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10-15-2010 @ 8:09AM
I've always loved bards, and I would love to see how Blizz might handle the class.Unfortunately it's hard for me to picture how they would be viable in solo play... I see them more as a class that is almost solely group oriented, a buff-via-music class that would probably take the place of a DPS in a five-man, that didn't actually DO hardly any DPS at all, but whose group buffs were so powerful that the other two DPS hit harder enough, the tank soaked enough additional damage and the healer's abilities were improved enough that the lack of a third DPS didn't negatively affect the outcome.The bard's buffs should be channeled, though; they actually have to keep playing for the group to keep benefitting from their buffs, it's not like "I pluck my lute string once and you have an hour long PW:F-style buff!".I suppose they could have a healing spec too though; I believe bards that follow general D&D rules have more than enough healing spell options to be viable in that role.I dunno... I'm sure Blizz would never introduce a class that didn't have at least one halfway-viable soloing spec, and I'm not sure how you'd make a bard capable of solo-killing at a reasonable pace, but still... I'm sure they could think of SOMETHING, and I think it'd be really awesome! ^_^
10-15-2010 @ 8:31AM
I think the soloing aspect could be solved with channeled, short duration pets, ala AotD, that are then buffed and sustained with more channels. That way the bards would also get similar playstyles solo and grouped.
10-15-2010 @ 8:54AM
I would love to see a bard added. I think I am just enamored with the idea of fighting evil with the power of music.It wouldn't be too difficult to make a bard be able to solo. If you think about the classic D&D bard, they are kind of a cross between a rogue and a mage with the added utility of songs, so there are plenty of ways there for them to be offensive.
IDK something about:GM: "A giant cyclopes walks into the room what do you do!!??!?!" Bard: "I pick up my Lute and strike up a tune."Didn't appeal to me.
10-19-2010 @ 2:14PM
I think a Bard would be great. One spec could be healing based, another DPS based and the final a Buff/De-buff based. They would be able to equip instruments instead of ranged weapons. They would of course mostly be a AoE class but I think there is a place for them. They just need a way not to brake crowd control.
10-15-2010 @ 10:25AM
I can singlehandedly solve your soloing issue.Face-melting Guitar SoloChanneledGradually melts target's face over X seconds.
10-15-2010 @ 10:35AM
Bard, what is this FFXI? I -do- think we need a new type of class though. The commander thing is a decent idea, but in general, it would be nice to see a class actively buffing others. Why couldn't a monk fill this spot?Monk: A spiritual fighter who invigorates his companions, is skilled in martial arts and chi. (He actively grants buffs, as opposed to a 30min buff, he is constantly choosing who gets what)Armor: Spell Mail - (this is wow, they don't have to be in cloth.)Trees:DPS: Staffs, polearms and H2H combat. Int is converted to Attack Power, and Chi is used to actively buff self and others (like 20sec buffs)Healing: Gives healing in the form of HoTs, Shields (temp auras?) and a direct blast of holy chi (or something for a big heal button) Maybe he jumps into the fray and dpses to gain Chi back.Buff: Unique, in that this tree gives you much more buffs to cast, decreases casting time, increases longevity, and allows you to stream buffs. This would increase the tankage of the tank, the healing of the healers, and the dps of the dps. Again, he could dps to gain Chi back, but if you are increasing everyone's dps by 500, that could be considered +2500 dps (from 5 dps) +1500 hps (from heals) and +10k damage shielded per second (or something).Eh.. just an idea.
10-15-2010 @ 11:09AM
What about leliana from DA: origins, she is a bard: they use hand to hand combat and knives much like a rogue but more beat down style.
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