I vote close the dumb thread
no, they could easily make a demon hunter class without it
no but they would need something to replace it
they should change/rename the warlock version and give meta to demon hunters
dont want demon hunters they should give us something else like murloc bombadiers or somethin :P
No. It's not. Its FAR more iconic for the DH class.
What you "want" is a dualwielding class, who plays like Rogue, wear leather armour, has the option of wearing a blindfold and can wield Glaives.
It's called a Rogue.
If Blizzard were to introduce a Demon Hunter class, then it may very well end up as similar. It may not.
The lore you keep quoting is going to be a secondary consideration at best.
What matters is whats already been shown in game - DHs have metamorphosis; the existing direction - Warlocks have been thematically linked to Demon Hunters for several years; the existing design - Warlocks and Demon Hunters share many moves; the effect on other classes - Warlocks are the class who associates with and interacts with demons so how will they feel to see their "theme" diluted to bring in another such class; what the game needs - does the game need another leather wearing AGI based melee class?; and expectations for the class - players expect a Warcraft style Demon Hunter
Whether Illidan was available to train or not is irrelevant. Whetehr the tattoos have any meaning is irrelevant.
You view a Demon Hunter as similar to a Rogue. What if Blizzard sees the Demon Hunters as a warlock who put aside his studies as a caster and simply focussed on a more hands on approach? Or simply states that a Warlock based Demon Hunter simply represents a person who underwent Demon Hunter training?
im not saying they shouldnt have meta or that it would be bad, in fact id rather they did have meta, im just saying it isnt required and the people saying things like they wouldnt be demon hunters without it are overtly exaggerating
You are wrong. In order to be a Warcraft style Demon Hunter, in order to meet the expectation of the players for this class, Metamorphosis is a necessity. If you don't have that, then what you have is a class who simply shares the name. That's far from impossible to happen should Blizzard actually bring in the class, but at the same time you need to ask "Why embrace those expectations if you cannot meet them?". Why raise the hopes if you end up with a wannabee class?
Metamorphosis is a key, iconic, signature move for the Demon Hunter in WoW. Most iof not all DHs in game have that as part of their ability list. It is the DHs ultimate move in WC3. Its been associated with the class for over 10 years.
This is NOT a problem that can be shrugged off simply by saying "it doesn't matter". It does.
Again, granted, that's not to say that Blizzard can't or won't create a Demon Hunter without these moves. They can easily do so. But then it wouldn't be a WoW DH class. It'd simply share the name. So - why bother?
I understand that some here have a jones over Illidan and think that he's some god or something. But in game terms, any level 90 can stomp Illidan into the ground. If I'm a level 90 Demon Hunter, I should be stomping Illidan with everything he has and more. And that includes Metamorphosis.
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ingame it took 25 people to kill illidan, lore wise it was thousands of soldiers storming the citadel, same with the lich king.
just because ingame you can go to black temple and kill illidan doesnt mean that lorewise you would be able to
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it was years ago ive already had to dig up multiple interviews in this thread and others because of people like you. its a minor issue anyways and im not gonna spend hours looking in google for you, if you really have a hard time believe that something made and written by blizzard themselves is not a good guidline for what they themselves would like something to be like then by all means spend half a day looking for that one answer in an interview that was like 2 years ago
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For me, in my small opinion, I think the best way to please everybody would be by doing the following in this order:
-remove meta from demo locks
-add another ultimate pet to replace meta
-add a druid form-like meta to demon hunters
-add 4th spec to locks based on demon hunting glyph and dark apotheosis
-add back the meta to this new spec