because at higher levels of play it matters
I'm not sure if you actually read what I posted, but your quote alludes to a lot of it. If your goal is to be competitive at high end arena (i.e. 2400+ rating), I stated that citing the representation at that level would be relevant.
I think it is safe to assume that the average player, who cant necessarily "put the time and effort into finding the best possible spec/gear combination" and simply wants to reach a certain rating for achievements or higher CP cap, will not be at a disadvantage to trying alternative specs.
I've already stated previously that both specs have advantages over the other under certain circumstances, and that both face similar problems in a general sense.
The spec they play is quite relevant. As I said, they could take any spec and make it work, but they CHOSE that specific spec for a reason and ignoring that is simply folly.
You couldn't possibly know the reasoning for why they choose Discipline. It wouldn't be surprising if some of the best Priests in Arena had never even touched Holy in PvP. Discipline has been the cookie-cutter spec for the past two expansions, and up until patch 4.0.6 it was for good reason. Players have a stigma towards certain specs out of ignorance or word of mouth, so it's not in the least bit surprising that most, if not all the top Priests in PvP are Discipline.
I'm not arguing that Holy is better than Discipline all around, or vice versa. I recognize that Discipline provides many advantages that Holy does not in PvP. However, the ignorance surrounding Holy is quite obvious when most of the players who dismiss Holy's viability have most likely either A) Never played Holy, B) Played Holy incorrectly, or C) Saw someone play Holy incorrectly.
You should emulate the higher players, not the mid-range to low players which you are suggesting. I don't even get how you can logically defend some of the things you said. You're HONESTLY saying this?
You completely missed the point I so desperately tried to simplify in terms of understanding. Let me try to break this down in the simplest terms I can think of: if you want to reach Rank 1 for Arena, then looking towards the high end rated players would be most relevant towards your goal. You will come to learn several things with this observation: 1) You will see what comps are most common, 2) You will see what specs are most common, 3) You will see what stats are most used. However, you will not know why (unless you ask) a particular comp isn't played, their class' alternative specs aren't as prominent, or why certain stats are ignored.
This leads into directly into why this thread was made, the title is: "DISC or HOLY for pvp in 4.3?"
He didn't ask "DISC or HOLY for pvp in 4.0.3" when Holy was far from a viable alternative to Discipline. This is Patch 4.3, a different time in the game, and one could presume that the OP wants feedback for general PvP, as he makes no mention of Arena or RBGs.
04/19/2012 09:02 PMNo, because getting into that range (specifically the low end of it) is so trivial that your spec is irrelevant.
Posted by Cybele
Well, at first I was going to say 1800-2200, but I wasn't sure if that's where the average player is at.
It's not bad, really, its not. But the general consensus is that Disc is simply better.
Tell me, how do you know that Holy is "not bad"? Is it from personal experience that you support your claims, nope, you cite the "general consensus." You being part of that general consensus, are making ignorant claims both for and against Holy, which is one of the reasons as I previously mentioned that Holy has a stigma attached to it.
TL;DR- Holy is viable and might be up your alley. But any spec if viable with a good player, so that point is moot. It is generally accepted by the PvP community that Disc is better for serious PvP, in particular arenas. I personally feel it is better to go cookie-cutter if you are starting out, and I'd recommend Disc then trying out Holy once you've gotten your feet wet.
Again, you reference the "PvP community" rather than having actual experience with the spec. Oh, and if any spec is viable with a good player behind it, that logic applies just as much so towards Discipline.
Discipline is no more a "starter" spec, as you like to imply, any more than Holy is, which speaks more to your lack of experience with Holy than anything else.