We started our weekly polls last week on 3-Jul. Our question last week was:
“What class/job do you think will be your primary adventuring class?”
We left out crafting and harvesting for a future poll. Since FFXIV:ARR is going to emphasize completing the story via adventuring classes, this seemed like a great place to begin. 1848 people responded to the poll, and here are the results:
Conjurer/White Mage: 281
Thaumaturge/Black Mage: 170
That’s pretty interesting, White Mage winds up as the most popular class at 15.21% We had a lot of comments about the “glut of healers,” but I think that’s a bit premature. For the first 30-levels of the game, CNJ is the only healer and we’re looking at about a 1:6 ratio of healers to other. That’s way off the 1:3 you want for ideal light party grouping at the start of the game.
Once Arcanist/Scholar enters the mix, things look a bit better. For reference, I regrouped the numbers so that we are looking at roles: tanks (PAL/WAR), healers (WHM/SCH), support (BRD/SUM), and damage dealers (DRG, MNK, BLM). Here’s the breakdown by role:
Healers are looking a bit slight for light parties. But the situation we typically expect to see in MMO’s looks like it will appear in FFXIV:ARR. Damage dealers exist aplenty, but tanks and support are scarce. This may make things even tighter as we move out of leveling 4-person teams and into end-game with 8-person and 24-person teams.