I count myself fortunate that I have settled on a class — the Minstrel — that I thoroughly enjoy in Lord of the Rings Online. Apart from combat pets, it really has everything I want out of a class, and I’m looking forward to adventuring with it into the future.
That said, I — like many people — see other classes running around and wonder what it’d be like to play those. I have tried out a few others, but there are a chunk that I’ve never even rolled up. So for today’s thought exercise, I wanted to rank the classes that I’ve never really played to any great extent (which excludes the Minstrel, Captain, and Lore-master) in the order of least interested to most interested (if, you know, I had the time).
Least interested: Guardian
Not only are Guardians in a really sad state right now in the live game, they just don’t have a playstyle that appeals to me in the least. If I wanted a shield-using character, there are at least two other classes that have far more interesting mechanics.
Champions also suffer from Generic Class Syndrome (GCS) in my mind. They’re great if you want a damage-dealing melee fighter, but that’s almost never what I want. Hard pass.
Warden gets high marks for style — javelins and spears aren’t typical weapon choices in MMOs — and the combo system is hotbar-friendly and rather unique. But it also requires some memorization, and whenever I’ve tried one, I simply don’t have the patience to get all of the patterns committed to memory.
People seem to love Beornings, and the notion of a shapeshifter is always cool. After all, I really did like my WoW Druid. But I don’t see a huge appeal in playing a bear, nor in being a class that’s mostly all melee. Cool concept, though.
What’s always held me back from Rune-keepers is how odd they seem in the context of this low-magic setting, but whenever I’ve watched one in action, I can’t deny I’m attracted to the playstyle. Lots of flashy spell effects — and totems to boot! But do I really want to be a cloth-wearing Dwarf running around with rocks in his hand?
Burglars always seem like the underdogs in LOTRO. They’re never the most desired nor represented, but I have a soft spot for the idea of a dual dagger-wielding Hobbit slicing and dicing through enemies. I like their tricks and ability to stealth, but the sound effects are atrocious.
Most interested: Hunter
Hunters are vastly overrepresented in LOTRO, which is probably the only thing that would hold me back from playing one. The decoy dummies, ranged combat, extra map skills, and faster movement are all huge pluses for the class. They offer low-key playstyle, and that’s not to be underestimated.