Greetings, all. I've been playing Lotro for a few months now, and I've had trouble settling on a main. Loremaster was the first class I tried, and I put it down fairly early because I kept dying. Looking back, I don't think I understood the class at all, and I also understand from the forums that LM are a bit of a chore before level 30 or so.
My first "serious" character was a Guardian, but I really, really didn't like the reactive nature of the skills. I'd sit there doing nothing (ie, auto attacking), waiting for a block or parry proc. I was in no danger, but didn't really feel like the occasional buttons I pressed actually mattered much.
I then moved to a Burglar, and I took him up to the high twenties. I liked all the "extra" stuff he could do, and I really like the way he could tackle more than one mob (I was Mischief traited). However, the rotations always felt clunky. I've always been a melee player in other games (WoW), but melee attacks all took the same amount of time, allowing you to get into a rhythm. Burglar did not feel like that, as my staple attacks (ie, those few not on long cooldowns) often left periods of time where I had no button to push. I also felt like I had very little control over the mob I was fighting (as opposed to the one I had Riddle-locked).
Hearing that Wardens were the ultimate button pusher, I spent some TP to unlock the Warden, and put it down very fast. Man, is that shouting irritating or what? And I like activity, but that was a bit too much like an arcade game.
Feeling like LotRO melee might not be for me, I tried the Hunter next. In many ways, it was absolutely awesome. The Hunter rotations feel very smooth - the induction bars help even the long skills fit nicely. I traited yellow (I've never been a dps player), and had a blast all the way until the mid thirties, when things began to get old.
Perhaps my best experience so far in game has been on my hunter grinding the trollslayer deed in the Lone Lands. The trolls are tough, and respawn fast. I'd have to use all my crowd control to take down the troll safely, and then get back to my campfire to quickly regen power and morale before the next spawn. Respawn times forced me to fight essentially non-stop, but I didn't feel held up by cooldowns - I just really needed to be on my game, which felt great.
My complaint with the Hunter is how, with some exceptions, pretty much every mob, and every pull, looks exactly the same to a hunter. Focus-trap-slow-dps-dps-dps. For every mob. Sometimes I can get tricky and fear a beast mob for a multimob pull, or trap one while I finish the other, but basically, I fight one mob at a time, or I don't bother. And I either win overwhelmingly, or have to turn tail and flee. I think that's why I enjoyed the troll fights so much - I won, but barely.
Between these two factors, I've not really logged in for the past two weeks. I'm starting to feel like LotRO doesn't actually have a class for me, and my interest is drifting, ESPECIALLY given how many characters I've leveled recently. The thought of going through that grind again is not terribly appealing.
So, based on what I've told you about my playstyle and preferences, do you think LM is the class that I might enjoy taking to max level.