Just AoE bomb the area? What kind of AoE can 100 to 0 a 19k health target while also being able to reliably hit an invisible target?
And the problem with condition stacking is that the Thief isn't visible long enough to stack enough conditions.
We know that these are the counters in theory, but for the life of me I cannot see how these work in practice.
Sounds to me like extreme exaggeration on your part. Sorry.
If the Thief in questions is not "visible long enough to stack conditions", then the thief is also not out of stealth long enough to do jack squat to you.
If the thief is in stealth, he cant hurt you. Unless hes a pistol/dagger condition stacker, and even in that case, he needs to pop out put conditions on you, get back in melee range, and connect with a CnD to go back into stealth (barring utility skills which are only up every 45 seconds to 1 minutes).
Theres no way possible in reality for any thief to be in "perma" stealth and actually be doing massive damage. You said no L2P comments, but saddly that is exactly what is needed here.
I mostly play Elementalist, and have no problem with thieves. When they stealth just drop your AoE's at your feet, or if your D/D pop your frost or shock aura. Thief comes back nearly dead and then screws himself after he attacks you.
Only thief that is a problem is the 3-second kill backstab builds, and even then its only if "I
" do something wrong like fail to hit a stun breaker or teleport.
Edited by Rendar, 09 December 2012 - 06:10 AM.