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Best Beginners Class In World Of Warcraft?

ThelemechThelemech Victoria
edited May 2008 in Gaming
When it comes to these types of games I am most familiar with being the DM of a D&D/AD&D/AD&DSecondEd. ,,,, writing the stories/adventures and playing NPC characters with various strengths and weakness to add to the gameplay. How do I take this knowledge and transform it to viable weaponry in the mastering of this vast new quagmire of fun I have discovered called World of Warcraft.
I want to start with a Mage(I'm so use to Magic(K)-User!!!!!! sheesh), but I do not want to end up some wild boar feast on my first outing!

Any advice for choosing a class to kick a$$ with(in time/exp points+of course)
, that will not regulate me to slash and stash type of RPG game play?

Mage
Warlock
Priest
Rogue
...are the classes I have been most investigating. Damn those mages start like limp noodles for Raistlins sake?!?

:jared:
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  • QCHQCH Chicago Area - USA Icrontian
    edited Jan 2008
    I prefer the Hunter. A bit of a tank when used with it's pet.
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Toronto, ON Icrontian
    edited Jan 2008
    Hunters are the easiest class to play, bar none. Because of that, there are millions of them (Yes, millions). If you stick with the game to its advanced stages, you will find yourself in low demand.

    If you're willing to heal, and play a Druid or Paladin, you will always be in demand. Warriors willing to tank are of moderate demand. Well-equipped mages who prefer to deal with fire are of moderate demand, while Warlocks are low.

    Shadow Priest and Rogue are virtually never desired in the advanced stages (Because there are too many).
  • TiberiusLazarusTiberiusLazarus Dewmander Misery Icrontian
    edited Jan 2008
    I actually just started playing WOW again (in fact I'm playing right now). Previously I had a hunter because I generally play archers in games but I got bored with that. This time I'm doing a frost mage and I have to say while the mage may start out weak as water they can be built up to do some great damage.

    I would say start out with whatever sounds most interesting to you. I might also suggest trying a few of the classes because sometimes you'll think a class is what you want but then find out its not.


    p.s. what server are you on?
  • MedlockMedlock Miramar, Florida
    edited Jan 2008
    Thrax said:
    Hunters are the easiest class to play, bar none. Because of that, there are millions of them (Yes, millions). If you stick with the game to its advanced stages, you will find yourself in low demand.

    If you're willing to heal, and play a Druid or Paladin, you will always be in demand. Warriors willing to tank are of moderate demand. Well-equipped mages who prefer to deal with fire are of moderate demand, while Warlocks are low.

    Shadow Priest and Rogue are virtually never desired in the advanced stages (Because there are too many).
    On my server it's usually harder to find a decent tank than a healer.

    Anyway, for a first class, hunter will definitely be the easiest to play but for a first character that won't suck later on I'd probably recommend a mage.
  • ThelemechThelemech Victoria
    edited Jan 2008
    jj6400 said:
    p.s. what server are you on?
    None, as of yet. I am doing what I usually do; over-researching the subject
    picking away at the manual. Etc..
  • ThelemechThelemech Victoria
    edited Jan 2008
    TheGr81 said:
    but for a first character that won't suck later on I'd probably recommend a mage.

    That is what I have been thinking. Something similar to a magic-user of chaotic good alignment in a long running D&D campaign.
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Toronto, ON Icrontian
    edited Jan 2008
    TheGr81 said:
    On my server it's usually harder to find a decent tank than a healer.
    Exactly, because healers are in high demand, they're mostly taken. Tanks are moderately desired, so it's easier to find them.
  • ThelemechThelemech Victoria
    edited Jan 2008
    Thrax said:
    Exactly, because healers are in high demand, they're mostly taken. Tanks are moderately desired, so it's easier to find them.

    And your opinion of the likely hood of taking a Mage to mythical levels:bigggrin::tongue:?


