What do you think is the most disappointing specialization in DAO and why?
Shapeshifter. It's not even a competition. It's not just useless, if you choose to use it it makes the mage worse.
Nuggins is right, shapeshifter is easily the worst by a looooooong shot
No competition for the bottom of that barrel: Shapeshifter.
Also Ranger but that’s because I haven’t fiddled with that one yet
Ranger is so good though. Possibly the strongest rogue specilization. The Blight Wolf is basically Dog, so you can essentially have a 5th companion.
Shapeshifter hands down no competition what so ever
The problem with Ranger is that the summons cause you to get less XP, since the summons' kills don't give XP. That doesn't matter in the long run - if you carry the same Warden through Awakening and the post-campaign DLC, you'll hit 35 before Witch Hunt. So there's more than enough XP even with the summons' discount. But it hurts a bit when you first get the skills.
Also I bet there's a mod for the PC version that fixes that.
Ranger cannot be among the worst, as it is just too valid for archer rogues. Is there any archer rogue who does not end up as some combination of Bard/Ranger? :P
In the base game, the other two specs are less than ideal. Assassin passives only trigger on backstabs and Mark of Death has a pretty short range. Duelist's selling point, Pinpoint Strikes, requires an ugly/tedious hack of first switching to melee weapons, then activating the talent, then switching back to (cross)bow in order to work. Bah.
What do you think?