I did some cursory searching before posting this thread. if I jumped the gun and there's already a thread active with this, I apologize and accept the Mod beating.
So with the NDA lifted, and most of us have played the beta, what're your impressions of the various classes/archetypes? What did you like about the class? What did you not like about the class? What combination of classes worked with your archetype? Would you recommend playing this class?
I'll kick it off. I started as a blade dancer. I had an absolute blast with it. The mechanics are much like that of the WoW rogue and WAR witch elf. I found I was out DPSing most classes and able to ninja-tag mobs in Rift events very easily with the class skills. With the high DPS you're able to chew through most mobs without issue. I found I could take up to two mobs without much downtime, any more caused issues. With more skill points in the tree the class becomes group centric, adding group affects to your finishers as well as adding bonuses to your own abilities.
Survivability...not too high. Two mobs was about the limit of the class, without outside healing, health potions, burning cool downs, or complementary classes. Three mobs or more I could survive if my cool downs were up and I had potions or outside healing. All in all though, I felt survivability is right where it needed to be, maybe a little under, but overall it was where it should've been. I'm sure with more patching and feedback it will get slightly better.
I didn't like most of the combat animations though. They were all pretty standard and there didn't feel like there was any flourish or specialty to them. Finishers looked bland and all the same. I know this is a minor gripe in the grand scheme of things, but it would be nice to feel you just did something "saweeet."
I found the assasin class complemented the blade dancer nicely. Unfortunately I didn't get much time to play around with specs too much. I should have. However, I found the passive poisons ability added good DPS coefficients and I could definitely tell when the buff wasn't active. I feel that at higher spec in combination with the bard, the blade dancer would be an awesome DPS/support class. The added benefits of finishers in addition to heals and songs would go well in a group.
I would highly reccomend playing the blade dancer for those who like the leather wearing DPS classes.
What do ya'll think?