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3-19-2008 @ 7:11PM
well i think there is a problem with a melee/caster hybrid class in a game where all the classes compete against each other. in this sort of situation all classes need to have strengths and weaknesses (obviously) if you think about all the classes in wow they generally have their own individual strengths and weaknesses ex: mages deal lots of dmg (or are supposed to :\) but are very fragile and very reliant on mana.the main classes have their obvious strengths and weaknesses, but the hybrid classes are harder to balance against the others since they have the ability to do fit more than one of the roles. a shaman for example can be seen as a priest/mage and warrior/rogue hybrid and doesnt really have the weaknesses of any of the classes (on paper). they wear mail armor so they arent as fragile as priests and mages, they have ranged spells that make them effective casters so they dont have to take the risk that comes with being in melee range, and if you do get to their melee range they are wearing mail and are able to engage in melee combat more effectively than a mage or a priest AND they can heal themselves on top of all that. where is the weakness? they of course have them in the game, but they are underpowered precisely to prevent them from being as overpowered as they sound on paper.i dont really think hybrids can be balanced well with the other main classes because of that and i think they will be doomed to either be underpowered or overpowered (which will lead to alot of QQ and cause them to get nerfed). i dont really think they will stay one way or the other for long though because the OP or UP statues of classes in WoW is cyclical.
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