Go look at stats, see how many kills you've gotten, chances are you've killed assassins more than any other class. The reason for this, is that there is so many BAD assassins out there. By design however, Assassins are a class built around fun to play, not fun to play against. Here are some of the things MOST players don't find fun (keep in mind this is not an absolute, but a generalization taken from years of playing with people, and reading design documents for games, as well as working on games of my own.) Losing control of your character. Whether its air juggled in Soul Caliber, or being Stun locked in World of Warcraft, people don't like feeling like they are trapped. Watching yourself die with no course of action other than "don't let it happen in the first place" is frustrating to most players. Its one of the most important aspects to creating a sense of teamwork in the Left 4 Dead series, however its also one of the largest sources of rage quitting in the same game. 1 Hit kills. People don't like feeling like they weren't engaged in a fight in the first place. The assassin might have out smarted / out played you sure. That sniper might have fantastic aim and timing. But it doesn't make it any more fun to die from something you didn't know was coming in the first place. Feeling like other people "have it easy" how often have you seen a mediocre assassin running around face grappling people unable to kill them and then smoke bomb - jump - lunge - cloak and escape with half their health. Nothing actually occurred there, noone died on either side, but an overextension/poor play such as that as performed by any other class would have caused them to die (thus learning a lesson.) All thats left is two players feeling they didn't kill the kill they deserved (assassin and her failed target.) ------- I'm not suggesting any changes to any of the mechanics in this thread. I'm merely shedding light on why so many people hate the assassin, and to a lesser extent the sniper. And yet for the very reasons people hate them, so many bad players flock to play them to try and take advantage of these things without fully understanding how to play the game, or having any sort of skill whatsoever.