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Healer, DPS, or Tank - What's your Archetype?

By Jason Bechdel -

World of Warcraft brings people together like few games have ever done before. Appealing to people of all types, World of Warcraft accommodates its players by offering four distinctive roles - tank, healer, melee, and spell DPS - that appeal to players of all different personality types. So no matter who you are, there is a niche you can easily fill in the game.

Some players are able to shift easily between the various combat roles, however, in this writer’s experience, most players tend to gravitate towards one specific role that they feel most in sync with. And while not always true, certain player personality types tend to find themselves drawn to certain roles in game. In fact it even seems that certain roles are predestined to appeal to certain personalities - just like a hand into a glove some personalities just fit with certain roles.

Continue reading on to explore the various roles and find out which personality types tend to fit into:

Tank

In Game Role:

Tanks are much like the machine of war they are named after, rushing headlong into battle and deterring enemies from cutting down their much weaker counterparts. Tanking truly brings the player up close and personal with enemy mobs, so close in fact you can almost smell their foul breath. Players who choose to tank will find themselves depending on huge amounts of health, armor, and damage mitigation to survive the brutal onslaught of enemies, while also being responsible for helping to move the raid or group along.

Common Personality Traits:

Players wishing to fill the role of the tank should have a strong, almost domineering personality but not to the point of becoming overbearing. Driven to lead, Tanks should be outgoing, yet come across as friendly, able to not only dish out instructions but also able to make others want to follow them. Tanks should be able to think out loud and be open to and willing to implement new ideas. Tanks also must be able to act before thinking, ready to change the plan at a moment’s notice. It should be noted that the infamous “More Dots” tank is the complete and total opposite of the ideal personality type for a tank.

Healer

In Game Role:

The healer's role in a group is to do exactly what their name implies; heal. Keeping themselves and the rest of their group or raid alive is their sole focus. Relying heavily on spells and mana the healer is an essential part of any group. Usually unable to take large amounts of damage, healers find themselves in the background, making them an unobtrusive but vital part of the group. Because they spend so much time in the background, avoiding trouble, healers can often be overlooked and as such they are truly WoW’s unsung heroes.

Common Personality Traits:

The Healer tends to be a quiet sort, who are extremely thorough, amazingly responsible and more than a little dependable. A healer typically has well-developed powers of concentration, and often feel a strong sense of responsibility and duty towards their healing charges. Enjoying serving others, healers typically prefer fading into the background and do not require praise or recognition to feel a sense of accomplishment. Despite their lack of need for praise healers tend to feel their failures, and take each failure personally. Those with healer personalities may have the feeling that no matter how hard they try they can never be quite good enough to achieve the greatness they seek. In this writer’s experiences many female players gravitate towards the role of the healer.

Melee DPS

In Game Role:

Those who choose the role of melee DPS will find themselves in the thick of battle much like a tank, however unlike a tank melee DPS will make it their sole purpose to do damage to the enemy, without pulling aggro onto themselves. Usually outfitted in heavier armor (although not quite as heavy as the tank), relish in getting physical with enemies, using brute force to do massive amounts of damage.

Common Personality Traits:

Those who choose melee DPS tend to focus on immediate results, rather than bothering with silly spells. These personality types would rather jump right into the action and start swinging whether it be in-game or real life. Usually risk-takers they tend to love fast paced action. Typically outspoken, these players tend to enjoy drawing attention to themselves whether it be through their deeds or the spoken word. Very assertive, these personality types tend to be very assertive and sometimes enjoy engaging in “one-up-manship.”

Spell DPS

In Game Role:

Players who choose to pursue the art of spell DPS will find themselves immersed in the world of spells and the like. Spell users, like healers, tend to hang in the background to launch their attacks. This is almost necessary thanks to their limitations in armor, making them unusually squishy and therefore easily killed when directly attacked. Despite their vulnerability, those who choose the path of spell DPS can unleash massive amounts of damage upon enemies, just not in the more direct and quick manner of the melee DPS.

Common Personality Traits:

Those who delve into the world of spell DPS typically are creative and resourceful, enabling them to judge what spells need to be used at a certain time. Usually independent these players need little instruction and would prefer to simply be left to their own devices. These players are typically more on the quiet side during raids, however, they are very easy going and fun loving when the time is right. Players who choose this type of DPS have little interest in leading, and try to avoid personal conflict whenever possible.

While certain personality types do fit into certain roles and gravitate towards them more than others, however, any player can play whatever role appeals to them. These observations are solely based on this writer‘s personal experience and are therefore not set in stone. The beauty of games like World of Warcraft is that you can be whoever you want to be.

What do you think the common personality traits are for the four roles mentioned above? Share them in the comment section found below!

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