Phish, Swords have Mutes, which in* a Skill Heavy Meta like DoT's and Casting is an extremely potent skill, it even forces Mages down as they can't recast their Barrier. Spears don't have anything like that. Sure, they can hit from a great distance [also hitting more targets reducing the damage each individual takes as it's spread out and distributed more evenly], So if you want to play a balanced build of Longi + some close AoE's for pin-point pressure, you lack the utility to prevent those things.
So aside from them not having anything to truly support their single target tree, even a light daze [aka sleep / gap closer since they don't have AoE radius with a proper pressure build] it comes at a great loss.
With an axe, you can throw your stun from a distance, and quickly at that, to stall a fleeing opponent, interrupt a mechanic like ranged Mutes, etc, or help off-set incoming damage after being Snapped.
With an sword, you can ranged mute, for entire durations of cold snap, interrupt or even prevent all together mechanics like ressing or boss mechanics like Shamans 1hit wonder. It's an immense utility beyond gap closing as well, as it prevents all skill casting, meaning DoT's now have nothing until the duration is over.
Spears, well, what, they're gonna hit you [and about 6 other people depending on the situation] but the more they hit other people, the less damage they deal when you hit you. They can't interrupt a cast, nor can they prevent it. They can't even prevent things like Mammy's Burn [lack of a mute] or the mini-bosses in Caves when they announce an incoming stun [unless they aggro swap with someone else, which isn't always an option].
Point is, with so many mechanics in the game that are hyper punishing if not countered / avoided or prevented, and with how many situations arise where a hard CC is mandatory to off-set the situation, it's ridiculous that any class not have even an RNG method.
As for Snuwfers comment, I'm just going to ignore you because you don't know a damn thing about PvP, game functions, PvM, balance, or anything remotely related to ROSE. You're a waste of my screen space, and I'm not going to acknowledge your incessant trolling with gifs, or your vendetta because I didn't hold your hand when you screamed 'animation hacks' on repeat. Seriously, stop wasting my time, grow up, and learn to contribute. And stop trying to only present information to support your claims, that's called confirmation bias. An example would be you always leaving out the fact that the larger the AoE radius ['range'... as you frequently call it incorrectly] the more enemy's they hit, and the less damage each individual receives. People who stack range are doing it for easy DG clears, or to troll people who panic when they're hit by this 'mythical AoE range that 1 shots me derp'.
Edit: Corrected spelling error marked with an asterisk.
Edited by Feuer, 24 August 2017 - 04:50 PM.