The latest update for Guild Wars 2 is the last of the dragons’ minions, and we have a stream preview to show you how it looks.
Guild Wars 2 is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game developed by ArenaNet. The game has been in development since 2006 and was released on August 28, 2012.
Between last week’s fishing and skiff broadcast and last month’s glimpse of the first three elite specs, Guild Wars 2 gamers have had no lack of fresh expansion information. If you’re still waiting for information on your favorite class’s new elite spec, ArenaNet addressed End of Dragons’ new specifications for Revenant, Warrior, and Elementalist in this week’s Guild Chat broadcast.
The new Vindicator spec for the Revenant utilizes the new Legendary Alliance stance to harness the might of both Saint Viktor of the Kurzicks and Archemorus of the Luxon Armada, who teamed together to destroy Shiro Tagachi in Guild Wars: Factions’ prologue. When The Vindicator performs one of their slot abilities, it will alternate between red (Luxon) and blue (Kurzick) versions, which concentrate on damage and support, respectively. Selfish Spirit, for example, heals you while also doing harm on surrounding foes, giving might for each enemy hit. After the cooldown, the ability switches to Selfless Spirit, which heals up to five friends in a certain area. You may play this as a hybrid damage and support class, or you can specialize by pressing the F2 skill to change all of your blue abilities to red and vice versa. The Revenant’s new greatsword weapon and slot kills provide much-needed melee AoE.
The Warrior’s Bladesworn elite spec foregoes the Engineer or Elementalist’s in-combat weapon change in favor of a new gunsaber weapon, which is pulled using the F1 button. The Warrior’s original adrenaline resource, which was created each hit, has been replaced with flow, which is built over time by the Bladesworn. Dragon Trigger may then be used to spend Flow. When the player hits F2, their gunsaber is sheathed and charges (which appear as little bullets above the flow bar) are accumulated, up to a maximum of 10 after five seconds, preparing to unleash a devastating Dragon Slash ability. Each charge increases Dragon Slash’s strength by a factor of ten, making the fully charged Dragon Slash very strong. Cal Cohen, a Guild Wars 2 developer, showed the Dragon Slash, which dealt 25k damage… He suddenly realized he had forgotten to put on his gear. A fully charged Dragon Slash with a set of buffs mimicking what you’d receive in an optimal full squad (and while the character isn’t naked) has a damage potential of over 450k. Obviously, in PvP, this will be nerfed a little so that you don’t just one-shot people, but this is still a very strong burst damage spec.
Finally, ArenaNet demonstrated the Catalyst, a new Elementalist spec. The Catalyst has a new feature that summons a magitech jade sphere that works in the same way as the Scrapper’s gyros. As you swap elemental attunements, spheres build up energy and may release it in the form of AoE boosts and combo fields that change kinds. In fire and air attunement, the hammer is a mid-range weapon, but in water and earth, it is a melee weapon. The fact that the hammer’s three skills are constant throughout all four components is perhaps the most intriguing aspect of it. It sends a projectile of your current element orbiting around you, buffing you and harming any foes it comes into touch with. When you change attunements, they continue to circle you for the length of that attunement, and pressing 3 in your new attunement adds a projectile to your orbit and refills the duration of any other circling projectiles. When you press the 3 skill flipover, Grand Finale, all of the elemental missiles circling you are hurled towards your opponent for a large blast of damage and conditions.
You can view the replay below if you want to check out all of the details for yourself. If you want all the nerdy information about characteristics and tooltips, stick around to the end. If you want to check out these three new specs for yourself, you won’t have to wait long: they’ll be available in the next beta event on Tuesday, September 21st. Keep a look out for further in-depth analysis of each spec in Massively OP’s Flameseeker Chronicles column.