I’m Quitting If They Don’t Fix Paladins

Without fail, I know that there will be a storm of outrage from people, many of who threaten to quit playing WoW if Blizzard goes through with the change.

I just don’t get it.

WoW is a dynamic game.  It’s not the same game I started playing back at patch 1.7, nor do I want it to be.  Overall, I enjoy the game today as much if not more than I did when I first started playing.  I enjoy the changes that have been made to the classes I play, but I understand that I can’t only expect changes to be beneficial.

With the good comes the bad.  It’s part of the MMORPG model.  If you don’t get that, you should probably go back to playing games that are only bugfixed, like Warcraft 3 or Diablo 2.

If you didn’t get a chance to raid during the days of vanilla WoW (patches 1.x), do yourself a favor.  Go look up your main class tier 1 set

here.  Now go look up your tier 8 set (or sets if you play a hybrid) here.

Sets.  Plural.  This is new, something that was introduced in The Burning Crusade expansion.  While we’ve always had talent trees, hybrids had one and only one role to play when it came to endgame before patch 2.x.  If you played a paladin, you were healing.  Same if you were a druid.   If you were a warrior, you were a tank.

The level of flexibility we have to choose gear that meets our talent specs is staggering compared to the days of vanilla WoW.  Would anyone in their right mind ever want to go back to the days of being pigeon-holed into healing or tanking if they really wanted to do DPS instead?

Of course not.

Who Moved My Cheese?

Anyone who has done any reading on changes to classes over time, and even those who haven’t but have been around for more than six months should realize that class changes are a natural part of an MMORPG.

You know changes were made in the past.

You should expect changes to be made in the future.

So why do you fall in love with the way your class works today and get all up in arms when the inevitable changes happen?

Enjoy your class for what it is today.  Relish that the experience may be different tomorrow, just as it may have been different yesterday.  When a change is announced,  do yourself a favour and see how it actually affects you (by playing on the PTR) before you explode on the forums.

If you can’t accept the dynamic nature of WoW (or any other MMO), then perhaps chess is more your game.  As far as I can tell, chess is currently celebrating its 534th year without a nerf (or buff for that matter).

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