**Disclaimer: This is all opinion, don't take it as me stating it as fact**
The problem is, in MoP you're going with the "Play how you want" formula. You can Pet battle or whatever and get your valor points, you progress how you want.
The only mode in that list that fits that idea is Model One.
The one where I can play whatever the heck spec I want, and I'm viable everywhere. Frost Mage raiding? Sure, you're just as good as the Arcane Mage, or the Arms Warrior.
It's also the only model that truly supports an RPG, and playing the role of a fantasy character, and living that "life". The other models don't.
"I am JohnDoe, the valiant Warrior of Stormwind, I wield my mighty axe and bring destruction where I go, I do not cower behind a shield. Oh, unless we're fighting Dragon#6, my axe sucks there, I need to bring my shield and cower at that point"
The other models all have flaws that either go against your ideals of MoP, or against someone's desire for heavier RP within a viable raiding environment, or just against fun entirely.
What fun is a game where I love the shadowy, demonic magic of the Warlock, and the style of Demo, except of crap, this tier is terrible for Demo so I'm forced to:
- Respec into a hated spec I despise the play style of.
- Reroll, lose play experience and achievements on my Warlock.
- Don't raid, sit around in SW all day admiring the bricks.
This is an issue where you will never have unanimous acceptance of the chosen option.
Personally, if it goes back to the days of yore where I can't spec to what I enjoy without being barred from raiding, I'll likely move on from this game.
In retrospect and with the years of balancing issues and seeing the need to even make blog posts like this, I personally feel like Model Five being in the game since the game's inception would have probably led to less of these issues, but I can't say for certain unless I'm transported to an alternative universe where Model Five happened and I can play WoW for 7 years there and make an educated conclusion.
I'm going to add in a bit extra here I think helps bring forward some issues with people's desires for different models for these roles.
A big problem stems from the game having different rolls in people's lives, and that changes how they feel about these features.
- For some people, the game is to relax a bit and just mess around.
- For some, it's an escape from stress or whatever else in life.
- For some, it's a challenge, they want to be the best in the world at it.
- For some, maybe the game and the people they know within it (friends, guild) are all they really have in their life at that moment.
This can change which model these people will support.
The guy who plays WoW for competition is going to be more interested in maybe Model Four, as it gives him a set spec, and it also makes his opponents have 1 set spec, he will know exactly what to expect every time. This makes his playing field level, and it's his adaptation and knowledge of an opponents spec allow him to strategize and defeat that opponent by pure competitive skill.
This guy probably doesn't care about the spec, or playing it always.
For me, I play for the sheer fun of it, I don't have a set schedule for anything, I do what I prefer at that moment. This leads to me switching spec or my characters almost constantly. Raid Arcane this week, Fire the next. Switch to Warrior and Fury away next raid maybe.
For this reason, suddenly the Model Four the above example guy loved, is now suddenly my bane. I cannot accept playing 1 spec always if I want to be viable. Knowing I will go into a raid as Arcane every single time and never branch out unless a patch changes my classes fundamentals. I probably wouldn't continue to play in this model and I would become drained and bored quickly.
I can't really think of much more to say beyond this point, other than I hope it works out fun for everyone in the end.
Edited by Suadela on 2/8/2012 8:11 PM PST