Hello everyone! We’re back as promised with the results of this week’s polls. Today, we will look at the holy trinity and what roles people will be choosing. After that, we take a gander at the next gen consoles and see which of them you’ll be pre-ordering most.
After years of playing MMOs, there’s really no surprise here. At least not when it comes to ranged DPS being the most popular option in a dungeon or raid. There’s many reasons for this. For one, it keeps you out of most of the danger while allowing you to fully lay down hell’s fury on your opponents. We’re interested to see how this will change in ESO as monsters are supposed to choose their opponents based on several things.
ZOS mentioned shortly how the threat system will work in dungeons. For those unaware of what a threat system is, think of a monster with an anger problem that can be measured with a scale of 0-100. The person with the greatest percentage of that scale, will gain its attention. As you attack this monster, your party will fill this meter up and those that poke the monster more, gain more threat. The tank of the party will have skills that generate more threat and will be labeled in the skill’s tooltip that it does such a thing. This helps the tank keep the monster’s attention though overeager DPS can out-gain the threat of the tank and thus grabs the attention of the monster which is called aggro. Usually not a good thing, so ranged DPS need to make sure that when they see this change in the monster’s behavior, they need to back off until the tank can regain control of the beast.
ZOS has mentioned that not only will threat be taken into account, but also what type of DPS you are, and it is. You may find that ranged monsters will go for ranged DPS on your team. This will be interesting to see because this means the tank will need to be extra careful to pick these up or the ranged DPS can find themselves quickly dead if the healer isn’t ready for it. Luckily, most player groups will attack ranged monsters first as they usually hit harder and are easier to take down.
Enough talking out of my ass. Let’s look at the rest of the poll results. I supposed we should have specified that when we meant hybrid, we meant you’ll tank AND DPS at the same time, or tank AND heal at the same time. This is usually not a good strategy in a dungeon scenario except for specific fights that may warrant more versatility in a fight. In this case though, I believe those that chose a hybrid option meant that they will use the weapon swapping system to go between the roles when it’s deemed necessary and this can be a very good thing in any raiding or dungeon scene. So should a tank or healer go down, a DPS can swap weapons(and gain another quick slot bar full of useful skills) and fill the roles until the main tank or healer is back up.
I’m glad the tank/healer hybrid option is so low as this is rarely a good option. You’ll be needed as one or the other too much to warrant trying to play both.
Personally, I’ll rank in with the healer/DPS option. Melee DPS to be more precise. In other games, ranged DPS would be the better fit for a healer; but in ESO, healers need to be in the thick of it to target their team with cone and AoE heals. This sets them up to switch to melee DPS when they aren’t needed and lay down some quick stabs before switching back. Josh on the otherhand, will most likely go tank/DPS. I’d say melee DPS but I know how much he likes playing an archer in other MMOs.
Regardless of what you choose, the most important part is that you enjoy what role you chose and that you’re the best at it. You’re bound to come across assholes that will try and bring your build down. Instead of fueling the fire, prove to them that you know your stuff and pwn the monsters from underneath their nose and chuckle under your breath when the asshole gets nuked by a mob.
These results were quite a shock to me until I realized who were answering this poll. The majority of you are PC gamers so of course you’d rather spend $500 in upgrading your rig rather than buying a new, untested console system.
Below the first result, I see another great decision from you guys in the fact that you won’t pre-order a device that has not been proven to even work properly let alone work as the companies say it will. It’s best to wait for the product to release and make sure all of the bugs have been worked out before dropping so much cash. I feel like a hypocrite saying that though because I know I’ll be pre-ordering ESO depending on the bonuses they release with it. Consoles though, I’ll wait.
Yet another good decision for the core gamers out there. Even if Xbox One is sounding better from what it originally did, it’s still an all-in-one media center instead of a game-centric system like the PS4 is. Seeing all the features the Xbox One has, I can do a side-by-side comparison of what my Internet TV can do. These days, TVs alone can access the Internet, play Netflix and Hulu, check FB and Twitter, so why do I need another ugly ass piece of plastic to do what my TV can already do? I’m sure the Xbox can do these things better and faster but does that warrant another $500 to do so? That’s a personal choice I suppose. For us though, there will be a PS4 sitting in the living room next year.
As for my previous remark on upgrading your rig: if you’re interested in buffing your system up or purchasing a new system for ESO, we recommend waiting for the Christmas sales in late November and December. Tiger Direct, Newegg and Amazon all usually have good sales on top of the sales they already have going so if parts are what you need, check them out. If a complete gaming rig is what you desire, check out CyberPowerPC. They make great custom-built rigs and during special holiday sales, they usually offer several free upgrades that are definitely worth waiting for. There’s plenty of options out there and if you have some, please leave them in the comments.
A quick thanks to everyone who participated in this week’s polls. Hope you’ll continue to do so and keep it Shoddy!