His tone may be a bit gruff, but he's right. Several options exist to help with this *problem,* and the fact that some of these whiners don't want take the initiative to utilize at least one of them shouldn't be acceptable to anyone, quite frankly.
If I decide to play a DPS or tank character, I can do absolutely everything in the game, from soloing old content to dailies to scenarios to dungeons and raids, in just one spec with one set of gear. I can level a destro lock and be a destro lock at all times in all places. I may not be perfectly optimal in every fight; if I want to optimize, I may want to learn a second spec of the same role and possibly collect some alternate gear pieces and/or reforge when I switch specs. But I'm always adequate, and if I do dual-spec, I'm still playing the same role and my offspec feels like the same class.
If I decide to play a healer, I am not only suboptimal but incredibly bad
at certain significant parts of the game unless I have a second spec. This was always true, but in MoP, one of those parts of the game suddenly became a key component of what I'm expected to do to optimize my healer.
When I complain about this, I'm told to use my offspec. Just in using an offspec of a different role at all, I'm already going beyond what a DPS or tank has to do to optimize their mainspec.
Then when I say my offspec sucks, I'm told to get gear for it; this is a major time investment that DPS and tanks don't have to make.
Then when I say that even with gear that's supposedly adequate, solo content is still miserable, I get told that I have to actually research and learn to play
this melee offspec that I never wanted to play in the first place?
No. I'm sorry. That is not reasonable. That is not acceptable. I am willing to push the button to switch into Ret. I am willing to put the buttons from the "Core Abilities" tab of the spellbook on my bar and hit them when they light up. I am not
willing to go to EJ, look up a Ret rotation, and practice for hours on a training dummy to try to become a good
ret paladin. I don't want to be a ret paladin! I don't like the spec, I'm not interested in the spec, I think MMO melee is awful and I hate it and I wish it were dead. I rolled a paladin to play Holy.
What you're telling me is basically the same as "you have to go learn to play a rogue to grind dailies on to gear up your priest." No. No, I will not. And I am not unusually lazy or whiny for thinking that's unreasonable. It is not whining to ask for a way to progress my character on the same terms as everyone else: in the spec that I want to play, in the gear that I've earned by playing that spec.