There’s a member in my guild that is ridiculously hardcore into tanking. He just loves to get up close and smash face and take lots of damage. He says that he has a bunch of tanking alts across all available classes and is aiming to have one of each class at 80. Right now he has a DK and a Warrior at the cap, and his Pally is at 51, and his Druid is still a lowly 20.
I asked him which class is his favourite, and he says that the DK is his favourite, but tanking with a paladin is the most fun. He wished that his DK had the paladin’s concecrate, which got me into a neat line of thinking. If I could mix and match abilities from different classes, what kind of character would I want to make?
Let’s start with the tank, since my guildie was the one who inspired this little mini-post. Firstly, it would have Dire Bear Form, for the ridiculous HP, and for the cool bear model (have I mentioned that I’m quite excited for the new skins? I’m surprised I haven’t yet!).
Next up is the ability to use a shield. The reasons for this is threefold. Firstly, I want to be able to pull with Avenger’s Shield. It just looks really cool! Secondly, I really like the Shield Slam ability. It does ridiculous amounts of damage (although it’s getting nerfed in 3.2, or so I hear). Lastly, I just can’t stop giggling at the thought of a bear holding a shield.
For its main abilities, I see my shield-bearing bear using Lacerate/Mangle for bleed and TPS, while using shield slam on every cooldown. For AoE, I would have him be able to concecrate while swipe-spamming. Oooh, that’d be pretty awesome.
Let’s start with a Restoration Druid with Tree of Life form. Next we give her totems of wrath, flametongue and healing stream. Awesome. Give her Titan’s Grip, so I can dual-wield caster staves and enhance both with earthliving. *drools*
For tank healing, I really like nourish, so let’s focus on overloading the tank with HoTs! Give the tree Rejuvination, Regrowth, Renew, and Riptide. Oh baby, that’s going to be some awesome Nourish spam, especially with tier bonuses.
For raid/AoE healing, I’d go with Chain Heal and Wild Growth on every cooldown. And just for fun, I’ll use Holy Nova on AoE trash pulls, even if it’s not that mana effective. It’s about having a blast healing, right?
Saving the best for last, we have the good old DPS toon. Seeing as I am a ridiculous frost fetishist, my abilities have to deal solely with frost damage. For a change of pace, I am not going with a Frost Mage as the base character. Let’s go with the Frost Death Knight instead! Give him dual-wielding specialization and put frostband weapon on both.
The DK’s main spell rotation will be Frost Shock and Howling Blast on every cooldown, Icy Touch to keep the DoT up, and Frost Strike as the main strike of choice.
To top it all off, I’ll give him the ability to summon a Water Elemental. Oh boy that’d be freaking sweet. I think I just wet myself a little.
I’d love to hear what kind of WoW hybrids that you guys would want to play, so go wild with your creations and leave a comment! See you on the other side of the internether!