As close to it as I can manage, anyway.
Note: If you’re one of the CoF FARMING ZERKER RUN WARRIOR/GUARDIAN ONLY munchkins, please, just move along.
Ranger shortbow spec is interesting in that the auto attack is the only real source of damage, while 2 through 5 are conditional/control-based attacks. That said, having played it for months, it can be mind-numbingly boring after a while for some of us.
Greatsword, however, is the weapon I always wanted to use on a ranger/hunter class, going back to the old RAPTOR STRIIIIIIIKE! days, and GW2 was certainly enticing in that it actually allowed for a melee play style, at least part-time. Obviously, after beta one, the greatsword became only slightly more effective than a pool noodle, and it wasn’t until the idea of using it as a defensive weapon, along with a build that stressed survivability over max DPS, that it found new life with an admittedly small subset of like-minded nutjobs.
“Y U NOT PLAY WARRIOR/GUARDIAN INSTED!?”
To be honest, I’m not really feeling warrior, haven’t bothered rolling guardian yet, and the idea of being a brick shithouse of a ranger was enormously appealing, not to mention just finding a spec/weapon set that made me want to keep playing the class, rather than letting Mozu gather dust in a townhouse somewhere while she awaited badly needed class buffs that never came.
And full Soldier’s (P/V/T) gear in all slots along with Soldier’s crests, although I hear Superior Rune of the Dolyak is pretty nice. If you’re more of the PvP sort, swap out the Soldier’s accessories for Knight’s for the extra crit.
“How’s it actually do?”
In a dungeon setting where most everyone else is running DPS and/or support builds, amazingly. Most fights I’m looking at 100% uptime of pounding bosses in the face and holding whatever passes for aggro in this game, while being able to quickly rez folks who are downed thanks to QZ and quickness on pet swap.
In the second pic, you’ll see I’m using Healing Spring–I’m assuming we just came off a TA path 1 run. 99% of the time, the heal of choice is Troll Unguent.
You can probably pontificate until you’re blue in the face (har) about how I’m gimping my group, etc., etc., and I warn you now, you’ll only be met with a condescending smirk. Not only am I having a blast on her now, but I’ve never once felt like a detriment to the team, or like I wasn’t contributing.
Bored rangerbros–give it a try, you might just like it.
Oh–I forgot, though:
>implying dungeons are hard
>implying a game is for having fun