Allright, here comes another Artist post, hope you all are ready.
So I have read them, and I would like to address some of the arguments made for and against, as it seems its very black/white views, and only a few people seems to get it right, the nuance between.
So lets begin with the main point:
“Artist will/will not solve the support lack issue”
The main word here is help . Using just a little common sense, everyone knows you will never achieve perfect 25% harmonic and stable support main usage by releasing artist.
However it will help the situation. Now, hold on, I know what many of you will say, it will be a little like this:
- Support is a playstyle/role not class dependent
- Only support players will play a new support
- People will never main a support, they will always use them as an alt
Wrong. Reading through the over hundred different replies as a base of feedback, you can easily surmise there are many who believe Artist will be able to fight against the above points because:
Supports are a role just like DPS is a role, however, some people absolutely cannot stomach playing Berserker, and some only swear to playing Artillerist. Variety and playstyle is the keyword here. It is one of the strong points about the game… for DPS at least.
This means how fun the class is to play matters, of course it does, it is the only reason Lost Ark is even played over other games, but you’re welcome to argue otherwise.
Artist have a much higher damage potential, which enables stronger solo content and clearing for when you need it. Clearing a boss mob without anything to Prelude of death as a bard is horrifying, people want to be able to clear content solo, and Artist can do that without a hitch.
Lets say that support mains just swap to Artist instead, so now they got 2-3 supports instead of 1-2. How is that harmful though? For people who like the support variety, myself included, It just means I will level another one to have more variety, this means 1 more character for lockouts, which is 1 more group per week per dungeon/raid that will get a support.
Some people will not like Artist, but there will be people who like artist, who did not like Bard or Paladin. I have both as alts, and I find them rather boring besides a few spells. I do not care about damage, but even their utility playstyle is a bit too binary, but they are “fun enough” for me to play as alt chars. I would not main them instead of my Gunlancer, because they are not active enough.
I could also just say it like this. What is the worst case scenario? That support % is unchanged, and some supports just play a support they like more? If the worst case scenario is a support player base that finds a character they enjoy more, and might stick with more in the long run, then that is already a success. Also the chance a DPS converts to a support main is a lot higher than them going Artist as a DPS.
You say they do not exist, the players who play DPS and suddenly will swap to a support main, but they actually do, and there is probably a little more than you think. But I will accept that with an objection of hearsay and lack of foundation, but I am just putting it out there that it is not 0.
Thanks for reading your 10th Artist thread, hopefully the feedback will spark a wonderful and joyous conversation as is the culture of this forum, while #11 is being written as we speak.