On the average classic era TLP... rogues, wizards, rangers suck for a few expacs. So now we have a new TLP... EQ has never been a balanced game... it has been a series of successful trade-offs. No one forces anyone to play a caster... but a chanter, a mage, a necro all bring utility to a raid... the one class who will suffer for some time will be wizards... That said, meelee-age is time limited... and in future expacs casters WILL come into their own. Play what you want... no one forces you into a class limitation that you don't consent too... or that is permanent. I always play casters because I love sparklies... I'll be rolling a mage again.