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10-02-2007 @ 3:40PM
This has since day one seemed an extraordinarily weak argument. What defines a hybrid class, exactly? If it's the ability to do more than one kind of healing, the only 'pure' healers are paladins, who have two heals, a flash of light and a holy light. Both have casting time, both are direct heals, both only heal a single target. Lay on Hands is an instant heal, but it takes all of your mana to cast it.Shamans have those as well as chain heal, a multiple mob healing spell (and of course no lay on hands ability) and Earth Shield, if they're resto. Druids have a direct single target heal, tranquility, Heal over Time spells. And Priests can basically do all of this. By this sort of definition of 'hybrid' then ONLY paladins would be a pure healing class. It's a ridiculous, circular argument made by a paladin to backdoor justify why his class should be able to outperform one that is primarily designed around healing. The ability to do damage is inherent to every class in the game - performing a DPS role in a run is far different from having the capacity to deal out damage. Warriors can often out-DPS a rogue or a mage, but you're not going to bring one over a rogue or a mage to perform the DPS role in a run.Furthermore, *no class in the game is limited to only one role*. Mages and rogues can DPS and CC. Priests can DPS or heal. Warriors can DPS or tank. Paladins can DPS, tank or heal. Druids can perform almost any feature in one capacity or another. If we assume that being capable of damaging a mob makes you a hybrid, then everyone is a hybrid and some hybrids are far, far more versatile than others for no real reason. If we're all hybrids, why should paladins have THREE diverse roles while other hybrids can only perform two? Why should druids be capable of performing healing, tanking, magic DPS, melee DPS AND healing roles when priests can, at most, provide magic DPS and healing? The 'priests are hybrids' argument forces one to look at how limited a supposed hybrid they really are, and how desperately they would need buffing to at LEAST paladin levels if that were true.In short, the original poster rather selfishly and for the benefit of one class casts the hyrbid net entirely too widely, to the detriment of game balance and the fairness that is required for it.
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