For this week’s BombPoll, let’s get back to basics. I mean, really basic: Which role do you prefer in an MMO?

Yes, we’re talking about the “holy trinity” of tank, DPS, and support (which includes healers). Though I suppose if you’re indecisive, or just prefer to be flexible in any situation, like me, we should include “hybrid” as a fourth option. And so we shall!

(Also, we’re trying something new with the poll this week, so let us know if you have any issues voting. And hey, feel free to suggest future topics for BombPolls. We’ve got a few in the queue, but we’re always open to new ideas!)


In last week’s BombPoll, we asked if you guys were tired of fantasy MMOs, which is something I’ve heard a few times before. Overwhelmingly, you voted in favor of the genre, 72.5% to 27.5%, and the comments mostly supported this mindset. I find myself agreeing with Weilan when he said,

“As weird as it may sound, I have trouble understanding the mechanics in Sci-Fi games, even if the concept is the same as Fantasy. They have all those weird gadgets with funny scientific names like ‘Complematic Defraginator’ that make no sense and you have to waste time reading on what exactly are they used for and 5 minutes later you forget the name.”

But Emikochan disagreed:

“I have never liked fantasy, the most fantasy game I can get into is gw2, and thankfully there are the charr and asura there to bring the tech level up overall. Magitek and up please :)”

Hey, good luck dealing with your Complematic Defraginator, Emikochan. I’ll stick to my trusty battleaxe.

Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

12 COMMENTS

    • The only reason I play DPS, is due to arsehole players who throw their toys out of the pram if I make a mistake.

      Everything has to be so perfect, yet quite often people forget that human error plays a major part in gaming. At some point, things are going to go wrong.
      Not saying this happened every single time, but it would be fairly regularly that somebody would end up in a pissy.

      To be honest, though, I’m one of the people who doesn’t care about roles anymore or playing with others. I’m happy to solo for as long as needed. I’m 35 now and experienced many things over the years, across many games. If a game just lets me get on with it, no hassle, that’s good enough now. Haven’t the time nor patience to faff around.

        • Was that supposed to be an insult? I’m not quite sure lol. Well, I did say that I’m happy to play solo (if you actually read what I typed).
          But yes, I am a loner in most games. At least while I’m learning the ropes and/or scoping-out what sort of community it has. Then if I like what I see, I’ll start chatting, potentially join a guild/clan/whatever.
          That rarely happens though, as I tend not to stick around in MMORPGs for very long. They become boring rather quickly and I’ve played a fair amount of them already.

  1. If a game has the typical “T/DPS/H/SUP” roles, then I’m always DPS. Can’t really go wrong with it, unless you are a moron lol.

  2. Does anyone even play together anymore. Besides dungeons no one even groups together. Unless your playing with friends your going to solo everything.

    • Those who want group content have moved to MOBAs and shooters because they allow to instantly get into action. MMORPGs are mainly for loners and premade groups nowadays.

  3. I prefer mmorpg’s with roles , you know where you stand. But even with games out that have roles as long as there is healers dps tend to do all the tanking and tanks are just mehh.

  4. Its sad because the roles are losing on mmorpg. At the last time, we dont need a tank beacuse many roles have many def. and we dont know a healer because hybrid roles or all roles heals. We need a next gen game with classic roles!

    • First you’d have to convince players to actually play as healers and tanks, because most of them wont do that no matter what. One of the reasons why we don’t see any new traditional MMORPGs.

      • You have one :), i mostly try to play Healer hybrids. focus on supporting rather than DPS, healer/tank or healer/buffer hybrids are my favourites, and if you want something “new” with specific roles then if we ever see Bless in Eu and NA then that should be it. from what i saw there are even healing hybrids for me :).

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