It’s time to start narrowing down my choices for which class I’m going to play first in SWTOR at launch. I’ve dabbled in the beta and like everything, which doesn’t help narrow things down at all.
The Advanced Class (AC) choice is where things get fuzzy. It’s been confirmed that when you choose an advanced class, you can’t change your mind. You can change your ‘talents’ within the trees of your advanced class, but when you choose to be a healing Consular or a DPS Knight, it’s permanent.
I love the permanence involved with the choice. Switching to the flavor of the month won’t be as easy and players will need to think just a bit more about the choice they make — it actually makes choosing what path you follow a meaningful choice.
I’m torn between a Jedi Knight Guardian (Tank) and Jedi Consular Sage (Healer/Support). They’re both team players since both have trees dedicated to helping the group, but both also have the ability to spec for damage dealing and ‘balance’ despite not going the Damage dealing AC. I don’t have much experience with either, yet. I played the opposite sides of the specs I’m debating.
Do any of you have experience with the Sage or Guardian and want to share your thoughts on how they compare to the other healers/tanks? I’m also curious how the damage trees within the tank and healer AC’s do compared to their pure dps AC counterparts – since I never reached the ‘end-game’, any insight there would be welcome. I also need to consider PvP, since I’ll be doing a lot of it, but I figure either way I’m choosing classes with survivability.
P.S.: The skill calculator at TORHead is great for theory-crafting.