Its important to keep in mind that the abilities I did mention are abilities that a Tinker can be expected to have. No, we don't know wht abiltiies the class would have....but if we rule out the abiltiies that ENgineers get, it quickly becomes a very small list.It's important to keep in mind that nothing you mentioned here is a Tinker ability, because none of the Tinker abilities exist in WoW.
Only because you draw distinctions where none exist. Why should it matter if an ability is class or profession based if they both sue the tech them and gfiev the same look/feel/whatever.I dismissed the DH because there were DH abilities being used by other CLASSES via class abilities. So your comparison here makes no sense.
Yes. You can argue that profession based abilities aren't quite as critical/improtanta s class absed ones.
But they still exist.
See, you aren't even making an effort to see how Dragonsworn could fit. For one thing...who said it had to be a caster class. For another, other classes also have abilities that are arcane or frost or fire based and do so without diluting themes. You are simply dismissing the concept out of hand simply to avoid confronting the fact that Tinkers are not an inevitable addition.A magic-based caster class using Frost, Fire, and Arcane magic wouldn't dilute the Mage class that also uses Frost, Fire, and Arcane magic?
You don't like the Dragonsworn concept? Fine. How about the Bard? A class based the manipulation of sound and music. Much like the Mantid. Or perhaps flesh out the Blood Mage concept into a class who works based upon the manipulation of life energies.
"Tech" is not the only theme that is available shouid Blizzard wish to use it.
You are aware that the Monk class concept and its association with the East predates WoW? Or even Warcraft? Have you not noticed that the Brewmaster is not very Monklike in theme or concept?You do understand that the Brewmaster hero unit, and the legend of Pandaria lore that came with said Hero unit, came WAY before WoW was even conceived don't you? Also the Monk class kind of has ALL of the Brewmaster's abilities.
Regardless - your assertion that tinkers are the only possible choice and are inevitable is wrong.