I've been thinking about my paladin for a while now and here's my big dilemma. It's a tough one so maybe you, my readers, will be able to offer a suggestion.
I have a level 80 paladin who's dual-specced ret-prot. From 77 to 80 I leveled as prot and I loved it. Ret no longer holds any interest for me. His prot equipment is pretty good because I geared him up a while back and most of it is ilvl 200. After the Dungeon Finder hit I thought I could try some tanking. The problem is that I've never tanked a dungeon with this guy or any other for that matter. I'm terrified of making a fool of myself because tanking is a big responsibility, unlike DPS-ing.
Because recently I've been enjoying healing with my priest, I also thought that I could change the paladin's ret spec to holy and try some healing in heroics. Once again, although I have now gained a lot of healing experience on the priest, that experience may not necessarily apply to the paladin.
The big advantage of a prot/holy paladin is that queuing times for random dungeons should be zero or almost zero. That would allow me to gear up quickly. The problem is, I don't want to waste other people's time by not knowing how to tank or heal properly.
Then I thought of something else. What if I start a new paladin and learn gradually how to tank and heal? I could do this until level 60 or hereabouts, at which point all talents in each tree become available. I could even do this on a new server so that I could share the experience with everyone on this blog.
At first glance this sounds like a great idea, however there are a few issues. First, I would be wasting a lot of time leveling a character that I already have at level 80. Second, this character would be deprived of all the wealth that I have on my main server. No twink gear, no heirlooms. No free glyphs and other item enhancements that I can provide with my professions. Third, I would be wasting even more time trying to make some gold in order to gear this guy up somehow.
Now my dilemma becomes obvious. Should I start this new character and learn how to tank and heal gradually, using each new talent and spell as it becomes available? Or should I use my level 80 paladin in some normal dungeons, hoping that I get things right and that I don't get swamped under the multitude of skills at my disposal?
What do you guys think?
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