I've been a Thief player since launch, and an Assassin player in Gw1 since before that.
I have noticed that all the years I've played this class - It tends to get more forum posts and diehard haters than any other class. (except maybe mesmer)
Why is that? It's really simple guys. It is wildly different than all of the other classes. It's way of surviving is entirely based around evades, ports, and stealths. It's method of dealing damage is fast and high burst. A player who mains warrior that could be good at dealing with holos, soulbeasts, or weavers, might struggle with a thief or mesmer because the tactic they were using to beat those other classes doesn't work as well. And so, this player gets frustrated, he or she feels the class is broken because it is able to do something the other classes can't do.
And then that player comes here, to complain about it. But herein lies the essence of the issue.
IT'S NOT THE SPEC
And no, before you tear me to shreds I'm not defending or debating any of the current specs. This post isn't about that - It's about bringing some awareness that no matter what the meta, no matter what the spec - whenever thief (or mesmer) is good - a lot of people complain. For the sake of the argument - let's take a look at DP thief. It is now regarded as a skillful thief spec, but years ago when it was still viable I used to read forum posts about it much like the ones you see here. A few trigger words that I saw then and see now is "evade" "spammy" "stupid" "brainless".
It's just the way the class works guys, It uses initiative so it's "spammy" - it's squishy so it evades and ports, it has low sustained pressure so it bursts hard, it can't hold a node so it can run across the map and take one back. These are all things that make thief what it is, and i'm tired of reading posts saying that's not how it should be. The entire purpose of a class system is for each and every one to be different, and have their own unique role.
My advice for PvPers who struggle with thief, and any other class for that matter - give it a try - you'll learn how they work and what to do against them. And if that's not something you want to do then use the 60 seconds you are given when you load into a match to counter spec if you see something you struggle with.
I realize there's a lot of trolls on the forums, but if there are any reasonable people out there reading this - don't give clout or credence to the people who come to the forums to purely complain about any class in a negative, nonconstructive and uneducated manner. For example, look at the title of the #1 trending holosmith thread. Why is a post like that the basis for constructive conversation for holosmith when the main issue of the class is entirely misdiagnosed?
That's all for now. Thanks for reading.