Race and Class Combo Clash: Winner Revealed

The votes are in! Two new EverQuest race/class combinations are on the way.

The votes are in, and the Wood Elf Beastlord has come out on top as the new race/class combination coming to EverQuest in March.

This won't be the only new race/class combination to come, however... One more has been added. (Details below the jump.)

Since December, players have been voting for the race and class combination that they would like to see added to the game for the 15-year anniversary of EverQuest on March 16, 2014. The Race and Class Combo Clash has run several rounds, and in each round contestants have matched up with the winners from other brackets. Now that it’s all over, one single race/class contestant has risen to the top!

Winner: Wood Elf Beastlord

"Nature itself rises up against you, abomination. You cannot win!"

All Feir'Dal revere nature to some extent, but only the most devoted receive the great gift of Tunare: a personal treant protector. Alongside their blessed companion, Wood Elf Beastlords fight to protect nature everywhere, and punish any who seek to upset its balance. The natural warder is eager to gain vengeance for the atrocities it saw and suffered for thousands of years in its helpless form.

In addition to Wood Elf Beastlords, Froglok Monks will also become available as playable race/class combinations in-game on or around the 15th Anniversary of EverQuest on March 16, 2014. Welcome to the year of EverQuest and the celebration for 15 years of online gaming innovation!

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Simple really
# Jan 18 2014 at 7:04 PM Rating: Good
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Stupid Double Post

Edited, Jan 18th 2014 8:05pm by Duskrequim
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# Jan 15 2014 at 6:03 PM Rating: Excellent
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How the **** would a Dark Elf Ranger do their epic? Not that the epic is of importance anymore, but it just seems like you want the class for the role play value - and that would eliminate that aspect of the game (which I quite enjoy doing for some odd reason).

My 2 cents
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# Jan 18 2014 at 7:02 PM Rating: Good
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Wood Elves one for several reason. 1 Is there is enough rangers already... 2 No one wanted to see the million + comboations of Drizzt that would be made...


I just want a Gnome Monk........---- Clan of the Waist Down Fist Unite!!!!
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# Jan 15 2014 at 10:02 PM Rating: Decent
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Factioning, factioning, and then some more factioning!
Or, a completely new epic quest line for the new class? Hmm... Guess we'll never know.
At least not until the 20 year anniversary vote.
Froggy FD
# Jan 15 2014 at 4:46 PM Rating: Good
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If a Frog goes FD, does it make a "splat" sound?
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Kayrsoc wrote:
If a Frog goes FD, does it make a "splat" sound?


This made me laugh, so thank you. :)

While I never have been able to take a Froglok past high teens before tiring of the animations, I am looking forward to seeing how they look fighting with the new Monk skills.
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# Jan 15 2014 at 4:39 PM Rating: Excellent
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I really would have liked to see Iksar berserker in the bracket against Dark Elf ranger (prior to the final) to see if the traditionalist vote is what swayed this. I totally expected DE ranger to win this (but don't mind that it didn't). Neither finalist combo is that special since obtainable illusion items allow you to fake either.

I can accept that they don't want to invest in programming cloth armor models for the big races, nor add the missing class animations (I don't even know which these would be to be honest, but it keeps getting said). Lore is fluid... a clan of Rolfron Zek Worshipping Dwarves that are every class is perfectly reasonable if the story is told.

So what I wonder at this point, is what future combos are possible without adding models/animations?

all/all Iksars, Frogloks, Humans, Drakkin, High Elf, Erudite, dark elf, gnomes
no robes: ogre, troll, vah shir, halfling, wood elf, dwarf, barbarian, half elf

Animations... I don't know the "problems"

Need evil lore* to add necro/sk: high elf, vah shir, wood elf, barbarian, dwarf (arguable with thurgadin studying all). half elf evil lore is partly in place. Note: I'm not saying I want evil barbarians, just that I see that as a story/lore hole if not done before adding classes.

Need good lore* to add Paladin, druid, ranger: Troll, Ogre, Iksar, Vah Shir

*there's deity shortcuts though.. so much cazic thule lore of late why not have that result in all/all iksars and evil erudites (paladin, cleric of Cazic Thule)... arguably less twisted than dark elf rangers that aren't serving a good deity (who do the unkempt druids worship?)

