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7-15-2011 @ 6:56AM
I absolutely agree with Amanda. I can always tell a DPS who also plays a tank or a healer simply because their awareness of those players' responsibilities is greater. The hunter who knows adds are coming and MDs them onto me or drops a frost trap. The mage who keeps an eye on his threat and uses Invis to reset it. The rogue who uses Recoup during an especially heavy-healing phase. The DK who knows his battle rez is not to be used any time any one dies on trash because he's played a resto druid back when battle rezzes were more precious. Etc etc.Tanks and healers overall seem to have a much greater awareness of the playing field than DPS do. I don't know why. I know on my tank I am always scanning the field for adds, pats, or just in case that warlock backs up a bit too far and buttpulls. And I still do the same thing on all my characters now, regardless of their role. It's just habit. I can't say most DPS would be doing the same. They don't have to, they shouldn't need to... but it's always instantly apparent when they do.Sure, really excellent players can learn these nuances without having ever played a tank or a healer, and really poor players can play every class in the game and still play poorly; but I feel my experience as other roles and classes has helped me immensely in my main role (tank). I feel like I'm a more well-rounded player than I would have otherwise been.
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