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7-17-2009 @ 9:55AM
As an experienced player, I can safely say that levelling a new character of a new class teaches me bugger all about the class. I still stand by my opinion that endgame WoW can only be learned from external sources created by people running detailed analysis on all parts of the game.Once you've got some experience of the game, it's not hard to figure out how a class works and what their abilities do. Learning how to play a class properly is another matter entirely. If levelling was an evolutionary process it'd be different, but many classes don't have their core abilities until a long way up the levelling hill (anyone levelled a ret pally recently?) or have essential early game abilities become marginalised (you'd think warriors would use heroic strike more, considering it's the first skill they have.)
7-17-2009 @ 1:20PM
So, by your argument, you should have no problem with folks that buy/RaF/etc an insta-80 and then want to join your Ulduar raid. According to you, leveling to 80 didn't teach them their class, and they should be able to learn their class playing with the other lvl 80s in raids. I will agree that leveling to 80 teaches nothing about raiding at 80. But that's equivalent to saying that school grades k-12 teach nothing useful for college. If you don't know what your class does, how to fiddle the interface, mods, chat, etc, then you're not going to be able to learn how to raid at 80. Conversely, leveling to 80 DOES provide a foundation for learning to raid. Leveling teaches the class.Raiding teaches how to use that class to raid at 80.
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