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Class Forums Scrapped in Place of Role Discussions

October 31, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Well, I don’t think I’m alone when I say I didn’t see this coming. As of November 6th Blizzard will completely do away with each of the class discussion forums in place of 3 “role” discussion boards. These 3 boards will include:

  • Tanking
  • Healing
  • Damage Dealing

I’ll be honest, I’m not all that happy about this change. I really have enjoyed the rogue forum community discussions, even as short sighted and rant-like as they could degenerate into…they were exciting never the less. It’s quite sad to see them go.

Here’s the Nethaera official announcement.

With the upcoming release of Wrath of the Lich King and the many changes the expansion brings to classes and mechanics, we have decided to update our forums to make it easier for players to hold constructive discussions. To that end, we have created three role-based forums — Tanking, Damage Dealing, and Healing. Why?

Common ground for common roles. The new structure provides central places for players of diverse classes and specs to discuss their common roles. Until now, there was no one obvious forum for a holy paladin to discuss Arena healing tactics with a restoration shaman, or for a protection warrior to talk tanking mechanics with a feral druid. This often led to splintered, fractured, and redundant discussions. In addition, the original class forum structure never properly took the impact of talents into account, lumping together a shadow priest and a holy priest (for example) when that didn’t necessarily make sense.

Celebrate diversity!
While a tank tanks and a healer heals, the specific ways each class and talent build go about these roles are very distinct — and the addition of new abilities in Wrath of the Lich King will continue to add even more ways to play. The new forum structure will still be a place for a frost mage (for example) to discuss tricks of the trade with other frost mages, while at the same time facilitating an understanding of the unique tools that rogues or other damage-dealers have to perform similar functions.

Help us help you. The new forums will also allow the community team and developers to follow discussions and gather feedback more effectively as the game continues to evolve — which, ultimately, translates to a better World of Warcraft for you.

The current individual class forums will remain active for now, but this may change. You will be able to use the new role forums tomorrow via the links below:

Tanking:
http://forums.wow-europe.com/board.html?forumId=7287131

Healing:
http://forums.wow-europe.com/board.html?forumId=7287130

Damage Dealing:
http://forums.wow-europe.com/board.html?forumId=7287129

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