the bottomline is that other DPS classes are more proficient in almost every way. i recently made the switch to powertech, and it is better than Merc in every way.
i do not feel at a disadvantage for lack of range; the vast majority of combat takes place within 10m, and closing from 30m takes only a few seconds. i never have to stop moving while doing damage. i have much better utility with a pull and an AOE stun.
Exactly!!!! There is nothing a Commando/Merc does that another class can't do better. I made this same switch (Mando to Van) and the difference is staggering. The team utility a Vanguard brings vs. a Mando is just ridiculous.