I'm not sure whether the lancer a dps or tank class?
From my expectations, they are the "least" tanky of all the melee classes, but the longer range apparently should help poke things away from your mages, assuming things really go south. They seem to be a good choice for DPS at first glance. Won't know until we can compare them to the other classes.
Let's look at what we know of their ability list real fast:
1 debuff that increase damage dealt to target by anyone in party (box step?)
1 buff that increase damage dealt, but consumes your own HP (Souleater?)
1 buff that gives you TP in exchange for your own HP (Meditate with a cost?)
1 hate-transfer ability (THF's trick attack)
1 debuff that reduce target evasion and allows you to absorb HP (quick step + drain samba?)
The weaponskill list includes a charge and a riposte
If you compare to FFXI, they seem to be the dark knights with a bit of party-utility (trick attack, debuffs that increase everyone's damage output)
(source was Eorzeapedia's wiki, but you can see all that on the official website also) Edited, Apr 27th 2010 5:10pm by Lianda