Gordon over at We Fly Spitfires threw up an interesting article (hm, maybe “threw up” wasn’t the best verb I could’ve used) talking about his favorite classes over his MMO career. I’d love to hop on board that train and take it to the next station, so here are my ten favorite classes from my past (and current) MMOs:
1. Hunter (WoW)
Yes, they’re overplayed, underskilled and a cliche for the entire MMO genre — but I still loved mine. I’ve never experienced a pet class in any other MMO that was as thrilling as WoW’s hunter, which incorporated capturing a pet of your choice (within reason) and training it over your journey together. In my defense, I never played a Night Elf Hunter.
2. Warlock (WoW)
The original Syp was born as a gnome warlock, a powerhouse experience from 1-73ish when I left her to wither and die in an unsubscribed account. Despite the utter hatred for warlocks flung at me during my career with Syp (99% of which was due to the PvP fear controversy), I loved having a class that could swap pets when needed, as well as laying down the law… OF DOTS on enemies’ heads.
3. Captain (LOTRO)
I have to say, I’ve found my LOTRO class, and I’m happier for it. The Captain is a class that’s as near to something perfectly designed for my playstyle as could be without my direct input: hybrid build, can heal, can tank, has a pet, very party friendly, looks pretty sweet through and through.
4. Adventurer (AO)
I think I picked the Adventurer when I played Anarchy Online mostly because I could dual-wield pistols and also heal myself. I don’t remember much else about the class, but I hear they could transform into dragons (?) at higher levels.
5. Controller (City of Heroes)
The best fun in CoX wasn’t when you were laying down the smack on bad guys, it was when you would tilt your head and go “Oh, I don’t think I’ll allow you to attack us today” and then make good on it. I loved flinging out about ten different kinds of crowd control powers, on top of using pets. That was the class that made me feel the most powerful out of all of them.
6. Sorcerer (DDO)
I don’t know if I’ll step back into a sorcerer’s shoes when DDO goes free to play this summer, but I’m tempted. I liked having more spell casts than wizards (if a smaller pool of spells to choose from), and there’s a lot of pets, crowd control and direct damage builds to choose from.
7. Warrior Priest (WAR)
If anything, I’m sad I left WAR because I never got to see Thursday, my Warrior Priest, all the way to the end of her journey. Smacking down heretics with a 2H hammer while throwing out heals and all sorts of other funs spells made this (in my opinion) the best healing class in the game. Plus, the WP’s look is to die for.
8. Engineer (WAR)
Guns, turrets, barbed wire, land mines, AOE napalm, dying constantly… yeah, this was a fun class indeed. I really wish it was more enjoyable as a rifle class leveling up (although it got a lot more fun when I hit 40 and got rapid fire), but I don’t regret making the engie my class of choice in WAR.
9. Mesmer/Necromancer (Guild Wars)
Crowd control plus pets divided by a saucy look. Yeah, everything else pales.
10. Druid (WoW)
I guess there’s a lot more druids these days than there used to be, but if I ever had to go back to 2004 and start the game all over again, I think a druid would be my main. It’s just a blast to have the ability to shift between forms and roles, as well as hitting moonfire and feeling like the mother ship was blasting with orbital lasers at whatever elf you were targeting.