Thoughts on alting in preparation for Cataclysm.March 30th, 2010 at 12:00
Now, as my gnome gets to a higher level, I start to think about what kind of alt I would like to make in the future, because I know I will want to start at least one more character before Cataclysm hits. But what class would it be? Let’s go through them all.
Main thoughts here are that I would rather not play a class now if I want to make that class of a race that isn’t available yet, or if there are major changes that will make the class more fun to play later.
Much of this also hinges on how awesome the worgen females end up being. I vaguely remember seeing some concept art for them at Blizzcon, but I haven’t been able to find that image online since. I hope they unveil the models and animations for them soon.
Also, I have little interest in playing a goblin, though I probably will anyway (and love it) the next time I’m on Horde side, because a part of me always wanted to try being a cute goblin girl with pigtails.
Priest: I would love to play a priest again, but the new races able to be priests are all great. Even if I don’t like the female worgen casting animations (I don’t like the male ones, and a wolf in a dress just makes me think of Little Red Riding Hood) it would be pretty awesome to be a gnome priest, and I love the idea of playing a tauren priest the next time I’m on Horde side.
Mage: My highest level mage so far was a level 55 undead fire mage named Mordio (if you’ve played Tales of Vesperia, you’ll understand the name) and mages are not one of my favorite classes, though I’m determined that the next mage I make will be the one to reach the level cap. That being said, I would prefer if said mage were a dwarf girl, and dwarves cannot yet be mages. Also, intellect -> spellpower is going to make gear decisions a lot easier.
Warlock: Warlocks don’t have any particularly new races except for Worgen, which have the above “wolf in a dress” issue. However, I really don’t want to play one until the soul shard changes in Cataclysm.
Let’s move on to the leather-wearing classes, then!
Druid: I will NOT make another Nelf druid. Worgen druid all the way. Or possibly even better, troll druid is one of the combinations I’m trying to decide between if I end up on Horde side.
Rogue: Now here’s an interesting one. Like warlocks, rogues don’t have any new races except for worgen. Remaking my dwarf rogue (or even just transferring her and continuing to level her on Argent Dawn) might be quite fun. I am somewhat interested in seeing how subtlety is to play now that they’ve buffed daggers like crazy. But then I remember worgen, and get a mental image of stealthing around as a human, then shifting into a wolfperson at the same moment I ambush them from the shadows, becoming a fury of teeth and claws, then once my opponent is down, I calmly lick the blood from my claws and turn back into an unassuming human girl again. As you can see, this has a good number of RP possibilities.
How about mail? No, that doesn’t really work either.
Hunter: I refuse to play another hunter until they get rid of that stupid mana mechanic. The last few times I tried playing a hunter, I was annoyed by the fact that my pet couldn’t hold aggro from me if I did anything other than autoshot, and I’m forced to spec beast mastery for leveling in hopes that if my pet does more damage, it might be able to hold a mob’s attention for more than two shots without giving it a 5-second headstart first. Either that or the fact that if I want to do anything other than autoshot, I run out of mana in two or three pulls and practically require an addon to tell me “hey, you’re out of mana, switch into Viper! Hey, your mana is full, switch back to Hawk!” every 45 seconds. The constant chiming to remind me of things gets really annoying. Eventually I got sick of both of these issues and just stayed in Viper all the time while soloing, so that I could cause LESS damage (threat) while pressing MORE buttons and not running out of mana all the time. That, and I want to make a human hunter.
Shaman: I love shamans, and I love draenei, but I’m all about giving those dwarven girls more opportunities in life, at least until Thanksgiving comes around and I get a bunch of whispers because I’m apparently the only dwarven female rogue on the server. And I already have a level 71+ draenei shaman, I don’t like leveling the same race/class combination more than once. This is going to be a problem for me the next time I want to level a draenei character, because my class options for things I have not yet leveled to 70+ as draenei are quite limited. I think all I have left are warrior and mage.
Okay, let’s move on to plate, then.
Warrior is out because I’m playing one right now.
Death Knight: I feel the same way about this as I do about rogues. No new races except worgen, and no particularly redesigned mechanics, though I am rather interested in trying out a dual-wield frost build again now that it’s been buffed once more. I always did like that build when I started my first DK. There’s just something special about combo attacks building up to giant AoE crits. I’d consider this a runner-up for now, though I’m still holding out to see how awesome a worgen DK would look. I do have a night elf DK sitting on Argent Dawn who’s fresh out of the starting area, if I happen to feel like leveling one at some point.
Which leaves me with… a Paladin. This is the strongest of my possibilities, since worgen cannot be paladins. The only new race paladins get is tauren, and though I do 100% intend to make one of those on my next switch back to Horde side, for the moment it looks like we will be remaining on Alliance when Cataclysm hits, so there’s no reason to wait and make my paladin later if I can just make one now.
Now my only question is, what race shall it be? I’ve already had a high-level draenei paladin, and I intend to use this new paladin to compare tanking between warrior and paladin (though more immediately, to get the healing fix that I’ve been craving since I started playing a warrior), and draenei females look pretty silly with shields. That narrows it down to dwarf and human. My whole “give dwarven girls more opportunities in life” idea seems to make this choice obvious.
In summary, alt planning is…
- Possibly a new Dwarven Rogue.
- Maybe continue leveling my Night Elf Death Knight.
- Definitely make a Dwarven Paladin.
After Cataclysm (Alliance):
- Worgen or Gnome Priest.
- Dwarf Mage.
- Worgen or Gnome Warlock.
- Worgen Druid.
- Human Hunter.
- Dwarven Shaman.
After Cataclysm (Horde):
- Tauren Paladin.
- Troll Druid.
- Tauren Priest.
Now I must think of good names for all of them.