I was originaly going to post this for Lendas on the RIP thread but feel all hunters could use take something away from this, its been a while since I posted here about hunters, because shortly after RoI I had quit for good, deleted all my toons with crafting maxed, two kinhouses, ect. and I never regreted it even till this day. What you have to realize is this is not a problem that will ever be fixed.
When RoI was released, I considred myself the best Hunter on the server, save a few one or two others who were equally spec. but based on preferance. I was a good little hunter, I had watched every development, and every pod cast that was ever released by the dev team and thier Public Relations guy.
After RoI was released I had figured all the algorithims and max dps and agro balance, and watched how they changed every class into new roles. It was shocking the amount of changes that had took place. All the promises that zombie had promised in his interview with Doc Holiday were saddly broken, and the only comment that held true was the one he made about how the champions dev went overboard. (when really it was he who went underboard)
our dev even said that endurance stance in ROI would be broken and he did not know what to do with it. which is pretty unproffessional to say the least, since it leaves a class unfinished.
I seen how the Public relations guy stood up for our dev like negative hunter feedback was a personal attack instead of advice that needed to be acted on when people critisized him on changes. The fact of the matter is, they strayed from original primary roles of classes. They did not implement a plan that would ensure equal development of the game as new primary roles changed for few classes. It was done very very sloppy and with no reguard for new development to classes that were top of thier tiers in the first place with exception to the mini.
The fact of the matter was, they were not even aware of the imbalances left behind from beta and afterwards, took everything personal and just flat out ignored the community by not being able to sort out elite hunters feedback. I knew that this was not a game problem, it was a dev staff problem that reached high up to the top even with the public relations staff. It reminds me of the FFXIV team that tried to say that the game was next generation and everyone just hated the thing, but in thier case the CEO of square realized the feedback and immediatly started to listen to the players and charged a team with implementation of player feedback when pre release sales took a dive downward. In lotro's case, there was no ceo that knew something was not right, because it had been only one class that truley was broken by thier new system. Both hunter dev and the public relations guy for lotro were as arogant as the ffxiv dev team was, and had convinced the top managment that nothing was wrong and it was just the players and not the class.
Sure they had pretty convincing evidence but they were lacking the knowledge of top PVE hunters on the subject and only needed to sort through the massive mixed posts they were recieving. They had also had goals to path the hunters out of certain playstyles which was a disaster in the end, and till this day I dont think they even understand why.
This was the basis of my decision to just delete every toon and quit, it was a hard choice but I had enough posts and pod casts of broken promises (one stood out was when ZC promised that if tanks had trouble with agro they would increase the agro for tanks and that they expected us to stack agi as high as possible, which I took as if we jack our agi to max ZC and the team would ensure that we would not suffer agro for godley unique dps) which showed proof of mismanagment of the class. In the end, the talking broke down and ZC no longer wished to sort through the mix of what he was hearing and had no plans to add new developments to a class (create a secondary role equal to champs very effective tanking ability + top tier dps or rk's effective healing + top tier dps which was added in the ROI expansion).
When you have become an elite hunter in this game, theres really only one option in this game, sadly that is quit or reroll a champ or rk, so I stand with you bud and hope you dont let this game tear you down, just find a new game instead and you'll be happy and you wont regret it. I dint, and every year I still check back here like now, and know it was a great choice I made (not a single feedback since ROI has been implemented), instead of being unhappy and begging wortheless devs and fight public relation pitbulls for upgrades all these these years.
After all, a game should be fun and make you happy, and when your maxed gear and traited it should feel so, and if it doesnt, then its no longer fun or a game, its work.