Just to give a reason for why the thief is called such. Listen to the Gamespot interview:
Why is the thief called thief and not assassin? Eric Flannum answered by saying that
"while it has some similarities to the assassin, it really is its own thing. So, uhm, the big ability that it got its name from is the ability to steal items from enemies it fights..."
Instead of attack skills recharging, it's the resource (initiative) itself that recharges. Yes, that means that thieves get the first attack (or at least the initial burst of damage), but unless you get thief-spiked, you should be able to counter and win the day if you play well.
about the name:
its wrong. why? because it is 1 role this prof has, if its only about stealing, i doubt people will play it much, unless they can get something no other profs can in any way
so to some of you its ok to call eles air casters, or water callers, cuz its 1 role they have? i doubt it'll do much good that way, and assassin, scout or rogue sounds more like this prof than thief does, and thief sounds bad, while we are heroes in the game (not GW hero npc's -_-)
it would be an exception if it IS like a thief from final fantasy games: can fight, but much less dmg, and it steals items
but i doubt it will be that good
You, and others, are just complaining about the name because a) you want to complain about something, and b) having nothing else to whine about you pick on the name.
It's a name, a goddamn name. Even Shakespeare said 'A rose, by any other name would smell just as sweet'. This means the name doesn't matter. Get over it. You can call it what you want in your head, stop complaining about something completely irrelevant just because you want to whine about something.
The Thief, as evidenced by videos now in abundance, has a flexible role. To me, they play similar to the way Ranger plays in GW1 PvP. They also steal stuff, because they are thieves - a concept not a million miles from skills such as Arcane Thievery and other fun mesmery things.
I know I'll be rolling a Thief, and I know of at least 3 other people who will make a Thief as one of their first characters. Then you have all the people on this forum who want to roll Thief because it looks awesome.
If it had been named Assassin, people would complain that it's not like a GW1 Assassin.
If it had been named Rogue, people would complain that it was 'like WoW' and cry about it, lots.
If it had been called Scout, people would still cry about it, yourself included.
It's just a name. Stop complaining for the sake of complaining, it's annoying.
It will be better than the Final Fantasy Thief. Know why? Because this ArenaNet, not SquareEnix, and as much as I like Final Fantasy, I would trust ArenaNet over class design any day. (And because the FF MMOs suck horribly.)
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Dea Draconis • Friendship is Magic • Dea Felidae
As for the name Thief, I think of it as a pet name... one not chosen by thieves themselves (they are too busy and secretive to get together and pick a name), but one rather given by those who got their stuff stolen from them. And backstabber didn't stick.
Also, they fight like I would imagine a thief would fight if he had to.
Is my assassin the only one who dosen't die in the frontlines?
The name is thief so get over it, geeze... If you lose sleep over it don't buy the game I guess? Or you COULD buy the game and copy/paste a long rant into the chat box everytime you see a thief, which will be alot, because the class is COOL.
The fans crying about the name are in the minority and should be ignored from hereon out.