Yesterday I made a post that was intended to be humorous but it seems like almost everyone completely missed the joke and took it as if I was trying to kick their cat or something. It did however give me a great idea for another post because many of the people bought up some good things in the comments.
Before I begin I will explain where this all began.
Reading the forums I came across this warrior crying about the long wait times in the looking for raid queue. He was posting actively in the thread and many people suggested that he consider tanking for the faster queue. He refused to accept that tanking was even an option but never gave a reason why it wasn't. If he would have just said he did not like tanking the LFR alone the people might have left him alone but he didn't and he started to get rude to the people that suggested he should.
Then the exchange that inspired the joke came about. Someone posted, apparently after viewing his profile, that he should just go as tank and choose arms as his gear specialization because he has a tank spec and tank gear and he logged out in it so there is no denying it. It would make it faster for him so he could stop complaining. To which his reply, instead of explaining why he did not want to tank, was to insult the person and complain even more because there is no reason he should ever need to wait in queue like this. The poster just replied, If you don't want to wait just go as tank you selfish bastard and stop bitching.
So I wrote the post I wrote with this image of the warrior raging, blood rushing to his head as his face turned red and him pounding his fists on his desk screaming that he has to wait so long, when a pop up appeared in game that said "if you signed up a tank you would already be in" and then his head exploded. I admit, I thought that was quite funny and every time I see someone that can tank or heal complaining about queue times I think the same thing.
Hey, I queue on my tanks as DPS and I never complain, because I made that choice.
So the post was made with the idea that with lots of pop ups along those line would make nerd rager like him go into a tizzy and I took a great deal of joy in that and found it quite funny. I thought others would as well but it did not turn out as expected. But that is not a bad thing at all because it did give me ideas for many posts thanks to the comments.
Should people that can tank or heal be forced to do so?
Do people have the right to complain when they have the fix in their own hands?
Who is really selfish the one who can tank but refuses to or the one that can't tank but won't reroll?
Why do I queue for the LFR as a damage dealer on my tank but I don't mind healing?
Are single focus classes a thing of the past?
The first post I am stripping from that would be the idea that the single focus class concept needs to go. The argument against pure specs.
It is a known fact that tanks and healers are always in need. I have always said that if you want to actually "play" the game you need to roll a tank or a healer. Just one peek at the forums, trade chat, recruitment macros, open raid, etc, you will see that tanks and healers are usually needed more than anything else, thus playing one would mean getting an invite to anything becomes easier when you are capable of filling one of those roles. I've even gotten invites as a healer on characters I do not have gear for it because I can heal, based on spec, and they do not care if I have no or little gear to do so. Yes, sometimes they are in that much demand.
While I do happen to know a few players that rolled a pure because they did not want to tank or heal and they knew if they were a pure they could never be asked to do so I do not believe that is the overwhelming reason some people play pures. I doubt most people say I am a hunter just so I don't have to tank.
I know I am a hunter because I love being one. Hunters are awesome, why would anyone not love being one? But that is another story. I have tanks and I have healers and often I end up being on one of those for my guild raids because we are in need of one of them. So like it or not, if I want my guild to run, I have to play an alt. It has been that way for two expansion now. I rarely get to play my main because I have to do what I have to do.
Yet some people would still call me selfish for playing a hunter as a main. Why? I would tank on my hunter if I could. I would heal on my hunter if I could. The game just does not give me that option. I would love, and love is an extreme understatement, love to tank on my hunter and not need to switch to one of my tanks. I would have a lot more personal progression this expansion if I could tank with my hunter, that is for sure. The being pigeon holed into one role needs to end.
In this era where there is such a huge demand for those roles, tanks more so lately, wouldn't it be a good idea for the pures to have the same options that everyone else in the game does? Isn't it unfair that the warrior I mentioned can be a fully geared tank and still select to queue as the DPS role and complain when he has options and I don't?
