It seems like the only way now I can get any kills in is to hang back and snipe from afar. Takes 3-4 shots from the basic Sniper Rifle to take down dudes with prototype gear but it's doable and at least I'm contributing to the team. I much prefer to be in the thick of the action in an assault role but with my current gear most times I just die a lot, even when in a group so I'm forced to avoid close confrontation. It almost feels like I should leave the game and come back in a couple of months to let the skillpoints accumulate so I can upgrade my guy to at least a near-competitive level. Though at that time I would probably find myself in fights with even more super-powered dudes. They really need to fix the match-making soon before us newbies get tired of dying.