Posted 08 January 2013 - 03:51 PM
I know that I've been able to steamroll all leveling content so far with my ranger. And who said they don't have support abilities? Sure, most of their focus is on control/conditions, but there are some pretty good skills people overlook. I think the interesting thing about range is how almost everything they do is a finisher. They may have fewer skills, but the position of the battlefield is still very important to them to be most effective.
On an Axe/Horn , Longbow setup, you have:
Bouncing Auto Attack (projectile finisher), fan of 5 axes (each axe is a projectile finisher, goes through targets, and bleeds), single target 3second freeze(always useful)
Call Birds (hits like a truck, is nice because it's a DoT that isn't a condition), Shout that gives fury might and swiftness for 15s on a 35s cooldown, can be traited to be a 28s cooldown.
#3 applies 10 stacks of vulnerability at once!
#4 is a long range knockback/down on a 15s cooldown.
Longbow #5 is a huge AoE cripple
So, this weapon combo give you access to: Bleeding, Freezing, Vulnerability, Knockback/Interrupt, Cripple, Fury, Might, Swiftness
And then the healing skill is healing spring, a huge water field that grants regen and heals you and your pet for quite a lot. Also, you'll be shooting healing projectiles through it for quite a while.
Then, look at pets (I know people don't like to, but we have to. They are really fun, but you have to micromanage them so they don't die in a fire).
Brown Bear - AoE condition removal
Owl - Chill,[vulnerability, AoE swiftness (10 seconds, 20 second cooldown)]
Raven - Blind, [vulnerability, AoE swiftness (10 seconds, 20 second cooldown)]
Fern Hound - AoE regen (10s, 25s cooldown) cripple, knockdown
Stalker - 5 stacks of AoE might!
Red Moa - AoE fury, heal and apply vulnerability.
So, for example, with Red Moa and Warhorn, you can keep fury up almost all the time, 5s downtime untraited.
As I said before. Guardian is probably the "safer" bet given what MMO communities are like. But, if you're worried about getting bored of the skills, I don't know if you'll be happy with guardian. It got old for me pretty quick. Ranger is just "different" in terms of thinking (not just about skills, but more the battlefield and you and your pet's position). I think it's worth giving a try if Guardian doesn't work out. I know I've been enjoying it.