12 August, 2006

Tankadins get what they want...in the expansion!

Check this out:
The Paladin class will see a class-defining ability of its own in an ability to pull aggressive creatures off of classes with a "snap-aggro" ability. That ability, Chilton explains as the equivalent of an AOE taunt, but instead of being cast on the enemies, instead, true to the Paladin's role of buffing and supporting players, it is castable buff on a party member. At that point, the mobs that were attacking the party member within an Area of Effect range will then turn and attack the Paladin. It continues to reinforce Blizzard's desire to turn the Paladin into a secondary tank and a healer, instead of the simple healer the class has been relegated to.
Overall VERY informative 1up article, with new stuff that we don't know yet.

Will write more later...after BWL:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

My guess is the castable buff will act as a castable fade/feint/cower. I.e. permanently lower a party members aggro by a certain amount.

One thing is for sure is no DPS paladins. They aren't keen on it obvious. Shamans getting a DPS buff though. Uh oh.

8:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So paladins will be getting another PvE only ability. Nice.

At least they will be able to tank better, or somewhat better. The paladin is really in dire need of combat options.

Glad to see they are revamping pvp the way myself and 500 other pvp players have been telling them to since the original launch of the honor system.

I'm still going to see what improvements paladins get as far as pvp, and if they get none I'm not renewing :P

8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I suppose any improvement is good, I shuddered at the phrase "true to the Paladin's role of buffing and supporting players".

I'm tired of how Paladins are treated in this game.

5:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So the paladin casts it on himself, he gets the aggro. He casts it on the warrior, the warrior gets aggro... he gets mad at the mage...

Anyway, this sounds like it might happen but will either be not to great in the bgining of quickly nerfed. Sigh.

7:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this is what I think it is, I'm going to cast it on our Hunters every chance I get. :p

8:36 PM  

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