Somewhat of a bomb was dropped at Dragon Con a few months ago but it seems many people did not hear about it. To sum up what happened, Blizzard had a panel at the Con where they dropped a boatload of information about Legion. The piece of information we want to focus on today is this (from MMO Central Event’s Live Twitter of the panel).
The overhaul of specs was to be expected as this often happens every expansion. But the interesting piece of news was the renaming of the specs. Currently, none of the specs in game have been renamed.
Fussypants: While I was at first a little shocked by the decision I’ve come to understand why Blizzard wants to rename specs. As it currently stands we a good number of specs that share a name with another spec from a different class. There are:
Frost Mages and Death Knights
Holy Paladins and Priests
Protection Paladins and Warriors
Restoration Druids and Shamans
While I know there are undoubtedly people who are super attached to the name of their spec, I am ok with changing a few so that every class has 3 unique specs. And I would say I do have a horse in this race because I extensively play two of the specs which have two classes.
What would I like to see changed?
First and foremost, I think Holy Paladins could become Templar Paladins. I mean, even the name sounds pretty cool! Templar. Templar. Let lame Holy Priests keep the name ‘Holy’ (I kid, you guys aren’t lame. But the name Holy fits your class better than it does for paladins).
Protection Paladins could become Crusader Paladins or Protection Warriors could be renamed Vanguard Warriors, since both would also fit with their themes. I could see Frost Mages becoming Ice Mages (but I don’t know enough about Frost Death Knights to suggest a name Change).
Restoration Druids and Shamans is a harder one for me to pick a name (as I do not play that class as much as I play the others). Spiritmender could be a cool name for Shaman Healers perhaps….
Overall, I think its a good idea to switch up the specs every expansion, names, mechanics, the lot. Sure, some changes aren’t as successful, but some gameplay styles become so much more fun after a revamp. It’s good for the game to keep changing so it doesn’t stagnate and decline. Also, I really want Templar Pallies now. Templaaaaaaaar.
Now, Blizzard is trying to differentiate the specs more to fit the fantasy tropes they represent. Some are I little less straightforward than others. Some are vague and greatly changed from their original name. Enhancement shaman come to mind instantly. They are clearing the melee spec of the shaman class, but how can one name them… A review of the class shaman faction doesn’t help. The only option is “Earthfury” which doesn’t make much sense. A Windfury shaman is a possibility, but limiting the name to one single spell doesn’t really fly. I do like keeping Elemental the same name, it does fit the class and theme. I also like Fussypant’s suggestion of Spiritmender.
Rogues could use a change. Assassination is perfect and Subtlety I do think works. Combat is nonspecific and could use a change. Assassination uses poisons to kill. Subtlety bursts out of the darkness in an overwhelming attack. Combat fights? I suggest Blizzard embraces the “pirate” theme – the swashbuckling fencing master. There are lots of choices there and the best is Privateer (the paid pirate mercenary.)
Warriors need a rework, but it’s not complicated. Fury stays fury, as its the icon of the bloodthirsty berserker. Arms would become Armsmaster, the ultimate weapon master. Protection would be Vanguard. There we go, (brushes off hands.)
What spec names would you guys like to see changed?