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The Daily Quest - Down with the Trinity?

Posted Feb 04, 2015 by William Murphy

The Daily Quest - Down with the Trinity?

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How would you change the Holy Trinity in MMOs? It seems to be a common problem that many developers are facing this day and age. How does one change the nature of combat in MMORPGs without alienating its user base? 

Looking back at titles like Guild Wars 2, and soon Crowfall or EverQuest Next, and even classless MMOs such as The Secret World, everyone seems to be toying with the notion of parties and class roles and how they can be made better.

But is the old adage of "if it's not broken, don't fix it" still the ruling party? Or can these sort of issues be tackled in new and interesting ways?

Crowfall is leaning away from healer as a main role due mainly to the fact that they're focused on PVP and non-raid/dungeon PVE. Their idea is that the healer brings a war of attrition in PVP, and it's something they want to avoid while focusing on other group roles.

Guild Wars 2 let everyone heal themselves, but placed less of an emphasis on healing and more on resurrecting and other mechanics... the problem being that the mechanics seem too obtuse to understand so dungeons and group content become about zerging the heck out of whatever content you're facing. The Heart of Thorns expansion aims to fix this, but exactly how remains to be seen.

But what about you? Do you think we should stick to the trinity as WoW prescribed it, bring back the need for crowd control as it was present before 2004, or should we keep experimenting with the notion of party roles and how classes and players can support each other?

William Murphy / Bill is the Managing Editor of,, and lover of all things gaming. He's been playing and writing about MMOs and geekery since 2002, and you can harass him and his views on Twitter @thebillmurphy.

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