Saturday, January 8, 2011

No Melee Love

 An example of Recount, a typical damage meter.

I've been running a lot of dungeons and heroics in WoW with my main, which is a melee class.  Last week Spinks pointed out how much harder it is to be a melee DPS in Cataclysm compared to ranged.  I had never really thought about it before, so I started paying attention.

I was surprised by how we get royally screwed.  Trying to stay behind enemies while the tank keeps moving them, paying attention to boss AOE abilities, dodging lots of bad stuff that shows up on the ground, having to run around to adds when they spawn, dodging AOE melee attacks from trash, and keeping up my damage ability rotation at the same time.  I always just assumed these things were part of the job as DPS, but then I started looking at the ranged guys and realized they don't have to deal with most of it.  They just stand back and watch the show while hitting the same sequence of buttons over and over.

I'm not giving up my character or changing my spec, but tales like this make my interest in raiding extremely low.  I wasn't that excited about raiding in the first place but now I'm probably not even going to try it in this expansion.

On a positive note, I'm really enjoying tanking in Cataclysm.  It's the most fun thing for me to do in WoW at the moment.

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