Tinker would work. Alchemist is unlikely due to as Teriz said, a lot of potential could be incorporated in one of the Tinker specs.
I'm willing to bet money on the next class being Mail and using ranged weapons. Personally, if I had to also bet on the exact class, it would be a Dark Ranger. But a Tinker would fit just as well.
Too much bloat, no new class plx.
Pets aren't going anywhere for Hunters. No matter how much we ask, they've stated that Hunters, like Warlocks are a pet class through and through. Our defensive tools are even baked into our pet. Even GoSac for Warlocks is looking at being redesigned next expansion (from GC himself) since it defeats the point of being a pet class.
As for specs, just the rough barebones
Melee DPS spec using Agility daggers and shadow manipulation.
Ranged DPS Sylvanas style spec using blighted ammo. Could use a few concepts from the Diablo 3 Demon Hunter like Entangling Shot, Hungering Arrow, Elemental Arrow, Shadow Power, Vault, etc.
Ranged DPS necromancy type spec using Int Mail and focuses on shadow/arcane damage, raising skeletons, and using souls as weapons.
But like I said, I could still easily see the Tinker. Based on Ghostcrawler's comments, it's likely a Mail user with ranged weapons. Adding at least one other spec on Int Mail would be a large bonus.
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Only thing I would change is the DPS Necromancer. There's no INT bows/Xbows/guns in the game.
Not to rain on anyone's parade, but there won't be any intellect-based bow class. Any bow class like rangers would have to be entirely agility based just like hunters because there is no intellect-based bows in WoW. So if you were hoping for Priestess of the Moon, Dark Rangers, or Naga Sea Witches, you might as well forget it.
EDIT: Damnit! Beaten.... >,<
And yeah, that goes for Tinkers too. Tinkers are intelligence-based. How are you going to make them physical ranged?
So I will interject here, most of his idea is valid, however tinkers will not be the class.
First I will put this chart I made last year, for a different thread also started by Teriz, in which he came to the same conclusion I had and completely rejected the idea.
Current classes Armor Type Role Paladin Plate Tank/Healer/Melee DPS Warrior Plate Tank/Melee DPS /Melee DPS Death Knight Plate Tank/Melee DPS/Pet DPS Hunter Ranged/Pet DPS/Ranged/PetPet DPS/Pet DPS Shaman Caster DPS/Healer/Melee DPS Rogue Leather Melee DPS /Melee DPS/Melee DPS Druid Leather Tank/Healer/Melee DPS/Caster DPS Monk Leather Tank/Healer/Melee DPS Mage Cloth Caster DPS/Pet DPS/Caster DPS Warlock Cloth Pet DPS/Pet DPS, off tank/Pet DPS Priest Cloth Healer/Caster DPS/Healer
You will see the gaps in this chart.
Melee DPS = 10
Pet DPS = 8
Healer = 6
Caster DPS = 5
Ranged/Pet DPS = 2
Tank/ = 5 with a caster off tank 1/2 spec.
So what is needed (pure speculation)
Classes Armor Type Role New Class Ranged DPS/ tank / Caster DPS
So now we list out some Classes and Hero Classes from all Blizzard Games which can fit this bill.
Yes the tinker fits Tank and ranged, but not caster. Also Tinker was a goblin only hero, and we have engineering in game already.
Necromancer, Both Warcraft and Diablo have versions, they can fit as a mail Class with casting, although Tanking and Ranged weapons would be a stretch, also Death Knights are technically Necromancers if they run unholy.
So Mail Wearing, Iconic Ranged weapons ,Caster that can melee tank. Only one group fits this.
Demon Hunter: WC3 caster Melee with Stealth, fast DPS. In WOW the few we seen have opened up the idea they can wear any armor, in Diablo 3 they showed how they can be ranged weapon users in mail. It would also be the last Hero Class, possibly start at a redesigned phased Black Temple. They would get a cool Mail Pajama pants with a nearly bare chested Chest piece so they can always have the Iconic illidian look.
Ghosrcrawler has stated many times that he doesn't like that type of design with loot. He wants loot to be desired beyond a single class or spec since then it doesn't feel as much like a limited and wasted drop. A new class would help as a selling point for the new expansion and they have options to fix their loot issues through that.
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I'd rather see beastmasters as a class. maybe throwing axes/ daggers/ swords could be ranged along with a hawk for pet. melee choice of fists/ daggers dw or 2h axes/swords/ polearms with cats as pets. and tanks use 2h and bears.that's just me. I don't think demon hunters should be playable they sound like a class that sounds good on paper but final product would be a letdown.
Demon Hunters are a good idea but there's design limitations on them given how much of their kit has already been given to others like Warlocks, Rogues, and Priests. The idea people have thrown of using the D3 style Demon Hunter but Demon Hunters from Diablo aren't the same as Demon Hunters in WoW. They're not even in the same ballpark and using the name would be a big "wtf" for anyone who knows the lore in any shape or form. D3 Demon Hunters are closer in design to Dark Rangers from the WoW universe, just minus the necromancy aspects. Even the artwork and designs of the D3 Demon Hunter are near identical to Forsaken Dark Ranger with the shadow imagery, black cloaks, etc.
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