Hello there. The purpose of this research is to find an answer to question "What's the best class to play ?" from statistical point of view. In other word I am trying to calculate deficit/surplus of classes. This information is aimed for solo/duo players, who has no CP or clan with regular events. Research is focused on first 1-3 month when most of the characters are below level 40. If you don't want to read through all this stuff (and that's fine) you may jump straight to conclusions in the end. Input data: 1) Class polls from this forum (Choose your class, [POLL] Choose Your Class, [POLL] What class will you play?); 2) Poll on dualboxes from this forum (Will you dualbox and pay for two accounts?); 3) Threads from recruitment hall on this forum and my personal experience of common group builds from rus. l2c server. Output: Deficit/surplus of classes represented by numbers. Instruments: Here is google sheet with calculations (it is pretty messy ! You have been warned !). Methods. Most of the data was taken from first poll (as it has most votes total), additional data (spoiler/crafter ratio among the dwarfs, pp/bishop ratio etc) was taken from polls 2 and 3 and dualbox poll. First poll has better accuracy (more votes) but suboptimal classes distribution among answers possible. The data from there was modified to take dualbox buffers into account (you see, 54% players will dualbox and their PP/SEs will come into play eventually). Having that data I calculated distribution of roles (for levels below 40 !). Roles are: p.dd, mag.dd, spoilers, tanks, supports (both buffers and healers are here because under lever 40 these are same guys (yeah I know shaman isn't good healer...)). To be precise: - m.dd: wizard, elven wizard, dark wizard; - p.dd: warrior, rogue, elven scout, assassin, raider, monk, artisan (after level 28); - spoilers: scavenger; - tanks: knight, elven knight, palus knight; - supports: cleric, elven oracle, shilien oracle, shaman; Aside from that I suggested most common types of groups formed from random players in the field (according to my experience from rus. l2c and recruitment hall). Group builds are: 1) Mag. group: 3 mages (AoE), tank, 2 supports (heal + buff), spoil; 2) P, group: 4 p.damage dealers, 2 supports, spoil. Also I calculated ratio of these groups (~1:2). With all that done I compared amounts of characters of each role with groups' needs. Formula for deficit/surplus is: ds = 1 - (gr * rn / ra ),where ds - deficit (values below 0) or surplus (values above 0), gr - group ratio (mag. groups to p. groups), rn - roles needed, ra - roles available. Results. Roles distribution (below level 40): 1) Support 41.4%; 2) P.dd 27.2%; 3) Tanks 11.6%; 4) M.dd 14.7%; 5) Scavengers 5.1%. Here are result sorted from most to less wanted roles (below level 40): 1) Spoil -0.78; 2) P.dd -0.47; 3) M.dd 0.12; 4) Tank 0.63; 5) Support 1.31. Clarifications: - Here values below 0 are deficit (you are wanted in groups), above 0 are surplus (you are not wanted); - Such surplus of supports is caused by dualboxes; - Artisans are included in P.dd (after level 28, before you got that teapot dude summon nobody loves you D: ). Bonus. Here is results of calculations for levels above 40. Warning: These are much less accurate since group builds (for groups of random players) and ratio of those groups are hypothetical. Roles distribution: 1) Buffers 36.6%; 2) P.dd 22.7%; 3) M.dd 11.4%; 4) Archer 7.7%; 5) Tanks 7.1%; 6) Bishop/EE 5.8%; 7) Bounty Hunters 5.1%; 8) BD 3.0%; 9) SwS 1.6%. Deficit/surplus of roles: 1) SwS -4.12; 2) BD -0.82; 3) P.dd -0.06; 4) Archer 0.10; 5) M.dd 0.20; 6) Tank 0.57; 7) Bounty Hunter 0.79; 8) Bishop/EE 1.03; 9) Buffers 2.68. Clarifications: - Here values below 0 are deficit (you are wanted in groups), above 0 are surplus (you are not wanted); - Such surplus of supports is caused by dualboxes; - Warsmiths and summoners are included in P.dd; - Buffers are PP, WC, OL, SE; Links: 1) Class poll 1: https://4gameforum.com/threads/25730/ 2) Class poll 2: https://4gameforum.com/threads/26254/ 3) Class poll 3: https://4gameforum.com/threads/532398/ 4) Dualbox poll: https://4gameforum.com/threads/25779/ 5) Google Sheet with calculations: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1tUy-Fz7e4G-iFJWMk1NL1lmSf73jb-qnL7YW-HKUu1M/edit?usp=sharing Conclusions. If you want to be needed in groups as solo player (no CP/clan) in early game (below level 40) you may want to be Scavenger. Buffers (cleric, elven oracle, shilien oracle, shaman) are not recommended for solo players. All other roles are allright. As for late game (above level 40) SwSs and BDs will be wanted BADLY, buffers (PP, SE, WC, OL) are not wanted, healers are not too popular as well. All other classes are allright. Thanks for attention.