Well I had one of those moments last night.
In one of the comments under my 3.2 killed Crafted Epics post, I mention how my reasonably fresh 80s a Priest healed a H-UK. There were a few problems and we ended up having one of our DPS switch to tank speck and the tank switch to DPS. As the new tank was slightly better geared. The rest of the instance went reasonably well, we still had another wipe but if anything it was only a death here or there the rest of the time.
Well after doing a few battle grounds and seeing my numbers suck and trying to figure out what I needed to do about it, we ran a normal CoT:Stratt. We ran into the new instances can not be launched issue again for 15-20 minutes. Long enough for me to log in here and create another fuming post about the instance servers. After writing I decided to cancel it’s publish as it was just too negative.
So now beating around the bush what was my noob moment last night. Halfway through the run I realized that my spells were not up to date. I was 1-3 ranks behind on almost all of my healing spells! My hots would tick for between 3-400 more per tick and my heals were 2k more potent each cast. That is a hell of a lot. My first reaction was wow do I feel stupid now.
Then I remembered hey you healed a H-UK with lower rank spells and it still succeeded despite your stupidity. This goes to further my point that new 80s can get good gear and Epics if they know people already established in higher end content. Also that means that even though my numbers sucked I could still heal well while handicapping myself like I did.
The lesson to be learned from this however is that if you level Dual-Spec like I did with the Priest check your alt-spec after training and manually update your spells.