I am not sure what the purpose of the new class halls in legion will be. I am not sure if it will be fun. I am not sure if it will be useful. It is way to early to even form an opinion one way or the other honestly and I would not want to hazard any guesses with making an opinion with the little bit of information we have. But there is one thing I do know. I am not the leader of my class, and neither are you.
I had no problem with the story of warlords putting me in the position of being the leader of the war effort on Draenor, even if there were millions of other people on Draenor. The reason for that is because when I was in my garrison I was alone, everyone there refereed to me and treated me as their leader.
Even if I invited other people to my garrison it was with me as the leader of the group. If they came for a garrison invasion, I was the leader and it was my garrison that was under attack. If they came for a garrison raid boss, I was the leader and it was my garrison that was under attack. If they came to my garrison to use the pet battle, my enchanters hut, the the weekly vendor whatever it may be, it was cool, because they were coming to my garrison and I was the leader. So I could except the role play that I was the single lead commander of the war efforts.
Class halls however are a horse of a different color. It will be filled with dozens, perhaps even hundreds on a packed server near release, of people that are the same class as I am. Yet the role play blizzard wants us to play is that we are the leader of our class? Wouldn't that be a little hard if there are also a hundred other people there all claiming to be the leader as well?
I do not get it. Sure I will be wielding an artifact of extraordinary power. Sure I will go though trials and tribulations while empowering it to get stronger and stronger. But to say I am the class leader because I have that artifact when I look around and see those dozens or perhaps even hundreds of other people that are the same class as I am and wielding the same exact weapon as I do, even if skinned differently, it takes away from the feeling.
I do not need to "wait to see how it feels" as some people might suggest. I know how I would feel because I know that none of those other hunters walking around are the leader of my class and I know that I am not the leader of my class. I also know that even if I tried to "play" leader it will be hard to feel like the leader of my class when standing with so many other people that have the exact same weapon I do, even with a different skin. I can't consider myself their leader because I have this powerful and rare weapon that makes me the leader because it is not rare at all when everyone has one.
Nope, sorry, I will not be able to feel that. Not with everyone else around me. It was a different world in my garrison, it was easy enough to feel as if I were the commander of all the war efforts on Draenor because there were no other people running around and on the few occasions there were, they were there because I invited them, as their leader (of the group at least). But with the class hall and everyone coming and going as they please, it would not feel right to pretend you are the leader of your class.
I can not pass any judgement on class halls and I will not even try to format an early guess on if they will be cool or not, because I don't know enough yet. They could be awesome, they could suck. It is way too early in the information release process to know. We do not know enough about them to even guess what they might be like. But we do know one thing, we know we are supposed to be the leader, and that, I will pass judgement on.
I don't think I should be the leader of my class, I don't think you should be the leader of your class, I do not believe random hunter in guild number 682 on my server should be the leader of my class and I sure as hell do not believe that someones alt that they never log into after they hit max level should be the leader of my class.
I hope blizzard ditches this storyline were we are the leader of our class hall. It just does not fit like being the leader of our garrison did. Unless blizzard has found a way to make everyone else in the game listen to everything I say, then I am not their leader. If I am going to be sharing space with these people, and I do not lead them, I do not want the story to play it off as if I am their leader, because it would not feel as if I were. The leader of a small pack of underlings, sure, but not the leader of my class.
I believe that all class halls should have a leader. I believe it should be a neutral NPC so both horde and alliance can speak with them. I believe they should treat us as a high ranking assistant, maybe a right hand man if you will or a teacher showing the new people of our class the ropes. They will send us on our tasks with quests, they will let us assign duties to the underlings assigned to us in the form of our followers, but over all they will be the leader of our class. Now that, my friends, sounds about right and how it should be if you ask me.
That NPC should be the leader of the class hall. Not me, not you, not random hunter in guild 682. That just does not feel right. It is still really early in development and I hope it can be changed, but I really think if blizzard insists on telling every player of every class that they are the most important, skilled and qualified to lead their entire class and everyone that practices it, and then puts them in a room with dozens if not hundreds of other people they told the same thing, it will just be a failure, at least in the sense of how it feels. Because how can you say we are that great and then we see all those others that are basically all told the same exact thing we were? It works in a private space to make one person the be all end all, but not in public space, which the class halls will be.
Blizzard, I am keeping an open mind on class halls and not passing judgement on them. But please, pretty please with a cherry on top, ditch this idea where I, and everyone else in the entire game, is the leader of their class. It doesn't work story wise. If you want it to work, it needs to be in a solo phased area like the garrison. But in a shared area, we are all equals and should be treated as such, let an NPC be our class leader. That is the only opinion I have about class halls at the moment, the opinion that no player should be the leader of their class.