The official forums aren’t just a tangled mass of (spoiler-free) sniping. Sometimes they throw up the odd gem. And this week, on the tanking forum, someone started a thread asking people why they loved their warriors. Warriors are still the most popular class in WoW by a large margin.
Here’s a few snippets, sorted into categories. The most interesting thing to me is that no one has mentioned the mechanics — not a single person said that they liked the rage mechanic. I bet hunters and warlocks would have mentioned their pets, death knights would have mentioned runes, rogues would have mentioned the energy ticks and finishers, shamans would have mentioned the totems, etc. But nope, mechanics are not part of the warrior appeal.
People who love specific warrior skills
Dual wielding TWO TWO handed weapons.
Disarming ret paladins, hunters, death knights and rogues at key moments
chargin in with a giant wep and smashin someone in the face
Charge…. there is no better skill in the game.
Charge/Intercept. I love the instant mobility. It is the biggest reason why I can’t play any other class past lvl 40 or so.
the Shield Slam animation and sound effect is what sold it for me.
Shields are the coolest looking pieces of gear in the game (imo) and we get to smash them in the enemy’s face!
nothing says awesome quite like reflecting a 6k fire shock crit
Deep wounds. Hit something hard once and it will die, sooner or later.
People who love the role of tanking and/or leading the charge in PvP
I like how people tend to follow you around like puppy dogs. Its weird, its also hilarious. In bg’s people ( especially alliance ) are pussies and to afraid to be the first in, they see a warrior 35 or higher in the 30′s bracket for example they follow you around even if all you do is fight in the road.
This is true, people do tend to follow you in battlegrounds when you run off in some random direction. It’s like Dirk Gently‘s habit of following random cars because they looked as though they knew where they were going.
Having healers seek you out to follow in bg’s
Tanking is the single biggest ego feeding experience in this game. You feel like the RPG hero with a squad of NPCs at your back
i love charging into a group in BGs knowing i am gonna die most likely but not giving a crap because chances are i am taking down a couple with me before that happens.
People who like the look
We warriors look badass in plate.
Coolest looking class in the game, plus very fun
I look BA in my gear.
(Bloody awesome? Or did he mean he looks BAD in his gear?)
I don’t personally feel that the Onyxia hat makes Spinks look awesome, except in the sense of forsaken-with-an-axe-through-her-head. But I guess they can’t all be winners.
People who love the warrior vibe
Playing a prot warrior allows me to live out my fantasy of being a spartan.
I’ve never had a fantasy of being a spartan.
I love the face-smashingness.
I’ve played a warlock, shaman, druid, rogue, and warrior, and warrior always felt the most “true” to me… like they got the warrior “vibe” down.
I liked the mythos of the warrior to begin with.This is the 1st character I ever created.
Raw power. No magic crap, no casting, just raw power.
Warriors don’t call upon %@**, we strap on our armor, pick up our swords, shields, and axes, and then proceed to put our foot dead in the ass of our enemies.
Highest hit dice
and 18/00 ftw
Sir, you won the thread (don’t tell him that the THAC0 mechanics have been changed and higher is now better!)