Today, we will jointly and as a group decide which class is really the “best” for soloing.
I made an attempt at doing this all by myself yesterday. The resulting post certainly brought out some varied and interesting viewpoints. And so many different ways to say “I disagree”, some so very colorful, the forums especially provided quite an interesting bit of reading.
But then the forums excel at bringing the unpleasant to any conversation.
Nonetheless, the feedback here and in the forums contains some interestingly useful criticisms which seem to hold merit.
- I failed to consider Evasion in defense ratings
- Warforged really do change the game for self-healing
- So do Pale Masters
- I did not include any of the new iconics
Other critiques have a point but talk to specific builds and play-styles more than they do the core class. Of course, some of the critiques are simply wrong (traps and locks were already discounted in the formula by 50%, anyone who believes “reflex is the only save that matters” has never been Held while soloing, etc.) or refer to matters outside the scope of this rating attempt (specifically, multi-class soloing, which I do want to get to but is a big, big topic and not for today).
And I am continuing to skip Iconics. For now.
Although no one said this directly, I probably should have used a word like “easiest” instead of “best”, as the word “best” seems to deflect the intent of the conversation into less desirable directions.
Interestingly, no one seemed to mind the six categories that I came up with to help differentiate the classes. Most of the angst had to do with how I rated various classes within those categories. The rest of the angst was harder to pin down, non-specific angst that just didn’t like the whole idea.
But enough about me, lets talk about you (all). Here is everyone’s chance to set me straight once and for all. I’ve created one poll for each of the six aspects that we are using to differentiate soloing classes. Pick your choice(s) for best class at each aspect.
You can choose more than one, so if more than one class is “the best”, or close to “the best”, you should reflect this in your votes. In fact, if you want you can choose them all, but by doing so you wash out your choice and have the same effect as not voting at all.
Next week I’ll add these all up and report back with the crowd-sourced version of the “Best” class for soloing.
Go ahead, have at me. I can take it.