I’ve been thinking about what I enjoy playing most in WoW out of the different roles available to us; healer, dps or tank. The more I think about it, the more I’m realising that I’m enjoying the tank role a little bit more than the others.
Dealing damage is fun, but I get frustrated by the long queues for LFR/dungeons. I love my Warlock, and I will always love her – but she can’t quite fill the role I enjoy. I miss her at times, but every time I play a dps I only have fun for as long as I’m questing or doing other things. If I try to queue for something, I get instantly frustrated. There are times when I think that maybe I should go back to my Warlock for the next expansion… Since she is, after all, my favourite character… But I don’t know.
Healing. I used to enjoy it, and I still do at times. In the later parts of Vanilla and early TBC I played a Priest, and that was quite fun. In Cataclysm I raided on an alt that was a Horde Paladin (holy). While I can heal and it’s somewhat enjoyable… It’s probably the role in WoW that I have the least fun doing. These days, I only ever really play my Priest when healing in battlegrounds.
Tanking is the role that I think I enjoy the most. Sure, it can be stressful and frustrating at times – but I also find it quite rewarding. I enjoy being the first person into a fight, knowing the mechanics and figuring out how best to survive them. The last three expansions I started out raiding on my Warlock, but ended up tanking. Partly because we always seemed to end up a tank short in the guild, but partly also because I quite enjoy it. I’m considering making WoD the first expansion I go into as a tank straight away, rather than having to quickly gear one up when we find ourselves tank-less in the guild.
My raiding history goes something like…
Vanilla – Rogue
Vanilla – Holy Priest
TBC – Shadow Priest, who usually ended up having to go Holy
TBC – Warlock (since no one could make me heal then!)
Wrath – Warlock
Wrath – Prot Warrior (guild was short a tank, so I switched when we were about halfway through Ulduar)
Cata – Warlock (again)
Cata – Death Knight (when we were short a tank, fortunately this time we were already in Dragon Soul)
Cata – Holy Paladin (alt on Horde side, raiding with friend’s guild)
MoP – Warlock (again)
MoP – Prot Paladin (we found ourselves without enough tanks in Throne of Thunder, and I’ve been raiding on her since)
Before the Prot Paladin, I did try Death Knight and Monk as well for tanking. Monk was fun, but somehow felt squishy. I also felt that having two tanks wearing leather wasn’t ideal. (Our other tank is a Druid.) The Death Knight is fun, and I’ve always had fun with her, but we had three other DKs in the raid team as dps, and a fourth (even if tank), really seemed like an overkill in a 10 man team.
I enjoy the Paladin though. There are times when she’s felt a bit squishy as well. Especially compared to the Druid tank that tank with me. Some fights just seem to do a lot of damage to her. Fortunately, of course, she has a fair bit of self-healing and cooldowns to save her.
Having played most tanks in the game at some point, either in the guild’s raid group or by myself in dungeons and LFR – I have to say that I enjoy all of them. Least of all, I probably enjoy Druid. But then I’ve never been able to like the Druid class. I can’t put my finger on why… I just can’t bring myself to like it.
Do you have a role in the game that you enjoy more than the others? Do you play it as your main? Do you play several characters filling this role, or just the one?