I’ve played World of Warcraft on-and-off extremely casually since 2009. The game’s colorful, charming art style and extensive lore still hold a certain allure all these years later, even if WoW’s emphasis on grinding has repeatedly pushed me away. But now that WoW is more respectful of its players’ time, I’ve found more reason to stick around in one of my favourite digital worlds.
The only problem is this: all these years later, I still can’t decide what class I want to play. Each of the game’s classes has dozens of abilities that you slowly unlock over time. However, the novelty of those abilities begins to wear thin as you master your rotation and spend more time at higher levels.
A Brief Character Roster History
Before Battle for Azeroth, the game’s seventh expansion, I used a complimentary level boost to automatically level a Goblin Destruction Warlock to 100. I blazed through most of Legion — the previous expansion — with that character. But when BFA came out, I started losing interest in the spec. It’s been a while since I’ve played that character, but I think it had something to do with having too many abilities and little synchronicity between them.
After taking my annual leave from the game, I came back to WoW well past BFA’s peak and started fresh with a Highmountain Tauren Enhancement Shaman. I leveled him all the way from 20 to 120, pushing farther into BFA content than I had with my Warlock. But again, I grew tired of the Enhancement Shaman rotation. As of this writing, it mostly involves using your core abilities until you can spam Stormstrike whenever possible, which seems to “proc” every few seconds. Again, like the Warlock, it doesn’t feel like there’s a lot of synergy between my Enhancement Shaman’s abilities.
Once more, I was feeling the pull to walk away from WoW. The combat had become monotonous. But, having recently unlocked Zandalari Trolls and after noting that Blizzard had extended the Winds of Wisdom double XP buff, I figured it was a great time to expand my horizons and try something new… again.
Paging Dr. Pimple Popper
So I created a Zandalari Troll Unholy Death Knight. I had toyed around with the class when I was younger, but never quite stuck with it. A shame, because the class’s aesthetic and mechanical themes of death and decay are right up my alley. WoW’s death knights are essentially sword-wielding warlocks that can summon zombies to aid them, which is completely and utterly badass.
As of this writing, my Death Knight is in her 100s, and… I’m loving the spec! Unlike the Shaman and Warlock, the Death Knight’s rotation has a satisfying rhythm. The core rotation involves assailing your target with Festering Wounds and then “bursting” those wounds to cause massive damage. That’s right — the Death Knight is Azeroth’s closest analog to being a melee-wielding pimple-popper.
But fortunately, that’s not all: the Death Knight also accrues “runic power” during battle, which can be spent on secondary abilities. These two power sets — Festering Wounds and Runic Power — coalesce to create a class that’s highly enjoyable to play.
All in all, I’m glad I’ve finally found a class that really “clicks” for me. Of course, there might come a day when the thrill of pimple-popping my enemies to death dries up. But for now, I’m still thirstin’ for some burstin’!
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