« on: January 09, 2015, 08:04:18 PM »
Lancers, I think, are pretty solid as they are. They're tied with Squire, Pally and Archer for third highest PA, and have second best base HP only under Pally and Monk. Granted they don't use a lot of secondaries as well as other classes do, they can be pretty scary units if built properly and/or alongside decent allied units.
A lot of lancers I've personally seen are item-bot lancers (with or without jumps, depending on the team, I guess) and they can be quite effective at times. And yeah, like Reks mentioned, they are one of the only classes that can equip heavy armor innately, making them quite tanky and resistant to statii (depending on many factors, of course).
Straight PA stacked lancers equipped with something like Dragon Whisker (or even Obelisk) can be scary, as well. Base 8 speed meaning 7 CT Jumps, but give it something like Quickening and it's a different story if this unit can manage to use it a few times (and get its MP replenished in some way); eventually means instant jumps + massive damage, if not outright OHKO's on squishier targets. Of course, it all comes down to how the AI uses it.
Or, a more interesting lancer is a straight speed stacked lancer; Javelin + Zephyr Shield + whatever helmet + Genji Armor + Cursed Ring or even Sprint Shoes and you're looking at a lancer whose jumps land in 4 clockticks (correct me if I'm wrong here). If against 8 speed units, most likely instant or near-instant jumps, depending on when the lancer jumps. Granted the damage with this setup isn't anything to write home about, he can put out constant damage (especially if units he's jumping on are slowed or hit with some kind of status like Don't Move or Sleep or something) and still contribute something to the team. Again, it comes down to how the AI uses it.
Of course, most if not all of us know and have seen what the AI does with Jump, so yeah. That's a whole other discussion, though.
Lancer, IMHO, is one of those classes that you really have to know what you want it to do to make it effective.