There is always an awkward balance between 'fixing' a job functionally, and changing playerbase perceptions. Anyone who has been around long enough knows that a great many underdog jobs were never really 'bad', just perceived to be weak. War and mnk were virutally unchanged for YEARS (talking about 75 cap anyway) and both bounced from utter crap jobs to #1 and everything in between with almost no actual mechanical changes. Drg had a bad stigma for YEARS. Anyone that played drg at 75 knew they were anything but poor DDs. Pup, Nuff said.
There are conflicting messages regarding thf. On one side, some clamor for buffs that are so significant that they overshadow our TH abilities so that the actual perception is shifted away from TH whores to a stand alone useful job. The other side is to simply make the job 'function' in an adequate way and say screw the player base.
Trying to overpower player perception with buffs is ultimately futile and a bad precedent. It requires overbuffing to make a dent in players psyche. This just causes us to be in the limelight for a moment before other jobs start to clamor for the same as they are pushed out. They get buffed, the cycle continues and its just the DD rat race ad nausium.
I far prefer making thf a functional and useful class even if the playerbase doesnt fully appreciate it. Anyone that knows a good pup knows that they are quite useful and potent. SE doesnt need to make them gods so that the masses appreciate pups.
Thf has a stigma. True. Are we nearly as bad off as some might lead you to believe? hell no. Remember, really remember what it was like 5 years ago (those that can). Then compare that to your daily experience today. Does the DD gap still exist? Yes, but the discrepency is not nearly as severe as it was at 75. As much as we hate despoil, conspiritor and shared timers, collaborater is still damn good and feint is the sh*t. Assassin was a godsend, and the TH change was at least an ATTEMPT to fix it and got us in the fight before the last 5%, better than nothing. Our gear options on the DD front have jumped ahead lightyears.
Everything in these job update 'plans' are vague and do not say anything about implementation. As we have all seen, a great sounding idea can fall flat with poor implementation. A terrible sounding one can actually turn out pretty damn good if implemented well. This set of updates is just a bone tossed to let us know this last update wasnt the end and we have a long way to go. Dont read to much into it for good OR ill. Its far to soon to pass judgement on updates that havent even happened and with no concrete details to boot.
My point in all of this is, yes there are still issues, but thf is moving in the right general direction if you really look at the big picture. Updates have been hit or miss, but we are still better off now than we have ever been on all fronts.
I am always pro-Wait and see when it comes to vague update notes. Far to soon to tell. Rag on the poor things all we want. We are entitled to, but also give credit where credits due. How long have we wanted some type of mug/stun ability? Now were getting a TERROR ability? Could be OMGBBQ or utter crap based on implementation. This doesnt X things like DW3 etc either. We are still moving in the right direction and have a long way to go before we are 'finished' at 99.
You know, that's not true at all outside of PUGs and really retarded LS'. Before I quit, I got static for 2 months about wanting to bring my THF. Turns out they finally let me on a limbus run, I came just behind a Amano SAM. Suddenly I got no more "lolTHFs" in linkshell. Hell, a SAM in LS left an alliance once after he asked if I can join and they said, "lolTHF, no we don't want weak DD." He told them if they didn't want weak DD everyone in the alliance without a relic and A+ gear should drop, cause his (very well) outfitted SAM gets beaten on non-High DEF mobs by my THF.
Quite frankly, the problem is we're NOT a stigma like SMN or whatever, we honestly suck. We can not with the greatest gear imaginable even beat a decent-good geared WAR, SAM, DRK, etc. If I could have been useful, KNEW I was useful, and had my friends know I was useful, @#%^ the PUGS. I should NEVER have been able to ding into only moderate gear on DNC and be able to outDD my amazing THF.
Sorry, not yelling at YOU, just venting while saying I disagree.
PS: If the intimidation ability is actually feasible to use in a party, and not just as a, "Hey, 5% chance, they won't let me melee anyway so why not?" I'll personally put an ASCII picture of Barney in my sig. Edited, Jul 15th 2011 11:50pm by ElvaanTHF