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10? 20? 30?

What do you think gives a decent indication of what you will spend the next few years with?

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30 is probably best, a lot of classes don't feel overly unique until then, and some not even until 40 (for 31 point talents). That's my own personal opine though.

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I'd agree with Selexin, but some classes you get it earlier. Hunters, for instance, after you get your pet I felt like I had the class understood pretty well.

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What do you think gives a decent indication of what you will spend the next few years with?
Instant 60 private servers. Many specs are completely invalid without level 60 and some gear. If you don't know what to expect and want the best idea of what to play with the minimal time investment, role on an instant 60 private server.

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What do you think gives a decent indication of what you will spend the next few years with?
Instant 60 private servers. Many specs are completely invalid without level 60 and some gear. If you don't know what to expect and want the best idea of what to play with the minimal time investment, role on an instant 60 private server.
@Stfuppercut is right. Although if the leveling experience itself has an bearing on your decision, that too should be factored in. If you are just rushing to 60, then 100% take his advice as it will instantly help show you the feel @ 60 with a certain class/build.

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Selexin wrote:
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What do you think gives a decent indication of what you will spend the next few years with?
Instant 60 private servers. Many specs are completely invalid without level 60 and some gear. If you don't know what to expect and want the best idea of what to play with the minimal time investment, role on an instant 60 private server.
@Stfuppercut is right. Although if the leveling experience itself has an bearing on your decision, that too should be factored in. If you are just rushing to 60, then 100% take his advice as it will instantly help show you the feel @ 60 with a certain class/build.
OP stated "What do you think gives a decent indication of what you will spend the next few years with?" I get the feeling he is looking at a longterm choice and thus should be more concerned with performance and play at level 60. It sounds like he plans on sticking with one toon for the long haul.

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@Stfuppercut That's what I said in my post I guess. Some people may take a very long time to hit 60 though, so knowing the leveling dynamic may be important. Again, if he is rushing to 60 and playing on that toon for years, then for sure just focus on an instant 60 server to get a feel.

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I've been trying a few classes out and I like to at least get through most of STV and Scarlet Monastery. So ~38.

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Depends on the person. Some will max level it and switch to other one anyways.

I have around 7 friends who play WoW and only 2 of them stick to their class. Everyone else changes it every other month.

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If we ignore instant private servers* I would say level ~20. By that time you may still miss a good number of core abilities, but you have seen what the class offers and how it feels. If youre not feeling a class by level 20, chances are you never will.

*I dont think instant private servers are a good way of getting a feeling for a class. You would be completely overwhelmed by the amount of abilities and talent/gear choices.

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I think a good plan is to get to 35 - then, even if you don't like the class, you can turn them into a profession alt who makes your eventual main the things they need. That's my plan, at least.

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Instant 60 private servers. Many specs are completely invalid without level 60 and some gear. If you don't know what to expect and want the best idea of what to play with the minimal time investment, role on an instant 60 private server.
Stfuppercut is right. I had the opportunity to play in friend's and guildie's accounts back in Vanilla so I got a chance to experience just about every class and spec at 60 with proper gear. Nowadays, the instant 60 private servers can fill that void. You will have a general idea about class mechanics in the 20s and 30s to help make a decision, but there's really no replacement for trying out a class at 60.

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60 :lol:

I prefer looking at the classes, deciding which playstyle suits me most and then which class design I like more than the other.

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For me is between 20-30. I mean, the iconic moves usually are learnt even at 40, but you already have a good idea of the gameplay

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Is your primary focus going to be PVE (raid progression, etc.) or PVP... if PVP, what type? Battlegrounds or world?

All classes aren't created equal when it comes to their viability in PVP and how that scales whilst leveling, thus certain classes are much less forgiving pre-level 60. I think it also depends if you intend to play solo vs. with a friend or group.

I'm not being intentionally vague/evasive here but I think the answers to the questions above have a huge impact on the question you're asking.

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There really is no replacement for the instant 60 servers or one of the repacks, where you'll have GM commands to try out all sorts of stuff.

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Can someone PM me about access to an "instant 60" server that is accepting players? Wouldn't mind sharpening up my skills a bit before classic is released - thanks!

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Can someone PM me about access to an "instant 60" server that is accepting players? Wouldn't mind sharpening up my skills a bit before classic is released - thanks!
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In classic, it is possible to enjoy any class given the depth and how much you will put into a character. There is a lot more to how you will enjoy your main in classic versus retail. Your choice of main in classic is more about how you feel/vibe with it and it's hard to get that by just leveling to 20, 30 or 40. Even at 60 when so much of the world begins to open up you will find different things about a certain class that you didn't consider initially at 60.
Other than that I would suggest the same thing as @Stfuppercut and go to an insta-60 private server and play around for a while.

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I usually ask around on forums and such and stick on what i usually play during dnd session (druid Paladin Cleric)

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Kinda tough to say tbh. Some specs/classes don't begin to shine until they get BWL geared lol. Maybe try a class to 40 first at least since that when you at least get 31 points in your talent tree.

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Depends on your time commitment. 20 for a basic knowledge, but I'd say 40 to really know mechanically if you are going to enjoy endgame and the rest of the ride.

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Whenever you do Scarlet Monastery I would say. You've done a lot of levelling by then, you've had some World PvP in STV and SM is the first dungeon that can be a bit challenging so you'll get to know the limitations of your class (mana issues for example).

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I quit my mage at level 38, so boring.
Spamming frostbolt, drink, repeat.

I know Warlock isn't different but I like the DoT+fear multi-target playstyle.

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