There’s no avoiding a “Worst DPS” class in WOW. Someone always has to be top, and someone always has to be bottom. The hope is that top and bottom are close enough in performance, that players can choose to play what is fun to them. The Hybrid tax philosophy ‘was’ that pure DPS classes will never be top tank or healer, in a game where performance is constantly measured, quoted, and in some AOTC content, used as a reason to impose specs on players. So, if you’re playing a pure DPS class, and you have NO viable high-performance options, you can’t just respec, you have to reroll. This sentiment remains. If you’re playing a pure DPS class like a Hunter and you have 3 underperforming specs, well, you might find yourself SoL when it comes to AOTC content. Whereas a Hybrid class might find success by trying a different role. Personally, I also play Warrior. I don’t like tanking on my warrior, so it doesn’t feel like a good ‘Hybrid’ option to me. Thing is, I’ve mained Hunter for over a decade, and having to switch mains if Hunter had no viable specs, would be a huge failure on Blizzard’s part.
I mean, DH DPS might be trailing right now, but DH Tanks sure aren’t complaining (I mean, they probably are… “They’ve sacrificed everything, what have you given?”). You can have your class fantasy, if you just decide to DPS from the front of the mob, instead of the back.
I’m not saying I agree with the old ‘Hybrid Tax’ sentiment, I’m just saying what it was, and why it existed, and why some people still feel like a pure dps class, should always be viable as pure dps. I think blizzard’s goal should always be that EVERY class/spec is viable, it’s just that Pure DPS not being able to compete for top dps, means the entire class is a fail. Hybrids can at least win in other ways, so Blizzard can go spin those plates.