17 August, 2006

Tigole Sets Direction for Paladins in BC

A post on the Paladin forums by Evilcarrot draws attention to this article on Joystiq.com. Within, Jeff Kaplan is interviewed and reveals more of the behind the scenes thinking that contributed to the tankadin blues. Here's the relevant bit:
What went into the decision to adding a Paladin choice for the Horde (Blood Elves) and a Shaman choice for the Alliance (Draenei)?

Our reasoning behind that is we had a conflicting design vision going on with World of Warcraft. Our class design goal was that every class had to be completely unique -- really unique mechanics per class. And, we felt like our Shaman and Paladin were pretty unique, but as time progressed in the game, players would become outraged anytime you gave something to the Paladin and didn't compensate the Shaman.

The classes had a totally different vision behind them, but we tried to balance them out all the time and make them equal. It's not fair to the classes, they were becoming homogeneous. We really wrestled with the idea internally and we finally decided that the lore could justify with Blood Elves and Draenei putting the Paladin and Shaman on each side for the first time. We feel like because we made this decision, we're finally free to make the classes be what they were originally supposed to be. We wanted the Paladin to be more tank oriented, that holy tank that heals. And, we can focus the Shaman more on his DPS and utility roles.
This begs the question, of course, as to what will happen to the Retribution tree in BC. Will our damage plateau continue from it's leveling out in the high-50's forcing us to party up for the 60-70 grind? One can only speculate until more information is released regarding our new core abilities and talents.

8 Comments:

Blogger Mastgrr said...

I strongly suspect that Retribution will be the weakest tree in BC. There's no doubt in my mind that much of their focus will go for the Protection tree when they revisit our class.

9:13 AM  
Anonymous snow said...

Not necessarily the weakest tree. Protection definitely needs the most work, and I am very thrilled as a longtime prot pally to be hearing these things. But without balancing against shamans directly, they should also be free to increase our melee abilities... Every class will grow in power to 70, so they will have more "room" to add greater variety in our specs.

10:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As mentioned before, Im more worried that were going to get a number of skills that are useless in pvp, much like a lot of our current skills.

8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And see I'm not worried, for the first time this class will be available to the horde and as more and more horde players start realizing what the problems are with the paladin Blizz will listen and we will have our class buffed, especially now that it doesn't have to compete with the shaman.

I see great changes in our future.

4:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny... I see awesome changes in our future.

9:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tigole never wanted the paladin to be a tank, in fact he hates paladins, ive seen quotes. I guess the other devs and the community had just waited enough.

1:12 AM  
Blogger Mastgrr said...

Keep in mind though that Tigole isn't the class designer. He is merely the quest/dungeon designer.

7:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which means he can design quests and dungeons where paladin tnaking is a joke.

7:28 AM  

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