“Don’t bring a knife to a gun fight.”
A classic piece of advice, but it seemed especially appropriate this past Guild Wars 2 beta weekend, where fans of melee professions thought their lack of range to be a major disadvantage against bow- and gun-armed foes.
ArenaNet‘s aware of players’ concerns, and Jon Peters spoke on the issue on the official forums. While acknowledging that melee needs some help, he stressed that it does have several advantages, such as better overall damage and control elements.
Some of the issue also comes from players being unfamiliar with GW2‘s combat style, where even heavily armored brutes need to dodge and act defensively from time to time.
That said, anyone who spent even just a little time in WvW could see how ranged attacks are much more useful in keep battles, to either rain down death from atop a wall or to fire up at defenders.
It’s a problem nearly every MMO faces, and it’ll be interesting to see how ArenaNet deals with this prickly issue.