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I get that the support role is supposed to..you know...support. I'm generally love playing support classes and an definitely leaning towards Bard/Cleric. My question is do we know how feasible it will be for support classes to solo content? I'd like to adventure and explore the world, and I'd hate it if I was tied to a friend in order to do so. Making an alt is an option, bit lesser preferred.
You'll probably need to choose abilities/augments that facilitate movement, travel and stealth.
In Ashes, a significant portion of damage comes from weapon abilities and any class can us any weapon, so... that portion has little to do with whether the class is a "support" class.
"Slow" is subjective. I don't recall Steven ever saying that playing solo will result in leveling "slowly".
"Bards are intended to amplify a party or raid's ability to perform within their own class. That amplification isn't just intended for DPS, but also for support, for healing, for taking damage, for movement. Bards have often been portrayed as a musical class and while they can be that, many Bard applications may exist in just telling a story. Telling a story is going to be the thematic component of how the Bard interacts with the party. And that story is going to enhance player's abilities to perform. Very similar in a way to buffing up a party, but you are not going to see him as a "buff bot" that you might have experienced in previous games, where they are only good for their buffs and then you kick them out of party and they sit in a corner and come back in 30 minutes. Those buffs are going to be related to how they perform."