Plans for Cataclysm

09 Jul

I’m looking ahead a bit towards Cataclysm right now, trying to decide what I want to do. Me being me, the first thing I’m probably going to do is run a ton of alts and not even bother looking at end game. I might rush my Mage or Druid to 85 for the sake of doing it and getting some gold from the new profession mats, but most of my time will initially be spent on trying out all the new starting areas.

I know without a doubt that I want to level one of every race, and one of every class to at least level 20. That much I know for sure. What I haven’t set in stone just yet, is which races with be teamed up with which classes. So today that’s what I’m aiming to do is to solidify, or at least narrow down, those choices and set a firm plan for the new expansion.

These combinations are because I want to see the game from each class’s and race’s perspective. The characters that get rolled for this will end up getting deleted almost without exception. After reaching 20 with them all I’ll delete them and then reroll the ones I really like on my real server(s) to actually play them and level them beyond 20.

Existing Knowledge
We know we’re getting some new combinations of races and classes in Cataclysm, and while there are still several things that might change in it, here’s what we know so far for new combinations:

Orc: Mage
Undead: Hunter
Tauren: Paladin, Priest
Troll: Druid, Warlock*
Blood Elf: Warrior

Human: Hunter
Dwarf: Mage, Shaman, Warlock*
Night Elf: Mage
Gnome: Priest
Draenei: nothing at all…

*Warlock: Recent blue posts indicated that Warlock has been added to Dwarf and Troll, which are the only combinations (that I know of) that have been added since the initial announcement in Blizzcon ’09.

From that list alone there are already some that draw my attention, and some that I couldn’t care less about. The ones I have no interest in are: Orc Mage, Tauren Priest, Troll Druid. The rest I’m at least somewhat interested in or excited about, and a couple I’m really excited to try out. Neither of the Tauren options really do anything for me, but I think that’s because I’m not a huge cow fan to begin with. Surprisingly I’m actually excited about all three Dwarf options as well as the Gnome addition. Surprising because those are two of my least favorite races in the game.

We also know that we’re gaining two new races which have their own class combinations.

Worgen: Druid, Hunter, Mage, Priest, Rogue, Warlock, Warrior
Goblin: Hunter, Mage, Priest, Rogue, Shaman, Warlock, Warrior

My initial thoughts during last year’s Blizzcon were Worgen Druid and Goblin Shaman, straight out of the box. Since then I’ve changed quite a bit.

I’m not super thrilled about the Worgen Druid idea anymore. I might go ahead and do it, especially if I decide to level Feral this time, but I’m just not quite sure. Adding wolf to the mix of possible forms for the druid sounded really cool, but since my existing druid is an inscriptionist I can already turn myself into a wolf so it’s not quite as appealing from that standpoint. While I like the shapechange mechanic of the Worgen, I don’t really like how that plays out for casters. I don’t quite see the whole “I cast stronger spells because I now have teeth and furs!” thing makes sense. It’s sort of like the Orc racial in that regard where yeah it still works, but eh, only just.

Goblins I’m just really not all that into. I like some of the things we’ve seen about their starting area, but…I don’t know, they just don’t appeal to me. I may end up going with the generic Goblin Rogue and turning him into my Horde bank alt, but the more I think about it Warlock seems a more appropriate feel for them as I picture a Voidwalker or Felguard standing watch over me as I take care of my transactions. Hunter, Mage, and Priest just don’t scream “goblin” to me, so I’m not thrilled there at all.

Looking over the list right now I’m leaning towards…Feral Druid, BM Hunter, SPriest, or Warrior for the Worgen, and Sub Rogue, Elem Shaman, or Warlock for the Goblin. Though I don’t like the idea of Worgen casters much, I love the thought of a shadow priest look applied to the wolfman. Other options for the goblin just don’t appeal to me.

Decisions, as They Stand Now
The combinations I know for sure that I want to level in Cataclysm is pretty small. If they made some other combinations open up, such as the Night Elf Warlock, I’d be all over that. Since they haven’t though, this is the list I’m going to work with for now, and if things change then things change.

Druid: Night Elf (Worgen)
The ones in parenthesis are ones that I’m considering as replacements. I know I want to level another Druid, but I’m not sure on the race. I do know it’s not going to be a flipping Troll with their hideous skins as they are right now. I really wanted to roll a Worgen Druid when Blizzcon announced it, but now I’m not that into the idea. It’s still a possibility though given that I’m not super thrilled about rolling yet another Night Elf Druid.

