Title says all really. I'm curious as to whether anyone else feels this way. It seems since the expansions (yes, both; Tideborn and Earthguard), venomancers have gotten the shortest end of the stick.
I've been playing for over 2 years and I remember when venos were highly valued in squads, when people would even complain about them being "over-powered" because of their pets and such. I never thought I would regret making a veno my main. Don't get me wrong, I love my veno, and have no desire to make another class my "main" because I've worked so hard over the years and I've grown attached to playing her, but I think if I knew then what I know now, there would be no way in hell that I'd pick a veno to play.
Tideborn expansion brought stealth into the game, and we all know that screwed most people over. But it also took away the venos main role of being able to solo high-level instances. That was tolerable. I have nothing against assassins for being good at their class. I'm willing to share the title of "independent", if that makes sense.
Earthguard expansion brought about mystics. I'll admit, they're pretty cool, and they put the magic of venos to shame, much like psychics did.
But I think what set the class to the depths of importance the most in PWI was the 5.0 aps. Now, at least on my server (I'm pretty sure it's an inter-server issue), I can't get a squad for nearly anything. FCC, Nirvana, etc..."No, we don't want a veno. You're not DD".
While I'm fully aware that venos have powerful debuffs, and fully aware that compared to other magic classes our attack is weak (and compared to melee classes, our physical attacks are weak even for HA foxes), but what exactly is the purpose of our class if not to DD? I guess I'm feeling rather useless lately because of all this "aps-obsession"; I can't get anything I want to do done because of the infamous line "we don't need a veno".
So what do you think? Do you think they need to make an instance or improvement to the game where venos will be more useful again? Do you feel the same as I do, that the class has sort of been cast aside lately? Thoughts?