Last post was not meant to be combative or argumentative, it was meant to illustrate the fallacy of believing that DPS is any easier than some other archetype.
As I stated then, it is really easy to be a terrible DPS player. You can get to level 70 as a DPS class with no knowledge of anything without much difficulty. You can play a rogue, and stack feral druid gear because you think Strength is the shiznit. You can play a hunter, never train or feed your pets, and stack spirit gear; you’ll be fine!
By it’s very nature, an archetype does not fit everyone’s mindset. Take a quick glimpse at the comments to the last post.
As long as tanks are alive, healing is by FAR the easiest. 😄
I do personally think DPS is by far the easiest and least stressful raiding activity
Already, disparity. Interestingly, there’s have a primary healer (that would be Cay) saying healing is the easiest. Then there’s DPS people (pretty much everyone else, heh) saying DPS is the easiest thing they do.
…which role is the easiest/least stressful largely comes down to personality and individual play style.
Yes! Thank you. Exactly.
As a mage, I find this class ridiculously easy to understand, and the hardest thing I ever have to figure out is whether to gem +9 spell damage, or blow my money and get the +12 ones.
On the other hand, put me behind the controls of a priest, and by level 16, I am reduced to tears and screaming “WHY?!” at the uncaring sky. Gimme a premade priest, decked out in S2 gear to test a patch, and I spend 15 minutes boggling at all these buttons that say strange things like “Power Word” and “Binding Heal”. Toss me into AV, and I push healing buttons at random and hope one works.
Shadow Priesting is even worse… this one’s a DoT, and this one is too, except only sometimes, and this one is a DoT too, but it has a cast time, and so does this one, except when it doesn’t… JUST MAKE SENSE DAMN YOU.
Which is roughly my reaction when I play any tanking class. Except Paladins. Paladins rawk.
Everything “clicks” for me when I play a Paladin. I absolutely adore tanking as a paladin, and it’s the only healing class that makes sense to me. “I’ma gonna heal ya, beyotch, and youse gonna stand there and LAHK IT!”
At one point, I got a premade Resto druid over to the PTR… and had a blast. None of the mechanics made any sense to me, but running around healing/cycloning people was incredibly fun. Until I ran out of mana a minute later. Stupid spirit, where was it when I need it most?!
Oh yeah, on mage gear. /rimshot.
I tried boomkin. Then ran screaming back to the druid trainer. Never doing that again. EVER. EVEREVEREVER.
Uhm. Where was I?
I had a point here…
GHAAH! SONAVA! Friggin assjockey! Blood all over the number pad, just fantastic.
Whatever class/archetype your most comfortable with, obviously that is going to be the least stressful for you. There are people I know who think tanking Black Temple as a warrior is the greatest thing ever. I think they need serious mental help, perhaps best provided by a fatal dose of lead.
I told him as such, and he frowned and said “I thought mages couldn’t use guns.”
My old guild leader, for instance, loved healing as a priest, and loathed paladin healing. He even swore up and down that he would delete his paladin before he healed with it.
In conclusion, there really isn’t a conclusion. Thanks for reading anyways 😀
DPS have plenty of “OSHI-” moments, it’s just when we do, we’re usually dead within one or two seconds, so it’s largely irrelevant.
There are probably going to be some monster arse changes to some of my old “guides”. They seriously need some sprucing up. The entire “Critical” section will probably be completely redone.
It is now 11:34 PM, this post is going live. So yes. I update at really strange times. I’ve posted many times at 3am. It’s what I do.