Gnome Hunters in Cataclysm
Who else would like to see this happen..? Minus the contamination (lol… I felt this screenie of me as a Leper Gnome was fitting for this post), how many of you would like to be able to roll a Gnome hunter..? I know at least one of you wants to see this happen, but I’m willing to bet there are quite a few of you out there.
The following is an article I received from one of my hunter brethren, arguing in favor of letting the most diminutive race in the game eat at the hunter table.
So without further ado… take it away Bob…
WHY NOT GNOMES?
Like most, if not all, of the people who visit this site, I play the coolest class in the game…..hunter. My Horde hunter is an Orc. My Alliance hunter is a Dwarf. My problem is that I can’t choose to have my hunter be a Gnome.
I love everything about the Gnome race in WoW. From the lore, to their animation, to how the gear looks on them. I have a Gnome warrior, DK and mage. When I decided to eat at the big boy table and roll a hunter I was devastated to learn that I could not roll a Gnome hunter. Nevertheless, my headstrong desire to get going and blasting the bejeezus out of bad guys caused me to pick the next shortest race to suit my needs and off I went.
My story might have ended there but for the Cataclysm race/class previews. I was excited and hopeful that Gnome hunter would make the cut. Sadly, it did not. I was, however, frustrated beyond belief to learn that the new races would be allowed to be hunters and that this decision left Gnomes as the only race in the game that cannot be hunters.
This exclusion makes ZERO sense to me on any level. I have authored threads on the WoW forums on this topic and participated in others. I have yet to see a single argument against Gnome hunters that makes ANY sense:
e.g., “Gnomes are too small and their pets would eat them.”
Goblins get to be hunters and they’re about the same size…
“Gnomes are too obsessed with technology and tinkering to care about something as natural as a pet…”
They’re letting Gnomes be priests which presupposes that those Gnomes are willing to forsake their technology for a devotion to the Light. Besides, I don’t see the two as being mutually exclusive given the fact that Gnome engineers make the tools of the trade for hunters in their guns and ammo. You mean to tell me that the engineers who create most of the guns used for leveling can’t play the class that uses said guns?!?! To quote Ochocinco, “Child please“.
Someone posted in one of the threads on this topic that, as it currently stands right now, the Horde has access to one more race/class combination than the Alliance does. Adding Gnome hunters would certainly balance that out now wouldn’t it?
There is precedent for Blizz to do this, as well, as it was announced within the last month or so that they would be adding Dwarf and Troll warlocks. If Blizz can add in other race/class combos they can add in Gnome hunters.
Gar has graciously agreed to allow me to use his very public forum to get some specific feedback on this issue. What do other hunters think on the matter? Please, from one hunter to another, support the push for Gnome hunters.
Alright… so now that Bob has started the petition to have Gnomes come to the party, who else is on board?
Personally, I think Gnome hunters would be a hoot. I also like Bob’s (many of you may know him as lawman30, aka the “John McClane” of Wintergrasp) point about this move evening up the Alliance to Horde class/race ratio.
I’m curious… how do the rest of you feel about the Gnomes’ exclusion from the list of allowable hunter races?
Should Gnomes get the nod?
Cast your vote in the poll that’s to the right of this article within the sidebar. Also, if you have any additional thoughts on this matter, please weigh in by posting a comment below. I’m anxious to hear what the consensus is.