Wednesday, 8 May 2013
Sympathy For The Devil
The above title is not in reference to Blizzard's Lead System Designer, but some people may view Ghostcrawler that way. Personally I think he does a great job, but occasionally he does get it wrong, but usually for the right reasons.
Great Leaders tend to make great speeches. Winston Churchill was immortalised with his wartime speech,
"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few"
Martin Luther King is forever linked with his impassioned speech,
"I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
The list goes on and on, and please don't take this the wrong way that I am implying that Ghostcrawler to be on the same level as Winston Churchill and Martin Luther King, but he is always good for quote. His style is that of the modern day Politician and he is always good for a soundbite.
The Godmother has been exploring one of these quotes and it would appear that,"Bring the Player, not the class." is more about the sentiment than the actual words he used. The latest context for this quote is that of the data mined Triple-spec feature, that is destined never to see the light of day.
It seem odd that such a brilliant feature like Dual-Specialisation, becomes a serious problem when expanded to 3 different specs. The expectation placed on the hybrid classes becomes enormous. All Paladins, Druids and Monks would be expected to fill in for any of the 3 roles, Tanking, Healing and Damage Dealing. The second spec is for fun, the third would be for utility.
Last night I encountered this utility not once but twice, and whilst it was great in the fact that it served a purpose, it is wrong for everybody to be expected to perform such Heroics.
The first example I have from last night, is my feeble attempt to benefit from being Valor capped. My Resto Shaman, was pushed through his paces, in 2 scenarios and then a 5 Man Heroic. I have healed in both Guild 5 Man runs and stayed largely anonymous in LFR, but this was me healing on my own with no safety net, in LFD. Due to the largely unknown instances, I have no idea what to expect and when to expect it.
The RNG Gods gave me Gate of the Setting Sun, an instance that I have only completed once as a Hunter. The instance started well enough and then after a few minutes the Tank dropped for no reason. Did anyone die? was it my fault? No is the answer to both, but we were left to queue for the rarest of rare things, a Tank doing an Heroic 5 Man. A 4 man Party sat, talking and waiting for a 5th member and more importantly a Tank, just a few yards away from a boss. The Mage said to the Death Knight, "Can you Tank?", to which the Death Knight responded, "I can give it a try but the Healer will need to heal like a God, LoL.".
No pressure whatsoever, a man down, no recognisable Tank and an inexperienced Healer, what could possibly go wrong? The answer was of course absolutely nothing. It is a real anti-climax I know, but sometimes people like our Death Knight will try something unusual for the sake of the team. We did however get a Tank before the next boss, but we didn't care we would have quite happily carried on as a 4 man team.
Next up was LFR - Guardians of Mogu'shan, and for some reason we lost both Tanks. Two druids volunteered to go Bearform and the Raid was able to continue, until the Tanks turned up. Two runs and three people willing to change and adapt for the greater good. It matters not to me what standard they were, it was about the sacrifice. I would swap from Damage Dealer to Healer, but I would never Tank an instance.
"For those about to Tank, we Salute you." and I mean that it in the most sincere way. You guys have my utmost respect for even attempting to stand at the front and be the Meat Shield. Without you, there is no endgame.
If Blizzard had implemented Triple-Specialisation, then there is no hiding place, and there would be an expectation that you will have a Tanking spec. Such pressure would force me to stop playing Druid, Paladin and Monk in one swift move. I can't Tank, and I won't Tank, but you have my full respect if you do the thing that I fear.