Hunter: Human and Undead
I don’t have the slightest clue how in the world we’ve come this far in the game and still not seen Human Hunters. I mean…seriously? Human’s can’t kill things with a bow by now? It’s about time, so I’m going to make it so. I’m also rolling an Undead Hunter because it’s one of the two combinations I’ve always wanted for the Undead. They haven’t given us Undead Paladins yet, but I’m not giving up hope on that one. One of these days, to Fel with the lore, I’ll have an Undead Paladin.

Mage: Draenei (Night Elf, Troll, Undead)
The mage is going to be a Draenei, but I really don’t know why. Actually, I do know why. I don’t like Spacegoats, but I had to use one somewhere to see their new starting area. They make good Mages (nothing like throwing a racial HoT on yourself before casting Ice Block to get the full heal without fear of dying after all. I’ve always been curious about a Night Elf Mage since Shadowmeld is such a wonderfully useful ability, so it’s still a possibility. I may go Troll if I don’t feel like another Warlock, or possibly Undead just because I love Undead so much.

Paladin: Tauren (Human)
Paladin isn’t a very hard choice. Since cows are getting the priesthood I figured I might as well roll one and give that cowtank a shot. Human is really the only other race I care to have as a Paladin that we have access to. I’d take Undead in a heartbeat if they gave it to us, and the same for Orc, but they haven’t so I can’t.

Priest: Gnome and Blood Elf (Priest)
Priest gets two races this time around. The Gnome simply because I don’t want a Gnome of any of the other classes available to them. I hate Gnomes. They’re the only race that comes close to Trolls on my hate list. I know some of my tweeps love them, but not me. I could handle their size, and the squished look of their gear if they would just change their voices and stupid sayings like, “My! You’re a tall one!” I hate them, but I have to see their starting area so I’m rolling one anyway.

Priest also goes to Blood Elf because I love the male’s cast animation for healing spells. I think the spiffy twirly braids of the female dwarf is the only animation that comes close. If something looks stupid I can’t play it even if it’s cool. If something looks cool, I can play it even if it sucks (to some degree).

Rogue: Worgen (Night Elf, Goblin)
Rogue goes to the Worgen where I can be both agile and brutal at the same time. It’s one of the best combinations for the race in my opinion. I hate that their racial ability makes their spells stronger from a believability standpoint. I just don’t see how my fireballs would hurt any more than normal just because I suddenly get hairy and grow fangs; it just doesn’t compute with me. So I’m going melee with them instead.

Shaman: Dwarf (Goblin)
Shaman is for Dwarves. I gave a lot of thought to making my Dwarf a Mage or possibly a Warlock. Mage was my initial thought as a nod to one of my favorite fantasy series, the one that got me started on them in the first place, The Belgariad which was written by the late David Eddings. In that book was a twisted, disfigured dwarf “mage” named Beldin who worked some of the most beautiful magic in the world as a balance to his ugliness. He turned into beautiful creatures and he was a horrible, disgusting figure when in his natural form. I love the character and the image. His most well known animal form is a blue banded hawk, so if Dwarves could be Druids I would leap at the opportunity. Since they can’t be druids though, I’m going to combine Beldin with another character from the books, Belgarath, which was another “mage” and known for taking the form of a wolf. So I’m ditching the Mage class for the Spirit Wolf form of the Shaman and using the Dwarf race to tie the two together into one.

Warlock: Goblin and Troll
Warlock of the Demonology variety goes to the Goblin because while I see most people going Rogue with them for bank alts, I’m going Warlock because I picture my Goblin not as a thief but more as a loan shark. And rather than slitting your throat and stealing your purse, I’m just going to have my big friend here, the Felguard, bash in your face if you don’t give me my money back. Now here’s the 10g you need and I expect to have 50g from you sitting on my desk by Tuesday morning.

Warlock of the Affliction variety goes to the Trolls. My most hated race in the entire game. There’s really nothing at all that I like about this race. I’m going to take them anyway though so that I can have him dance with his Imp. I don’t want to miss any of the starting areas from their race’s perspective, otherwise I wouldn’t be rolling one to begin with.

Warrior: Orc
Warrior is the favored class of the Orc. It’s a strong, brutal race of warriors and that’s the kind of thing I can really get into. When I think Orc, I think big axes and splitting skulls, and right now the Warrior is the best class available to them for doing that.


Posted by on July 9, 2010 in Class, Leveling, Races


15 responses to “Plans for Cataclysm

  1. Cynwise

    July 9, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    I really can’t wait to meet Beldin. I really, really can’t wait. (But you know my feelings about the Belgariad already.)

