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11-02-2011 @ 1:56AM
Don't bet on Monks being put out before the expansion. I'm not generally one of the conspiracy theorists that ascribe to the concept of Blizzard as a money-grubbing monster, but if *I* was running a business, I wouldn't hand out one of the biggest draws for my current customers to buy my new product, essentially just because they own previous products I've made, before releasing the new product.You're going to have to put the nose to the grindstone to level a monk. The numbers may look daunting, but essentially the leveling time is about the same as it was to go from 1-70 for new Draenei Shaman/BE Pallys, the last time we saw such a large leveling curve for a class. Back then, it only took a week or two to see max levels of both running around.As for Rogues, things aren't looking so good for that class. They were great in Vanilla, but that was a totally different game. Without world PVP, I just don't think the draw for the class is there anymore, and I doubt it will really ever come back, at least as large as it was then.The Paladin point is interesting. Most sites and in-game experience show they make up the largest percentage of the wow population by class. It will be interesting to see how the monk affects this. Druids also make up a large percentage and should be similarly affected, especially since a Monk essentially fills the same spot, both in role and in gearing, as they do.As for my monk alt (assuming I'm still playing this game) becoming my new main, a few things would have to happen. I've been a Priest for a long time, and nothing has dislodged me from it yet. A big deal breaker for me would be if they heal in melee. Tanking is tanking, if they make it fun, I'll do it on a Monk. I tend to favor ranged, but I've raided as melee before, and again, if they make it fun, I'll do it.The kicker really is how much they screw melee in raids in MOP and if they force Monks DPS the boss to heal.
11-02-2011 @ 5:32AM
I'll bet good money that the 4.4 'freebie' this time will be the new talent trees and that elusive final unrevealed archeology racial section thats not be unlocked yet.
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