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2-20-2009 @ 4:11PM
Just a guess, but I'd say that most places have shortage of tanks and healers due to how horrible they are to play solo. Death knights can start at 55, but priests and shaman are absolutely the least fun you can have in WoW leveling from 1-40. I've never seen the attraction to paladins either. They are so one-dimensional that you can sleep through 30 levels just by wandering around and letting mobs bounce off you. At least they made warriors fun again. DPS classes are just more pleasurable to play of you don't have a group.
2-20-2009 @ 4:57PM
Priests, yes. But leveling a Shaman from 1-30 over the past couples weeks has been lots of fun for me. Of course, you level with a damage spec, so I'm 100% enhancement thus far. I wouldn't expect to level as a healy spec no matter what class you play.
2-20-2009 @ 5:36PM
It sounds like shamans aren't as bad to level anymore, but I know that when I leveled my shaman back in the day, I absolutely hated every second until I got stormstrike/DW.
2-20-2009 @ 6:08PM
priest to 36 right now. it borders on being painful.
2-20-2009 @ 6:54PM
"I'd say that most places have shortage of tanks and healers due to how horrible they are to play solo."My thoughts exactly. A Holy/Resto specced character levels very slowly. They can't put out as much damage as other classes/specs, and may be lacking in damage mitigation talents, so each kill takes twice as long as it would for a DPS'er.That was the Prot. Warrior's problem before 3.0; Protection was a terrible leveling/soloing spec, so Warriors only specced Prot once they'd hit the level cap. I plan the same thing with my Priest; spec Disc/Holy when I want to run instances, but Shadow the rest of the time. Around 75 I'll go for a healing build, and instance my way up to 80. When Dual Spec comes around, I think we'll see far more part-time healers, and part-time healers are good enough in many cases.Side note:Having played tank, DPS, and heals at one time or another, I thoroughly agree with Ziebart that DPS'ing is the least stressful, both within the instance and on your personal schedule. Not only do good tanks and heals get more invites than they can handle, but their guilds may also expect a disproportionate level of attendance from those characters.
2-22-2009 @ 7:17AM
Leveling a prot paladin isn't that bad. You simply won't die against just about anything, and that takes away a lot of stress. Also you can take like 4+ mobs at the same time and still beat the crap out of them, but if you kill them one at a time, it's going to be horrible. Well I did have a pocket healer with me between 20-60, but I think you can do all that alone, because we pulled around 10 mobs all the time :P
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