Danger: Playing Alts Can Harm Your Gameplay?

by on June 10, 2011

Vidyala has a great post fresh off the Manalicious press about how playing alts could do bad things to your playing ability. That’s a big statement given the perceived wisdom in character-centric games is that the more characters you play the better your overall knowledge of the game, but Vidyala’s got a good argument here.

First off, rest assured she’s not saying you should never ever play alts and there aren’t any benefits to doing so. What she is saying is that spreading your focus amongst several characters can get in the way of your concentrating on playing your main to the best of your abilities.

There’s just one possible pitfall, and I’m afraid it blindsided me…There’s no right or wrong way to play a game, there’s only deciding what’s right for you. But if you are a progression raider looking to maximize your play, I’m going to suggest something radical: playing too many alts might be hurting you, as it was me.

It’s one of those “so simple it’s obvious but I’d never have thought of it” things. Vidyala talks about how, once she realised how alting was affecting her playing her main mage, she buckled down and found she could vastly improve her playing. And she’s got some ideas about how to play alts while still focusing on your main, too. Now I don’t feel so silly for having so many warriors!

What do you think – is it a good thing to have alts of many different classes or not? Does it depend on what you aim to achieve in WoW?

Quote taken directly from Vidyala’s post
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Vidyala June 10, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Thanks for the link, Rebecca! I’ll admit I was pretty careful to mention (multiple times) this is what worked FOR ME, I am by no means passing judgment on people who play alts (people who live in glass houses, and all that). ;) I just definitely found that finding a bit of focus has helped my gameplay immensely and I can’t let that go unremarked!


Mhorgrim June 11, 2011 at 3:51 am

I can say as an altiholic myself it can be a shock when you are used to one specific playstyle and run something entirely different. Take for instance, for a long time I was playing a warrior tank, worked him to death. I decided then to work a rogue of mine. Wasnt too hard to get into the role of the rogue and dps was a relaxation from tanking. Then I went back to tanking…OUCH!!! Its like I stunted my learning curve. In this aspect having a lot of alts can be a detriment to your game play especially if you are indeed a raider. Alts should be more or less down time to fiddle with, but never get serious with the style of play. This of course is my opinion. I have learned since to have my alt side projects for non serious work and my main for the serious stuff. This keeps my edge honed to do my job right and when timing is critical and every nano second counts, spending too much time on alt raising is detrimental to the serious Raider.


Ben Sanders June 11, 2011 at 11:52 pm

One thing you should consider – is the character you raid with realy your main?
Or is your main actaully the one you play all week?

I think I’m finding that multiple characters in the same role can confuse me, and I need a bit of time getting back into playing a character after playing a different one who is trying to do almost the same thing.

But I think having a main dps and a main healer is viable for me. Just about.


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