I'm actually having a lot of fun playing mine really.
Im more used to the mage type classes, but the way polearms work in maple has turn out to work really well for me. I want to bust out my controller and play using that, but I can't find it -_-
And you don't need a lot of funds to play them. It makes it easier, yes, but I'm poor as crap (and have jack crap for equips) and I'm doing perfectly fine. You don't need a lot of dex unless you're going for a better combo streak (like the 500 combo medal), but even without it, you're already hitting multiple times with double slash, and arans are good anti mobbers, so jumping into a fray would give you maybe 6-8 hits at a time (I got up to 390 in a less than a minute in a high spawn area).
Of course, I'm gonna get my last medal like an asshat and just duck and attack, since that only deals 1 damage. D:
Baa baa black sheep have you any booze? No sir, no sir, I'm a....sheep~