Wrath of the Lich King saw the addition of the first ‘heroic’ class to World of Warcraft. But is it really heroic? Here’s a definition of the term:
he·ro·ic (h-rk)adj. also he·ro·i·cal (--kl)1. Of, relating to, or resembling the heroes of literature, legend, or myth.2. Having, displaying, or characteristic of the qualities appropriate to a hero; courageous: heroic deeds.3.a. Impressive in size or scope; grand: heroic undertakings.b. Of a size or scale that is larger than life: heroic sculpture.
I guess we might get away with the first point but hardly the second or third. Not that I actually have any problems with the DK but I was just pondering the entire concept of the class. Let’s be honest, it’s not really ‘heroic’ is it? The only differences between a DK and any other classes is that firstly you have to already have a level 55 character before you can play it and secondly they start in their own contained area already already at level 55. They aren’t any more powerful or spectacular than anything else and, in my personal opinion, don’t really feel very special at all.
I remember years ago, before WoW was released, when Blizzad first talked about heroic classes, they were throwing around the idea of having your character become a heroic version after hitting the level cap. That sounds far more interesting to me than just adding another generic class to the game albeit it’s a lot more complicated and will, realistically, never happen. But the whole DK class does make me wonder what the future of WoW will bring. Will the next expansion have another heroic class? Will it be available to both Alliance and Horde again? If so, will Blizzard sacrifice the game lore too much in order to facilitate it (it would be nice if each side got their own unique hero class). Will they continue to start at level 55 even if the level cap is increased to 90?
Ultimately, the DeathKnight isn’t very heroic at all. It’s just a class which is defined slightly differently from the others so it can have special parameters like starting at a higher level and requiring a high level character to unlock it. Not very exciting but certainly a great way to encourage people to play more. I smell the cash cow burning.
Moving away from the DK, I didn’t see Blizzard’s April Fools joke from last year (I wasn’t playing WoW then) until today. I have to take my hat of to them when it comes to humour – I love their jokes and geeky references. If you haven’t already seen it, check out the Bard hero class. “This one goes to eleven.” Classic.