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

Updated Wed, Jul 27, 2011 by Mem

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:


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.


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.

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