The Daily Grind: Which MMO classes added later in a game’s lifespan ended up being amazing?

    
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This week, Lord of the Rings Online players are getting to roll their first brand-new class — the Brawler — since the Beorning came out in 2014. It made me think about how rare (but not unheard of) it is for an MMORPG to get new classes a decade-plus after its launch and how that impacts the game.

If nothing else, a new class signals to the community that the developer team is still very much involved in the game and wants to give players a different way to experience old content. It also can shake up dungeon and raid group compositions, depending on which role(s) the new class fits.

Looking at the more recently added classes (or powersets or equivalents) in your MMORPGs, which would you say ended up being a net positive to these games?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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Remianen

EverQuest’s Berserker. CoH’s Mastermind (though I didn’t like playing one).

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Hurbster

I wuv my Warden.

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Darasimi Makinde

FFXIV Red Mage for me. I tried that game several times before stormblood but just couldn’t get into it, but as soon as I saw the trailer for Red Mage gameplay it looked like it nailed the playstyle I was after, being a Shaman in WoW and comparable classes in other games, so I gave the game another shot, slogged through on my Black Mage until I could unlock it, and I’ve never looked back!

Edit: The Reaper does look cool though….

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Bruno Brito

DKs for me. It’s honestly baffling that WoW launched without a lot of the iconic classes and that bothers me a lot. I wish i could have seen the vanilla take on a DH, Blademaster, DK, etc etc.

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Fair Mores

Dark knight in FFXIV instantly became my main and has remained so to this day.

Brawler in TERA impressed me so much it made the entire game more fun for me.

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Danny Smith

I think Dancer in FFXIV, especially Endwalker Dancer would have really shook up ARR and Heavensward. But a lot of folks not used to jrpgs tend to not get why most games leave Dancers till later bar like Octopath Traveller. To differentiate them from mages leads to something with like the best qualities of bard, rogue and a dash of red mage and none of the weaknesses. Hell i think if memory serves DNC hitting FFXI was also a huge deal too.

I mean christ for the first few weeks of Shadowbringers they were the uncontested gods of pvp. Could you imagine them in the pre Stormblood Wolves Den?

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Mark

Came here to second the FFXIV Dancer, my current main DPS job.

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BodeanG

For me it’s the Bonedancer from DAoC and then the Paragon of GW. Nothing else really comes to mind.

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EmberStar

I can’t remember any MMO I’ve played that added classes after I started playing it. (And also before I stopped playing it.)

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HighclassXD

FFXI was not ready for the DNC. It changed the game drastically

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Tandor

EQ’s Beastlord.