First off, I wanted to thank everyone for the kind words they have expressed toward me in this thread. I strive to have a positive impact on our class and this game, and I would be happy to serve as Class Representative if elected.
Still, the purpose of this post is too focus the conversation on the most important qualities for our Class Representative.
Personally, I feel the most important aspect is clear and effective communication. The questions posed to the development team should be concise and specific. For instance, "why does Annihilation suck in PvP?" is unhelpful. The same concept could be better stated by saying:
Annihilation has a long ramp-up to achieve its maximum damage output. And, it relies on maintaining the Annihilator buff or using Annihilate at least every 15s. Plus, ~40% of its damage comes from DoTs. These are easily removed negating much our the specs damage in PvP. These two factors primarily make this spec inferior to the other available specs for PvP. If the goal is to make this a more viable PvP spec some necessary changes might include:
- Increasing the duration of the Annihilator buff and/or reducing the rate with which it falls off ie one stack at a time.
- Making the DoTs unremovable or applying some other adverse event when removed like reducing healing received or slowing the target. (After all, if I was bandaged up after bleeding heavily I might not be so quick to charge back into action )
These are ideas the community has come up with. Does the development have any other ideas to make this spec more viable in PvP? Are there plans to introduce any changes to increase the viability? If there is no goal to make this a more viable PvP spec, can you please explain this rationale?
The next most important criteria would be the individual's willingness to listen and receive feedback from other players. Hopefully, the Class Representative will canvas the player base for help writing their questions. People who are unresponsive and unwilling to engage in dialogue will not help the overall community. Since it is unlikely to find someone who will knows every element of each spec as well as each mechanic on each boss fight as well as every tactic for each PvP map, we need someone who can aggregate information from different sources and distill it into actionable insights.
Finally, I think it is useful for the Class Representative to be familiar with the three specs as well as PvE and PvP content. Note, I did not say this person needs to be an expert or the best player you have ever seen. Those are certainly admirable qualities, but I would absolutely prioritize my first two criteria over player skill.
Anyway, just offering my two cents...