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8-08-2010 @ 8:06AM
While I am totally biased to Paladin, I'd say the best boon for a new player is to play as a Night Elf Rogue, stealth + Shadowmeld really is the best way to go.Although I really do believe the best class for people to play as is the one they have the best mentality for, if you only play melee classes you're hardly going to want to be a caster and vice versa - and if you just don't find your ideal class to work out try something else, you either mesh with it or you don't!
8-08-2010 @ 9:40AM
agreed - paladin is probably best - if your meleefor ranged.... mageno dots no pets etcfire and forget - and if its coming to fast your frostbolt debuff just ran out
8-08-2010 @ 9:57AM
I don't really see how standing still doing nothing (shadowmeld) is the 'best way to go' for a new player but there you go.Personally I did play a warlock as my first character, back at launch and while it was tricky (especially back then) I still feel as if warlock is 'my' class despite having played them all by now.I would agree with paladin being good for new starters though, they are super easy to play now. I recently soloed MC (not unusual these days) with my pally wearing only gear I picked up from PuGs.
8-08-2010 @ 10:04AM
@MrLee:You're missing the point regard Shadowmeld, playing as a rogue is relatively safe as you can skip a lot of mobs control them, with Shadowmeld if you make a mistake you can often escape and go back into Stealth for another shot.You're taking one of the best aspects for levelling and then improving upon it, you can learn a lot by simply watching and keeping safe.
8-08-2010 @ 10:07AM
Paladin is probably the best first character. It's simple to pick up and almost unkillable. Also, as you level you have a chance to dps, to tank and to heal, giving you a taste of every role in the game so you can find your own preference. You could argue that Druids offer that same utility, but I found them frustratingly squishy and weak at low levels.
8-08-2010 @ 11:50AM
Night Elf rogue was actually the very first toon I rolled, back when I downloaded the trial. I couldn't stand the sneak-sneak-sneak-STABITY fighting style, and I actually let the trial run out without getting the game. Turns out now I know I just hate rogues and nelves.Later a coworker got me to try again, and I rolled a priest. I can kill things with blasts of light or shadow AND heal myself if times get tough? Count me in! Oh how I love my bubble.
8-08-2010 @ 12:50PM
Night Elf Rogue was my first real toon. I absolutely hated it after the first 30 levels, and just went to 55 to get to dk. This is because of the annoying facts that:A) Rogues are kind of squishy, and are melee.B) They have NO heals, which is horrible for leveling.I'd go paladin, hunter, or lock for a first character now.
8-08-2010 @ 2:30PM
Night Elf Rogue was my first character and she's still my main. Shadowmeld + Stealth is effectively like having Vanish at lv1, and when you get the real Vanish later on you effectively have two copies of the spell with separate cooldowns. Having an early Vanish/second Vanish was a lot of help while leveling since it gave me a lot more room to make mistakes and learn from them.Of course I loved the stealth mechanics and enjoyed the concept of playing a character that wins battles through skill, dexterity, and deception as opposed to just smashing things like a Warrior would. But I know not everybody likes that kind of character and that can be a big factor.Would you rather be a Fighter or a Thief? Cloud or Yuffie? Battista or Eddie Guerrero? If the first options in those questions appeal to you more, you might prefer rolling a Warrior or Ret Pally. But if you'd pick the latter Rogue is the way to go. Me personally, I'd rather lie, cheat, and steal than smash, smash, and smash.
8-09-2010 @ 1:58AM
Jamie wrote: "the best class for people to play as is the one they have the best mentality for"Truer words were never spoken. There is no one "best" starting class. One of the most clever things Blizzard has done is to create such a broad variety of classes, each with its own characteristic playing style, so as to appeal to the widest possible range of players. (Although, to be fair, they did not originate this idea; most of the classes have their roots in D&D.) When you find a class that clicks with your personality, that makes the game more enjoyable to play and leads to greater success. Happy players renew their subscriptions, everybody wins.
8-10-2010 @ 2:58PM
Definitely agree with this. My favorite class (and the first class I leveled to max) is my frost mage. I found it so easy and fun. I tried a paladin recently, after 5 years of playing as mage, and found it confusing and a little boring. Yet my friend who just started playing last week found pally to be the easiest and most fun for her to play with no prior WoW experience.Also after grinding through 62 levels of shadow priest (the supposed easier/better priest leveling spec) I got so frustrated I vowed to never play a priest again. Until two weeks ago, when I rolled a holy priest. Now I'm almost level 40 and loving every second of it, wondering why it's so much easier than shadow was and wondering why everyone says holy is so hard to level. I find it a breeze! Kinda reminds me of the burst damage and utility I have with my frost mage.Clearly different people have different playing styles, so what's "easy" for one person may be a real pain for another, and vice-versa.
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