Anyone of any class can feel free to leave a post of what their secondary class is but being I am a hunter and the dubious history of famous hunters along with the fact I main a hunter it seems only fitting I make the post hunter centric. It is the hunters of lore that made me think of this idea anyway.
Why would I use the word "dubious" when referring to hunters in warcraft lore one might ask and it can be explained simply. From Rexxar who is a hunter warrior, Tyrande who is a hunter priest, Vol'Jin who is a hunter shaman, to Shandris who does not use a pet and of course the ranger Sylvanas and Alleria Windrunner of course to complete the sisters. All famous warcraft hunters, all something more than just hunters.
So calling someone a hunter always seems like you are only telling half the story, as if hunters were meant to be more, much more. Not saying there are not a few famous lore characters that are just hunters and only hunters but it seems like the majority of the figureheads of the hunter representation are hunters and something else.
This gives the hunters community a much wider range of lore figures to look up to, personally one of my favorites, and a pure hunter to boot, is the great Hemet Nessingwary but that does not take anything away from my love of other hunters in the lore of warcraft even if they are not exactly hunters. They are something more.
As such, we hunters deserve to be something more. Not just hunters, even if that is good enough, but we should be able to take on some of the characteristics of one of the supporting classes and become more than just a hunter just like most of the hunters of lore.
I always liked the hunter priest model because I felt that a hunter with heals would be the most powerful class in the game and for some reason, can not really place it, I always felt as if the hunter and priest connection was so natural, so close.
Perhaps that is because my first interaction that I remember in game with a larger than life hunter was with Tyrande. I loved the look and immediately thought about how great it would be to have healing spells as a hunter and from that point on I had always wished I could be a hunter priest.
Over the years I had considered other hunter combinations but a few just never seemed natural to me like a hunter death knight or a hunter druid while others just seemed to fit, but that was probably because I saw them in game. A hunter rogue seems natural, a hunter warrior seems natural, a hunter shaman seems natural, so many representations that are in game already in one way or another.
Then one day it appeared to me that perhaps a better fit for a healing hunter would be a hunter paladin. I don't believe that I have seen any combination of those two in game but I slowly started to switch from my desire to be a hunter priest to a hunter paladin. Some of the abilities just seems to be so powerful when combined with a pet class. So much so that I am sure it would be impossible to balance around that and any combination of those two would make for an unbeatable hunter.
Another idea that popped into my mind was a paladin mage. It would be cool to have a ranged DPS plate caster and for some reason a paladin mage just makes sense in my mind even if there are no representation in games that would lead me to that connection. If there were ever a class I want to see in game that would be it, a paladin mage. A ranged paladin using magical abilities as their sword. Now that is something I can really sink my teeth into.
So if you could make your hunter, or your class whatever it may be, have an extra set of class abilities, what would you choose to match up with?
For the sake of completing a dream I had when I started playing, because I wanted to grow up and become a hunter priest just like Tyrande, I will make that my choice. All things being equal, a hunter with heals pretty much rocks.