(pvp is a whole different thing, i focus on pve personally, so if something seems wrong, it might be you have pvp in mind)
Right now i know many of you are thinking about the paragon's spear. The primary attribute does not directly effect spears, but the shout and chants can indirectly help. The paragon also currently lacks an Ias stance, but one may be made, who knows the elites and some skills are not avaiable yet.
When you first saw the paragon it probably seemed a lot like a warrior, adrenlin 2 pips of natural energy regeneration and some other things.
Many people are already thinking of great combinations, like the dervish/monk Some are thinking paragon/warrior and others too.
One thing i do expect due to the fact so many of the spear skills are adrenlin is that we will see mobile tank spear shooters. One edge they have over 16 spear mastery is their primary strengh, the extra armor penetration can help a lot.
In addition i can expect a lot of assassin spear users, heck there was critical barrages why not spear users? Well let's compare some of the con's and pro's of each.
And as we have seen, the pack hunter pre build had much popularity... most of it's power came from the fact it can spam spear of lightning, and have an ias to boost adrenlin build up.
So let's compare
-not a one trick pony, has other skills from primary to help boost spears
-has use of secondary for an ias or conjure x if wanted.
-armor is better, only behind warrior
-can use it's sheild unlike the pack hunter
-can use the runes for spears
-no ias stance on it's own
-primary doesn't directly effect spear use
-no pants, only weird skirt things (yes i think of that as a con >_>)
-strengh increases armor penetration of spears
-Highest armor and has skills to boost armor
-Has an ias stance, quite a few in fact
-has many skills that run on adrenlin as well
-same energy regeneration as paragon and can be boosted to 4 pips like the paragon without negative effects from aria of power, aria of power is not needed really on a high adrenlin build
-will no longer over extend
-one handed spear keeps armor up, so you can deal with damage as most tanks that are not pure stance and or tactics i.e the average (tank)
-cannot use aria of power to a good effect as primary can, but not needed really
-most want you to tank rather than this, even though you still can really
-has less vareity if using this
-cannot use paragon runes
-bad hex removal along with condition removal and dealing with them is pretty bad
-primary directly effects for damage
-higher energy regeneration and can use a combination of assassin spells to break aggro if targeted
-critical eye can be used to add more critical hits.
-won't over extend and die
-may not have enough points left over to use sheild
-assassin is still unwanted by most people
-really another one trick pony if this is used
-might end up have too much energy left over, but can be solved with using spear of lightning more or more spells
-lowest armor tied with ranger, but even if you break aggro with something like viper defense or heart of the shadow you still have less evasion stances.
- cannot use paragon runes
- bad hex and condition problems
-expertise directly lowers the cost of skills like spear of lightning
-has many ias stances as well as evasive ones
-1 pip extra of energy regeneration
-already proven to be incredibly useful
-usually will not have enough points left over to use a sheild
-cannot use paragon runes
-the spam of skills can usually get you destroyed by anti-melee type skills such as recklass haste with empathy and or spiteful spirit and other spells
-one trick pony
-cannot deal with hexes and conditions well
-many will want b/p rangers for aoe damage rather than this
I might have missed some i was thinking of, being labor day in all i just felt like typing this while i had it on my mind.