show up alongside the Talent panes now that they are associated.

Nethaera: What about hotbars? Will players be able to save them for the talent spec they’re running?
Ghostcrawler: Yes, you will be able to save hotbars and use them with your talent specs. It just saves your bars at the same time as it saves the glyphs and talents. If you want to switch to your other action bar, you will need to change specs.

Nethaera: Is there a way for players to choose their talents without them being saved? Currently, once you spend your talent point, it’s spent unless you pay the respec cost again.
Ghostcrawler: With the dual spec feature, we are going to allow players who respec to configure all their talents before they get saved. They will be able to allocate the points, then choose if they want to use that as their spec, rather than needing to carefully diagram out their talents ahead of time. This will allow players a little more freedom when deciding on the talents they want to pick and avoid costly mistakes.

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All exciting news! I'm worried about the one-time fee... I can easily see this costs more than 1k if Blizzard is feeling sadistic.
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PostSubject: Re: Dual-Specs and 3.1!   Fri Feb 13, 2009 11:11 am

Wow... sounds like they took everything in consideration. I am going to be very surprised if they can pull this off without any major screw ups.

I wonder if they will let us "respec" or dual specs. Like if I choose balance / resto... can we change to feral / resto later on.

What about people that like to PVP... can they go feral (PVP) and feral (PVE)?
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PostSubject: Re: Dual-Specs and 3.1!   Fri Feb 13, 2009 12:42 pm

Yes you can Junik:

Nethaera: Can I respec only one of my talent sets, or will I need to respec them both if I reset one?
Ghostcrawler: When you reset your talents, it will look at the spec you currently have in use as the talent set you want to change.
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PostSubject: Re: Dual-Specs and 3.1!   Sat Feb 14, 2009 1:22 am

sexy spec and more sexy spec

gellon dont forget holy spec kkthx
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PostSubject: Re: Dual-Specs and 3.1!   Thu Feb 26, 2009 8:54 pm

New Changes to Dual-Spec!

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Characters level 40 and up may now use the dual-spec system.
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The cost to activate the ability is 1,000 gold.
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The ability no longer requires a Lexicon of Power.
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Switching specs has a 5-second cast time. It may not be used in combat, or in battlegrounds or arenas.
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There is no cooldown on switching specs.
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PostSubject: Re: Dual-Specs and 3.1!   Fri Feb 27, 2009 1:18 pm

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Switching specs emties your mana bar
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PostSubject: Re: Dual-Specs and 3.1!   Fri Feb 27, 2009 4:07 pm

weird to empty mana bar since you cannot use this in combat or arena anyway
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PostSubject: Re: Dual-Specs and 3.1!   Fri Feb 27, 2009 4:22 pm

I think the idea is for hybrids to be able to switch roles for certain boss fights (some may require more healers, others more offtanks or DPS) rather than between trash pulls. And probably not for PvP - at least not arena.
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PostSubject: Re: Dual-Specs and 3.1!   Mon Mar 02, 2009 7:10 am

WTB Dual Re-Gender capability for 3.2!

Want to raid as Male, but wanna PVP as female. Nothing beats a distracting shot like a nekkid thigh! woots
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PostSubject: Re: Dual-Specs and 3.1!   Mon Mar 02, 2009 6:23 pm

Except you'd be distracted too...

I guess that's fine if you hurry Wink
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