Posted on October 2, 2007, Shawn Sines WoW Death Knight Interview
World of Warcraft has a Q&A and interview with the design team covering the first hero class, the necromantic death knight. The death knight will be an integral part of the Wrath of the Lich King.
The death knights you will be able to play are no longer allied with the Lich King; instead, they have joined forces with the Horde or the Alliance to fight against Arthas.
The development team gives players an idea of how the new hero class functions and how it effects other classes already in play. The death knight is designed to enhance game play and grouping without replacing current tanks.
Our goal is to make the death knight a viable, fun tank that coexists with the current tanking classes without replacing them. It’s also important to keep in mind that even though the death knight is a hero class, that doesn’t mean it is more powerful than the other classes, just that it will offer a very different playing experience.
The “modern” death knights resemble both the ones you saw in Warcraft III and the ones from Warcraft II, so they will combine powerful melee attacks with rune-based spellcasting to lay waste to whatever gets in their way.
For the full developer Q&A and Death Knight Lore, check out World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King.