Seen a bunch of posts requesting artist be released because we are lacking supports. Here are 3 reasons why that is not a valid reason:
People who enjoy playing support, are already playing support classes (Paladin and Bard)- Adding another “support” class, will not significantly increase the number of support mains in the game because people who are currently playing support mains, will just switch to Artist instead, which means you still have the same number of supports, just in a different form.
The current state of artist, she is considered a strong dps class, and not a very good support class. Even with the ptr changes, artist is still not as good of a support compared to Paladin and Bard.
Due to artist being considered weaker at supporting compared to Paladin and Bard… At high ilvl raids, most people will prefer Paladin/Bard supports, and not Artist. So imagine applying for a group, and people see you’re an artist, then another equal ilv Paladin/Bard applies, and they will take them over you.
Having covered those reasons I will add a couple more (but less important) reasons:
A) She is the latest class to be released in Korea, it is completely unfair for you to ask for her to be released, when we have already received one of the latest classes to begin with (Sorceress), compared to classes that have been out in Korea for a long time that came out before her.
B) There are already 2 support archetype classes in the game that fulfill the exact same role that Artist does. The game doesn’t need more support archetype classes at the moment, what we need is classes that fulfill unique roles… such as Summoner (Pet/Dot class- no other class fulfills this archetype), and Reaper (true assassin playstyle class). All other classes can be categorised in the existing archetypes that play similarly to existing classes.
C) Supports can get away with having lower ilvl for group content because they do not need to attack the boss (which will get blocked), since support skills are simply based on your hp. Meanwhile dps classes must be at the required ilvl… and so they need to get there faster, as such be released sooner. This especially for the most expensive class in the game to gear (summoner)… even if summoner gets released 3 months before artist, artist can catch up to latest content faster than summoner.
EDIT: If you want to play artist because you like artist, then by all means, ask for that, I never said you can’t ask for artist… I am simply saying that adding artist class will not really increase the amount of support mains in the game… and that paladin/bard are still the superior supports.
Ideally I would like to see all of the rest of the classes be added at a faster rate than 1 per month.
Edit 2: I do agree that we should all band together instead of squabbling with each other and ask for faster release of all missing classes.
Edit 3: A number of people have mentioned that they plan on making a support alt, or that someone in their guild is planning on making a support alt, but they are waiting for artist to do so because they don’t enjoy Paladin/Bard. People who plan on playing artist only as an alt, not as a main likely will not get the artist up to the same ilvl as their main. Supports are mostly needed for hardest, highest ilvl content, but once people get past that content in ilvls, supports become less necessary because people just get carried through content. So making an artist alt, has no significant impact. Keyword here is significant impact. Like I already said, most people who want to main support, are already currently playing a support.