More catchup from last week. And look! It’s another back-and-forth that involves a mention of class popularity! (SPOILER ALERT: I’ll be posting a couple of other GC tweets in the near future that also address questions related to rogue (un)popularity, so I won’t spend time in this post commenting on the “nobody was playing warlocks” bit you see below.)
@_JoeShanahan Nobody was playing warlocks. Lots of players playing mages. Just part of it though. Locks also lacked a strong identity.—
Greg Street (@Ghostcrawler) January 18, 2013
@TheLonelyRogue We don't think they need a lock-level overhaul. We do agree rotations are still too similar across specs.—
Greg Street (@Ghostcrawler) January 19, 2013
I wrote recently about my concerns regarding rogue spec differentiation. The TL;DR from that earlier post is that while I’d like to see stronger differences between the specs, I *don’t* think it’s a good idea for the differences to be mechanical. I’d rather see the specs differ in aesthetic/thematic ways. However, Ghostcrawler’s second tweet above suggests that the design team is leaning toward a more mechanical solution for setting the rogue specs apart.
To which I say, bah humbug. Hmph. Fooey. Fartknockers. Plerg.
I’m not too confident that many other players share my desire to see three rogue specs that have similar mechanics but different aesthetics. The sense I get from forum browsing is that there’s a fondness for each spec having a “niche.” (This was very much the case back in Cata (particularly in PvP), where Mut was regarded as the slow-playing, single-target damage monster, Combat was priceless in cleave situations or when fighting raid bosses from the front, and Sub ruled the roost in survivability/burst/mobility. I did not like this, because it made spec selection feel less like a choice and more like I was obligated to keep switching to whatever spec was regarded as “optimal” from situation to situation because its niche was more valued in that situation.)
Forums represent a very small proportion of the playing community, though, so I can always hold out hope that secretly my opinion is awesome.