who cares your using the wrong tree in the first place
Thank you for that constructive post. Since you took the time to write it I will show the courtesy to briefly respond in kind:
I have played three Vanguards and have tried full Shield Specialist, Assault Specialist (presumably the "right" tree you indirectly reference), Tactics and Tactics with Ion Cell. I completely agree that AS is a fine and fun tree to play, even with the range changes. However we have three trees and are intended to use any of these three trees; granted some (in our class or others) may be considered sub-optimal for certain purposes, but any can be played if they match the intention of the player and meet the personal playstyle of said player.
For me personally
, the two Tactics variants I've played are perhaps the most enjoyable in the game. I can hold my own effectively and have outperformed many (I will restrain from the use of the word "incompetent" since they may not have found a class/build that suits them and there are many factors affecting an individual's playing ability) players of the Assault Specialist trees (and equally been defeated by the better ones). It's a tree I enjoy, it's a tree I'm good at, and it's a tree that I can usually win with. That doesn't sound like the wrong tree to me.
My sincerest apologies to all others for derailing the thread (a lot :P ) but I just wanted to address that, hopefully not too curtly.