    ....at first go of the WoW challenge!:buck:
  • primesuspectprimesuspect Detroit, MI Icrontian
    edited Jan 2008
    Bye thelemech. It was nice knowing you :)

    Love,

    Brian
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Toronto, ON Icrontian
    edited Jan 2008
    I think I'm the only person who hasn't /quit everything because of WoW. :| Lordy.
  • ThelemechThelemech Victoria
    edited Jan 2008
    primesuspect said:
    Bye thelemech. It was nice knowing you :)

    Love,

    Brian

    ....are you asking me to leave Prime? :wink:some sort of subtle hint hint hint hi?:confused:


    :dunce:....or do I have no idea what I am in for...:bigggrin:

    ;D
  • RyderRyder Kalamazoo, Mi Icrontian
    edited Jan 2008
    Thrax said:
    Exactly, because healers are in high demand, they're mostly taken. Tanks are moderately desired, so it's easier to find them.
    Uhh...its late, you are stressed, maybe you shouldn't post anymore tonight..or maybe I shouldn't? :confused: :crazy:

    He said its harder to find a tank, than a healer...meaning a tank is more in demand than the healers..on his server :)

    :p:p:p
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Toronto, ON Icrontian
    edited Jan 2008
    I think we both shouldn't. :[ I HATE MY LIFE.
  • ThelemechThelemech Victoria
    edited Jan 2008
    Thrax said:
    I think we both shouldn't. :[ I HATE MY LIFE.


    :confused::sad2:


    :nudge:...you alright? (obviously not)

    :-/... well like I told ya before Thrax.. ..

    we love ya :wink:



    :bucket:


    edit:/ ...and remember you love you to :)
  • primesuspectprimesuspect Detroit, MI Icrontian
    edited Jan 2008
    Thelemech said:
    I have no idea what I am in for...
    quoted for truth :p
  • QCHQCH Chicago Area - USA Icrontian
    edited Jan 2008
    I have been WoW-Free for 3 months. I still get twitches and long for my Warlock.... but I can remain pure and focused.... :crazy:
  • AnnesAnnes Alexandria, VA Icrontian
    edited Jan 2008
    Thrax said:
    I think I'm the only person who hasn't /quit everything because of WoW. :| Lordy.
    Well you're almost wrong...I could spend more time in IRC or playing TF2, but it's not like I dropped off the planet!

    Anyway, easiest to start is hunter as you've heard. Next would probably be mage, as you've heard. A shaman would probably be a fun starting character and you can respec it for either DPS or healing (resto shammies are worth their weight in gold on my server, chain heal FTW).

    To piggyback with what Thrax said, if you want to be useful to people in the endgame, play a healer. For the love of whatever do NOT try to level a healer-specced class on your own. I know the only way I made it to 70 as a holy pally was because I played every session with 3 other people. If I can't play with others now, I just don't play. IMO the game in general is miserable by yourself as a healer.
  • QCHQCH Chicago Area - USA Icrontian
    edited Jan 2008
    I picked hunter and Warlock since they can solo for quite a bit of the game. Also, none of my toons are over lvl 45. :(
  • primesuspectprimesuspect Detroit, MI Icrontian
    edited Jan 2008
    What does "DPS" mean?
  • AnnesAnnes Alexandria, VA Icrontian
    edited Jan 2008
    "damage per second" It implies that your class is meant purely for damage, no tanking (taking all the hits) or healing.
  • QCHQCH Chicago Area - USA Icrontian
    edited Jan 2008
    Damage Per Second...

    Sword "XYZ" way do 24-48 points per hit but it's so slow of a weapon it can only be used every 3 seconds. DPS of 8-16.

    Dagger that can do 10-18 points per hit every second is actually a better DPS.
  • AlphaTrinityAlphaTrinity North Wales, PA
    edited Jan 2008
    Thelemech said:
    but I do not want to end up some wild boar feast on my first outing!
    WoW is so freaking easy (especially at the beginning) that you should just choose whatever class you want to and go with it, not having to worry about ending up a wild boar feast. The suggestions about being a healer, tank, or fire mage are good ones though.
  • NecropolisNecropolis Hawarden, Wales Icrontian
    edited Jan 2008
    I have no problem finding a tank....possibly because my warrior is one (when I am not PvPing). Healers are always a problem but you can mitigate this by playing a Paladin. Depending on Spec you can Heal, Tank or DPS (our guild has a Paladin who can throw out some EVIL DPS because of his gear).

