When I started playing the Loremaster, many years ago, it was a good class. It was highly undervalued by those who eschewed the knowledge of their use and extremely valued by those who understood their potential. As Loremasters our role was clear, we provided CC and debuffs, we coped with wounds and diseases, we helped out with spot healing for morale and were of huge importance as batteries with power sharing. Last but not least, we had some damage skills and even those included little extras like slows and roots, stuns and debuffs - oh and let's not forget the pets.
This versatility of roles was taught and encouraged by group play at an early level, I remember fondly such things as Othrongroth and Weathertop being fun group instances on level. By the time a Loremaster reached level cap, they did, hopefully understand how they fit into a pivotal role within the group, as an excellent well rounded support class with numerous ways to quietly ease a fellowship or a raid through the different challenges that were presented.
I do completely understand why a lot of content, especially low-level content is now 100% soloable. The lack of low level characters within a kin or even for pugging would be a great handicap for those trying to move through small or full fellowship content during levelling. So, I'm not knocking that decision, per se - but the current system seems to be delivering any number of apparently incompetent Loremasters to endgame, with little to no idea of their purpose in life.
I spent a good deal of time avoiding pick up groups, after a series of bad experiences and was fortunate enough to be in a kin which was active and enjoyed group content. Recently however, as the 12-man skirmishes have become pretty easy I've started pugging again and on the whole been surprised and pleased with levels of success in PUGs, either on my LM or on others of my endgame alts.
What I've started seeing on Loremasters though, horrifies me. So many Loremasters seem to think they are little more than DPS machines, imp sticky gourd flying into a group of mobs before the tank even collects them, tanks stuck stunned while mobs run amok, a raid full of empty power bars, except the Loremaster's who is full to brimming, mobs who've never seen a debuff in their lives and pets who never get summoned. I encountered a level 75 Loremaster recently, who didn't know how to share power.. AT ALL! It frequently appears as though all skills have been greyed out, except those which make fires, lightning and other explosions.
I'm sure that most of us can't help but smirk a little when we've traited red, our Ents smashes in for 7K some poor unsuspecting mob with our well over +100% tactical damage, but hey - just because we're in DPS and our CC is crippled, it doesn't mean we shouldn't be leading out with SoP:C, Fire Lore and/or other appropriate debuffs. It doesn't stop us draining and sharing power. It doesn't stop us controlling wounds and diseases, spot healing, using a pet, or wait, it turns out our amazing amount of CC is not crippled, as we still have roots, stuns and dazes which work perfectly well EVEN IN MoNF!!
I am finding as I get out there in the world of PUGs that not only have many Loremasters become silly little firebugs, but that is starting to become the expectation from others in the group. At the start of this soliloquy, I talked about how there used to be a great misunderstanding of the usefulness of the Loremaster. That misunderstanding is now returning, with groups not realising the potential of the Loremaster's many and varied abilities, often with the expectation that a Loremaster is going to end up more of a hindrance than a help.
I imagine and indeed hope that people who read and post in this forum do not feature in the type of Loremaster I have described above, simply because your presence here indicates that you care about the class, its skills and its role within a fellowship or within a raid.
I wish I knew how to deal with it. Perhaps the same type of problem occurs across other classes, maybe there are guardians who only know overpower, or minstrels who know only warspeech. I don't know how to deal with it at all...
...but I needed to get it off my chest and I thank you for reading.