I remember back in vanilla WoW the mottos went, If you cast heals, then you are a healer. If you are a warrior, then you should always have a shield in your bag. 1 Tank . 3 Heals . 4 Dps Warrior . Druid . Mage . Rogue -------- . Priest . Warlock -------- . Sham/Pal . Hunter 40 man raids makeup 4 Tanks 10 heals 26 dps Note: I know there were exceptions here, but these were the general rules. Assuming equal representation, 40 raid spots / 8 classes = 5 raid spot / class This equates to, 5 Warriors = Tanks 15 potential healers This instantly pigeonholed all warriors to be prepared to tank. 15 healers is way too many, but people tended to shy away from the healing classes in favor of pure DPS classes, which brought the numbers back down in line with about 10. Thus ensuring anyone with a heal was forced to cast it during raids. When tBC launched I thought it was over, but in many ways it got worse. I as a shaman received a ton of flak from the new players for rolling enhancement. Though I was previously the healing officer/coordinator, so I could maybe understand some of that, but not nearly to the degree I received. Wildstar has 6 classes, 3 of which can heal, 3 can tank, and all 6 can DPS. 3 Tank . 3 Heals . 6 Dps Warrior . Esper . Warrior . Esper Stalker . Spells . Stalker . Spellslinger Engineer . Medic . Engineer . Medic Assuming a similar raid makeup, 4 Tanks 10 Heals 26 DPS Assuming equal representation, 40 raid spots / 6 classes = 6.66 raid spot / class 6 Warrior 7 stalker 7 Engineer 6 esper 7 spellslinger 7 medic This equates to, 20 potential tanks 20 potential healers 4 tank positions, leaves 16 potential tanks to become DPS. 10 healing positions, leaving 10 potential healers to become DPS. To recap, 1/1 of potential tanks were required to tank in vanilla WoW. In Wildstar, 1/5 of the potential tanks will be required to tank. 2/3 of potential healers were required to heal in vanilla WoW. In Wildstar, 1/2 of the potential healers will be required to heal. For tanks, this is a huge leap in progress from vanilla WoW. They went from being immensely pigeonholed, into complete freedom. However, for Healers the progress is only slightly more favorable. You see the thing about pigeonholing is that it is a snowball effect. If people feel they are being pigeonholed into a role they might not like, then they simply won't play that class. Less people playing a class, then further ensures that the remaining players that are playing the healing capaable classes will be forced to heal. Which in turn makes the stereotype stronger, and on and on it goes. Therefore, there exists a real possibility that Espers/Spellslingers/Medics could still very well see ourselves pigeonholed into the heal role during raids. It won't happen to everyone, but it will certainly happen to some.