Just about as long as I’ve played MMOs, I’ve harbored a serious grudge. No, not against elves; that’s just common sense hatred against our oppressive know-it-all overlords. I’m talking about Rogues. Man, I’ve really disliked me a Rogue or two in my day, and not just because you can misspell their name to become a cosmetic product. It’s because of this:
In my career playing WoW, no class ended up rubbing me the wrong way than Rogues. It wasn’t just that they were pretty popular way back when, but that they were a griefer’s dream come true. A stealth/stunlock class that would come out of nowhere, make you unable to do squat, and kill you. And because such a class naturally attracted every tool in the world, the kill would then be teabagged and corpse camped.
When I played Alterac Valley or spent some time on an RP-PvP server, I came up against Rogues time and again, and it was never a complimentary experience. I rejoiced if I could down one of the buggers, but you know what they say: They’d be back and in greater numbers.
So I developed and nurtured a hatred toward Rogues that extended to their kind in all MMOs. I’d never roll a Rogue, a Thief, or any of their ilk. I saw their mechanics as unimaginative and (in the case of stealth) slow and boring. My eye would twitch if I saw a guildie roll a Rogue and I’d quietly scratch them off my Christmas card mailing list. I’d groan in exasperation if I ended up pugging a group that had a Rogue or two boasting their super-awesome DPS.
The odd thing is that I think that somewhere along the line, I’ve gotten over this grudge. No, I’ll never like WoW’s Rogues, but I’ve ended up trying other titles’ Rogue-likes and kind of liked them. SWTOR’s Operative was a lot of fun (Rogues with a rifle, baby) and I like the twist that LOTRO put on the Rogue for the Burglar.
This realization hit me this week as I’ve come back to Neverwinter for another go and actually picked up the Trickster Rogue class. It wasn’t even a class in consideration when I first started playing, because Rogues. But the Guardian Fighter and Devoted Cleric ended up boring me, so I thought I’d give something a little different a try.
And strangely enough, I’m really, really enjoying it. I don’t use stealth that much, but I’m digging how the TR flings daggers lightning-fast and is a blur of pain in the midst of an enemy group. It’s not a complex hybrid class like I usually prefer, but right now Neverwinter doesn’t have anything like that.
If nothing else, it’s nice to make things die quickly instead of slow-and-steady like I’m used to. And it’s nice to bury a grudge.