Hi again! Today we’re going to talk about a very popular site that used to be known as Talent Chic. They have since moved their site to wowpopular.com and cover more than talents now. Basically, this site allows you to be a better sheep. Some people don’t want to have to trawl through 150 pages of guile and stupid questions on popular theorycrafting forums just to find the new “best” talent build, and figure that they will do just fine going with whatever’s popular. There’s a certain logic to this- any really popular spec must be popular for a reason, right?
The site is very easy to use- the left bar allows you to drill down to the info you want, and the right area displays the builds, enchants, gear, or gems. This info is listed by popularity, and for builds, you can even see a short description of the differences between each of them! If you want to see the whole build, just click on the wowhead or wowarmory icon which will link you to the complete spec. When I ran hunters, I was surprised to see how few marksmanship specs there were- less even than BM! For the last few months, the spec of choice has been marks. The popularity data might be because of a recent survival buff, or proof that hunters are stubborn and obstinate players who will run with they spec they like to play, regardless of whether it’s the most DPS they can get.
This segues quite nicely into my one warning about this resource- it’s awesomely accurate, but be aware that just because something’s popular doesn’t mean it’s the best for you. If you’re looking for a spec to get started with that will allow you to develop your own experience and make your own decisions, this can help.
If, however, you’re a raider or arena player who is doing well already, don’t assume that if you’re doing something differently than most players, they’re right and you’re wrong.
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