Most rangers (me included) are upset because anet said a month ago "we're working in a big change for rangers, focusing on utilities" and now their "big overhaul" is 14points of which 2 or trait symbols (who cares) and 5 are underwater skills (nobody fights underwater + we already were really good underwater), a tooltip update on pet skill (tooltip showin the correct 4sec duration), a torch skill update (which nobody uses since u need to be in melee for it to be effective and our only 1hand melee weapons (sword) is broken as hell), whirling defence which again nobody uses since u need to be in melee aswell, an update in procrate of spirits which is awesome if there was a way of keeping spirits alive(there isn't) so we end up with 3 skill updates that can be considered "good" (can be but shouldn't) 2gs skills and warhorn.
The absolute worst thing is that anet said before the patch "rangers are in dire need of some love" and give us 14 bullet points, after the patch they say "rangers still are in dire need of some more love", which kind of should give away that this last patch did jack for rangers.
What I wanted to say but forgot to was this: I agree that mesmers intraclass diversity is limited, but atleast the class overall works. It's far more anoying to play a class that's being outperformed by every other class but have great intraclass diversity.
Since I know rangers best I'll stick to them for a comparison.
Ranger atm has 0 reasons to be brought, we can't heal, we can't buff, we can't condition (since we got no covers) and we can't dps. But you can really easily spot the difference between a trap ranger, a gs ranger and a bow ranger. Thing is you look at a ranger and go oh that's brown shit, that's black shit and that's a nice pile of red shit => they're all shit.
With mesmer you can go illusions, pure dmg, or condi (not great but heck) and nobody will complain since in pve you bring TW/portal/stealth and in pvp you bring moa/portal/stealth. Meaning ppl will look at you and say oh it's a mesmer, mesmers r good grab him. Without caring if you use scepter/sword or gs/staff,...