Secret Design of WoW PvE: Introduction, and a call for comments

The series: [Intro­duc­tion, and a call for com­ments, Solo Dif­fi­cul­ty vs Group Dif­fi­cul­ty, PvE vs PvP, Vari­ety vs Spe­cial­iza­tion, Solo Per­former vs Group Util­i­ty, Your role in a PvE raid]

It occurred to me that peo­ple who haven’t been group­ing or raid­ing a lot don’t know what role var­i­ous class­es have in a raid, or of class design in gen­er­al. You can go read the page on the world­ofwar­craft web­site, but they make every class sound equal­ly great at every­thing. That’s just not the real­i­ty of it. So I can keep com­plain­ing about how many peo­ple get stuck between lit­tle knowl­edge and expand­ed knowl­edge, or I can take my shot at fix­ing it via expla­na­tion.

If you don’t know how a par­tic­u­lar char­ac­ter or spec of a char­ac­ter fits into the group game that fol­lows the lev­el­ing game, this is for you.

It’s pos­si­ble to find out every­thing I’m about to write from var­i­ous places online, but as far as I know, there’s not one place where it’s all con­nect­ed. Most arti­cles are writ­ten from the point of view of one class or anoth­er; every guide is writ­ten by that class, for that class.

This is going to be the top lev­el view, how raid lead­ers (and pos­si­bly Bliz­zard design­ers) look at class­es and their role in the game.

I write here sim­ply to relay what I’ve come to under­stand as the game of WoW as it relates to the PvE endgame. If you dis­agree with some­thing I’m about to say, that’s fine, but please remem­ber that I’m not think­ing of any one play­er, espe­cial­ly you, when I’m writ­ing this. I’ve read as many inter­nets as I could, led many raids, played too many class­es, and this is what I know.

Now, I’ve raid­ed with a num­ber of class­es at high lev­el, but not all of them. I’ve lead many raids of var­i­ous sizes, but not all the way through the endgame in either ver­sion of WoW. Some of what I’m about to say might be incor­rect. There­fore:

Please com­ment to edu­cate me, and I’ll update the arti­cles as nec­es­sary.

Hope you enjoy it.

(Some­one else can write a “The Secret Design of WoW: PvP” guide or series. I’ll be glad to link from it here.)

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