I'd been following SWTOR for awhile (since it was announced, to be honest
) and I'd been thinking of creating a Jedi Knight as my first character.
And then they released the Hope trailer
and my mind was blown away.
From that moment on I followed everything that was released on the Trooper and made up my mind that I was going Vanguard (tank *and* damage dealer? sign me up!
). I was sad though to learn that Vanguards would not use Assault Cannons
(I was looking forward to tanking with a BIG gun
When the game launched I created a Trooper from the get-go and started playing. Started out as Shield Specialist and loved the fact that the whole spec was built around proccing my shield and then smashing enemies in the face with the stock of my rifle
. However, the game was different back in the beginning, (no Group Finder, population spread out among too many servers), I spent most of my time solo and while I almost never died stuff took ages to die. In the early 30's I decided to spec Assault: I still got to use Stock Strike but now as a proc generator for High Impact Bolt. I never looked back.
As Ezrafetch so eloquently put it:
Playing an Assault Vanguard makes me feel like I'm a wrecking ball. I go in, stuff explodes, I come out the other side (usually, though if I don't I leave alive, I tend to leave enough damage in my wake). The burst is crazy and it's ultimately gratifying just to see stuff go boom.
Solo survivality isn't a big issue. Maybe it's my time as a Shield Specialist but I tend to never forget my defensive cooldowns (Cryo Grenade, Reactive Shield, Adrenaline Rush and Neural Surge) and I always use Elara (Hey! "For better or for worse" means that she gets to go out into the field with me
). Also, having mostly instant attacks means kiting is a breeze
so even Champion mobs just die.
In a group the Vanguard is a lot of fun. We also have a lot of flexibility. Single target DPS? Covered! Mobs clumped up and ready for AoE? Covered! Off-tanking needed or tank died at 5% boss health? Covered!
The Vanguard was my first toon. I've since levelled 4 others to 50 (Jedi Knight finally got created as my 3rd toon
), but the Vanguard is still my "first love".