I hope you'll forgive my temerity in making this my first post--I'm fairly new to the game--but this is a question I've wanted to ask of every Vanguard I've seen. Searching through other threads has revealed glimpses of what folks like about the class but nothing this direct. Hopefully, at the very least, it's a chance for you to rave a little about the class.
Myself, I love the combination of survivability and dps. Not that I'm a huge expert, but I've yet to play any class in any MMO that can both take and deal out punishment quite like the Vanguard can. So fun to wade in, take their best shot, then lay down some thunder. There's just something about Stock Strike. For some reason, I can't get enough of it especially if it happens to be the killing blow. Lasers and explosives be damned! I shall smite thee with plastic!
And for the cherry on top, with all those saber-wavers around, there's some pride in playing a grunt.
Just a fun, fun class.