While I still have some concerns about what Black Desert Online has to offer as an MMO long term, I did decide to go ahead and pre-order so that I could participate in the next beta test and be a part of the head start and name reservation. With that in mind the next question I’m considering is which class to play first. Eventually I’ll want to have several alts because having a “family” is important in participating in the economy and trade at end game, but it’s still important to decide where I’m going to start. While several classes have piqued my interest there are only two that I am considering to play first. The next beta will help me decide but here’s what I’m thinking for right now as well as two videos on the classes for anyone interested.
Taking nothing into consideration other than playstyle and lore, this is my first pick. This is the pet class in BDO and while there’s only the one option for a pet—a giant black furred beast—it’s a pretty neat looking animal. At higher levels there’s even the option to use the beast as a mount and attack with the animal instead of your character. However the class is melee and from what I’ve seen it requires a good use of movement skills and dodging for survivability and I’m not always very good with that. And considering most of the end game is PvP I’m not sure the “in-your-face” melee fighting style will be for me. That said, with all the options for crafting, fishing, and trade it may not matter if I don’t enjoy the class for PvP. I can always focus on other aspects of the game.
As a second choice I’m looking at the Wizard. First of all, I like the idea of playing an old man as a hero because that’s not an option in most MMOs. But more than that, the way the class plays in a group setting will probably be better for me. The wizard is a range support class that can focus on buffing and I believe even healing other party members. I’m sure the class will be squishy but I’d rather stay on the back lines as support with a high risk of death if I’m ever attacked than to be in the thick of battle.
Those are my two top choices and some of the reasons behind them. Of course, this is coming from someone who hasn’t actually played yet and I’m sure the next closed beta will help me with that decision. What about you all? For those of you planning on playing BDO, what class are you going to play at the start?