WoW Insider has a really interesting article up today- WoW 6.0: A case for dual class dual spec. The idea of this post is how dual classing would allow more flexibility for players. I think it is a really great idea! Will we ever see anything like this in WoW? I could see it happen, I really can envision it. Why? I think we need something to make playing fresh again, instead of rolling alts. I have too many alts already, I really don't want to level another new class next expansion. I feel a very strong pull to my monk now, which saddens me to think about my druid (pictured up top) main.
It would really have to have limitations to work. I don't know how a mage tank would work, but changing out for another cloth wearing class would seem to be ideal for the idea of dual classing. Or perhaps if warlocks received a tank spec, that would really flesh out things for this. It would feel very off to be a mage who swaps to a paladin. Or-- we could see a total revamp how armor works depending on which class you work with, which as been a long awaited wish of mine. I have spent so many years as a druid carrying different sets of gear, I've finally quit bothering. However, I think setting limitations on which armor your class wears to affecting which classes you can be would probably be the best bet with how things work now.
This article did get a lot of negative reactions but it really seemed to me a big argument of "I'm a dps mage I don't want to heal or tank!" Basically reactions sounded to me as an argument, that if they wanted to heal or tank they'd have picked a different class. Fine, don't use it, if you don't want to, nobody will force you. Nobody forces you to play a different class now, why would they then? You might feel lazy? That's on your own shoulders, bud. For me, I'd absolutely love something like this. I adore healing on my druid but the DPS specs never really did it for me. Imagine if I could DPS on my hunter when I wanted to, or maybe use it for daily quests, but it being a mail wearing class, I could swap out and fill in a healing role as a shaman? I'd love that! That would be pretty amazing in my eyes.
I agree with the author, WoW needs something big to keep subscriptions up, to liven things up. Something like this would blow away a measly third spec. Do we really want a new class, jump ship and balance your army of alts? Frankly I'm tired of it. I am close to hitting the cap on my new monk, I also think time spent on it is time I could spend on my main. Then I think about swapping the monk to my main, then I just get fed up and try not to think about it too much. You see, I play alts because I hate the DPS specs on my main, whom I love to heal on. This has been an internal battle with me for years.
Lore? I look at it like this, lore is fine and dandy but something that could help the game flourish, revive old classes instead of flooding us with more, would benefit the game. I play many other games with fantastic lore, that have less restrictions, such as any class/any race combos, it makes me really happy to have restrictions lifted. However, most of these restrictions were lifted too late, those games are deserted. Do we want to hold onto the name of lore in a death grip until it is too late, after all it is all make believe when you come down to it. I want to play a game that is alive, a game that has options, flexibility, that allows me to jump in and support when I can.
There are downsides as well, I'm completely aware of that, but I think it is a very interesting idea to discuss! I'm all for this, then again I am always torn as hell when I play my army of alts. How about you? Would you like to see something like this in WoW? I don't know if we will ever see anything such as this, but it is nice to dream. Check out the article linked above, it is a really great read!