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Rifles, are they useful?

Egrimm Van Horstmann.7921Egrimm Van Horstmann.7921 Member ✭✭✭
edited November 20, 2017 in Guild Wars 2 Discussion

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Rifles, are they useful? 145 votes

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Somewhat yes
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Mostly no
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  • Ohoni.6057Ohoni.6057 Member ✭✭✭✭
    Somewhat yes

    I like Rifle on Berserker. I don't think they are meta, but it is a fun implementation of the weapon. I hate Rifle on both Engi and Deadeye. They are not at all fun on those classes.

  • Dashiva.6149Dashiva.6149 Member ✭✭✭
    Somewhat yes

    I would like to vote for "Depends".

    I am enjoying it overall though.

  • Yes

    Holosmith + Rifle = lot of fun.

  • Ayakaru.6583Ayakaru.6583 Member ✭✭✭✭
    Mostly no

    Rifles? What are those? Are you one of those whackers who also claim that foci exist?

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  • Mostly no

    Rule of cool says yes, but that rule doesn't really apply to a lot of places.

  • Ardid.7203Ardid.7203 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I don't know if they are exactly "usefull", but they are the funniest weapon for Engineer. 1st choice for me, always.

  • Rezzet.3614Rezzet.3614 Member ✭✭✭
    Don't know

    All ranged weapons have one common enemy Rangers longbow as long anet doesnt fix the longbows having an actual 2300 range instead of the listed 1500 evwrything else is lackluster except for rev hammer, i made a rev just for wvw zerg destruction, RIP engineer rifles though that one doesnt even have power scaling

  • Marginally useful for engineers. Otherwise, no.

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  • Bish.8627Bish.8627 Member ✭✭✭
    Mostly no

    For my only legendary you would think I would vote yes. But no. Used to love it on warrior, deadeye is ok but my favourite is on my holosmith, though the AA could use a very minor buff and the knockback reworked some how, maybe a daze I dunno.

  • Somewhat yes

    If we're talking serious meta then hardly, but as it is i still enjoy using the rifle on my thief, having modeled my charr as a marksman with the vigil with a hobby for hunting on his free time.

  • Dreamy Lu.3865Dreamy Lu.3865 Member ✭✭✭✭

    For me, it is no. I have tried to use one, several times, forcing me to keep the toon using it, but I could never manage to get fun at it and gave up every times, deleting the char. I simply do not achieve to find any pleasure at using a rifle, because it is mostly single target, skills with not much effects/damages, long recharge times and long activation times for the only ones a bit more interesting. Every times I use a rifle, I get very rapidly 1) Frustrated that not more is coming from it and 2) Very rapidly bored because nothing seems to happen.

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  • I enjoy rifle on Warrior, so much so it's my primary weapon, but until they buff it it's not exactly " useful". TTK/DPS with the rifle is under par.

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  • LONGA.1652LONGA.1652 Member ✭✭
    edited November 21, 2017
    Mostly no

    All rifle need Pierce move or small AoE on thier auto attack as PVE only to be somewhat reliable choice. Let WvW version get a non piercing one cause people complain about them.

  • Khisanth.2948Khisanth.2948 Member ✭✭✭✭
    Mostly no

    @Ellisande.5218 said:
    Unlike in real life, rifles in GW2 suck. The devs don't know whether they want the rifles to fire magic bullets, normal bullets, be muzzle loading, be breach loading, use cartridges, use ammunition, or use black powder and a bullet. Whether they should use automatic fire, semi automatic fire, or what.

    and engineers think they are holding a shotgun

    The Asura have magi technology but the furries have steampunk technology while everyone else has dark age technology. The game is simply too disjointed.

    I really wanted to use rifle with Ranger but rangers don't get rifles. Rifle with thief is a horrid disappointment as the damage could not be worse, there is no CC, there is no mobility, no AoE, no nothing. Whatever the devs were trying to do they clearly failed at doing. A good start to fixing Dead Eye involves getting rid of the very poorly designed Malice mechanic completely and never trying to use such a poorly thought out mechanic ever again.

    Even if ranger gets rifle it would still be worse than the longbow anyway.

  • Somewhat yes

    Just personal opinion
    Berserker rifle, Deadeye rifle is great
    Engineer rifle is okayish
    Warrior rifle is bad
    Everybody else is nothing


  • Umut.5471Umut.5471 Member ✭✭✭
    Mostly no

    Rifles should have at least 1500 range imo. Since they use bullets, they should have more range than a primitive weapon, longbow.

  • Kapax.3801Kapax.3801 Member ✭✭✭

    As useful as an iron shield VS a rifle that shoots a laser beam :p :p

  • Mostly no

    the thing that doesn't really get used next to torch and focus. well until PoF. i believe short bow is one too.

  • cafard.8953cafard.8953 Member ✭✭
    edited November 22, 2017

    Love the rifles. They're not the most powerful thing around, but they look cool and have their uses. I've had some great time with the warrior rifle in particular, before the various nerfs. The hilarious days of Killshot builds before the various nerfs, the synergy with Leg Specialist, and, still to this day, the knockback on skill 5 which got me soooo many surprise quick kills in wvw. Of course these days it feels like half the skills in game block, convert or reflect projectiles so the glory days are gone, but it's still a useful toy.

  • Nikal.4921Nikal.4921 Member ✭✭✭
    Mostly no

    I wish they were more useful, but their damage is poor (at least for me) on every class I've tried, including Deadeye. I was so hyped for Deadeye, I grinded out a special skin for it ahead of time. That rifle has been sitting in my bank since I think the second day of PoF. Really, where is there room in this game for immobility and lack of CC?

  • TheQuickFox.3826TheQuickFox.3826 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Aranimda has been on the receiving end of a rifle and it hurt more then a bit. It also ravaged his body. So it can be quite effective against living things.

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  • Ashen.2907Ashen.2907 Member ✭✭✭✭
    Mostly no

    More usable than useful in my opinion.

  • Yes

    How is this even a poll...
    if you want to play a class with rifle -> rifle is useful
    if you need a ranged weapon and the only ranged weapon you have, that is also equipable by your class is rifle -> rifle is useful
    if you play engi and want to play a power build -> rifle is useful

    Everyone who answered otherwise seems to have more information about what is to be considered useful in regards to this poll...

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  • Mostly no

    @TwilightSoul.9048 said:
    Everyone who answered otherwise seems to have more information about what is to be considered useful in regards to this poll...

    It's meant to be ambiguous, so people are free to express both opinion and interpretation in comments.

  • Somewhat yes

    Somewhat useful for engineer or holosmith. No for the rest.

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  • Griever.8150Griever.8150 Member ✭✭✭

    Rifle is good on Holo. Not really on anything else though.

  • Kirin.7306Kirin.7306 Member ✭✭✭
    Mostly no

    engi is OK but thief rifle is so boring.

  • I use Warrior rifle in PvE to solo some harder enemies but that's more or less it.

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