    All these builds are really gear dependant and you will get second choice of gear if you are "off spec" on drops, i.e. Your heal spec and your with a warrior who is tank spec, they should get first call on the armor that drops.
  • TiberiusLazarusTiberiusLazarus Dewmander Misery Icrontian
    edited Jan 2008
    Thrax said:
    I think I'm the only person who hasn't /quit everything because of WoW. :| Lordy.
    Meh, probably not. I haven't quite given up everything (heck because I've only played on semester breaks I haven't actually given up anything).
  • NorgeNorge Sidney, Ohio
    edited Jan 2008
    One thing you should consider in choosing your class is the role your class will fill in a group. WOW classes typically fall into four catergories: tanks, healers, DPS, and hybrids. The normal array of roles you find in this sort of game.

    If your idea of a good time is controlling the flow of battle and keeping the attention of the bad guys then a tank is a good idea. Healers are a blast if you like being the person in the back keeping the tank and rest of the party alive. DPS obviously gets their kicks from dealing as much damage as possible (without pulling aggro if they're good at it) to whatever they encounter.

    The best piece of advice I can give is that if you want to go with a DPS class, such as the mage you mentioned, make sure you pick a pure DPS class. Otherwise you may be pigeon holed into a role you might not enjoy. For example, a well geared warrior can do nice amounts of damage when played right. If you plan to do any non-PvP related content; however, groups will typically expect you to fill a tanking role. If you are not interested in tanking then a warrior probably isn't your best bet.

    The pure DPS classes that fill no other role than DPS are Hunter, Mage, Rogue, and Warlock. Any other class can fill multiple roles. With that said it is possible to play one of the other classes as a DPS class. If you find the right guild you will be able to play your class the way you have the most fun with. In the right guild a warrior could be used soley as DPS without ever having to tank.

    Anyhow I hope that little bit of information helps.

    Norge
  • GargoyleGargoyle Illinois Icrontian
    edited Jan 2008
    I am so close to downloading the WoW trial. Thank God for TF2.
  • TiberiusLazarusTiberiusLazarus Dewmander Misery Icrontian
    edited Jan 2008
    Gargoyle said:
    I am so close to downloading the WoW trial. Thank God for TF2.
    JOIN US!!!!11!1!!!!! :)
  • fatcatfatcat Mizzou Icrontian
    edited Jan 2008
    I will not ask for a trial, I will not download client, I will grab a beer and load TF2....

    "damnit damnit damnit" ~TF2 Engineer
  • ThelemechThelemech Victoria
    edited Jan 2008
    Thanks for all the info and advice! It is being digested/analyzed/scrutinized as I am writing this. I believe I am going to start as a fire mage. How does the name Athmon Seer sound:cool:.....???

    Anyway thanks again; and feel free to leave any other advice/criticism.


    This is going to be a blast, but I assure ye Prime I am still a Icronticaholic:tongue:
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Toronto, ON Icrontian
    edited Jan 2008
    Can only have forenames in WoW. Surnames are somewhere in the middle of the lower half of the Great Invisible To-Do List at Blizzard HQ.
  • ThelemechThelemech Victoria
    edited Jan 2008
    Thrax said:
    Can only have forenames in WoW. Surnames are somewhere in the middle of the lower half of the Great Invisible To-Do List at Blizzard HQ.
    AthmonSeer :wink:

    (grin)
  • ThelemechThelemech Victoria
    edited Jan 2008
    Thrax said:
    the Great Invisible To-Do List at Blizzard HQ.


    ...ah this great and mythological list/monster that I have heard alluded to...


    on a side note Thrax, Have you read Chronicles and Legends from Dragonlance?
    .. I believe you would enjoy them.
    :cheers2:
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Toronto, ON Icrontian
    edited Jan 2008
    That is on my Great Invisible To-Read List at Thrax HQ.
  • ThelemechThelemech Victoria
    edited Jan 2008
    Thrax said:
    That is on my Great Invisible To-Read List at Thrax HQ.
    You will not regret reading them; the first 6 Dragonlance books + The Legend of Huma( the best of the many series that came out based off the original 6)


    They are the only fantasy books that I believe on some level of pure relatedness to high fantasy to surpass the greatness that is Lord Of The Rings.

    Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman wrote the first 6 and LOH by Richard A. Knaak.
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  • mmonninmmonnin Centreville, VA
    edited Jan 2008
    I quit my guild practically so I would stop playing so much.
  • GargoyleGargoyle Illinois Icrontian
    edited Jan 2008
    Thelemech said:
    They are the only fantasy books that I believe on some level of pure relatedness to pure high fantasy to surpass the greatness that is Lord Of The Rings.
    Check out the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan some time.
    New York Times said:
    Robert Jordan has come to dominate the world Tolkien began to reveal.
    Edit: Nevermind. You should read more of them. :D
  • ThelemechThelemech Victoria
    edited Jan 2008
    Gargoyle said:
    Check out the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan some time.



