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Hey all, here’s a guest blog post from that goof over at Blogger (80 Elite). Enjoy!

Hey Davlin. I read your latest post on the role one played vs. the role one plays now and I wanted to put my own two cents in.

As I play on multiple characters, I feel it is only worthy to mention both of them. Kateff; a level 72 Hunter and Furyen; a level 72 Druid.  Before patch 3.0.2 Kateff’s role was DPS/CC. With Classic content, I found that Kateff would be used as a light CC and high DPS. Classic Dungeons contained many 4-5 sized mobs and just to make things a little easier on everyone, a Freezing Trap was laid down and I wold end up pulling the baddie to me and shwaan. Frozen baddie.  The major thing I as Kateff did in Classic WoW was to actually pull mobs to the party. As a ranged DPS that did lower damage (lower damage = lower aggro) it was the hunter that pulled that hard to get to mob not the mage.  As alliance, shamans did not exist as of yet and 90% of priests were spec’d holy. When it came to Druids back then….they were pretty secluded. Guess most were still sleeping the Emerald Dream. SO, as there was actual popularity for Hunters back then, they were wanted all the time. As Burning Crusade came out though, the huntard initiative was created. Hunters popularity dropped like a bag of dead murlocs…  It was the mage that became the preferred ranged DPSer and it came to be that the Warrior pull rose to almost full activity. Do not get me wrong here, Hunters didn’t just disappear.  They were still used as CCers and DPSers. But their main role was to do some CCing. Nothing beats a Freezing trap for 27 sec if specd Survival. Readiness was fantastic as you could continuously trap two baddies or forever trap one baddie.  Or as Davlin has stated, if you were an engineer you “could” trap around 6 maybe 7 mobs if you knew how to correctly. As it stood, Kateff had no engineering, and could trap two baddies, wryven sting another, and kite a fourth. That is four baddies out of the fight for crucial seconds. When patch 3.0.2 came out, Kateff switched to Beast Mastery due to the trees being switched and plundered. As a beginning Beast Master, Kateff looked forward to the prospect of new pets and abilities. It was time to get back to the hunter’s roots as a DPS pet handler. And it was in WotlK that Kateff was able to do this. In WotlK, the role of the hunter has yet again changed. They are their as a main DPS…yes a MAIN DPS.  Even though they are getting nerfed soon, hunters are high damage dealers now with a 6th party member to assist in the blood letting. As I have not ran too much with Kateff in Northrend my analysis ends here.

Furyen was a Restoration Druid throughout Classic and Burning Crusade. As of WotlK, he has specd to Balance to level faster.  When he reaches 80 or close to it, he will regain his tree form as I have noticed Druid healers being a HUGE favorite here in Northrend.  Classic WoW it was Priests, Burning Crusade it was Priest and Paladins, Wotlk I see the Druid. Once ridiculed for main healing, the druid (in capable hands) can heal just as effectively as any other healer. In BC, druids were used a lot just for their Battle Rez. A demoralizing and ridiculing position to fill, but as demand calls supply must answer.  Now that Entangling Roots can be cast inside, Druids can be an effective CCer also. Along with hibernate for beasts and dragon. Effective but not highly wanted.

I know I wrote tons more for Kateff than Furyen, but as I had played Kateff for longer I had more to say. Furyen was always a healer and always will be in heart. He is just taking a breather to laser beam his enemies to death.

Have a good one Davlin. May the hunt be prosperous for you.
Kateff, Furyen, Nexultor

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The Best?

Recently, I’ve found that there a lot of folks out there asking for the “best.” And I don’t mean they are asking for me….although they should be. What I mean is that they are going around asking what class is the best {Insert Group Role}.

Ie: A guildy recently asked me “What’s the best class for a healer?”
And of course, one of our resident shamans felt it necessary to boast his class pride. Sadly, before I could voice my lengthy and rather well-informed opinion about the subject, the curious guildy felt compelled to take his new information of “Shammy haz healz” to his Horde alt.

As to properly answer this, I feel as though I’m forced to instead address my belief in the term “the Best.”

Simply put, the Best is a myth. I think that there have been reports of it being sighted in Sholozar Basin, every six hours, and only for ten minutes…

Seriously though, the Best is relative. In all honesty, I can’t even say I’ve ever met anything I would say is the Best in terms of “all of Warcraft.” There are just too many variables and with the way the Blizzard has been revamping classes over the last year or more the classes for each group role all have the capacity to be just as good at the group role as any other class.

So here’s Davlin’s short list of the Best’s.

Healer: Anyone that can keep me alive through almost everything.
Tank: Anyone who can hold aggro through most situations and earned the title of “Dav’s Meat Shield.”
DPS: Anyone who knows how to properly ride an aggro wave without pulling aggro and causing a wipe.
Hunter: Me.
Pet: Any pet that’s special abilities and armor/health fits well with your play style.
Profession for making money: Any profession….period.
Northrend Starting Zone: Howling Fjord, don’t take my darned Cobalt Nodes and Steam Clouds in Borean Tundra!

This is, of course, all from my point of view. Over here in Hunter land, where I’m putting out DPS and trying to keep my mana up and pet alive, what matters to me is making it through a mob. As long as I’m watching the Aggro Wave, I’m the happiest little Hunter when I see that my tank is holding aggro, my healer is healing through the pain, and my other dps isn’t trying to steal aggro. If your choices for your group can carry you through every mob, then they’re the Best.

So I guess what I’m trying to say is:
What’s the Best? The Best is that small group of players that knows their class and their role in a group. The Best are also always courteous “good” players.  There is no best class for anything. You want the Best? Run with PUG’s until you find the Best. You want the Best? Run with Guildmates until you find the Best. You want the Best? Take me with you, cause it doesn’t get any better than this baby!

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