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I'm not exactly a new player, but I haven't played WoW in over 18 months and a LOT has changed. For example, I last left my main, Jeriden here, in the sunken boat in vash'jir after accepting one of the first Cata quests and when I try to go and do those quests, I get my butt kicked by eels. EELS! Am I doing something wrong, do I need to re-spec, buy stuff, what?
You are an arms warrior with a 1 handed weapon and a shield. Even back 18 months ago you would have had trouble in that getup. You also have a lot of dodge & parry on your items. As an arms warrior, you don't have the abilities to make full use of dodge & parry's mitigation benefits. You're essentially a gimped DPS in half tank gear AND a gimped tank spec'd as DPS, at the same time.

Get yourself some DPS plate (Strength, stamina, hit, crit, haste, expertise, mastery) and a 2-handed sword/axe/mace with those stats and you'll do much better.

Note that there's a HUGE stat gap between WotLK greens/blues and Cata starter greens, enough so that the first few quests (even with the correct gear) will be quite painful until you earn the first few quest rewards.
I'd suggest heading to Mount Hyjal for a while, at least long enough to get some gear upgrades so stuff won't kill you as fast. Vash is kinda bad about things being in any direction at any time, making attacks harder to avoid. Might check the AH, but the 77-80 Cata greens are usually more expensive so you might not find anything affordable for a faster upgrade.
If you're having trouble surviving then perhaps go prot unil you get some of the ilvl 272+ stuff from cata quests. When you get better gear and can kill mobs in vashj'ir or mt. hyjal without dying then go back to your dps spec.

Afaik, the spec-specific or class-specific quest rewards are in Pandaria only, right? I'm hoping he wouldn't have to worry about switching specs if he wanted to gear his second spec in Cata content.
Oh, the weapons are just 'cause I was messing with my equipment from all those months ago.
09/26/2012 02:03 PMPosted by Jeriden
Oh, the weapons are just 'cause I was messing with my equipment from all those months ago.

Regardless of why you're equipment is not right for your spec, it's still going to cause problems if you try to quest in that getup while spec'd as arms.

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