I had an interesting night last night. Raided Icecrown25 and cleared the first four bosses again, plus the Plague Wing and popped in to see Valithria Dreamwalker for the first time. That is one heck of a cool fight, I can’t wait to do it on a healer. It’s kind of like my favourite boss fight ever – Vaelastrasz the Corrupt from Blackwing Lair, but in reverse. The dragon starts on low health and you have to heal her to 100% while fighting waves of nasties. Going to have to do some research on that, it looks like being the most fun fight ever for a healer. Anyway, Calli got some new gloves to replace her Tier 9 and then I logged Shinano to do the daily dungeon, completed Looking For Multitudes and got Shinano her Perky Pug pet. So far, so straightforward.
Then, with time being limited, I had to choose between blitzing through the Shattered Sun dailies at Quel’danas on Sithica (I want that Tabard so badly!) or doing another random dungeon on Askara for badges, so I chose the latter.
Then I got a nasty shock.
We zoned in to Halls of Lightning, the group was four guildies plus a random Rogue dps. Our illustrious raid leader was present on his Rogue alt, and with a very melee-heavy group I adjusted my totem selection for maximum melee dps buffs and off we went.
Apparently, there’s an addon called Rankwatch, it monitors the combat log and alerts you via whisper if anyone in the group is using downranked spells or abilities. Our raid leader has it installed. The reason I know he has it installed is because the bastard thing kept spamming me on every damn spell or ability I cast.
Askara cast Rank 7 Lesser Healing Wave, maximum rank available at level 80 is rank 9. If you cast this rank on purpose, please ignore this whisper.
Askara cast Rank 6 Chain Heal, maximum rank available at level 80 is rank 7. If you cast this rank on purpose, please ignore this whisper.
Dammit, shut up!
Askara cast Rank 8 Water Shield, maximum rank available at level 80 is rank 9. If you cast this rank on purpose, please ignore this whisper.
Zomg, please just kill me.
You are quite possibly the worst shaman ever :p
Seriously, what the hell is going on? I was under the distinct impression that existing ranks of spells on your casting bars are automatically upgraded whenever you learned a new rank. I can pretty clearly remember that happening as I levelled up and visited the trainer. But it occurs to me, that there may be an “undocumented feature” with the dual spec system that prevents this from happening.
Let’s say, just as an example, you’re a level 77 shaman named Askara levelling as Enhancement with a Resto offspec for dungeons. Let’s say you ding level 78 and return to the trainer to learn fresh skills. You’re still Enhance spec so you’ve got your Enhance UI up when you learn the new ranks of your healing spells, so it therefore only switches the old ranks for the new on the UI which is active at the time you learn them. Or in other words, the next time you switch to Resto spec and get your Resto UI up again, it’s still got the last rank of resto spells learned the last time you visisted a trainer with your Resto UI active.
Or to put it another way, Askara has been successfully raiding ICC10, ToC10/25 and Ulduar10 for the last 6 to 8 months with downranked spells that cost more mana and do less healing than the max rank versions.
I don’t know whether I should /flex or /flee at this point. I know that as soon as I get home tonight I’m checking the UIs of every toon I have with a dual spec. I’d best keep it under my hat though, if this gets out I’ll be a laughing stock.