welcome to, what like, 8 months ago, this has been talked about for so long, you didnt just come up with a solution. Also this will never happen, Blizz will either add a Demon Hunter class or they won't. They won't half ass it. Also Demon Hunters are nothing like Warlocks. Unless you think Shaman and Mages are similar cause they have fire spells
What the heck are trainers used for now?
Sure its possible Does anyone really see Blizzard adding another Demon themed class to the game? I don't. Do you see them copying over Metamorphosis to a new Demon Hunter Class? I don't. No matter how much players say they want to to play a Demon Hunter, Blizzards first duty is to protect what it already has. As such, it will not create a class with such a large overlap in theme and look to an already existing class. It will not reverse a 8 year old design direction.It is still possible to add a demon hunter as it's own class. Just because warlocks, rogues and priests has some of their WC3 abilities doesn't mean you can't have another class with the same spells.
A non issue when you get down to it. The issue is theme, look and flavor. What a DH has in that, Warlocks now own lock, stock and barrel. Blizzard could even have worked around the Meta issue. But not this.Just like warlocks once had death coil, not mortal coil. But once DK's where added, the warlock spell changed name.
If you want a non Warlock Demon Hunter, then you need to develop an idea that doesn't cross over into the theme, look or feel of Warlocks, or any other class. But then, you end up with a class which simply has the same name but is totally different.
Demon hunters would be its only class
Dual wield tank spec/dual wield melee dps spec/ and either a range dps or caster dps spec.
Enhancment Shaman do this all the time when they want to pretend to be a shadow hunter. It's a similar idea: enhancement shaman have a lot of the shadow hunter spells, so people use enhancement when they wanna be a shadow hunter (unfortunately they cant use throwing spears / bows but that's another topic).
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It works with a bit of imagination, just like many other classes.
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You need to understand that game mechanics aren't literal, and your own imagination and established lore trumps them. There are no "specs" in the actual warcraft universe. Classes are not set in stone at all (Plenty of npcs and lore characters have 2 or 3 classes). This is a roleplaying game, and your own backstory, imagination, and understanding of the lore go above the game mechanics.
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Well, I agree this would be a good compromise solution.
Warlocks want a tanking spec anyway, and the game needs more tanks. Besides that, Warlock tank has many similarities with Demon Hunter, so with enough tweaks it would make perfect sense.
I know I'd roll one immediately. I'm currently only using Destruction anyway because Affliction and Demonology just don't interest me anymore. My 2nd talent options are just gathering dust. But a Warlock tank? I'd roll one definitely.
Also, to the person saying Demon Hunters are way different from Warlocks in lore: I tend to disagree. Illidan became a Demon Hunter due to fighting the Burning Legion and studying them. Later he got 'gifts' from Sargeras personally, which made him understand demonic magic (like Immolation aura and such). And it was the Skull of Gul'dan (a Warlock... no, THE Warlock) that got him to learn Metamorphosis. If anything, Demon Hunters and Warlocks have a LOT in common, it would make perfect sense to make Demon Hunter the 4th Warlock spec.
And no, Paladin as a 4th Priest spec wouldn't make sense because one uses Cloth and a Staff while the other Plate and a Hammer/Sword. At least Demon Hunters wear light armor like a Warlock, they would only need to tweak the visual of Robes on a Demon Hunter to show like a Vest.
In the end this implementation would need some tweaks to keep everyone happy (you don't want a Demon Hunter wearing a robe and a staff for example), but it's still the easiest solution.
demon hunters would be their own class with Melee dual wield tank spec/melee dual wield dps spec/either a ranged or caster dps spec.
i like the idea and i have a secondary attachment idea.
why not make the fourth spec unlockable by a secret quest chain of sorts that leads to these trainers.
if you find the trainers in the wild they are hostile to you and just show as Name <Demon Hunter>
if you are on the appropriate part of the quest chain they are not longer hostile and can teach you the spec.
unlockable fourth spec, demon hunter for warlocks....hmmmmm
its not a solution. warlocks do not need to tank.
demon hunter would be its own class.