Saturday, August 8, 2009

So it begins...

"Rogues would be nothing without stealth."

Oh really?

Backstory time!
Once upon a time, probably a year or two ago, my boyfriend and I were discussing that age old question: "What happens when a rogue tries to Vanish without having trained Stealth?"
Vanish, as we know, does the following:
Allows the rogue to vanish from sight, entering an improved stealth mode for 10 sec. Also breaks movement impairing effects.
Rogues clearly have the most articulate of spell descriptions. For example, compare that to the tooltip of Fire Elemental Totem or Bestial Wrath.
Vanish is an interesting, if broken, ability that, if it worked correctly, would remove the rogue from combat (or at least reset the mobs in a PVE situation) and enter stealth with a higher stealth level (370+ stealth, effectively making your level for stealth detection purposes 117 at level 80) than the rogue would normally have. Of course, this does not happen "when you breathe on the rogue funny".
For purposes of the hypothetical question though, we can assume that Vanish managed to work properly. What would happen if the rogue had no ability to stealth? Would Vanish not work for a new reason? Would the stealth-free rogue become stealthed for those precious ten seconds? WOULD THE WHOLE WORLD RIP APART AT ITS SEAMS?
On a whim, I made a rogue, one of the few classes I had not started to level, and started leveling, forgoing spending the 10c on training Stealth. Around level 6, I stumbled on a thread in which someone pointed out that training Vanish required Stealth, a anticlimactic explanation to what I assumed would be game breaking.
I dropped my rogue and moved on with my Warcraftian career, figuring that I would return to it someday.

Today, this young master of the subtle art of assassination awakes from her once thought to be eternal slumber, not a slack-jawed human but a jaded member of the dark and powerful Forsaken! Consumed by revenge for the eternal damnation unwillingly bestowed upon her—

This is going to be a long grind.

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