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5-13-2009 @ 11:34AM
The Death Knight popularity is an unfortunate trend that I hope dies soon. After a long hiatus, I picked up WoW again after Wrath released and began a new Paladin, which I leveled to 55. Then after I tried a Death Knight, I liked it and leveled that character to 80 and am now back to my Paladin to get that to 80. I really liked playing as a Death Knight, but I don't see them particularly superior to any other class. In fact, for the most part, I felt as though a Death Knight was to a Warlock that a Paladin was to a Priest. Being that my other favourite class was Paladin, DK seemed a logical class for me to enjoy as well. But that's certainly not true for everybody, but the numbers don't show it. I've seen a large number of DKs that were being played by children who were too young to even play the game (remember the ESRB rated the game T, ie age 13+), and normally would never be able to get a character to 55 but were instead playing on a sibling's/parent's account. These people were playing late-game content but didn't have the maturity to operate properly with the highly social nature of the game, and so gives the real Death Knights - players who actually enjoy the class for what it is - a really hard time in being taken seriously, especially in the realm of tanking.
5-13-2009 @ 12:54PM
I am with you Mike. I enjoy playing a DK to as well. I have played a priest, rogue, and warrior. I got my Rogue to 70 and my Priest to 80. I switched over to a DK and leveled that up to 80 and enjoy playing that more often than my other two. I find it depressing how i see people down DK's because of this or that. I hear because DK's are overpowered. In what way do I ask. The way i see it in PvP Paladins or Mages make the better class in PvP. I get my tail handed to me often by those two classes. Even hunters have tricks that are hard to get pass in a PvP setting. Sometimes I get turned down going on a raid just because I play a DK. Even though I am geared with T7 and T7.5 gear and have a Defense Cap of 547 I get turned away because I am a DK. Even though I know how to play the class and have tanked successful Heroic and 10 man raid content I still get the "we are not looking for any DK's". It makes me wonder how the players would feel when a new Hero Class pops up on scene. Would they treat that Hero Class like a step child for a while too. To me it's how you play the class that makes one successful in doing Raids and Heroics. Learning how to play your class so as not to make mistakes is key. I enjoy playing a DK because I like the style and what it reminds me of, a minor magic using Warrior that kicks ass and takes names. DK's are like one piece of a large puzzle, they have their place in the World of Warcraft just like any other class. A tank can't go it alone without a Healer and DPS to back him/her up just like DPS can't go it alone without a Tank. I tank good with my DK because I took the time to learn the class. Just like any other class took time to learn their own. The DK population looks like it is going down which is good in a sense. But I will continue to play mine until I find another class I would enjoy better. Maybe a Druid tank someday.
5-13-2009 @ 1:57PM
Shadeprince said: 'Even though I know how to play the class and have tanked successful Heroic and 10 man raid content I still get the "we are not looking for any DK's".'That isn't because of class disrespect; it's because they likely had 4-5 already. Since x-mas, any 5-man PUG group is guaranteed to have at least one DK, and raids far more (Heck, I had 6 in my last VoA 10-man).The numbers may show 13% overall, but I would guess the percentage of L80 toons who are casuals or alts is quite a bit higher. And frankly it is becoming a minor annoyance for those of us who PUG and roll on the same tier pieces.
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