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Commando or Vanguard?

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Commando or Vanguard?

Sitherall's Avatar

07.09.2012 , 11:22 AM | #11
If you are serious about PvP, I would go Vangard as it has the most versatility IMO. you can tank or do some serious DPS. The DPS you can do is mobile too, so I feel it is suited better for PvP than a DPS commando which most of the stuff requires you to be stationary for a few seconds etc.

papaguyo's Avatar

07.11.2012 , 01:51 PM | #12
Quote: Originally Posted by KnightDave View Post
Hi, I just got my trooper to level 10 and I can't decide to go with the commando or the vanguard. Based on your experience, which one would you recommend?
I have a lvl 50 Commando and my Vanguard is lvl 41. And both are excellent!!! You can't make a bad choice as one can be a healer (willl be in high demand) and one can be a tank (willl be in higher demand) and both wear heavy armor, and you dont wear a bathrobe all day.

Lorica's Avatar

07.12.2012 , 07:53 AM | #13
Although, I enjoy my bathrobe, I rolled a Trooper last night. At first I was going to make a Vangaurd but at the last second, I made him a Commando instead and have no regrets. A Commando can still cut down enemies well and heal if stuff hits the fan. It is amazing how much quicker I cut through the quests to level 12 than I did with my Jedi Consular. As for the BFG, I made my toon a small frame and it looks hilarious that the weapon is over half his size.

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07.17.2012 , 01:29 PM | #14
I played a commando to 28 and liked it a lot, but there was just something not right. So I went back and started a Vanguard, hes 20 now and I absolutely love him. The mobility in warzones makes him a beast, it just feels more soldier like. he's definitely my number two character right now but might make number one soon
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Ratham's Avatar

07.17.2012 , 03:26 PM | #15
I went with vanguard because a trooper with a rifle just seemed "right" to me.
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Aleforge's Avatar

07.18.2012 , 12:42 PM | #16
I went commando until the 20s, and started to research builds. I was under the impression from the in game information that Vanguard was more of the "healing" class and commando the high DPS class. I wanted something that I could tweak to produce high numbers in DPS while being productive in PVP / PVE. Now after spending half the day reading it seems Vanguard would of been the better choice?

Does this seem to be the case for any one else that is wanting to squeeze out the most DPS?


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07.25.2012 , 12:33 PM | #17
My trooper is hanging out at the fleet cantina waiting for me to make up my mind on what Advanced class to select. I've been playing since beta so I understand how the classes work, tank/dps vs healer/dps, ranged vs melee (4-10m) but I still can't make up my mind. I was wishing for a true ranged tank but as I understand it, trooper is as much a melee tank as the Jedi even though they carry a gun rather than lightsaber.

My main is a Bounty Hunter Mercenary which is the mirror to Commando so I understand the class very well. I know my own playstyle and there is no doubt that I prefer ranged DPS over tank or healing by far but I wish I was more mobile in PvP. Mercenary is a lot of stand still and wait for activation or channeled abilities. Also, I have several ranged DPS alts already. Aside from the Bounty Hunter I have a 42 Gunslinger for ranged DPS on the Republic side and an Inquisior ranged DPS which is also fun.

So, I decided that I really should try a tank and/or healer rather than having 8 ranged DPS alts! I started with a Sith Jugg who I enjoyed enough to reach level 50. Having a DPS and a tank at level 50, I decided to try an Operative healer and forced myself to play to level 19 before accepting I dont like the melee even though I enjoyed the Jugg. I think the difference is that the Jugg can force leap while the Operative has to run up to each enemy and position behind people to backstab. Most PvE fights dont last that long.

So now that my Gunslinger is approaching 50, I want to play a trooper. I know I have more fun with ranged DPS but I already have the Mercenary and the Gunslinger. I know the Vanguard gets storm and I think a harpoon, so I'm thinking it will be more like the Juggernaut but I'm worried that I should learn my lesson from the Operative and stay away from melee classes.

I guess I'm leaning toward Vanguard since I already have a republic ranged dps and already played the Mercenary which is basicaly the same as Commando. Sounds like it might be more fun in PvP.

Any advice?

Yurie's Avatar

07.26.2012 , 04:55 AM | #18
if you wanna be a healer: Commando
if you wanna do anything else: Vanguard

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07.26.2012 , 05:08 PM | #19

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07.26.2012 , 07:21 PM | #20
Quote: Originally Posted by Yurie View Post
if you wanna be a healer: Sage
if you wanna do anything else: Vanguard
Fixt! Haha, ok seriously. IF you want to heal then CM is viable in PVP and PVE...not fun like it used to be. For PVE and only PVE Gunnery is a great class, in competative PVP not so much. Assault Commando is the best PVP spec but it is nothing like Assault Vanguard which kicks arse.

Vanguard - Tank/Shield spec is great with no weaknesses for PVE and can be good fun in PVP if you run in DPS gear since many of the defensive stats are not as effective when in PVP. Assualt Vanguard is currently the FOTM right behind is easy to be good and when in a skilled players hands they are amazing. Tactics isn't worth the time since the damage isn't much better than a Shield spec in DPS gear.

Good luck with your could always go Commando in hopes that the class will get a balance sweep to make them more viable in all aspects of the game.
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