Posts Tagged ‘ Professions ’

You Show Me Yours, I’ll Show You Mine

Hunter posted his speculations about the next profession to be released. Well, I had to reply in kind. I’ll do so in particular SAC fashion, however, with a picture:

The ante, I had to up it. 😉

(I wrote this post before I read most of Hunter’s post, so if there’s overlap it’s just Great Minds thinking alike –oh sure Tiger, alienate everyone with your –awesomeness narcissistic prognosticating– Enough talking to yourself)

Here’s my long (and short) range predictions, in the order which I think they will be released.

• First: The Assassin. He may not be called Assassin, but he will serve the same purpose. He will be a fast mid-range to melee fighter using primarily physical damage (as opposed to magic) that wears medium-weight armor. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if he was even called something other than Assassin. I also think that this could be Ember Doomforge’s Profession. Pistol + Sword + Ash Legion = Assassin to me.

• Second: The Mesmer. Like the Assassin, I believe the Mesmer could get a re-name. Or it could not, I’m not taking an official position on that one. As for the Mesmer’s mechanics, I’m much less willing to speculate. She could be a heavy drainer, though the Necromancer does that quite well already, but so does the Warrior so there’s no telling. I do think she’ll be using illusions, but weather those are a pet-like Conjured Phantasm or even more temporary remains to be seen. If there are illusions though I’m fairly certain that they’ll be visible.

• Third & Fourth: New Adventurer and New Soldier. These two are probably going to be something we’ve never seen before. I’m expecting some sort of Cleric or magical melee from the Soldier. Many are calling the Adventurer a gunner. I’ve said before that I’m not fond of the gunner theory (even if I was wrong about which one was the ranger). What I hope for in the Adventurer is some kind of swashbuckler. Firstly because it’s not a gunner, secondly because I like pirates, and thirdly because Swashbuckler + Assassin = all kinds of pirate vs ninja hilarity. I have no comment to make on which will be released first.

As for the pattern of release, I did see a pattern, but it was more complicated than I was given credit for. The pattern I saw was not: Scholar -> Soldier -> Adventurer -> repeat. It is Scholar -> Soldier -> Adventurer -> Scholar -> Adventurer…. and then maybe Soldier -> Adventurer. But I’m not calling any hard and fasts here. I do think that an Adventurer will be next (and I was correct about the Scholar) so we’ll just have to wait and see.

Hunter mentioned that the 29th of September could be a possible release day for a new profession. I’m hoping so, not because it’s sooner than October 6th, but because that is Mr. Tigerfeet’s birthday and I think it would be cute.

So what do you, gentle readers, think of my wild accusations contemplative speculation?

Shedding Some Light

I just checked out Hunter’s newest post about speculating on the silhouettes. This isn’t going to be a post about my own speculations (that will come later), but I found some interesting things in the .png files from the GW2 Wiki.

Now, I think the .png file type is the best thing since sliced bread. It allows multiple levels of transparency (something a .gif doesn’t do) and only rarely gives me haloing trouble.

Now, we look at the silhouettes online, on the wiki, even on the official page. There’s a problem with that. The backgrounds are all white. We see the grey and brown painted details but there are white details we can’t see.

I took the silhouettes from the GW2 Wiki, separated them, and put them on a colored background so we can see the dark and the light details.

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I used none of my usual trickery to make them look nice. In fact I think that salmon color looks pretty wretched but it does show up the black, white, and grey details nicely so that’s what we’re going with.

Like I said, I won’t make any speculations right now, but feel free to make your own guesses!

Now Don’t Get Your Tail in a Twist

First off: Arenanet? You are such a tease. But you probably already knew that, and that’s ok.

Secondly, a new article came out about the skill system and weapons. The article advertised some racial info but I found the article to be pretty anemic on that front. That’s ok too, there’s plenty else to chew on there and patient Tiger is patient.

I’m seeing some baaaawing about it on facebook (I should really find a forum to haunt) as well as some misunderstandings. I’ll go ahead and distill the information into short, concise points. I’ll put my personal speculation in parenthesies.

Weapons – Split into three categories:

  • One-Handed: Axe, dagger, mace, pistol, scepter, and sword.
  • Two-Handed: Greatsword, hammer, longbow, rifle, shortbow, and staff.
  • Offhand Only: Focus, shield, torch, and warhorn.

Notes – Some professions can wield One-Handed weapons in their offhand. (This implies such exciting combos as dual daggers, sword/pistol, etc).

Weapon Skills – Yesterday we learned there will be 10 skills, 5 of which will be determined by what you’ve currently got your grubby little mitts around at the time. Further reading in this article reveals that:

  • 3 skills will come from your main-hand weapon.
  • 2 skills will come from your off-hand weapon.
  • Different skills will be supplied when you pick up random bits of detritus.

Environment – Many, MANY things can be interacted with. It also sounds like environmental objects can be manipulated to create new objects.


Breaking a barstool over the head of a rowdy bar patron can yield a chair leg that can be used to great effect as a club.

Professions – I was right about the number of professions. Excuse me for a moment while I pat myself on the back….

There, now on to the highlights:

Professions are split into 3 groups based on armor class:

  • Scholar: Wears light armor, 3 professions fall into this category. (Elementalist is likely among them. This could also include Necromancer, Monk, Mesmer, Ritualist, and possibly the Dervish from the original.)
  • Adventurer: Wears medium armor, 3 professions fall into this category. (Ranger, Assassin, and possibly the Dervish could fit into this category from the original.)
  • Soldier: Wears heavy armor, 2 professions fall into this category. (Warrior and Paragon could fit into this category from the original.)
  • (I doubt all these professions will be in GW2. They did mention that there would be some new classes mixed in with the old. I for one have got my fingers crossed for the Assassin and Mesmer to make the cut.)

Secondary Professions, sadly, will not be included in Guild Wars 2. This isn’t something that makes me raving mad or makes me want to cry, but it does sadden me a bit. I was never one to make heavy use of secondary professions, but I did think it was a neat mechanic that set Guild Wars apart.

Instead of having secondary professions, however, it appears that there will be some heavy synergy between the 8 single professions.


the Elementalist might drop a Wall of Fire in front of a group of enemies. The warrior could enter the firewall and use Cyclone Axe, an attack which causes him to spin rapidly, sending the firewall outward and hitting his foes.

Races – It sounds like the second 5 skills are available for racial skills. (What isn’t said, however, is if these slots are only for racial skills or if you can choose between racial and profession skills for these slots. My guess is that the latter will be true.)

Elite – Aaaah the elite skill. I have many a memory of adventuring way out in the back of beyond with my husband (and any hapless friend I dragged along) in order to hunt out a certain boss to capture an elite skill. In GW2 it’s said that we will have an elite racial skill. I don’t know if our available elites will only be racial, but I for one hope not. There’s also no word on how skills will be obtained. This bears watching.

I hope I can get a new computer soon. I’m already tired of distilling someone else’s news. I don’t suppose anyone knows if an AMD Athalon II X2 3.0Ghz processor is appreciably different from an AMD Phenom II X2 3.1Ghz processor? I’m not going to quibble over .1Ghz. Here’s a link to the comparison. (Psst, I’ll be springing for the Asus Crossfire III motherboard, all other components I’m willing to take second-best so long as it’ll let me run Maya, Photoshop, Firefox, and Winamp all at the same time)