A recent community post has provided quite the divided opinion between Black Desert Online players. The question was raised by user Smoosh as to why the Ranger class in particular is so overpopulated in the sandbox MMORPG.
The Ranger class itself wields a long bow as a primary weapon, with a dagger as a secondary weapon. The class boasts a deadly mix of movement and dexterity, allowing to attack and deal heavy damage from a range of distances. Rangers do have high attack damage, making grinding an easier task than other classes, however they have a low defense which makes them vulnerable when caught out. Its considered one of the worst classes for leveling, but proves worthy in PvP situations.
The thread titled “Rangers so Overpopulated! Are you dev surprised? #NERF RANGERS” was posted recently, and in what appears to be a rather emotionally-driven post, Smoosh stated: “Are the dev surprised that Rangers is so overpopulated in this game? Probably around 20% of the population are rangers but honestly, are you —–ing developers surprised by this? Lets nerf Tamers because obviously its overpowered, probably why a lot of players obviously play a tamer right? /sarcasm”.
From this, a variety of responses ensued with both similar and differing opinions. Members such as Whito agreed with the sentiment, who replied “Please nerf ranger. Remove the bows”, whilst Xen168 countered the argument that the Ranger isn’t the most OP class after all: “Rangers do not hold top clear speed anymore and are gated with mana potions. They’re still good at it though. Rangers are not the top 1v1 class and never have been unless gear gapped. Since awakening they’re good, but not the best. Rangers are not the most useful class in sieges. Like before they’re good, but I wouldn’t consider them the most useful class. If anything rangers are the most well rounded class where you can do anything without being severely overshadowed (unlike some classes)”.
User Zodiac meanwhile had another theory as to why the issue has been raised in the first place: “Tbh the classes I’ve encountered most in pvp are warriors and sorcs, not sure where you’re seeing all these rangers.. my guess is you got wrecked by a ranger with better gear a few times and now you’re salty.. or at least it seems so and now you’re trying to find any excuse to get them nerfed. A decently geared warrior can destroy a ranger.”
Whether this is actually an issue with Black Desert Online really remains to be seen, or if its simply down to a minority of players suffering from a similar problem. Time will tell as to whether the developers of the MMORPG decide to act upon this, or simply take the sentiments on-board for other future fixes.