So this morning, I was checking out my guild’s forums (like I do every morning). Someone posted a topic asking anyone possibily switching their Mains to another class when Patch 4.3 comes out. I gave this a bit of thought, and I had a flashback to previous expansions.
In Classic, I was playing my undead priest. She was my first toon. I didn’t plan on ever leveling up another character at that time. Actually, I didn’t plan on leveling another toon ever. I hated the long grind to level 60. Understandable considering that back in the day, we didn’t have a Dungeon Finder. We also didn’t have as much flight points, mounts were expensive. I couldn’t imagine gearing out or leveling another toon.
During the Burning Crusade Expansion, I switched back and forth between mains. I didn’t plan on that. When Burning Crusade came out, my priest was the first one to level 70. After a few weeks, I ended up leveling up my druid to tank. We needed tanks in my guild for raiding at the time. I had so much fun tanking Karazhan back in the day. I really enjoyed it. After getting all the gear I could possibly get (and gearing other tanks), I ended up playing my hunter. I ended up quitting on my hunter, when they nerfed “Aspect of the Viper” shortly before the Wrath of the Lich King Expansion (using it decreased your damage by 50%). This is when I switched to my Shaman as a healer. My shaman was the first toon to ever set foot in Black Temple. All my other toons got gear from Karazhan/Gruul’s Lair.
In Wrath of the Lich King expansion, my shaman was the first toon I leveled to 80. This was because my husband wanted to level up his warrior as Protection Spec. To make the long story short, I basically switch Mains a lot in this expansion. Not as much as I did in Burning Crusade. I mainly stuck with my Druid, Priest, Shaman. I left my Hunter in the dust at level 71 during the entire WOTLK expansion. During this expansion, I ended up getting a new account. This forced myself to redo all my alts and mains. I will admit I hated it; but the Recruit-A-Friend bonus, Bind-On-Account Heirlooms, and the Dungeon Finder helped a great deal. For most of the expansion, my druid was my main. I did however, switched specs a lot on my druid. My main spec was Feral Tank. I kept switching depending on what we needed to be able to start a raid. If we needed a Melee DPS, I was Feral Kitty. Ranged DPS? Boomkin! Tank? Feral Bear! Healer? Resto spec!
In Cataclysm, my goal to to keep a main character. No switching back and forth. Nope, not going to do it. Did I do it? For the most part in my eyes, yes. I kept my priest as my main character. Priest is what I started playing this game as. This is what my main is, a priest. Don’t get me wrong, I played other classes. After I geared out my priest at level 85, I actually began leveling my Warrior to 85. I tanked/DPS’d regular and (old) heroic dungeons for my friends. That was the only purpose for my warrior…Did I ever consider her my main? Nope. I was playing my priest more than I was playing my warrior. After getting tired of playing my warrior, I ended up leveling/gearing out my hunter in my spare time. She was the first character to step into Zandalari Heroics, mainly because I was scared to heal them on my priest. LOL. Did I consider my hunter as my main? Nope. Priest is still winning. I recently geared out my warrior to tank Zandalari heroics.
I started raiding 25 man Firelands on my priest. I also started leveling my other alts to 85 (also known as Project 9+1). In my spare time, I will end up gearing out alts via Heroics. As far as raiding, I don’t plan on switching (Sorry guild, you’re stuck with me). So when does an Alt become a main? When you play a class more, (and therefore should be more geared) than the other? Either way, my response to the question: “Would you be switching Mains when Patch 4.3 comes out?”, my answer is: No, I think not. I’ll stick to my priest. I don’t care how good or bad the changes are. My priest is what I’m sticking with.