There’s an important life improving issue bothering me for a long time in World of Warcraft. And I’m going to talk about pet positioning.
Introduction Part From IRL
I don’t know whether you’ve ever thought about it, but some of my friends and me as well are pretty serious about one simple thing.
Imagine you are going for a walk with someone. By default, if you are a man, you were taught by etiquette rules to walk on the left side of your companion (green circle is you):
The etiquette rule is explained very simple: if someone walks towards you, you must be the one who could occasionally bump the passer-by’s shoulder, not your companion (especially a woman companion), acting as a “human shield” against this probable inconvenience:
It’s not that everybody bumps each other every day, but this could happen in a crowded or narrow passage.
And this etiquette rule roots so deeply that eventually you get used to it and hate the other option. You get used to it so much that walking at the right side of your companion itches you. Then you ask your friend to switch places, you just feel uncomfortable having someone at your left side.
What Does It Have to Do With World of Warcraft?
Well, here are our pet classes.
- Ice Mage – Water Elemental
- Death Knight – Ghoul
- Hunter – Multiple Pets
- Warlock – Demons
What’s common about them? The pet is on the wrong side:
I have always hated pets. I’m playing Frost DK, because she has no pets. I took the Lone Wolf talent for my Hunter immediately at level 100 because there are no pets. I’m glad like hell that Ice Mage finally will be able to dismiss Water Elemental in Legion (basically it’s the Lone Wolf talent).
Maybe I was wrong about true reasons? Maybe I just don’t like anyone annoying at my left shoulder? It’s a small thing which slowly ruins your class experience without you even understanding it! And maybe it will suddenly be cool if the pet was at my right hand?
How hard could it be to add an option to tune a right/left side choice for a pet? I think it’s not as pet always hangs on the left side now, so this is in code already. We just need a small button at pet’s menu (right click on the portrait will do) and it’s a HUGE life improvement at little cost.
With introduced Gnome Hunters and expanded animal bonds for Survival ones – which means more pet play, I think it’s something to add in Legion. What do you think?