- World of Warcraft fans are concerned that Hero Talents may force them to play specializations they don’t like, compromising their preferred play style.
- The limited availability of Hero Talents for certain class specializations leaves players feeling excluded and restricted in their choices.
- The visual changes and race-specific focus of Hero Talents may result in players having to choose between aesthetics and play style, similar to the issues with Covenant Abilities from Shadowlands.
Some World of Warcraft fans are worried Hero Talents may do more harm to class fantasy than good. Though parts of the new Hero Talents look promising, World of Warcraft players are concerned they may be forced to play specializations they don’t like just to play the way they want to.
Hero Talents are a new system coming in The War Within that covers character progression from levels 71 through 80. Each class specialization will have two Hero Talent trees to choose from, both of which are inspired by iconic archetypes in WoW history. Examples include the San’layn Hero Talent for Blood and Unholy Death Knights, or the Mountain Thane for Fury and Protection Warriors.
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However, now that players have seen more about Hero Talents, they are worried the system may have a big issue. Many of the Hero Talent choices are exciting, but each one is only available for two class specializations, leaving characters of the third spec out of luck. For example, the Dark Ranger Hero Talent tree World of Warcraft recently revealed is only available to Beast Master and Marksmanship Hunters, much to the chagrin of WoW fans like Portergauge, who play Survival. He and others who want to play Dark Ranger will be forced to either change to Beast Master or Marksmanship, or else use a Hero Talent they aren’t excited about.
World of Warcraft Hero Talents Endanger Class Fantasy
Hero Talents in World of Warcraft do more than just add new synergies to a class – they also change the visual effects of certain spells and abilities. This means a player’s choice of Hero Talents may drastically change what their character looks like in battle. While fans love the idea of ability skins for their World of Warcraft classes, they fear tying them to player power may force fans to choose between aesthetics and play style – the same dilemma that caused problems with Covenant Abilities from Shadowlands, which WoW changed in a recent update.
This is also indicative of another valid concern with Hero Talents. WoW fan and critic Baal the Warlock pointed out that many of these Hero Talents seem to focus on specific races, many of which are aligned with the Alliance. The Keeper of the Grove and Chosen of Elune Druid Hero Talents might be great for Night Elf players in WoW, and the Mountain Thane Warrior Hero Talent for Dwarf fans, but those who play Horde or many other Alliance races might feel excluded by being forced into these archetypes.
Luckily, it is not too late for Hero Talents. World of Warcraft has indicated it is more than willing to make changes to the system, so hopefully, community feedback can help the developers bring out the full potential of this exciting The War Within feature.
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- November 28, 2022