Val367, on 22 December 2012 - 01:19 AM, said:
lol - my mesmer has around 17k and bascially got taken from 100% to 0 while locked .. there is no other class that can hide and put that much burst out when they close.
Even if I had a stun break on my bar, it has a CD so when the cowardly little $#%@ realises I used it, he can then use his I win stealth and come back and rinse/repeat.
Except for the fact that the only skill "locking" you is on a 45 second cool down.
It's very easy to pre-emptively mitigate a Thief's burst. You just have to see them coming. The fact that you sometimes can't is the fault of culling, not the class. As for being "locked" from 17k hp to 0. That's no one's fault but your own. How do I know this?
I'm a Thief, a much better Thief than the majority of Thieves you will find roaming around with the fotm Basilisk Back-Stab bull... and yet I can't kill a good Mesmer in 2 seconds. On the other hand, I can kill loads of sup-bar/ average Mesmers relatively easily, possibly while wearing a blind-fold. I wouldn't know, I've never tried. But is that a result of class-choice or individual skill/ understanding or even time sink?
Probably a mixture.. but inherently.. Thieves are meant to be good at roaming and dealing with 1vX situations. But honestly, providing I spent as much time playing Mesmer as I have done Thief (quite a bit over 2000 hours, yes I'm sad, I know), I reckon I'd be able to kill every other profession just as proficiently as I do now with Thief as well as being more useful to a team (Portals and Time-warp, I'm looking at you.. enviously).
So the thing that you're missing here is.
Thief may kill you 1v1, Thief may even kill you and someone like you 1v2. But I can think of very many situations in which a Thief couldn't kill you... or anyone else. I can also think of many situations where I'd rather have a Mesmer than a Thief on my side. And I definitely think there are Mesmers out there that simply don't get killed by fotm Thieves be it a result of build/ skill/ time sink. And I know, with a great degree of certainty, there are many many many Mesmers out there that wont get insta-gibbed in 2 seconds.