**I heard on the one pvp server back in the day Vah Shir could be Karana? as they had deity set teams or something? Anyways, Vah shir need some faith to be clerics, SK and such... could always add Luclin as a goddess now that she is revealed.
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There is always Everquest 2 They have more race/class combos. Can be a Gnome monk in that game or an Ogre Wizard.
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# Jan 20 2014 at 4:41 PM Rating: Decent
Yes, but, I'd have to play EQII then. I did in the past, and in fact do have a gnome monk in EQII, haven't logged in in over a year now.
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# Jan 15 2014 at 10:53 AM Rating: Excellent
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fronglo wrote:
There is always Everquest 2 They have more race/class combos. Can be a Gnome monk in that game or an Ogre Wizard.

And Sarnaks and Rats etc etc tons more races to play
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# Jan 15 2014 at 10:39 AM Rating: Good
I'm gutted my Drakkin Beastlord (Dragonlord) wasn't considered, with a mini dragon as a pet ;-)

Nether the less, a race will be on when the time comes to be the first new WE Bst to reach 100!
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# Jan 15 2014 at 9:19 AM Rating: Default
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take your retarded WE Bst and shove it

the frog monk is cool but most of the other choices were lame, not as bad as the so called winner though

if SOE gave a rats **** about mixing things up, troll necro, ogre wiz blah blah, something that actually seems diff

and b4 anyone starts on the int rant of some races this is not kunark alot has changed since then
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# Jan 15 2014 at 8:00 AM Rating: Excellent
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But, as with anything relating to humans, whenever something is put to a vote, expect weird results.

Edited, Jan 15th 2014 9:03am by nekokirei
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# Jan 15 2014 at 9:15 AM Rating: Excellent
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That should be on a plaque somewhere!


That is a great quote my friend.
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# Jan 15 2014 at 7:55 AM Rating: Excellent
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I am looking forward to creating a WE BL as soon as it is live. My only concern is whether the treant might be too difficult to work with in tight quarters, and if the Fay Drake might have been a better choice.
The Dark Elf ranger never felt "right" to me.

I am not at all surprised by the comments disparaging the vote; similar comments can always be found when a vote goes the other way, and folks are not getting what they believe to be the right result. I am in agreement regarding Gnome Monks being desirable, and I have been waiting for this option since I first read the EQ comic some 9 or 10 years ago. Equipment is not the issue, since you were offering the choice of a Gnome BL, and it would be similar gear. I am guessing the difficulty of coding the varied animations (Gnome flying kick, anyone) is the problem. Hopefully someday the option will become available.
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# Jan 15 2014 at 11:25 AM Rating: Excellent
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Aye, Fae Drake would have been better, though some would say Drakes should be a Drakkin Bst pet. It would still fit better here. (personally I think it would be awesome, could grow up to be the size of Chromadrakes in Skyfire or something lol)
Also, If you still wanted a pet treant, I believe there is a Metamorph rod in Marketplace that can accommodate you, so this pet is kind of a useless point (unless they make a new treant animation and graphic so that it actually IS different).
As for tight quarters, there is always the spell: Tiny Companion to alleviate this.
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why not create a whole new class/hybrid?
# Jan 15 2014 at 6:59 AM Rating: Good
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i for one think if you was to create a whole new class you would bring back the players from the past and will incourage more to join our eq community,EQ needs something new,imo its a new class :)
fixed
# Jan 15 2014 at 3:08 AM Rating: Default
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it was fixed,please also tell me why we have an in game voteing system?which was never used?every tom **** and harry could vote for this change,even non eq players,so imo its a fixed vote(not fair)
be nice if you could buy races.
# Jan 15 2014 at 12:57 AM Rating: Good
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be nice if you could buy races, often wanted an Ogre Rogue be nice for stun resists. The way eq is now might as well make evey race open to every class and let us have two mercs at once.
be nice if you could buy races.
# Jan 15 2014 at 10:17 AM Rating: Good
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Lol! Watching an ogre try to sneak would be funny as hell. A sneaky ogre... there's a contradiction for ya!!!
Froglok Monks!
# Jan 15 2014 at 12:54 AM Rating: Excellent
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Awesome....another one to add to my clan of Frogloks!.....Frogs UNITE, We'll rule the Norrathian world!
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# Jan 14 2014 at 11:46 PM Rating: Decent
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So, WE Bst won over DE Rngr.... Right...
And now there is Froglok Monks? As if you couldn't listen to what people were posting all along on the forums wanting Gnomes as monks instead....
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# Jan 15 2014 at 2:05 PM Rating: Default
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The wood elf beastlord was already the winner when the class was made months ago. SOE just put up some crappy voting **** to make it seem like we are really the one's helping decide what wins. Just look what happened when iksar berserker beat wood elf beastlord in the voting. I know they would have had to have been working on these race/class combos far longer than the two months they give after the end of this voting.
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