Warhammer Online: Picking the right class for you!

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Enjoying playtime of any MMO starts with picking the right class for you. Warhammer online is not much different. For some of you this will be your first MMO, for others, you hardcore folks are not really going to get a lot out of this ’cause you are already 1337. This is really for the new player so read on only if you are tired of the grind and want something to do other than bleed for gold.

So you fire the game up…fresh out of the box. You have already been looking at the Official Game Guide (which by the way will give you a good summary of the game and mechanics, but is like a computer, as soon as you buy it, the dadburn is behind six months later). Next you open up the Warpatch.exe (and run it as administrator on Vista). You log in and sign the Eula (again). Now what?

Well character creation can be about as important as picking a car, a house, which college to go to, or whether you should go with Nvidia or ATI Radeon. Trust me, I sweat what class to play whenever I play any new game. The process can be complicated because there are over 23 classes you can play in Warhammer. Each class has advantages and disadvantages. For example, Ironbreakers can take a lot of damage, but really don’t deal a lot of damage compared to a Witchhunter or a White Lion. On the other hand a Sorceress can pump out a high amout of dps, but can go down quickly in a close melee combat situation.

Each class will have benefits and drawbacks. This is a way for game developers to try to balance game play so that one class is not all powerful and dominate the field of battle. The golden three are tanks, healers, and damage dealers. These are the backbones of the MMO, and Warhammer has done a great job of mixing up what each class can do.

So how does one decide which class to play? The simple answer is a combination of trial and error. Play what you like at first, from your gut feeling and go with it. Learn how to play the game and your class and see if it suits you. You can create up to 10 characters on your server so you can mix and match classes. If Chaoes does not suit you, then try Order or vice versa.

Another solution is to ask yourself a few simple questions.

  • Do I like to play alone or in groups?
  • Do I want to play against other characters in battle?
  • Do I want to do dungeons?
  • Does crafting interest me?

If you answered that you like to play alone, then you will want to pick a class that you will enjoy because you will spend your days soloing and enjoying content. If you answered in groups, you can enjoy your playtime with your guild exploring the world.

The cool thing about War is that you can RvR (or play against other players in battle). You can play on an Open RvR server, which will allow you to engage in open rvr with others around the realm, or you can also join the scenarios. Scenarios are a lot of fun, and you can implement strategies.

If you answered that you like to play in dungeons, then you will probably want to look for a raiding guild (but that is another article entirely). Choosing a guild can help you out a lot. There are leveling guilds, friendly guilds, guilds that only do RvR, roleplaying guilds, raiding guilds and casual guilds. Guilds are like clubs for MMOs and belonging to one can have advantages and disadvantages as well. I am going to do an article about guilds soon, so stay tuned.

And if you think crafting might be something fun to explore, it can be. You can also make money from crafting goods.

Picking what class you want to play can influence all of these factors as you play. For example, if you want to join a raiding guild and you are a high dps class, guess what, join the club. On the other hand, if you are a healer or a tank, you might be able to find a guild in demand of one. Each and every class has a place in the game.

The most important thing to remember when playing the game is that you should enjoy the game. If you enjoy the class you are playing, then you will do a good job and fit in with whatever play style you choose.

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