Shai – The Best New Player Class? Black Desert Online

What is up guys. So we got the Shai update yesterday, got a
chance today to sit down for a few hours and play the class and thought I’d make a quick
video talking about my thoughts on the class so far and the direction it looks like BDO
is going in the future with this class being released. First off I only got to level 56, I feel like
since the class is so simple in terms of mechanics this would be enough to give a decent impression
as to the feel of the class overall in terms of day to day gameplay, so while I’d usually
want to have played whatever I’m giving an opinion on for much longer, I think the Shai
being the way she is that this is fine. Immediately, in terms of animations and gameplay
BDO always knocks it out of the park. What about with the Shai? 10/10 on this again, feels very unique to
the class, doesn’t play like any of the other classes I’ve played personally, aesthetically
looks great with the very limited moveset. I think the Shai is insanely fluid and just
feels really fun. She also seems to do absolutely crazy high
damage compared to what I was expecting. The only actual issue I had with her is that
the attacks aren’t super good if the enemy is on a different elevation to you, but that’s
just the case with most classes. I think it’s slightly more noticeable with
her just purely because of how the abilities work based on judging distance. I find the fact all her abilities seem to
have a fixed range actually really fun. It seemed the more I played, the more reliable
I was judging when to use each ability and doing max damage with them. The donkey mechanics I can’t say I’m a fan
of in terms of limiting her to only a donkey mount for the current time. I know they said in the release patch notes
that it’s only temporary but it always bothers me when games do this, it’s obviously like
this to force everyone to interact with the new donkey mounts but if they just made them
good enough they wouldn’t need to force people to use them…It’s just a sign that they know
the content they made is going to be mostly forgotten due to it being so niche and worse
than horses in every single way, at least in my opinion. It’s of course going to be of great annoyance
when you’re trying to run from spawn to spawn on a slow donkey, to the point after like
level 20 I just abandoned it and sprinted everywhere. Honestly I usually want to wait at least a
week or two before playing the new class in BDO just because it’s half as fast to level
and extremely overpriced to get the weapons, the Shai is no exception. I luckily just smashed a random green weapon
to tri super quickly and spent a few memory fragments getting a kutum up to 11 just to
make it a little bit faster. To be fair if it wasn’t for feeling like I
should get a video out about the Shai I’d have just waited a week or so and bought tri
boss weapons, so if you’re someone who isn’t in a rush to try out the class I’d always
recommend waiting a couple weeks. Recently I got asked in the comments if the
Shai would be a good starter class for a new player and I said no, before having played
it because I assumed from the patch notes and every description of the class from the
official bdo sources that it would be a very poor grinder. I have to say that I was extremely wrong and
I think when you combine the bonus weight, the fast kill speed, ease of play and low
skill point requirement…The Shai is probably the current best starter class for sure. Add on the bonus of having professional gathering
and alchemy right off the bat, that’s an immediate good way to spend your energy to generate
money and a way to get started with imperial alchemy which is super easy once you know
what you’re doing and can generate you a lot of profit each week. I do have a video on my channel for imperial
alchemy aswell as a super easy to use spreadsheet where all the work is done for you, so you
can feel free to check that out if you like. One last thing to say about the actual class
before we move on to something else, I think it’s actually a great step in the direction
of welcoming newer players with this class. It’s super simple to play, unlike most the
other classes and while it may end up having some very complex gameplay later on, it’s
just super easy to grind with it as it stands right now. BDO is a game that is quite hard to get into
as a new player especially once you look up your class to see what you’re doing wrong
in terms of skill usage and find that most classes require months of practice to grind
efficiently on. The Shai doesn’t feel that way at all and
that’s definitely a good thing. Not everything has to be mega complicated
and I think with the way the class works in pvp, having highly reduced damage, allows
them to balance this easy gameplay in PvE while not allowing people to come in destroying
people with an easy mode class. So in terms of content that came with the
Shai patch we didn’t really get anything noteworthy to talk about but in terms of what the Shai
means for the game I think it’s a step in the right direction. I have talked about this a little bit in multiple
other videos and so if you are someone who has watched most my stuff some of this video
you’ll have heard in different words before but since it’s super relevant to the topic
I’ll be going over it again anyways. One of I think three major complains about
Black Desert Online as a game, from both people who play and people who refuse to play has
always been how much of a single player game it is for the vast majority of the game. This is completely undeniable and group gameplay
is usually hundreds of hours into your black desert life, even then it’s so restricted
that really all you have is the end game pvp and 2 or 3 grinding spots, both of those things
you have to have quite a high level of gear to even participate in. So with the release of the Shai and the June
Keynote, it’s pretty obvious that the devs are finally understanding this. They’ve buffed one of the 2 end-game grinding
spots recently with the activation times at Gyfin, they’ve added a purely support class
in the Shai and they mentioned other upcoming group content directly. As it stands right now they have a pretty
good opportunity with the foundation of BDO and the fanbase the game already has to make
it into a game that appeals to even more people. I think we all know the game won’t ever compete
with most themepark mmorpgs in terms of group content and I don’t really think it needs
to. I just hope with what they have shown recently,
this is one of the ideas they continue with and improve upon. One last thing I want to talk about which
I believe is relevant to the Shai. While I think the donkey mechanic kind of
missed the mark, I think overall the class does a lot of positive things to the game
as I talked about a little bit earlier. The fact they’re branching out into alternate
player models and adding in classes that have new, unique features, either in combat or
in casual or lifeskilling play is a great sign. BDO has a crazy immersive world and a lot
of depth to a large number of systems as we all know. I can’t wait to see what they do with other
unique classes and hopefully they’re things that have a bit more of a profound impact
on gameplay other than just some novelty donkey abilities that kind of won’t get used a lot,
at least in my opinion. The Shai just exisiting isn’t really new content
in my eyes or a reason to full time return to BDO gameplay and content, but it’s a step
in the right direction for sure. I enjoyed the class more than I thought I
would and if I were to return I’d definitely consider making her my main. As it stands though, it’s promising in terms
of where it looks like they’re focusing but we’ll have to wait and see what content they
actually release alongside the Shai to make the group focused supporty nature of the class
stand out. If it’s just purely going to be release Shai
and leave it as a purely pvp focused support class and not release more group based content
from bottom to top, I think that’s a hugely wasted opportunity. All in all, they’ve definitely released a
ton of new content over the past month or so, with more planned in the very near future. I think despite what your opinion is on black
desert as a game, their business practices or whatever else it may be…It’s pretty hard
to deny that they release an absolute metric ton of content for the game each year and
they obviously support the game really well. So with all that being said, enjoy the class
guys and I’ll be sure to check out what they have coming up next. Thanks very much for watching guys and I’ll
see you on the next one. PEACE.


