Problem is that 99% of the speedclear groups are looking for: Warrior, Guardian Mesmer
AND specifically only certain "builds/gears" are allowed (full dps/berserk)
So the question is: we dont have the Holy Trinity indeed we have a new trinity (which it's lead by game updates) and ppl starting to get excluded from best performing parties if they do not bring a certain class specced in a certain way...
The trinity is dead, long live the trinity!
You hit that nail squarely on the head.
The fact that the berzerk dps build mono-culture has arisen shows how badly executed Anet's attempt to do away with the trinity is.
The fact that only 3 classes can be successfully built that way shows how ineffective and poorly designed the other classes are.
The fact that the new trinity are essentially 3 solo players DPS-ing together shows how in-effective the ballyhooed cross class combos are.
The warrior toughs through the damage, the guardian blocks it, and the mesmer's illusions divert it.
Dungeons are set up as survive this damage gauntlet while max DPSing. The other classes simply can't survive that gauntlet as well.
Knowing Anet, if they attempt to fix this, they will nerf the new trinity classes, when they should be buffing up the other classes defensive skills (longer duration, shorter cool downs) and buffing up combos, especially defensive ones.
But I doubt Anet will make any significant changes since they see all of this through the restrictive blinders of PVP 'balance', something most PVE players don't care one wit about.
Edited by beadnbutter32, 28 January 2013 - 01:07 PM.