I'm sure many of you are tired of these threads, however, I like to think I have a decent idea regarding the possibility of a demon hunter class from a lore perspective. I haven't thought out the mechanics or how they would fit into the game, however I also have somewhat of a decent idea.
So let's say the next expansion is in fact a burning legion expansion and demon hunters are added as a playable class. This is how I would imagine handling them.
I know death knights were kind of a disaster on launch so the whole "hero class" idea may not work out. Whether Blizzard chooses to do so or not is irrelevant, I propose a neutral starting zone for demon hunters, much like the death knight starting zone. Their story could revolve around their subjugation to Sargeras, their evolution into demon hunters and their freedom at the hands of possibly Illidan Stormrage. Much like Illidan, the starting demon hunter could be a person seeking magical power. In this starting zone Sargeras or the Burning Legion itself grants this thirst for power. Players eventually get tattoos and their eyes burned out like Illidan throughout the quests as they become more powerful. Eventually Illidan comes and grants them free will somehow. Demon hunters could be either melee or ranged dps, using mail seeing as that is currently the only armour being used by 2 classes. I understand this is all far fetched but I love Illidan as a character and hope he becomes reintroduced somehow. I see him more as misunderstood than a villain. Anyway thanks for the read and let me know what you guys think!
I absolutely love what you've done. I was thinking about demon hunters from a lore perspective but the mechanics you've designed are so engaging and different. It seems like a class I would main over my beloved dk. I can only hope they're implemented. No one can truly know whether or not they would work in the game as it's up to Blizzard to design and balance but one can dream. I think that if we have monks we can certainly have demon hunters. Illidan is such an iconic lore character and demon hunters make just as much sense as monks do in my opinion, if not more.
God I wish they would just announce this class as a yes or a no so these threads can die. Will there be one, who knows. Blizzard hasn't gone on record and say "there will never be a demon hunting class".
I'm sure draenei will jump right on that. It's not like using fel magic and turning into demons is against everything they are or anything.
Demon Hunters have always been renegades to their faction. Night Elf DH are nothing like your typical Druidic/Moon-worshipping nature lovers. Draenei Demon Hunters work if they were a group of individuals who are now fighting against the Legion. It's just like Night Elf Demon Hunters, where the Night Elves swear off using demonic (or even arcane) magic yet the ones who become Demon Hunters are renegade individuals who do this for more power. They don't represent their race or factions.
Besides, we have weirder combos in the game right now like Gnome Death Knights, Tauren Paladins and Dwarven Mages. Each of these have their own lore quirks that make them fit overall.