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7-17-2009 @ 9:11AM
Just because someone leveled their class from 1-80 doesn't mean they are prepared for instances or raids at 80. With the way the WoW is designed, it can be a solo game and while leveling it tends to be for the majority of the time. If you never do a low level dungeon at the correct levels, then a tank would have little reason to ever use that little "taunt" button and a healer wouldn't need to pay much attention to anyone's health but their own.How much LESS do you learn a DK between levels 55-80 than you would learn any other class from 1-80? I don't believe that people would play their DK any better if they started at 1, which is the argument for leveling 1-60. There is the fact that a brand new player needs to learn the basics of game mechanics and about their class, but doing this from 1-80 or 55-80 doesn't change their endgame ability, IMO.
7-17-2009 @ 12:50PM
I totally disagree that Death Knight players "aren't missing out on class experience" by starting at 55. Good players might be able to handle the bigger learning curve, but for many, the class abilities are still only half-understood . PUG VOA or something and see how often your problematic player or low dps is a Death Knight. I've even come across a couple that had spellpower trinkets and caster-related enchants. While not impossible to learn from 55-80, it opens itself up to players not knowing the class so much more than the other classes, those that had to grind out 1-80. At any level you will have players who do and do not know their class, but starting a new class at 55 is a massive invitation for the latter to take a free ride.
7-17-2009 @ 1:14PM
Anyone able to activate the class abilities can do crazy DPS as a DK, even without any talent points assigned. You won't be high-end, but you'll be average. Sounds impossible? When 3.2 hits and your talent points are reset, go whack it at a target dummy and be amazed. Or spend a few gold right now and see what I mean. Just don't stand in the fire. That's what kills your DPS.
7-17-2009 @ 2:42PM
Yes, I've seen those DKs... but of someone really can't learn a class in 35 levels, they're never going to learn it. An 80 DK who has spellpower trinkets simply doesn't care to understand their class - they're not putting forth any effort. More levels won't change that - they're simply bad players. It would make zero sense for a DK to start at 1 from a story POV - they're heros who've fallen in battle. A level 1 cannot be a heroic adventurer by definition.
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