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5-13-2009 @ 4:09PM
Lately my guild has been experiencing somewhat of a renaissance when it comes to alts. Everyone has one. So I've gotten a lot of insight into why characters become popular :)First, the class has to be perceived to be good. Or at least the particular spec. Second, when you actually play the class, it has to be able to live up to those expectations.Druids were unpopular before because they were the opposite a) They didn't have a great reputation b) They were weaker than the "pure" classes. As such, you mostly had people playing druids, that were actual fans of the class. These days druids are perceived as being strong; at least healing and caster-wise. So more people are willing to roll them, and more people stay with them. In my guild, there's no less than five level 80 druid alts. But none of them are feral.This also explains what has happened to death knights. They are perceived as being very strong; which they are. They also have the advantage of being new and shiny. Which I suppose is a third factor, the "cool" factor, which could mean any number of things. But I suppose applies to the specific unique traits that seperate the class from others... druid shapeshifting, rogue stealth, hunter pets, DK's death.
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