Group Questing (Happy HaWoWeen!)Posted: October 27, 2011
So the title of this post is lame, I know, but it’s Halloween! And WoW is in the spirit as well:
Every now and then, depending on the season of the year, the creators of WoW add cute little touches like these to the landscape, and I thought I’d share this easter egg, err…jack-o-lantern with you guys.
Anyway, this week I focused on observing class (warrior, priest, warlock, etc) distribution and how it affects questing. It turns out that class plays a large role in how a player quests in WoW. There are class attributes that determine whether an avatar is more or less capable of completing certain tasks, fighting a certain way, and essentially the way a player experiences the world of Azeroth.
In other words, choosing a class defines a player’s avatar’s role, capabilities, and social tendencies in WoW.
Let me start with an example: My class is warlock, and warlocks are especially good at casting spells and summoning demons (by the way, check out my new pet demon in the picture above. So badass!). But, warlocks are unable to take large amounts of damage, as their armor rating is not as high as other classes. This means warlocks can deal heavy damage with spells while allowing their pet demon to do all of the hand to hand combat and absorb any damage the warlock couldn’t handle.
By contrast, consider the warrior class. Warriors can deal a lot of damage in hand to hand combat. They also have high armor ratings enabling them to absorb higher levels of damage. The downside to being a warrior is that they have a limited arsenal; they can only use the weapons that they carry with them (unlike the warlocks who can cast many spells with different effects).
Thus, the class of an avatar affects how a player quests. Warlocks and other spell casters (priests, shamans, mages) are more capable of going solo on quests, as they are aided by a tanking pet demon or a variety of spells, while warriors and other fighting classes (hunters, rogues, druids) tend to quest in groups to aid each by balancing out each other’s weaknesses.
I would not have considered any of this if I had not noticed my tendencies of questing. I am almost always on solo missions, and when I run into other groups of questers, they are usually warriors accompanied by a single caster.
So by choosing a class, a player is really choosing what kind of quester they will be and how they will experience their time in Azeroth. Of course, players do not need to adhere to their class’s strengths. Any warrior can solo quest, but it is to his/her advantage to have help during quests. Whether WoW players are aware of this or not, it seems to be the general tendency among classes.