Yes, people generally do expect people in many classes to play their roles. If you apply for a group needing a trapper with your rogue and then refuse to do traps, expect to get booted at the first opportunity. Same with arcanes that don't CC when it is needed. And so forth.
I know a very experienced player who had trouble last life because he was a melee with more sorc levels than anything else and people freaked when they saw him swinging an axe. He even said he had trouble getting into groups (even though he is an excellent player).
If people want to play divines and not heal then they need to accept the importance of that role and make sure the rest of the team knows that they don't plan to fill it. Then they can decide if they want that individual taking up a space or not.
Last life I was an artificer and on more than one occasion found myself putting away my heavy damage bow for my paralyzer to help the melees, or even helping out with the healing. One guy I ran several quests with in FR was an offensive druid who, when it was clear we weren't going to get a healer, went and re-specced himself to heal the party.
These are the people that make parties great. The self-absorbed people who only care about themselves and what they want to do and with ensuring they run ahead of everyone and rack up the most kills -- they should be soloing.
-rangers are not great with ranged combat. elven fighters are much better, artificers outclass both. Rangers excel at two weapon fighting, not archery.
-Paladins are usually better tanks than fighters.
-Sorcs and wizards are usually equal CC, as most of wizards ar palemasters, which are killing as much as sorcs are DPSing. Even if wizard is an archmage, that equals just 2 DC more, which, in heroics is irrelevant, in EE target DCs are so high its also irrelevant, as they're unreachable for most of playerbase, and in EH CC is completly unimportant, as everything (except bosses, who BTW are CC immune) dies way too fast to notice.
-traps/locks are not real roles, all it takes is decent int and 1 lvl splash. You can get any trap in game, while doing anything else you want.
This is not a holy trinity wow style game, no matter how much you want it to be.
Well, for my moment of potential hypocrisy - here ya go: anyone who says there's only one way to play and the game needs to be designed around their interpretation of how the game works, is wrong.
Now excuse me while I wander off to arm myself with Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and hunker down behind my Armored Beer Refrigerator, while I have the UFO's take control of the Congresional Wives with the help of the International Cocaine Smugglers and the Evil Geniuses for a Better Tomorrow
I will say this though. If you join a BYOH, and you are playing your non-sufficient build, you are doing it wrong. Not because you built a “bad toon”, but you are not wanted in the party. I could care less what your play style is, but if you bring your hang-ups to my party, I will be more than glad to tell you a thing or three.
Last edited by Tscheuss; 07-21-2013 at 05:58 PM.
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