Invisible Mages and Vanishing Rogues - have you seen many lately?
I was talking to Sev and Kyxyn in officer, and Kyxyn was talking about what we want to do in WoD and we were talking about mythic and I said that I was not interested in recruiting specifically for that, as we may or may not get to Mythic (even though we are doing some now, that doesn't mean we will be come WoD). Kyxyn said we had no rogues or mages - and he even made the comment that there is nothing that a mage can bring to a raid that we don't already have. Harsh, but really, we haven't raided with a mage since Throne of Thunder and I haven't really missed them, and we haven't had a rogue since Roshii stopped playing. Aimei/Lushnek said that for mythic we would need to bring all classes.
So I had a think about it, and I feel there really has been a decline in rogues and mages in PvE. However, there is no shortage of them in PvP - rogues and mages are abundant (well, considering I play with Frost mage Shab, it's not surprising). But if you have a look at these statistics from World of Wargraphs, you can see that all the mages are hiding over there.
Arms warriors. What a surprise. They have had a good season - I've found warriors extremely difficult for our team comp to get down. Interestingly rogues don't feature that highly - they're at #10. Compare these graphs to the PvE ones - what a contrast!
Not suprising really. Disc priests are the reigning queens of healing in PvE though it is interesting to see that my class is up there too, ahead of holy paladins. Position 10 must be a special rogue number, since Combat rogues occupy the 10th spot again.
Taking a walk down memory lane, it feels like Cataclysm was where I saw lots of mages and rogues. Mages were abundant during Firelands when Tarecgosa's Rest had every caster all atizz. Then of course in Dragon soul there were rogues all over the place getting their legendary daggers.
I won't deny that Pandaria has felt like a warlock dominated expansion. I remember Cynwise writing about how there were so few warlocks back in Cataclysm, it's like Blizz tried to entice them back by making them amazing. And it worked. I see more warlocks than I can poke a stick at!
It makes me wonder which class is going to be the next "it" class in WoD?