Do You Always Play The Same Class Archetype?
Although I play a variety of classes, my “main” class archetype has always been the Warrior-like melee classes. It’s odd because in my first bout of Everquest I only played spell casters, specifically an Enchanter and then a Cleric (OK, yeah, so they’re technically a healer…) because I always viewed the melee classes as dull and boring. That had a lot to do with the fact that Warriors and Rogues only got about two abilities and special attacks so combat literally consisted of pressing Auto-Attack and then going AFK to make yourself a cup of tea.
About two years into my EQ adventure, I took a plunge and rolled a Shadowknight, thinking that if I was going to try melee, I might as well try a hybrid and get some spells in the mix to keep my busy. My gamble paid off and I was hooked. Since then I’m predominantly played melee classes, usually tanks, in every MMORPG I’ve tried. I don’t know if it’s some deep, subconscious need of mine to be the biggest, dumbest meat-bag in the room or if I just like smashing stuff. Part of it is certainly my desire to control the flow of the groups I’m in and tanks are certainly the best suited for that as they decree the pace of experience and momentum of the team. I guess all of those terrible groups in EQ, spending 10 minutes waiting for a tank to pull a single mob because he was too chicken-shit to take a risk, had a bigger effect on me than I realised.
Although I occasionally dabble with other classes (such as my new Hunter alt in WoW), I’m always drawn to the tanks like a moth to the flame. But I’ve been wondering something – is that normal? Do most players tend to stick to a specific class archetype like tank, healer, DPS or caster? My guess would be yes, they do, as I’d imagine that each play style and class feel attracts a certain type of personality and that it’s hard to switch back and fourth between them all. I find it very hard to play healers now or even spell casters because I’m so used to being up close and personal with the creatures I fight. It took wading through 53 levels with a Priest in WoW to realise that I can never go back now.
So what about you?