06/20/2011 06:26 PM[quote]We saw a surge in the popularity of hybrid classes, especially druids and paladins, as running heroic dungeons became something nearly every player did instead of a more dedicated minority.
Posted by Elnia
Is that just coincidence? It strikes me that at the same time Blizzard was also making a much more concentrated effort to make all three specs of Druids viable.
If it was just Druid rep that went up, maybe it could be a coincidence.
But no, all hybrids went up a lot, and the 2 hybrids that went up the most (Druid and Paladin) are 'coincidently' the 2 hybrids with the most role options (able to fill all 3).
Being able to fulfill more roles is an advantage, and a big one. And rather then making any attempt to balance around those advantages, bliz is just denoting some classes as 'blessed' (Hybrids) and cursed (Pures), and leaving them that way, then saying its ok if their populations drop like rocks.
It probably would'nt be so bad if the pures at least had variety between their specs, but really, all 3 specs of all pures except mages all play fundamentally the same. If I'm destro I throw up immolate and corruption and bane, then spam a 2sec nuke while peppering in a chaos bolt on cooldown. If I'm affliction, I do the same thing, only replace immolate with unstable affliction and chaos bolt with Haunt. If I'm Demo, I also do the same thing, only replace chaos bolt with Hand of Gul'dan.
Hunters and Rogues are pretty much in the same boat.... no matter what spec you chose, your rotation is gonna be pretty close to identical. And whats worse, because all the specs use the same itemization and have near identical rotations, the only thing that really matters in choosing what you should play is DPS, so one spec sims out a tad higher in dps and everyone is forced to play that spec, and any illusion of having 3 spec choices goes right out the window. Balance vs Feral or Enhance vs Elemental is waaaay more choice in what dps spec you want to play then anything any pure class gets to pick from.
The only pure that has any substantial deviation between it's specs are mages, and guess what Pure class seems to be doing the best overall?
And the real trajedy is it did'nt have to be this way. A lot of hunters asked BLiz to make survival a melee dual wield ranger spec, or to make marks a petless spec. Any number of locks asked for metamorphosis to be permenant so it could be a melee spec. Most destro locks I know hate having to use bane and corruption. Affliction has been begging bliz to let us use Drain Life as a filler, but no, they are hellbent on making sure locks have 2 different shadowbolt spam specs - why balance around 3 fillers when you can make 2 specs use the exact same core rotation? Making and balancing specs that are actually stand-out different from their peers is just too much effort to waste on pure classes, so we get stuck with 3 specs that are all washed out copies of one another that have no real character or significant differences between them - real spec choices are for hybrids, pures only get the illusion.
Roll a hybrid and you get 3 toons for the price of one - why should anyone keep rolling pures under that model? Why are rogues the lowest pop class? Because you can just roll a cat instead and get the same playstyle, but if you get bored being a cat you can be a bear or a tree or a boomkin without having to lose all your achievements and mount and pets etc.... you can farm BOP gear for another role while playing your cat. Cats are just better.