I figured that people who know the playing style of Guardian would be a good spring board to helping me decide which my second character would be. I absolutely love my baby, and while I'm still far from building her the way I want her, I think I need an alternative from her to avoid saturating my game experience.
I'm sure some of you play multiple characters, so I figured some of you might have advice which class to jump to next. Here are my considerations:
Medium/Adventure classes seem to do well in general but I think it's more cosmetic that I want to create either an Engineer or Ranger. I just think medium armors specially for Humans and Norn are excellent. But that's a petty reason so, I think I'll take a pass from that first.
As Guardian is a Heavy/Soldier class, I'm taking a pass on Warrior too.
Which leaves me with the three Mage Classes.
I'm taking a pass at Elementalist, as the profession is generally a numbers junkie game. While they have great active defenses and possible support, I think Elems are really for DPS lovers.
Edit: So I've learned that line on Elems is false and perhaps the things I've read in the other topics about Elems being straight forward aren't as accurate as I thought. My guess it's more or less a very common choice for my server, at least. Or that I am not much of a fan of this type of Caster.
Which leaves me with two options: Necromancer or Mesmer.
I can't figure out if what I want is something close to playing a Guardian or something totally different.
I've read that the Necromancer is the Guardian's "other side of the coin" since it can focus heavily on conditions, similar to how Guardians maintain Boons. They can be pretty tanky I hear but I have yet to see that. I've actually played Necromancer in the first game, and I don't know how much they compare to the current roll-out.
Mesmers, I hear, do great support, which isn't far from what Guardians do. I hear that Illusions and Phantasms can be quite a disappointment though, as they die quickly before you can actually profit from casting them. (?) I don't know as well if I would appreciate that the class mechanics makes use of F1 - F4. I don't know how heavily those are used but one could actually tell me if it's as tedious as using Guardian virtues, giving me some reason to pass on it as well. But I hear it's pretty fun. But I wonder. Aside from that I'm not big on the butterflies really. What can't day just stick with the visuals depicted below? (it would be easier to pick Mesmer if the visuals were as badass like forever)
Sorry for the text block. Would appreciate the feedback guys. Thanks,
Edited by jpg1, 05 November 2012 - 09:28 AM.