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4-09-2010 @ 12:05PM
I care because I care about the integrity of this game.If every other class is easier to play, that means there will be a less discrepant ratio of skilled players to unskilled players in those classes. If 3 of 4 healers are decent, and only 1 of 4 priests is okay, why would PUG groups bother risking their time on priests? I know it may not seem like a big deal if you're a guild priest who has a good reputation and the opportunity to raid weekly, but there are A LOT of players who do not experience the game this way. I write for them too, and if anything, I'm more concerned about them than a priest in a guild that has many of resources available to her. A stigma is a hard thing to compete against when you're just a casual player who logs in on the weekends in average gear.Blizz says "bring the player, not the class." So if one class is grossly more difficult to play, what do you think will happen in their attempt to balance the game? My hope is that they choose to make all the other class come closer to priest, rather than removing the difficult aspects of our one class. Maybe mana will fix that, maybe it won't. All I know is right now it takes a lot more skill for a holy priest to compete with a druid or shaman on raid healing. It takes a lot more skill for a disc priest to keep a tank alive over a paladin. I like that, but I want to see other classes have to play at the same level so people gain a better understanding and appreciation for priests. Does this directly affect me? No, because I'm in a guild that understands the value of priests of any spec. Does it affect my readers? Yes, because I get e-mails about it every week.That said, I was curious about your last criticism so I went back and broke down my article by the starting tone of each paragraph. I made notations for negative, positive, and neutral (more information type paragraphs.) I had 8 positive, 7 negative, and 7 neutral. I put a lot of time and care into weighing each issue, but I admit sometimes you have to wait til the third or fourth paragraph of a section to observe the full progression of my thoughts. If you stop reading when you hit the first sentence you don't like, you don't get the whole pay off. WoW.com often gets criticized for being Blizzard fanboys, so starting every subsection on a positive note isn't necessarily the solution either. I'd end up with 3x more complaints like yours, only in the reverse argument. That said, I'll try to format articles like this one in the future so the Pros and Cons are clearly marked.
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