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Observation 
22nd-Mar-2007 05:14 pm
Kakashi wolf
I had a thought earlier today about playing a Hunter. Well, actually, it's a thought that's been in proto-form for a while, but kind of crystalised earlier.

When you play Hunter and get a random invite for a group, you're never really sure if it's because they think that you're a good player or because they're desperate for someone to fill the last spot.

Okay, I can see some of the questions that might arise from such a statement. Like...why? Well, the first reason is that Hunters are really common. They always have been. And when there's a glut of something, it's always hard to stand out. The second thing is the common perception that Hunters are idiots from a large portion of the playing population. Generally an unfair assumption, to be sure, but still one that is pervasive and you can't really get away from. These things add up to a lot of second guessing about why some random person would invite you to their group.

Now, as for me, I was being invited to Heroic Durnholde which sparked this whole round of thinking. So I don't think it's because they were desperate. You're not going to invite some utter stranger for a Heroic instance. Especially not an instance as difficult as Heroic Durnholde. So they were probably reasonably sure that I was a good player and genuinely wanted me along. That being said, that little feeling of doubt is always still there.

That's part of what it's like to play a Hunter. Even when you know you're a good player (and despite not wanting to pat myself on the back too much, I am a good player), you're infected with a seed of doubt merely by the perception from the majority of players regarding your class. And everybody else is given that same hint of doubt.
Comments 
23rd-Mar-2007 04:20 am (UTC)
I have that exact same problem/feeling on my warlock. Right now Warlocks are the fad "OMGUBERPWN" class, so there are a lot of idiots running around who think all there is to the class is Dot Dot Fear. It's scary how many people honestly believe all warlocks have instant Howl of Terror, Felguards, Conflag, Siphon Life, Instant Shadowbolts and Corruptions, Unstable Affliction and Shadowfury AT THE SAME TIME and it takes nothing to play one.

(That said, Affliction IS easy mode and boring as hell to play, but Demo and Destro are finess builds and you really gotta be good to master them)

I'm a Destruction 'lock. I have to take mana breaks. I dont use Dots. The only insta dot I have is Curse of Agony. I get shit when I have to tap. I've had one person call me a noob cause I didn't summon a felguard to tank for a PUG even though I told them I wasnt a Demo spec. I get shit for not casting Corruption or Siphon Life. The former takes longer to cast than Incinerate or Shadowbolt, the latter I dont have.

It sucks cause Warlocks have been one of the least played classes and we have a trashed rep now. People think there are a lot of us, but not really. Not on PvE servers at least. And I'm sorry, but even before 2.0 Rogues, Hunters and Druids could kick our asses in PVP.
23rd-Mar-2007 03:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I have a level 60 demon'spec warlock. And it does take a bit of work to balance your aggro so your demon keeps the mob's attention and you stay safe and warm. :D

But I have to say, if you have a pet out that can taunt, and get the hang of it, demonology is kinda easy mode too, especially if you only have one or two mobs you're working on at a time and they're no more than 3 levels greater than you. (This is easier to do with the felguard than the voidwalker.)
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