Darvin wrote:but any situation that would screw over a vampire would probably screw over just about any other class.
That's...actually not true at all. A level 1 vampire AT FULL HEALTH is not as good at winning a fight as most level 1 classes if they pick up the fireball glyph. Sure, Vampires have first strike and thus deal an extra 7 damage, but two fireballs deal an extra 8 damage, so if you have any interesting class features at all, you'll be more dangerous than a full-health vampire against a single target.
And of course, Vampire usually doesn't have the luxury of fighting from full health; they can't regen between fights, and probably drop to 1 HP by the time they find their first enemy. And let's go over the enemies they can attack at 1 HP in when they're level 1 in the boss hive. Level 1 Goat. If they convert two glyphs they can attack level 1 Meat Man (as their regen will counteract the 1 damage). And I think Imp and Vampire are 120% HP mult which puts them at a killable 7 HP. And that's it. Gorgons first-strike, Bandits first strike, and everything else has 8-18 HP. So that's...three or four enemy types they can safely attack, out of 16. Given that only 10 level 1 enemies spawn total, and you probably can't reach more than about 8 of them we're probably talking 2 level 1 enemies you can safely attack without using a potion on any given map.
he's pretty much home free if he gets to level 2.
Well...not necessarily. If the fireball glyph is, say, behind a level 9 enemy, then Vampire probably can't win (unless they don't convert ENDISWALL, but I tend to--Vampire is so desperate for health early on that I tend to convert most glyphs for the lifesteal--maybe that's a mistake?)
Also, Vampire's a lot more level dependent than other classes--and the boss hive is the kind of dungeon where you might have to fight the boss at level 5 if you want to win. And sure, Vamp can still pump out about 450 damage at level 5 with potions and fireballs and first strike, but not the 1300 we're used to from level 8 Vamps. 450 gets shut down by a few bosses (Iron Man, Super Meat Man, Frank, Lord Gobb, maybe Matron of Flame).