The most common line of reasoning is for pvp involving one style of combat. In this case all protect prayers do is extend the battle length, so it was/is a pretty nooby thing to do. It gives no one an advantage. Back a few years ago it also made it nearly impossible to KO.
But is praying so unskilled and useless for modern hybriding? No.
Of course, for a hybrid that is not fast enough to pray the correct prayers, SS is actually significantly better.
Nowadays weapons are significantly more powerful; without praying there is sometimes no way to stop specs without luck. The best defense you have against specs is rocktail+brew+pneck, which may not even be able to cover all of the damage you're getting.
Proper overhead use actually requires skill and quick reactions:
-- Knowing when to SS and when to pray
-- Being quick enough to switch to the right pray
-- Having the reaction to switch back to SS after protecting from a spec
-- SS/prayer flicking and timing
So, as a hybrid and not as a pure meleer, why should I just let you sit there and KO me when there's something I can so easily do to prevent it?
The more nooby move would be to believe in iPKing honor irrelevant to hybriding.
Edited by Rainy_Day, 06 January 2011 - 03:42 PM.
Removed excessive caps title and replaced to be more relevant