affix, on 05 December 2012 - 12:13 AM, said:
I don't think you can say that this is true with any significant amount of confidence. Comp diversity is an extremely complex thing, influenced by more factors than you can realistically track. Just like we don't see just one kind of wizard or melee cleave, we likely wouldn't see one kind of melee/caster/healer.
What happens to specs like Fire, Disc, Arcane, and pretty much every kind of Warlock when you allow melee cleaves? They get trounced. It goes both ways. We don't really know to what degree comp diversity is suppressed with/without enforcing melee/caster/healer.
I agree, but you're making a lot of assumptions that I don't think are necessarily true.
My assumptions are based on the fact that the traditionally "fringe" specs (Moonkin, Ele, Enhance, Arcane, Fire, Ret) HAVE had representation in certain seasons but it has pretty much always been as part of a wizard or melee cleave. They just don't have the tools that Warriors, Frost Mages, Warlocks, Rogues of pre-S12 have -- so they need to fill up these holes in their toolset by partnering with the specs that don't have the same problem.
If you enforce M/C/H I think these specs and probably every hybrid aside from Shadow Priests would largely disappear from competitive arena. I never said that one grandmaster MCH comp would surface -- that's ridiculous. People play a wide variety of classes so just because RLS might be the best MCH in our hypothetical scenario, it wouldn't mean mages disappear because a lot of good players play mages and they would be fine running RMP or WMP or whathaveyou. But to me MCH would totally fuck with comp diversity. What would a ret paladin run under that system? Ret/Moonkin/Healer? No, it would HAVE to be Ret/Warlock or Ret/Mage (and even those would be shit). A ret paladin would not benefit from partnering with the third or fourth caster on the depth chart -- they would naturally gravitate toward the best casters. This has historically been mages and warlocks, and that's why I think enforcing MCH would have a negative impact on this game's fun factor for about 50% of the games classes. And to be honest WoW arena can't afford to lose any more fun factor at this point.
Edited by Ctuhlu, 05 December 2012 - 09:29 PM.