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12-03-2009 @ 8:03AM
It is interesting to see how much Rogues have changed. There were some spots in BC, but really in vanilla it could be possible that you would take a Rogue for their utility. During the end of BC I was helping a friend farm Righteous Orbs in Scholomance on my Rogue for his Pally. We also brought along a Mage. I was very surprised at just how useful my Rogue was even though we all out leveled the place quite a bit. I was dusting off icons I hadn't used in a while. Being able to sap effectively and use the suite of interrupts I had (as well as being the only melee DPS that could handle the magic-immune shades) was very powerful. While adding DPS to utility sounds fun, it would be interesting if Blizz could add some kind of useful utility to the DPS trees. This is a double-edged sword, because for a talent or ability to be really useful, something important has to depend on it.. and if something important depends on it, you can't do that important thing if you don't have that class/spec.i.e. Shadow Priests and VT in BC... or Shadow Priests and MC for Razuvious (before the orbs were added)... defined the use and role of the class. On the other side of the coin, Rogues and Disarm Trap. Disarm Trap is an iconic Rogue-type skill, but in WoW it is used for one Rogue class quest, and beyond that it has no utility, other than to let Hunters know where you are, so it is never used. Lockpicking is also slowly becoming less and less useful even though it is a definitive Rogue-type skill.
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