WARNING: Slight wall of text here.
So last night I go to join a Echrono PUG(LFM said DPS) in Argo on my pure (Elf)Ranger AA, and I get the following conversation:
Raid Leader: AA or Melee DPS?
Me: AA, and Melee DPS.
Raid Leader: AA or Tempest?
Me: I'm an Arcane Archer. But I also have melee DPS.
Raid Leader: Sorry not taking Gimps!
After which he would no longer respond to my tells. And I really needed to run said Echrono; So I switch toons and grabbed my Monk(Pure (elf)Dark monk, dex/wis build) And hit the LFM. With no tells, or anything the Raid Leader accepts me right away and we start the raid. We finish with little to no difficulty and every one has a good time, right? Wrong. I was extremely annoyed with the Raid Leader for not accepting my AA who has better gear, more survivability, brought more to the party buff-wise, could self heal so as to save the Healers SP/pots. As well as having more DPS than my monk in this case since my monk currently is lacking any DR breakers.
Now, I would have understood if the party leader had MyDDO'd me and decided my build wasn't up to snuff for the raid, but that was obviously not the case. This was purely a case of "Ranger AA's are gimp" attitude. Now while I'll admit that a Pure elf Ranger AA isn't exactly top-notch DPS and can be out DPS'd bye it's correctly built/played 10K stars counterpart, I can not understand why they get so much hate.
A little info on my builds for perspective:
Ranger AA, Elf.
Being a Premium play my gear set-up may not be optimal, but it does the job and does it well. (still farming out some gear Hence the Echrono run. Come one gauntlets scroll!)
Helm: Alchemist Crown
Goggles: Tharnes/Epic Goggles of Time-Sensing
Trinket: Sustaining Symbiont/The Blood Stone
Cloak: Epic Phiarlan Mirror Cloak/ +45HP GS/SP conc-op(still farming LDS to finish)/ Epic Mabar cloak
Necklace: Alchemist Pendant
Belt: MinII GS
Wrist: Fabricators Bracers/WindHowlers
Gloves: Fabricators Gauntlets
Rings: Tumbleweed and Omnisience
Boots: Propulsion Boots/Madstone
Outfit: Still farming my DT so using my Icy for now.
As far as weapons I have all the obvious things; Both challenge bows, LitII bow, Epic Silver Flame bow, Random loot gen bows with icy/force ritual kits, LitII Khopesh's, various other melee stuff for fun.
Dark Monk, Elf.
Str: 31(Max I can reach atm)
Con: 18(Max I can reach is 28)
Wis: Depending on my stance either 30 or 34
Cha: 8 or 14 if I want to use Shining star ;p
HP: 427 in Wind Stance, 447 in Ocean, an 467 in Mountain
Ki: Somewhere around 300
Helm: +45 HP GS
Goggles: Tharnes/ Epic Goggles of Time-Sensing
Trinket: The Blood Stone
Cloak: Epic Mabar cloak
Belt: HF of GFL
Wrist: Fabricators Bracers
Gloves: Fabricators Gauntlets
Rings: con+6 and Omnisience
Typical Monk stuff for weapons, Thaarak wraps, stunners, smiters, Destruction/imp destruction, alch wraps, Mabar wraps, Silver Kama's/Alch Kama's for zombie DR, Random loot gen stuff with icy/force ritual kits
As you can see, I've spent much more time gearing/playing my Ranger, and while my Monk isn't gimped she doesn't stand up to my rangers DPS in Echrono due to no DR breakers and a low str.
My grief here is, why all ranger hate? (This is NOT by any means the first time this has happened on my ranger, and most likely will not be the last. )