Was Tauren Druid a balance or lore decision?

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It was a balance decision. Lore wise I think it makes sense, just handled poorly. Of course had to be done that way at the time. It would have been nice if it was handled the way Zandalari and Kul'tirans druids were. Maybe have the Earthmother giving power to earth themed druidism and what not.
They should of had troll druids over taruens because we have seen trolls transform into animals prior to wow in RTS.
11/12/2018 09:19 PMPosted by Kisin
It's also worth noting that WC3 in general was extremely limited in it's ability to give the many races "classes" and that the tauren of WoW, as well as many others, can't even play some of their iconic classes/units from WC3. In fact a good chunk of the classes are Alliance-centric concepts that were painted onto Horde so Blizzard wouldn't need to give the Horde their own iconic classes.

The Horde were given priests, druids, and later paladins.

The Horde were not allowed to play witch doctors, shadow hunters, or spirit walkers. Instead these were removed and replaced with the Alliance themed class priest.

Night elves also suffer from this to a lesser extent as they can't play a Priestess of Elune properly and instead were given a generic Alliance priest class to replace it.

So ultimately tauren needed druid to be added to their roster because Blizzard made shamans the only Horde themed class in the game.

Racial classes are something that would be atrocious to balance but still be so cool.
11/14/2018 08:01 AMPosted by Reallyhappy
11/12/2018 09:19 PMPosted by Kisin
It's also worth noting that WC3 in general was extremely limited in it's ability to give the many races "classes" and that the tauren of WoW, as well as many others, can't even play some of their iconic classes/units from WC3. In fact a good chunk of the classes are Alliance-centric concepts that were painted onto Horde so Blizzard wouldn't need to give the Horde their own iconic classes.

The Horde were given priests, druids, and later paladins.

The Horde were not allowed to play witch doctors, shadow hunters, or spirit walkers. Instead these were removed and replaced with the Alliance themed class priest.

Night elves also suffer from this to a lesser extent as they can't play a Priestess of Elune properly and instead were given a generic Alliance priest class to replace it.

So ultimately tauren needed druid to be added to their roster because Blizzard made shamans the only Horde themed class in the game.

Racial classes are something that would be atrocious to balance but still be so cool.


You say this, but I don't find the current and only racial class DH cool, it's also completely broken.
11/14/2018 08:01 AMPosted by Reallyhappy
11/12/2018 09:19 PMPosted by Kisin
It's also worth noting that WC3 in general was extremely limited in it's ability to give the many races "classes" and that the tauren of WoW, as well as many others, can't even play some of their iconic classes/units from WC3. In fact a good chunk of the classes are Alliance-centric concepts that were painted onto Horde so Blizzard wouldn't need to give the Horde their own iconic classes.

The Horde were given priests, druids, and later paladins.

The Horde were not allowed to play witch doctors, shadow hunters, or spirit walkers. Instead these were removed and replaced with the Alliance themed class priest.

Night elves also suffer from this to a lesser extent as they can't play a Priestess of Elune properly and instead were given a generic Alliance priest class to replace it.

So ultimately tauren needed druid to be added to their roster because Blizzard made shamans the only Horde themed class in the game.

Racial classes are something that would be atrocious to balance but still be so cool.


That's probably why they've gone the purely cosmetic route of racial heirloom armor instead. I find it somewhat incomplete as it's one set of armor for all classes, clothie to plate.
I read somewhere many years ago that Warlocks and Druids were originally meant to be faction specific as well, but the devs realized this would leave Horde with too few healers, so Tauren Druids and Ally Locks were added.

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