MMO Weekly: The Triad Of Classes

IncGamers’ Jeff Hollis takes a look at the good old set up of Tank, Healer and DPS, the standard group formation in many MMOs.”What is this Triad of Classes (TOC)?  It’s simply a reference to the fact that the group dynamic in today’s MMOs is built around the idea that every group will be composed of tanks, healers, and DPS classes in some combination.  Generally, this combination varies very little – there is one tank, one healer, and three DPS classes in a WoW pug, for example.  Occasionally, you may find a group with an extra healer or a spare tank (commonly referred to as the “off tank”), but a group with four DPS classes, and short a healer or tank, will be critically disfunctional.”