You recommend people wait a couple of weeks to try out the shai and pass up on 500 mill? It's not like they have to buy the class. If they already have the game all they need is a open char slot then they can make it and try it for themselves.
Also, the new donkey is pretty fast tho

Screw the donkey, somebody get this Shai a "pony" I think pony is the mark for a "little" horse right? Or is the correct term "miniature" foal. Pffft. Ok, guess you'll have to do with the donkey, sorry ponies where unavailable.

Like many, I was wary of the Shai being a loli but I admit BDO has executed the class/race perfectly. The Shai is much closer to gnomes/ halflings and are actually cute. Covered, not sexualized. From ur vid the boomerang combat looks very satisfying.

A proof that not all loud criticisms should be listened to. If PearlAbyss canceled the launch due to the tides of negative response, we wouldn't be seeing the armies of people rerolling as Shais in Serendia right now. They are VERY popular.

Btw Kira I admire your endurance in leveling your Shai to 56 in such a short time. What the heck.

Shai needs a buff to pvp damage big time. Im tired of getting basically one shot by everyone, and when i do get hits(including spirit rage special) it literally does nothing.

What's your take on the class now? I'm just in BDO for the sake of playing and I have a mate who wants to be a crazy pvper (ranger) do I have a place with him end game? I really just wanna chill but I reckon he'll twist my arm and drag me along with him when he pvps. Wants me to continue my Sorc. What do you think?

"metric fuck-ton of content"

I'm sorry, but a literally infinite RNG farm isn't what mentally sane human beings call "content"… Even if Shai is decent for new players, the game itself is insanely hostile to them, so much so that by the time they reach max level with Shai, they're already fucking sick and tired of the game, they wont even really bother with awakening.

The only ones who actually stay loyal to this game are masochists and mentally unstable people who are online 24/7 and invest absurd amounts of their lifespan and IRL money to progress in this travesty of an MMO. >_>

Even it's selling point, the fucking "shiny grefix" that bird-brained morons are so attracted to, is a failure, yes, the game looks good, but the render distance is like a 5 meter radius, meaning objects are perpetually popping in and out of existence constantly, it's fuck-ugly. xD
And the games controls are absolute ass, whoever designed that should never work in game development again. :S

Black desert is, and always will be a 1/10 game, despite what the clearly bribed critics say… because the devs aren't trying to make an enjoyable MMO experience, they're just trying suck your wallet dry with a lazy, infinite RNG machine. : /

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