I saw this uploaded to a GW2 Facebook group I follow. Such a happy ending.
There was a conversation I read while I was in The Grove and it went something like
person 1: anet needs to nerf rangers and start buffing heavies more.
person 2: nobody cares about rangers anyway rofl
We (rangers) only had a slight upgrade. Why do we need to be nerfed
This is extremely annoying for me because of idiots who just don’t know how to play.
My boyfriend has been an insanely amazing ranger even before the recent patch/updates (it has been his main for 2 years (Longbow/Great Sword), and he only recently got a different level 80 character.). He’s been dishing out amazing DPS even before, and has always been great at dodging, using his utilities, etc. He’s damn great, even then.
What the patch did for him was to give him more options with his build, and explore a different play style while still enjoying what he likes most: high DPS.
A lot of people just played shit and gave the ranger a bad rep, but really, most of them just don’t know how to play well.
The problem isn’t everyone having to adapt themselves around one class. The problem is everyone has been able to ignore that one class for so long. Suddenly that class is buffed so that the abilities it brings to the game now make a difference, and people are in shock because they can’t ignore it anymore.
Basically, anything added to a game which forces you to adapt is a good thing. That’s telling you Anet has successfully added a new and different challenge or mechanic for you learn to overcome. It’s increased the breadth of the game.
You complain that Reflect only works well against LB rangers. That’s probably a valid complaint, but then you incorrectly conclude that it’s a reason to nerf rangers. The correct conclusion is that Anet needs to add more skills to other classes which require reflect to defend against, thus making it equally as important to carry reflect as it is to carry a condition cleanse. That is balance. What’s the point of even having reflect in the game if you never need to carry it because all builds vulnerable to it are non-threatening and thus can be ignored?
As I said in another thread, balance isn’t “I can run around with my preferred build and not have to worry about anything because my build can defend against anything.” That is horribly unbalanced. Balance is “My build has strong defense against certain things but not others, so I have to be careful to play to my strengths and avoid situations which exploit my weaknesses.” Rock, paper, scissors would be a stupid game if scissors were so weak paper could always ignore them.
(I had to repost on my GW2 blog because I accidentally posted on the wrong one, haha)
It’s really great having your main as a ranger though. People always have that tone of surprise when you do well or even better than them in pve/pvp.
Since I started with a ranger (shortbow/sword & warhorn) and he turned 80 even before I started on my guardian, I had a proper grasp on dodging and trying different builds to adapt to different situations. Basically, I really love the ranger class.