The Care and Feeding of Warriors: How Mists of Pandaria exposes the warrior past

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Every week, WoW Insider brings you The Care and Feeding of Warriors, the column dedicated to arms, fury and protection warriors. Despite repeated blows to the head from dragons, demons, Old Gods and whatever that thing over there was, Matthew Rossi will be your host.

I have been playing a warrior since early December of 2004. I started the game when my wife (well, my wife now; we weren’t married yet at the time) introduced me to it. She’d been playing in the beta, really enjoyed it, and thought I would too, since I was a huge Dungeons & Dragons nerd. In a rare example of my listening to someone else, I rolled a paladin (I often played paladins) and played him for two or three weeks before realizing a few things.

  • I didn’t want to heal. Not at all. Not even a little bit.
  • People kept assuming I would do so.
  • I loathed every aspect of playing a paladin, right down to the names of the abilities.
  • I could, in fact, fix all of this by simply playing something other than a paladin.

This led me back to the character creation screen, where I was faced with the decision of what to play if I didn’t want to play a paladin. Since when I played D&D, my #1 choice was usually either a ranger or a paladin, I considered hunter, but they didn’t seem remotely melee enough for my tastes. Plus, my wife was already playing one. Then while looking at the classes, I tried out a warrior and read a few lines. Next thing I knew, I was killing wolves in Northshire.

Almost seven years later, that character is still here. He’s had four race changes and a faction swap, but he’s still here. So is the second warrior I rolled (he’s a worgen now) and the third (a draenei) and the fourth (a tauren). I fell wholly, completely, and deeply in love with the warrior class, and I’ve never fallen out of love with it, despite its ups and downs over the years.

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