What if I roll a mage and like to play as fire. I like to pvp and I want to burn people up. Why do I have to go frost to pvp? All specs should be able to perform at the most basic level. The basic level im talking about are pvp and pve. All should be able to do dps long term and burst.
In my opinion players should roll a class because thats what they want to be, not because thats what the game tells them to do. Under 4 the game tells me i cannot pvp as fire, I must be frost.
Even if they made all 3 specs viable in PvP, which I don't see happening, a mage is still a ranged DPS no matter what.
A shaman or a druid or a paladin are so much more versatile playing any role and every one of their specs are viable in both PvP and PvE already.
This move from Vanilla to BC to make every spec of Hybrids just as good as everyone else, especially when they jump into a DPS role, is my biggest issue. They want to be the kings of everything. Believe it or not, I liked it in Vanilla when priests only healed and warriors only tanked. You picked that class knowing that would be your role. Other classes did more utilitarian things. I loved playing my paladin because I could heal in a pinch, and my buffs made groups so much better. I could save someone's life who pulled agro. I could stun and fear undead. I could prevent a wipe. I could be any of the three specs, usually a hybrid of two, and be that 5th man who brought interesting things to the group. I found it to be very fun. I picked my paladin knowing that is how I'd play.
It's too late to go back to that now. Everyone is too engrained in the idea that a boomkin should post the same numbers as mages in any of their three specs. The only way to fix that is to further homogenize the game by giving pure DPS classes a hybrid makeover.
And that, my good friend, is tragic.