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The Daily Grind: What's your favorite non-combat skill?


It's weird, but I have to admit that I love any MMO that includes superfluous non-combat skills. For example, Lord of the Rings Online deals out class skills at level 40 that have no greater purpose other than to amuse. Captains can make others bow to them while Burglars can cackle if stealthed. Fun, if impractical in a fight.

But MMOs aren't all about fighting, right? Right? Well, let us pretend that there's life beyond combat at least and take a look at the paltry few skills that aren't directly related to bashing an ogre's skull. Sometimes they might even be used to -- gasp -- roleplay!

What is your favorite non-combat skill in an MMO? Is it a travel power? The ability to make a groovy glowy effect? The rare talent to track all nearby lichen? Today, scroll through your hotbar and tell us what non-combat abilities may not win the day against Sauron but could amuse him nonetheless.

Every morning, the Massively bloggers probe the minds of their readers with deep, thought-provoking questions about that most serious of topics: massively online gaming. We crave your opinions, so grab your caffeinated beverage of choice and chime in on today's Daily Grind!

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