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2-27-2009 @ 2:27PM
As I posted in another thread the other day - GCs contradictory statements in a single post."Players often wish for a buff so awesome that it guarantees them a raid slot. But that is exactly the mentality we were trying to prevent with our big buff and debuff overhaul.""The new model is designed to let you get as many buffs as you want through several different configurations of classes and specs and still have some slots left over to bring who you want."From the post this atricle is drawn from-"What it does mean is that you have a ton more flexibility than in Sunwell over which classes you bring and you should be able to get all of the buffs you need (and yes Replenishment is one of those) and still have enough free slots to double up on whatever classes you want or just bring the guys you like to raid with."There you have it, from the man himself. It is not the oft touted "bring the player, not the class", but rather, bring these mandatory class/specs and maybe you have a spot left over for the player you want to bring.I'm not saying that we should be able to bring all rouges and locks and be ok, just that "bring the player, not the class" is not an accurate description of reality."We aren't seeing anyone sidelined on raids or being stacked in raids..."Really??? Once again, I don't know what data Blizzard is looking at or how they draw their conclusions that certain classes are not being shunned or stacked, all i can do is assess the situation based on my experiences on my server. Those are:-DKs are being shunned (almost all you see in trade is "LF5M 25 man Naxx - NO DKs" then join the group to find no DKs in the group to begin with. I believe this is due to the 5 FotM ret pallies not wanting to have more competition for loot and that no one really views and of the DK buffs as necessary.)-Rogues are being shunned (mainly because they are putting out sub par dps and have nothing to offer the group as a whole)-Warlocks might be shunned (I don't see many locks in raids nowadays, however I don't know if that is due to a lack of raid buffs or that many locks rerolled DKs and most of the rest rerolled something else. While I don't see a real bias against locks, I don't see raids actively seeking them either.)-Paladins are being stacked (I have seen, on average, raids being comprised of 30% paladins. Buffs, auras, replenishment, great tanks, great dps, and insane glyphed healing... if it weren't for loot I wouldn't be surpirsed to see all pally raids.)
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