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Today has been a BIG day in the Guild Wars 2 Community with tons of new information coming from the new professional reveal, a Reddit AMA and our own IRC Dev Chat!

Mesmer

The mesmer was reviewed today, following an unfortunate leak, but the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive!
Mesmers are magical duelists who rely on deception and confusion to keep their opponents in check. Indecision is their greatest ally. Using powerful illusions to distract, they make sure they never go toe to toe with an enemy; they use their powers and tactics to set up an unfair fight. Just when you think you've figured out what the mesmer is doing, illusions begin to shatter, clones start to fade away, and you realize you've been swinging at empty air all along. It's hard to keep your eye on the real mesmer.
With unique mechanics from illusions such as clones and phantasms and mantras; the newest profession is a doozie. (comments) (Main mesmer thread)

Closed Beta Date

The date has finally been revealed for when the closed beta testing will begin! From the recent Reddit AMA (questions and answers listed here), testing will begin this friday!  However, regarding the "application process", here is a quote from our IRC dev chat:

<[ANet]Community> Ok, just to get this out of the way here: We have a studio internal selection process for our Closed Beta that starts on Friday. There will be no public application form.

Hopefully this means we're one step closer to that ever-coming release day! (comments)

Guru IRC Dev Chat

Our IRC LIVE Dev Chat went on today without a hitch! Arenanet dev's answering over 30 questions submitted by the community - we found out loads of new information regarding general game mechanics, professions, and even new merchandise! Make sure to check out our thread (including full transcript) right here! Again we'd like to thank the ArenaNet dev's from taking time out of their busy schedules on this obviously busy day to answer our questions!
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