You are not a good representation of people who have played this game for 6 years.
From launch through Von 1, melees, with the right weapons(vorpal scimitars or kukris) made casters unnescessary, from running Tempest spine to farming the Giant caves.
From DQ up until the shroud, the best melee, with the right weapons(WoP Rapiers) were better than the best arcane in the hardest contents and most.
Pardon the interuption Gunga and Chai. Also, you are pages ahead of me( I'm on pg.30), but "Melee never ruled." is just spin from a person who has an agenda.