Dual Specs & Incribers

A new page has gone up on the official WoW site with lots of details regarding the implementation of Dual Specs (at least the current plans for implementation, these things can always change!).  Naturally this is a great read for any class that's considering Dual Specs, but it's also an interesting read for Inscribers.

A few craft-related facts have been sprinkled in here which I wanted to be sure to point out.  The very first sentence says "With the next content patch" which confirms Markco's assumption that dual specs would be released with the 3.1 patch.  Then in the very first question Ghostcrawler confirms that there will be separate glyphs with the dual spec ability.  So this is great news that glyphs are indeed included in the new dual spec system, yay!  He goes on to say that switching specs will require a Lexicon of Power and that Inscribers will have the ability to summon one.  I kind of like the idea that they've made Inscribers an active part of the process, which would seem to give us a new trade service for the community.

I would also like to point out that Ghostcrawler has officially referred to us as "Inscribers" in this interview.  Lately I've been leaning more toward "Scribe" since it's short and has a rather historical vibe that's fairly relevant to our profession.  However, I graciously defer to the designers and their phraseology.  I tend to follow the Buffy model of nomenclature which states that whoever uses the name first gets the privilege of deciding how it's used =)

7 comments:

  1. Let's hope that the reagent used to summon a lexicon of power has to be crafted/bought off the auction house, because if it's a reagent bought from vendors then inscription will remain a very limited profession.

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  2. I agree that Inscription right now is pretty lackluster and this one change certainly won't win any converts. But I did want to give Blizz props for trying to incorporate the crafter back into the process instead of just doing a UI button to switch between specs, which probably would have been easier programmatically. This will definitely be a crafted (not vendor) item since GC describes it thusly:

    "...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."

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  3. dorgol (boulderfist)February 17, 2009 at 9:54 PM

    I don't care what they call it, I'm still going with Scribe. :)

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  4. New patch infos available!

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  5. Thanks Dahl, I see that :) I'm reading thru it now and will post later, most of the crafting stuff is minor except Inscription. Now I just need to DL the PTR client somehow so I can get on and look around...

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  6. Whoop-dee-doo, so we have to "summon a lexicon of power". At least you need a scribe in your raid I guess which is better than nothing. Of more concern is that switching spec does not seem to "consume" a set of glyphs (haven't tried it yet but I'm guessing not), so you just need to buy them once and you're set for life. Let's face it, 90% of our income from this profession comes from people respecing. Hopefully very few people take Dual Spec or that's no more sales to them. Gems are destroyed when changing sockets, why shouldn't glyphs suffer the same damage when tweaking your skills?

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  7. Surs: Actually, they removed the Lexicon of Power thing completely so that's no longer a requirement for glyphing or changing specs. I agree that the income potential for Scribes has not been good since the initial rush and Dual Spec will likely hurt things more once this gold rush wears off. I'm not sure how Blizz will try to address it, but I wouldn't be surprised if more folks leave the profession in the coming months because of this.

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