Ret vs Holy for levelling.
At level 10 I specced Holy, and immediately regretted it as every single piece of gear I was offered from quests was +stam and +str, with no +int in sight. So, after a few levels of lagging mana pools, nice 2-hand weapon choices, and equipping steadily more ret gear, I went back to the trainer and respecced Ret. I immediately noticed how big a change it is losing Holy Shock, as I died several times before remembering how much Flash of Light is your friend while leveling.
So, I had about 9 good levels of getting nice greens and a few blues obviously geared toward Ret and/or Warriors. No avoidance, no casting gear, just a lot of strength, stam, hit, and crit. Then, I hit level 19, made it to the Mor'shan Ramparts and Ashenvale, and all of my +str gear went away to be replaced with +int gear, and all of my +str 2-handers have been replaced with either +agi 2-handers or 1-handers. Do I now respec back to holy, and take all of this +int gear (except that I've ignored doing this for 4 levels now and have passed up/sold a bunch of good +int gear), or do I just hope that I can hold out in my level 10 - 19 gear until, hopefully, +str gear shows back up again?
Now, I'm sure I could change zones and hopefully see some different gearing choices, but I like this plot-line and I'd like to stick with it. Besides, the choice between Desolace and Southern Barrens is coming up, and I'd like to see the Desolace side.
tl:dr - What's up with the changing stat prioritization on low level quest reward gear?
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