I disagree about Scouts being terrible in melee. I think People are trying to build snipe specs and thinking they are going two two shot people like live. No. No. No. The damage from bow does not seem to be on par with how live was (imo) annnnd people are a lot smarter, know to immediately /face when getting hit. The days of sniping someone and watch them run around like a chicken are over.
I absolutely hate my ranger here. I think it was my least favorite 50 I have (out of the 10 I do have). I think it would probably get better at higher RR, but meh. I think it was one of the classes I rolled early on when I started and I cranked up Dex, thinking, ehhh I'll make a BG snipe class. It was great when BGs were active. After leveling and temping BM/Druid/Animist then BD, Healer, Zerk, moved to Alb and started a scout from 1 and leveled it completely solo.
I picked Saracen and went +15 Dex +10 qui (I may change this if I ever get the chance).
It's been rough, it's not a great class. I knew what I was getting into when I started it and set expectations low, so when I do win those 1v1s verse assassins, you feel pretty good.
I messaged any scout over rr5 and asked questions. Most never replied, some replied with some really great feed back. Bax especially. Most nights I'll run with a friend I've been gaming with for a long time on his infil (and mostly because our Visible group/guild got burned out and left). We had a 5v2 stealth battle last night where I never fired a shot and we managed to take down two before we died.
My current spec is as follows:
the thing that you have to understand right off the bat as an archer here, you spend about 30% of the time shooting your bow and 70% meleeing. That tells me right there what you need to focus on. Melee.
People think slam when they think of scout. How about Mastery of Blocking and Aug Dex? Guard for when you duo or small man? Ignore Pain?
I hit Realm Rank 5 last night and honestly, as terrible as alb as a player base and community is, this is probably my second favorite class I have played here. at RR4+ I was going about 50/50 (maybe 40/60) verse assassins 1v1. I also got absolutely shit on by an RR4 SB last night after blowing Purge, IP3, Heal Barrel, Heart of Legion Heal. He then proceeded to kill an info that tried to jump in and was killed only by a small man that showed up. On the flip side of that, I've beaten rr5+ NS/SB many times. Skill, RNG, Items have a lot to do with it.
One of my biggest gripes is about Penetrating Arrow. It's about as useful as two tits on a bull. Yet, assasins break any bubble, get dots,poison,disease, snare AND CAN DISENGAGE AND HIDE on a 15 minute timer. Don't ever shoot a caster with half a brain and a pet.
The great thing about this class? It's win win. If you kill someone LOLOL U GOT KILLED BY A SCOUT. If you lose LOL Scout. I'm exited to see how this class pans out at like RR6+. MOB5, Audex II, IP3, Purge 2, LW, Tireless Currently.
I could be doing this completely back asswards, but that's the beauty of it and I'm having fun, so who cares.