The pure classes do not do more damage, like they should, just for being a pure. They bring less utility to a team should the team need people to switch around roles because they can't. They single role classes are just outdated and they need to be updated.
Making hunters and rogues into tanks would not be hard at all. For rogues you just go dodge tank like you would with the other leather wearing tanks. Hunters have options. They could go dodge tanks with melee abilities and an agility polearm or staff or they could go pet tanks with respective changes that allow their pet to me more tank like in that spec. It would also bring an added aspect to the game as the hunter tank would or could also be the main healer for their tank bringing a different little taste to the game.
A warlock could easily slide into the tank or healer role. I would prefer the tank option because turning hunters into a tank spec would give the game its first mail wearing tank and turning warlocks into a tank would give us the first cloth tank. Warlocks could use their pet to tank, like the hunter model, or they could transform into a demon and tank like that which, admit it, would be pretty damn cool.
Warlocks could also bring an interesting healing spec to the game. Magic is magic and even their dark magics can be used for good and it could be used differently depending on which minion they have out. A minion that will duplicate their heals as splash heals for AoE, another that would duplicate their heals as smart heals, another that would duplicate their heals on the target they are healing, you name it, each minion could bring something else to their heals and make choosing which one you have out a show of how smart the healer is or which role he is currently filling as far as healing goes.
Mages make the most sense to become healers because if shaman can heal with water why can't mages heal with ice because after all ice is only water that has been frozen. Of course you are not going to hit people in the head with ice cubes because while that would look quite funny it would cause more injury, but you get the drift. It would not be a far stretch to think of mages as being able to heal with water. They can heal their elemental with their spells so the idea of a mage healing something is not completely out of the question.
If the pure roles are not going to be substantially better at filling the one and only role they can fill then they should be given options just like all other classes have. The option to switch should their raid need it. The option to get the quicker queue in the LF* system should they want to.
If all damage dealers are created equal, which seems to be the design concept they are aiming at, then the days of a pure damage dealer should end. If the pure damage dealer could do more, much more than the hybrid damage dealer it might make sense that they exist as pure classes but that is not the case.
With the great need for tanks most of the time and the need for healers being right behind them having three classes (rogue, hunter and warlock) added to the tank mix and one class (mage) added to the healing mix, it could very well solve a few of the issues with the queue times.
Just like that warrior had a choice to roll as a tank because he had the spec and the gear to do so and did not, all classes should have that option. If I could tank on my hunter I would, quick queue for random content and I would get to stay on my main and gear up my main for the real raid. I see nothing wrong with it what so ever.
The time for a 4th spec for four classes has come. The pures should no longer be pure. The game has changed and the classes should change with it. The days of the pure are over.
Which leaves me with three questions for you.
1) If the pures could fill the role of the tank or healer would you use that option?
2) Do you think that it would help with the LF systems overwhelming need for tanks and healers?
3) Over all do you think it would be good for the game?
1) Yes, in random content, I would surely tank on my main, a hunter. I might not on my alts, the lock and rogue, but they are alts so waiting is no biggie for me. The mage healer I would heal on for the faster queue because I have never really minded healing random content. The only character I would ever feel the need to do it on is my main because it is my main and I would want to get things done and gear up as fast as possible and if being a tank would accomplish that I would do it.
Yes, in raid content. I am usually tanking this expansion and mostly last expansion too. I would prefer to be on my main getting the kills and gear for my main and if I could be on my hunter in the raid instead of one of my tank I would do so in a heartbeat without even thinking for a second.
2) I believe it could help. I am sure there are many like me that if they could fill one of the roles on their main they would, just to make things faster for themselves. So we would see more tanks and more healers because of it. I am sure of it. Perhaps not huge amounts more but enough more that it would be noticeable.
3) Absolutely. Being there is no bonus to being a pure the whole concept of being pure makes no sense any longer. I think it would be great for the game in many ways to allow people to play more than just one role and having four classes with zero options is an outdated idea that would be best changed.
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