This week, I will be talking about Black Desert Online. A couple of months ago, I made a blog regarding my thoughts of the MMO RPG. However, this time, I will talk about switching characters. Most MMO RPG will let you create multiple characters, and Black Desert Online is no exception. Usually, when a game allows the creation of multiple characters, a player will have a character called their main. Their main, is the character the player usually focuses and spends most of their time on. There can only be one main, leaving the rest of the created characters to be secondary characters or alts.
Back when I first started playing Black Desert Online, I chose a Tamer as my main. Choosing a Tamer for a main, was a fundamental mistake as far as competitive and long-term play. Tamers are known to be hard to play, with few players mastering their erratic play style. The lack of skilled players, leaves the class shunned from guilds and group play. In Black Desert Online, the only endgame is PVP and guild wars. Both of these activities are very competitive and if you have nothing to offer you might as well switch classes. For example, a Wizard would likely be chosen over a Tamer with equal skills because of Wizards focus on CC and AOE while Tamers focus on hit and run tactics. I initially chose the Tamer class because it looked fun. However, this was before I realized the Tamer path was a dead end.
After taking a few months off Black Desert Online, I decided to play again. I decided I wanted a fresh start, so I created a new character that would be my main. After going through the classes one by one, I decided on the Witch class. I have several reasons for choosing such a class. One, Witches and, its male equivalent, Wizards are sought after classes for guilds and group PVP. Being Which will make it easier for me to get into a guild if I decided to play without my friends. Two, no one in my circle of friends went with a range or support class. The lack of range or supports can be annoying when we play as a group. I believe I mentioned it in a previous blog, but I a good party must have a balance of DPS, support, and tanks. However, some of my friends don’t see the advantages of such a strategy, opting for full-on DPS. With the Witch class, I can fill the both ranged and support roles that the party requires. The final and least important reason was seeing if the class was difficult to play. When my friends and I first got the game, we managed to convince Kalen to pick Witch for a support role. Needless to say, he didn’t enjoy the experience and quit soon after. Just like me, however, Kalen came back after a couple months and is now playing Black Knight. With his transition to a DPS/tank, the support role was once again left void. In the end, I picked up the class to hopefully help my friends, but with their current track record of quitting MMOs, I highly doubt that.
Overall, my switch to a new class mainly lays with the fault of my current class and the need of support for balanced play. I don’t hate the Tamer class and I still have my old main. Unfortunately, the social climate in the meta for Tamers isn’t looking so hot. On the other hand, Witches are on the opposite of the spectrum. Most players in the community see the need for skilled Witches and Wizards so a lot of guild seeking them out. In the end, I’m currently having a lot of fun with my new class, and I hope this new character won’t be a repeat of before.