    I’d like to say that I have planned out my alts and have my worgen and goblins ready to go, but… I’d be lying. I’m struggling with my alts again and have no clue what I’ll roll when the new character screen comes up, if anything. I might need to move the twinks aside to make more room, which kinda saddens me.

    And I regret faction changing my druid. I don’t know if I’ll reroll her or what, but I do regret faction changing her.

    • Psynister

      July 9, 2010 at 4:32 PM

      I’m getting ready for another mass delete, even though I’m not really hurting for room just yet. I’m going to delete the twinks, except for the druid. I’ve debated deleting Psynwise as well, but right now I’m making a killing off of her professions so I’ll hang on to her for now and eventually reroll sometime in Cat to replace her while relearning the class.

  2. DarthRegis

    July 9, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    Tauradin, for the win!

    Mmm… Tauren siege engines. :D

    • Psynister

      July 9, 2010 at 4:34 PM

      *swivels Exorcism turret three clicks left* Fire! *BOOOM!!!*

  3. Rades

    July 9, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    Goblin hunter engineer for me! The idea of a goblin rocket-belting forwards, disengaging backwards, then popping rocket boots or a parachute cloak, while hurling bombs…it brings a tear to my eye.

    • Psynister

      July 9, 2010 at 4:35 PM

      Yeah, there’s a lot of potential for coolness there. If I didn’t have other hunters already lined up I’d consider it.

      But these toons are just to test all the starting areas and get a look at each of the classes, and then they’ll all get deleted. When the time comes to go live with the actual toons, who knows what I’ll end up with.

  4. anexxia

    July 10, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    I can NOT WAIT to make my Drae priest a gnome!
    *bounces up and down*

    I am going to make my new race toons hunters because I’ve never made a hunter, they have pets, and I am all about ranged DPS.

    • Psynister

      July 13, 2010 at 10:46 AM

      Goblin Hunter doesn’t sound too bad. They get crab pets which I happen to like.

      I have the same problem with Worgen Hunters that I do with Worgen casters though, the shapechange just doesn’t feel right to me. I grow fur/fangs/claws and suddenly my bow shoots you harder? It’s me, I’m sure, but I just can’t get into it very well.

      Having said that though, I’m very tempted to go with a Worgen Priest simply for the look of being a shadowy werewolf. I see much potential in that combination.

  5. Redhawks

    July 13, 2010 at 9:43 AM

    Remember: Ret bull gives you wings. :)

    I’m also going to be looking at possibly changing my druid into a worgen boomkin, especially if their racials are as good as they were when they were first announced.

    • Psynister

      July 13, 2010 at 9:51 AM

      I haven’t seen anything new on racials since they were first announced. I assume that means we’re sticking with it (for now), but it could be that they’re taking a completely new approach to them as well. I wouldn’t be too surprised if we see changes to racial abilities across the board though. Maybe not every single racial, but the majority of them.

  6. Gravity

    July 30, 2010 at 3:02 AM

    I am so glad I’m not an altoholic. :)
    For me, simple. DK Tank. My few alts will not even log on until he’s L85 and I have spare time, which might not be for quite a while, since once I’m L85 I’ll be into dungeons/raids/etc.

    • Psynister

      July 30, 2010 at 8:48 AM

      I haven’t decided yet how quickly I’m going to try to get my “mains” up to level 85, or how soon I want to be part of the raiding.

      As far as enjoying the game itself goes, leveling is at the top of my fun list. I love leveling toons, even if it’s just a handful of levels. I could spend all day just rolling and rerolling toons.

      But, I also really like hanging out with the guild in raids and beating down new content and such. I’m a bit torn right now. I need to make a decision, but since Cat’s not even announced for release yet I should still have plenty of time to make it. For now I’m still very much undecided though.

  7. Louise

    August 9, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    I have had been on the beta. ITS AWESOME!!!

    Even with it being broken the whole time, it was still cool to have the world to explore. Makes you feel like you are playing an entirely new game; since it has revamped graphics, and a totally changed world.

    As for me, I will level my main only, it may only seem like 5 levels it takes a very very long time.

    • Psynister

      August 10, 2010 at 8:29 AM

      A character has to be all kinds of fun for me to stick to them for a very extended period of time. I’ve played for about two years now and I’ve had at least 6 toons that would qualify as “mains” during that time, not to mention the literal hundreds of alts, so at the very most my average attention span for a single toon as my main is about 4 months.


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