For short bow primary I feel you just need to rely on kiting and controlling space which the ranger does well. In that sense Protect me is not needed. Yes it would make some fights easier if you messed up and let the warrior get on you
Shortbow only has a 3s cripple and a leap back that gives swiftness, a buff that doesn't actually help you kite (swiftness doesn't make you move faster while sidestrafing, you have to sidestrafe to attack the target and create distance between you and him, you would only get a movement speed buff while having swiftness up if you were facing facing directly away or towards your target, neither of which are really viable options if you are trying to win the fight)
Sure kiting bad or none dps warriors is a joke, but I've faught some classy *ss motherfr*ckers and they can keep the dps on you no matter how you juggle those 2 abilities (and spike trap).
For one, bolas, a 4s immobilize that if used at a close'ish distance gives extremely little indication its coming to dodge.. then... if it lands.. you kinda lose... no questions asked...
Whirlwind evades and so can be used to whip threw your traps, triggering them but not taking any dmg.
Rifle or longbow, with the 5s weapon swap, can be up near any time that he isn't using a gap closer or having you crippled (from say bladetrail)
Their elite signet (on a 60s CD) gives 30s of swiftness (along with might and fury) which actually benefits him since he is moving in the direction he's facing (towards you). If he pops it (which with the 60s CD is next to every fight) shortbow has no answer at all... he will catch you in a few seconds without a gap closer (moving 40~% faster since you're sidestrafing and he's running forward).
If you don't think 'protect me' fits the feel of the spec you want to play, fair enough, but it does wonders if your actually fighting someone with a good idea of what they are doing
Oh and ya, thieves are even worse to kite if played well.
I've only had moderate luck against high end melee thief, and that's if I mostly sat in the one handed sword (to hornets sting, monarchs leap kite) with a few nice pet swapped QZ'd fears/knockdowns to give me time to sit them in traps.
10s in shortbow is nothing but suicide in those situations.
Edited by Garethh, 13 September 2012 - 10:54 PM.