Bastrii.3047 Posted February 12, 2021 Share Posted February 12, 2021 Heya! I'm an overall new player to the game; I've played GW2 on and off for a while, never really could get into it - I've been a Game Master for Blizzard, I've put over 4,000 hours into Archeage, and I've probably burnt more hours into MMOs than I've spent on any other game combined. Actually, if you include Runescape in those hours, I've probably spent around 10% of my total life playing MMOs. Because of this, I'm pretty well acquainted with many aspects of most MMOs. While I'm not a GW2 Veteran, I feel like I can safely vent at this point.I love the idea of longbows; favorite weapon by far in any game I've played. Archery has always been my draw, right behind healing - in fact, my main class in Archeage was Ranger, which was devoted to stealth, bows, and healing. So when I first started playing GW2 within the past few months, I scoured over the wiki looking for something to fill that niche. And I thought I had it, a few choices at least. At first, I wanted to try Druid Hunter - but I didn't like the playstyle of it, and I've never been a fan of pets. So after unlocking Druid, I tried it out for a bit, and slowly lost interest to the point of starting a Guardian. Which I did, so that I can grind out to 80 quickly and unlock Dragonhunter. On paper, reading the build over (without trying to spoil it through forums) was a big draw to me - massive healing potential, Aegis procing, wings - I adore wings - it had everything I wanted, without a pet mechanic.But, when I reached level 80, dumped a ton of points into Dragonhunter and equipped my longbow - I found myself kinda at a loss. I was already so used to massive DPS from Greatsword, support from Staves or consistent ranged DPS from scepters, that equipping the longbow and firing on my first target... with nearly all points in power, mind you, with the right procs... it was kinda sickening seeing how low the PvE damage was all around. The wings were pretty, the improved Virtues and traps were cool - but literally none of it, in the end, "jived" with Longbows at all (except perhaps the upgraded Shield of Courage, which seemed perfect for a Ranged skillset). It was simply a massive, and I mean outright massive DPS loss to equip a longbow, no matter if it was ST or AoE. In PvE, it was outright nerfing my damage into the ground. I had stupidly tossed my soulbound GS thinking I had it, my first real weapon. And now I suddenly found myself dealing half the damage for none of the reward.I thought maybe I was built wrong. I finally decided to break my tradition and start digging the forums to see if I was simply choosing all wrong - that perhaps I just needed to focus more points into Power, more crit rate, more crit damage - but no. It turns out that Longbows were so absolutely abysmal on Dragonhunter that it was considered completely unviable to use. Unless if you wanted to do PvP, then you had some strength - but even then, only with True Shot.Needless to say, I felt that I had completely and utterly wasted my time, and that I had to move on to my third option, which is Berserker Warrior with a Longbow and Torch secondary. Which is basically the only PvE viable LB build that wasn't Hunter. And it would be cutting out healing entirely, which I would miss immensely. Already trying it out, and I just miss Guardian even more.I should have read the wiki a little more closely. I know many other people feel this way, too, from what I've read. I hope this little outcry resonates with some of you as it did with me - how you could be so ready to unlock and try an exciting thing, only to find that it's absolutely abysmal in the content you enjoy. In the next post, I'll cover the proposed class fantasy, what I saw when I as an outsider looking in - and then I'll give a list of changes I feel would do well for the Longbow on Dragonhunter. Do note that I'd love your input on all of it, and I'm not saying my word is final - but if you feel you have a change of your own, that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for reading so far. 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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