Sorry if this has already been discussed to death, I've had a break from the game and only just come back to my level 50 Ranger.
Just wondered what the current status is with the class. I've been doing fine in PvE and general questing i've just been reading about how AWFUL rangers are which confuses me. I don't do a lot of PvP so maybe the problem is there or some people say its the high end level 80 dungeons and how rangers do not bring anything to the group, they have low dps, no group buffs or support or anything.
I plan to do level 80 dungeons and I enjoy the ranger but don't want to be the class no one wants in a group.
So people who have run high end dungeons as rangers, I ask is this the case? I know there are threads on this and I've googled as much as I can but most discussions are a while back before newer patches so just wanted to get a current update if possible.
I have an 80 ranger, and I do explorable mode dungeons all the time. The real issue with the ranger is survivability of pets, and also spirits if you spec for that. You have to learn to swap pets out fast if you're going to do dungeons. But there's plenty of conditions available to rangers, and the damage is pretty good too.
The problem is trying to pug. Pugs are out to get dungeons done fast as possible, and they have an idea of what is good or isn't good. In my guild, however, we've run dungeons with two rangers in the party and had no problem. See the perception has nothing really to do with the reality.
My advice to you is find a good guild, and don't depend on pugs. Because I'd never let a pug decide what profession I should play. In a game like Guild Wars 2, it's just not necessary.
Compared to my engineer, I both survive better and kill stuff faster in PVe...but engies are still very much in demand for the support role. Mind you with spirits, you can play a support ranger. One of my guildies was experimenting with this. The spirits don't really survive long enough. Supposely Anet is working on this.
Also a couple of long term ranger bugs were fixed in recent patches, including the first trait line with opening strike, so it's definitely a good choice for profession.
Right now I have three mains. An engie, a ranger and a mesmer. All are great to play for different reasons, but you couldn't get me to give up my ranger on a bet.
Edit: Some of the complaining is PvP based, because people are saying the ranger isn't really great at one on one, compared to a lot of other professions. It was never really intended to go one on one in PvP...it's more of a harrassment profession. Always has been even since Guild Wars 1. And since I love to harrass people, even for PvP and WvW, my ranger does quite well.
Thanks for all your replies. They were very helpful
I do love the ranger, I love the long bow/sword combo but not too keen on having to manage the pets.
I thought about trying a warrior class as an alt to start with with the same weapon setup? Would this work as well? I know i shouldn't really ask since i gathered guild wars was the type of game where you can play any class with and weapon combo and still be ok it just depends on your playstyle. But just thought i'd check some opinions first