We’re all starting new alts. And being good little readers that we are (hell you’re reading this) we want to make sure we are good at what we’re doing and not total noobs.
But at the same time, many of us are going for the “fresh” experience of a new wow player. To take the game in an organic manner and just learn by doing.
So, do you need to theorycraft? Maybe…
You Probably Don’t Need To Research Outside Sources If…
You are soloing. Hell, if you fail, you’re not affecting anyone else’s game.. so who cares?
You are under level 40. Ok, I picked that number at random, I admit it. But at the low levels, you can probably bumble along just fine without a guide. After all, when you have few abilities and few talent points, it’s hard to really “do it wrong.”
You are not dying a lot. A big clue as to whether you’re “doing it wrong” is whether you’re constantly corpse running.
You read the in-game stuff. At least read the tooltips and don’t just bluster ahead. If you don’t want to heal, make sure you didn’t choose a healing spec. DUH!
You already know the basics of the class. You’re probably ahead of the game with a warlock if you’ve played a boomkin. Caster DPS is basically caster dps.
You Absolutely Need To Research If…
You are raiding. Period. You will need to squeeze every ounce out of your toon, and just learning by doing isn’t enough. You need the math nerds to be the best of the best.
You are having trouble in instances with others. If you’re a tank and are having trouble holding aggro… if you’re a healer having trouble keeping the group alive… if you’re a DPS and are having trouble keeping up with the others OR are having trouble using your crowd control abilities.
You change specs at a high-ish level. At level 30, it’s probably not a big deal. If you’re much above that, you’re going to need to read something-or-other to catch up on what all your abilities do, since you didn’t just learn them slowly and organically as you were leveling.
You see other people of the same class and level with shit that you don’t have. All the other warlocks of your level have a demon you don’t? You’re asked to perform an ability you don’t have? Maybe you missed a quest along the way. Time to figure that out.
You croak a lot. Time to investigate how to cut down on that.