    Edit: Nevermind. You should read more of them. :D

    Yes ; especially now that he is dead:rolleyes2(rolling eyes at myself)

    .. I really enjoyed his take on the three or four(?) Conan novels he did; he seemed to truly understand the character , yet gave it a freshness(and dare I say Xratedeness:bigggrin:) in compliment of the original character.
  • Gate28Gate28 Orlando, Florida Icrontian
    edited Jan 2008
    i find n o hint of a server...and what classes does ur server need? all my friends are either 70 or not so fun to play with...and alliance or hordE?
  • ThelemechThelemech Victoria
    edited Jan 2008
    Gate28 said:
    i find n o hint of a server{not on one yet}...and what classes does ur server need{never asked them in the futureyet}? all my friends are either 70 (WTFLOL)or not so fun to play with.(ya dont(sic) say)..and alliance or hordE?

    ....my friend ; this character does not yet exist!! ...
    Ah the previous posts reminded me of a good old D&D/AD&D/AD&D(SE)DRAGONLANCE/FORGOTTENREALMS session of character/general campaign development... oh the good old days.


    :cool2:
  • ThelemechThelemech Victoria
    edited Jan 2008
    Thelemech said:
    .....
    Ah these posts reminded me of a good old D&D/AD&D/AD&D(SE)DRAGONLANCE/FORGOTTENREALMS session of character/general campaign development... oh the good old days.


    :cool2:


    ....you have no Idea What That Means To Me ... Thank You


    :cheers:
  • HarudathHarudath Great Britain Icrontian
    edited Jan 2008
    Thrax said:
    Hunters are the easiest class to play, bar none. Because of that, there are millions of them (Yes, millions). If you stick with the game to its advanced stages, you will find yourself in low demand.

    Hunters are the easiest class to play, but they are the hardest class to play well. Take it from me, at level 70, hunter dpsing in THE hardest thing to do- every shot has to be perfectly timed for maximum damage, unless you're beast master. In which case I will have no respect for you or any other player of this class- your pet does everything for you while you just go red and invincible.
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Toronto, ON Icrontian
    edited Jan 2008
    Nah, a well-geared affliction warlock or fire mage have more abilities and cooldowns to keep track of than a hunter. heh.
  • HarudathHarudath Great Britain Icrontian
    edited Jan 2008
    we don't have many cooldowns, but we have to perfectly time our regular shots to make up for that- Aran/Illhoof fight I'm doing 1000-1200 (on a very good day 1200, 1000+ usually) dps and coming in the top 3 on overall damage (Gruuls, and no it's not a crap guild :P). And don't get me started on Warlock PvP ¬_¬. However on the Illhoof fight, our warlock does 3000 dps and almost 2 million damage taking adds, it's riddiculous.
  • HarudathHarudath Great Britain Icrontian
    edited Jan 2008
    Best beginners class, I'd say, is a rogue. Although as Thrax said people would be scraping at the bottom of the barrel if you got a group to an instance unless you were exceptional :P
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Toronto, ON Icrontian
    edited Jan 2008
    How is Rogue easier? You actually have to take a hit, or die. ;)
  • HarudathHarudath Great Britain Icrontian
    edited Jan 2008
    Funny :P But hunters can take a hit- I've tanked a few bosses in my time :P For more than 7 hits too (deterrance ftw)
  • AnnesAnnes Alexandria, VA Icrontian
    edited Jan 2008
    I disagree with you, Haru. My older sister is our guild's main hunter and she says playing a hunter is serious easy mode...she plays sudoku during raids.

    Tonight is going to be a 5/6 SSC clear and then some starting work on Vashj.
  • LincolnLincoln Community Instigator Detroit, MI Icrontian
    edited Jan 2008
    I recommend the Uninstall class.
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Toronto, ON Icrontian
    edited Jan 2008
    Keebler said:
    I recommend the Uninstall class.
    Don't you have some databases to normalize or something?
  • HarudathHarudath Great Britain Icrontian
    edited Jan 2008
    It's hard to master, but once you manage it it is easy, yes, although does require concentration- what spec is she?
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