This was supposed to be a 2 part post on how all of sudden everyone is an expert on assassin in all of its development stages.
Bist du expert assassin? Clearly everyone on assassin forum can anwser "OUI". And I don't think it is an epeen issue were I am god like and everyone else is a vermin, but when freshly rolled insta-50 assassin which took his time to grind up to...lvl 51 starts complaing I don't really know what to say. I don't post much lately on forums. The reason for that is I am feeling very very disconnected from what assassin community has become. Back in 1.4-1.5 we were this menagerie, a gathering of people passionate about one specific class. Just as 1.6 went live the boards got turned into this
whirlwind of complains, trolling and misconception. Posts of people I know are swept under an avalanche of bullshit coming from people who clearly rolled assassins recently or dusted off their assassins from like 1.3 era.
When I have saw the claim that 1.5 was "the killerz skillerz" and 1.6 is ez-mode I have almost got an hart attack: where were those "killerz skillerz" in 1.5? I have seen only handfull on boards and a couple of assassins on servers. Of course there is always a temptation to warp yourself in "assassin veteran" flag and spit on newcomers/resubers/latercomers/newbies, but what good will come out of doing so? There is no value in that nor it will bring back that old sense of community. I think assassin players have to do what they have always been doing so far: endure and in enduring grow strong. Eventually the trolls will get bored, the chronic rerollers will ....reroll next revamped class and the inexperienced ones will gain in game pvp-wisdom.
To be honest I am not THAT worried that the above mentioned process will take loads of time because assassins have three fatal "flaws" that will eventually make people go back to their mains:
1. PVP gear dependant
Unless you are sporting a full T3 (T3 has protection stats, right?) you will burn like paper when facing casters. In 1.5 you could justify wearing T2 over pvp gear because of armor and benefits coming from unholly armor. With no armor bonus the pvp armor protection and it's synergy with corrupted body is what saves the day. And what if you are wearing only culture armor or less? You are fucked. Since getting pvp gear is as hard as ever I can't see many progressing fast with their assassins.
I personally can't see anyone used to the Conq level of survival or even demo going cold turkey and switching to class wearing paper armor. The "lower dps and buff armor" threads are really showing that trend.
The cute demo/necro/tos rerollers can't really handle melee, especially one with shortest ranger and weakest armor in game.