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4-16-2010 @ 5:21PM
I point to your own anecdote as a reason your utopian future won't come about. You were turned down for a job you more than adequately capable of, because of faulty or lazy thinking.That will happen NO MATTER WHAT. In Cataclysm, no matter how much parity there is, it will not be a true 1=1. Someone will post on Theorycrafting sites that a Paladin is .001% better at X, and a Druid is .003% better at Y. And it won't matter how small or petty the distinctions are, Players will still try and pigeonhole classes because that is what they do :-p
4-16-2010 @ 5:41PM
Pretty much sums it up.
4-16-2010 @ 6:40PM
I agree the min/max crowd will do that. And lets say, somehow, all the classes get to the exact same healing throughput, then why not just take just pallies, their plate armor and their offspec?I'm not on the homogenization bus because it takes away flavor. If somehow all healers did become very close in abilities, then why choose one? For the offspec? I'd be okay with steering two classes toward tank healing, and the other two toward raid healing. But have 4 classes that perform the same? It goes too far.
4-16-2010 @ 6:55PM
Parity is not the same as homogenization! Too many people seem to be confusing the two.Parity implies equal capability, but it does not mean that their abilities or playstyle are in any way similar. The four healing classes can (and should) each be equally capable of either tank or raid healing while using entirely different tools, both flavor-wise and mechanically, to get there.
4-16-2010 @ 7:50PM
The min/maxers will always dictate in the end. No matter how close Blizz gets the 4 classes homogenized, one or two classes will still be identified as having x% superiority in category y. That class suddenly gets perceived as the superior class regardless of the size of the difference. This filters down to the general population and next thing you know, class XYZ sucks at doing such and such.
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