Which WoW expansion nailed your personal class fantasy for your favorite class?
The idea of ‘class fantasy’ in World of Warcraft has been bandied about longer than the actual terminology for it, which gained prominence during Legion. It’s basically the Platonic ideal of a class or classes — the execution which most matches up to the way the class should be in your head. Millions of people have played WoW over the years, and as a result, there are a nearly infinite array of possible answers as to which WoW is the one that either created or reached that Platonic ideal in each person’s heads. However, I’m going to talk about mine, because it evolved over time.
First up, let me say this — before Titan’s Grip, Warriors in WoW were simply not what I knew they should be. Well before The Burning Crusade was even out yet, I argued for a talent or ability that let Warriors dual wield 2H weapons, based in part of the Dungeons and Dragons 3rd Edition feat, Monkey Grip. Even before Diablo 3 came out and introduced the concept of Mighty Weapons, which let Barbarians essentially dual wield massive weapons which would normally take both hands to use — as well as even bigger weapons that even Barbarians needed two hands to use, and which no one else could at all — I knew this was an ability that Warriors needed to have to be Warriors in my mind.
Other features came and went, and I honestly can’t decide if Warriors hit my ‘this is what Warriors should be‘ threshold in Warlords with Gladiator Stance, or if I prefer the Legion revamp with Rampage. It’s kind of a case where I sort of want both. But that’s me, always a contrarian. For purposes of this post, I’d say Legion.
So now I ask y’all — has WoW ever really hit your personal class fantasy? If so, when? Was it vanilla WoW, was it one of the expansions, or is it only now with Dragonflight that the game matches your expectations?
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