Let me start by saying that this is not meant to be an SWTOR to WOW comparison article, so it should not be treated as such.
This guide aims to compare and recommend SWTOR-classes based on which classes you enjoy playing in World of Warcraft. All information is based on available information presented by Bioware and by reviews made by the lucky few who has been allowed to try the game so far.
Everything here is subject to change while the game remains in beta.
WOW Warriors – SWTOR or
Roles – Melee DPS, Tank
Heavy armored damage taker and giver. Likes to give and take pain. Closest match is the Jedi Knight and Sith Warrior who both can do some considerable damage and also soak up a lot of pain from it’s enemies.
A very weak match is the Trooper and the Bounty Hunter who can tank and do DPS, but they are using ranged weapons where the warriors prefer melee. They can also heal, which can be a turn-off for some.
WOW Priest – SWTOR or
Roles – Caster, Healer
The iconic healer who also can dish out some real DPS. Closest match are the Jedi Consular and Sith Inquisitor with the advanced classes of and respectively. For healing there are also other classes available, but non of those are casters.
WOW Death Knight – SWTOR or
Roles – Melee DPS, Tank
The Death Knight is a heavy armored close-combat fighter who can DPS and Tank. Considering the class evil history, once being the servants of the Lich King, the closest match in SWTOR should be the Sith Warrior, but the Jedi Knight is also a viable choice.
WOW Hunters – SWTOR : or
Roles - Ranged DPS
WOW Druid – SWTOR or Sith Inquistior
Roles – Melee DPS, Tank, Caster, Healer, Stealther
So far there are no shape-shifters in SWTOR, but the druid-player often likes the versatility of the class, being able to fill any role as needed. Primary match in SWTOR are the Jedi Consular or Sith Inquistior, which can specialize in all roles and also have stealth.
WOW Mage – SWTOR : or :
Roles – Caster, Crowd Control
Mages isn’t really sci-fi, but in the Star Wars universe we have the force as a powerful ally. The Jedi Consular with the advanced class or the Sith Inquisitor with the advanced class are as close to a caster as you can get in SWTOR. Both have crowd-control abilities aswell. They can also be specced into healing, which could be a turn-off for some, but it is the price you have to pay.
WOW Paladin – SWTOR or
Roles – Melee DPS, Tank, Healer
The paladin is a heavy armored melee fighter, tank and healer. The Jedi Knight and Sith Warrior are the closest match for DPS and tanking. For healing one would have to look to the Jedi Consular and Sith Inquisitor, but they have much stronger ranged abilities than the paladin. Still, using force-powers and wielding a melee weapon is as close as you can come to the pally.
WOW Rogue – SWTOR or
Roles – Melee DPS, Crowd Control
Secondary matches are the, and the , who all can spec into stealth and melee combat.
WOW Shaman – SWTOR and
Roles – Melee DPS, Caster, Healer
Medium armor, brutal melee, devastating elemental attacks or a versatile healer. Closest match are the Jedi Consular and Sith Inquisitor, who can dual-wield, unleash powerful force-attacks or heal the team. Added bonus is the ability to stealth and tank.
Weak recommendations are the Trooper and the Bounty Hunter, who can fulfill the same roles, with the difference that they rely on ranged weapons and technology to do what the force-wielders do with the force.
WOW Warlock - : or :
Roles – Caster, Debuffer
There are some strange aliens in SWTOR, but none as strange as a demon. But there are still classes who can unleash a fury of devastating magic *cough* force-attacks. Closest match for the warlock is the Jedi Consular with advanced class or the Sith Inquisitor with the advanced class. The Inquisitor has a slight edge with the ability to drain life from it’s opponents.
As i mentioned above, these are top line guides and need to be expanded on, so please post any relevant feedback that will help us refine and grow this post in the comments section below.
By Fredrik Holmbom – Guest Writer