Updated Fri, Jul 01, 2011 by Xerin
Choosing a class can be a difficult process. After all it’s a choice that will ultimately stick with you for the life of your account, unless of course you choose to delete that character. Although after investing countless hours in a character many players find this almost impossible to do without much internal conflict. So the more reasonable course of action is to choose the most suitable class for you possible so deletion never becomes an issue I know what you are thinking; how hard can choosing a class be? Trust me when I say once you are staring at that character screen making that choice becomes far more of a challenge than you ever imaged possible. It is a big deal and choosing the right class can really mean the difference between loving the game, liking the game, or even despising the game.
There are currently (as of Patch 4.2) ten classes in the game; Death Knight, Druid, Hunter, Mage, Paladin, Priest, Rogue, Shaman, Warlock, and Warrior. Each class is unique in its own way making game play distinctly different from class to class. For instance even though Mages and Warlocks are both spell casters, the spells they use are vastly different as well as the way they use them. You will also find that some classes can fulfill more than one role in battle, while others can perform several. Also remember that not all races can play as every class, so this may be a factor in your ultimate decision however, the true key to picking the perfect class for you, is to identify which class seems fits your prefered style of play and overall personality best.
It is likely that you will find yourself still torn between a few. If this is the case, don’t be afraid to test the class you like out. Blizzard has made it easier than ever to level up and usually by level 20 you will have a good feel for the class you have picked. If you are not enjoying the class by level 20, you most likely won’t enjoy it at level 85 either.If you do find along the way that you are unhappy with your choice, and just not “feeling” the class. Don’t be afraid to start over! Sticking with a class you are not totally happy with is not the way to go. Not only will you find yourself not enjoying playing, but you may ruin the game for yourself forever. So go by the old motto of; if at first you don’t succeed try, try again. Continue trying out classes till you find the perfect fit, even if you have to try them all. Remember, the ultimate goal of the game is fun, and if you aren’t having fun there isn’t any point to playing!
To help you make your ultimate decision you will find a brief description of each class on the next page. If you are especially interested in a class along the way, simply click the class name to be taken to more detailed information and remember, if a class is especially appealing don't hesitate to jump into game and try it out!