Elder Scrolls Online bets you’re gonna roll a Warden in Morrowind

Even if you don’t care a fig for the province of Morrowind or Elder Scrolls nostalgia — in which case, what sort of alien creature are you?! — you might just be curious about The Elder Scrolls Online’s upcoming class, the Warden. It comes with bears, so you don’t really need to know anything else, but we’ll tell you anyway.

“The Warden class is an adaptable, support-orientated option for players who want to be able to fill a specific role while simultaneously providing assistance to others. If you are interested in a class that uses the wilds of Tamriel to protect, heal, or deal damage (occasionally all at the same time) the Warden is for you,” says ZeniMax. The studio made an effort to tie the nature-based toon into the lore (something something Bosmer priests of Y’ffre) and create a druid-themed look for the heals and buffs, of which it has plenty:

“The Warden also stands unique in The Elder Scrolls Online as an ally-focused class that finds creative ways to benefit their group-mates regardless of their primary skill line or role. For example, Frost Cloak gives you and nearby allies Major Ward and Major Resolve, resulting in a serious buff to the party’s defense, and Enchanted Growth grants your allies Minor Intellect and Minor Endurance, increasing both Magicka and Stamina regeneration.”

Take a peek at the demo video and latest stream below.

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JoeCreoterra
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I feel like I won’t be using my bear mount anymore once everybody is running around with one :)

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Arngrim

Warden has what i wanted in since launch, Frost Magic outside of the staff. Finally i can do that! :) Probably give the game a try again once Morrowin roles out, if only for the Warden and the fact that it’s Morrowind!

Not really interested in the Pet tree for the class at all though, so i won’t be having that bear.

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django857

Zero interest in lvling another class in ESO. Besides EQ2’s Warden is a better class to play.

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Dug From The Earth

“Roles” in ESO are one of the fubar things about this great game.

How so? Here is an example

The holy trinity (which this game supports) Tank, Healer, and DPS:

Healers – Expected to 1. heal, 2. buff (frequently during combat, not some silly 60 minute pre-combat buff – Like making sure that Tank who cant manage their own stamina, gets to use a synergy that helps them get stamina back), AND 3. do some DPS (because every bit helps, and the vet dungeon run is too slow if everyone isnt doing damage)

Tanks – 1. Expected to Survive, 2. be able to hold aggro (on everything, even with NO aoe taunt), and 3. to provide synergy buffs to the rest of the group via Ultimate abilities, even if it means forgoing actual TANKING ultimate abilities that help with 1 and 2.). Ive even had groups insist as a tank that I do good dps… but i tend to ignore those players.

DPS – 1. Expected to do damage. 2. Stay out of fire….er… no.. wait.. scratch that. stand in the fire… its the healers job in ESO to heal you through it. Just focus on #1, and 3. Debuff the targets… scratch that too… tanks or healers will land the debuffs as well, no point in stacking duplicate debuffs, just focus on #1.

And lastely.. Tanks and Healers… you are expected to rez players who die in combat (anyone can combat rez), so that the DPS can keep doing damage. (at least, this seems to be the majority mentality, especially in PUGs)

Seriously… its like most of the players in this game came to ESO as their first mmorpg (coming directly from the single player RPGs), and the concepts that have been around regarding the holy trinity of roles, has been learned from scratch, and is just completely insane.

Good players still exist, DPS that will try to get out of fire, and who dont expect the tank and healer to play ALL the other games roles wrapped up into one, while they just focus on Pew Pew. However, the majority of even the serious ESO players follow this new role mentality that seems to be unique just to ESO.

If you enjoy playing a healer in other mmorpgs… I highly suggest NOT playing one in ESO because you will feel like 70% of the responsibility during a battle lays on your shoulders, much of which wont even be casting heals.

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Bannex

“Fills a role while simultaneously supporting others…”

I mean shouldn’t that be how every class is designed in a mmo?

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Ozius X

There will be nothing unique about the Warden when there are 48,674 of them running around day one lol

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Dug From The Earth

This…. Is…. BEAR WORLD!

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django857

That’s why i won’t be rolling one.

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Wanda Clamshuckr

And a 80% drop after a month once the new car smell wears off.

Polyanna
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Polyanna

Dive sends a shrieking Cliff Racer at a targeted enemy for some simple direct damage.

Just going to go ahead and call this the greatest ability added to any game. Ever.

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Polyanna

So Elder Scrolls with Bards. What’s not to love? I’ll make one, if only to have a class that it feels like a Wood Elf actually fits.

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Alex Willis

Doesn’t sound terribly solo-friendly, which isn’t a bad thing. “Balance” is for the dogs. Asymmetry is much more interesting. A group buffer sounds like a good thing.

But it won’t be for me, really. No objection to the Pet, but I roll ESO solo or in PUGs, and it’s nice to know your role clearly in those circumstances. I play a (probably metagame-obsolete) Siphon Nightblade Tank, but hey, I’d love to have a Warden as backup!

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Wanda Clamshuckr

I roll solo as well, and the Warden sounds like it will be a powerhouse for that. I think the description:

an ally-focused class that finds creative ways to benefit their group-mates regardless of their primary skill line or role.

..is only telling part of the story. One of the worries in forum discussions was that it was designed just for soloers. A Jack-of-all-Trades. I see this as a push to demonstrate it can be used for many roles, including a strong group support position.

For instance, you could do a similar description for a Magplar: amazing group healer, lalala. Yes, it fulfills the healer roll like a rockstar, but it is also a severe buttstomper in all PvE content up to normal dungeons as a soloist.

Long story short, I’m rolling one to solo with. Considering all the classes can solo all the normal content, it would be silly to think the Warden would be left off to the side.

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johnwillo

I play solo, too, but I’ll probably roll a Warden just to see how it plays. I won’t level it too far if it can’t level without a party.

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MrSaxon

Bwaha! They’re wrong! I know everyone will be rolling a Warden for Morrowind and so I’m gonna be the guy rolling his very first Nightblade to take on whatever is thrown at me! Bwahahahahahahahahahahah*cough*ha.

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odin valhalla

It wont be balanced though. ZOS does a lot of things right but class balance isnt one of them.

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Rottenrotny

Not interested in a pet class. -___-

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hardy83

I’m not rerolling anything until skyshards are account unlocks. No way I’m grinding all those out more than once. lol

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Alex Willis

That would be wonderful.

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