Right now, I have 1 set of gear for each spec on my dual specced toons.
Disc/Shadow Priest: I really thought that I would have more overlap in gear between Disc and Shadow. However, with the set bonuses, hit cap, and different stat weights, I have very few pieces shared between the sets.
Resto/Elemental Shaman: Basically the same as priest. There’s a frightening amount of gear to lug around for specs with supposedly similar gearing requirements.
Resto/Cat Druid: I figured that if I went boomkin as my second spec instead of cat, I’d still be lugging about 2 gear sets due to slightly different stat weights – so I just went cat. I love cat.
I haven’t been able to avoid lugging about 2 sets of gear, and I can imagine that just about everyone with dual spec is lugging about 2 sets of gear as well. This makes the specs “mix and match.”
In cataclysm, the stats on gear are being consolidated and simplified. They’re tellin us that basically boomkin and “trees” (cry) are going to have the same gear. I would imagine that the same applies to resto and elemental shaman, and all the priest specs.
Which is really cool, that you can have one gear set and be able to heal and DPS equally. No rolling offspec. One awesome set. 2 awesome abilities.
But does this cause certain dual spec combos to go the way of the dodo? Will any resto shaman decide to go enhancement as a second spec? Will it be viable or practical for me, a healing druid, to still have a secondary cat spec?
I could be stubborn and argue “you’ll take my cat spec out of my cold dead hands.” But really – as a responsible person in a guild, it’s irresponsible for me to be hogging 2 gear sets when I can DPS just as well in moonkin spec with 1 gear set total. It’s irresponsible of me, even if I don’t take any guild resources to do it – because I have limited game time already, and slaving away on a second gear set isn’t really justified.
I’m not worried, and I’m not upset. This isn’t something I have to “prepare” for now. However, I’m going to be interested to see if certain specs drop in popularity as a secondary spec based on gear overlap.