Ok with that down allow me to explain why most people are not attacking mesmers correctly. Oh and I say most people as in 50 percent of the gamer population regardless of skill level or profession . Ok the way to correctly fight Mesmers is simple. You must learn how to tell the difference between Mesmers and there clones to the point where you will not waste skills(weapon,utility,elite,prof.machanic), and time on clones. Simple right? In fact 50 percent of the gamers have mastered this technique to the point where they will make only a couple of mistakes if not no mistakes at all. It's impossible to not make a mistake every once in a while (we are only human). But by mastering this it will reduce the amount of mistakes you will make.........hmmmm you must be like "oh everyone knows that, and who cares if you make a ton of mistakes. It does not matter much right?".WRONG!!!!!
Allow me to go over the importance of this technique. Ok.....imagine that you do not have this technique at all. In Other words you do not know that the mesmer in front of you is actually a clone. Now in this situation you would most likely attack it correct? Ok let's say you just use your auto attack for this. Ok you killed the clone and you understand what you have done. But what have you lost? The auto attack is not much of a loss. That much is true. But what about the time you put in to attacking the clone. Is that important? In truth it is. You see by attacking the Mesmers clone you have wasted averagely 3 secs on it. Now if you want to find out how much that is worth. Subtract 3 seconds from every skill that the mesmer had on cool down. Though this does subtract 3 seconds on your cool downs as well. I know it's a weird philosophy. but true none the less. It's not much but it is an advantage to opponents that have a lot of skills on cool down. So it is best not to give the mesmer a chance to use a skill that he could not 3 seconds ago. which is when you should have attacked him. Know though that this is the best possible scenario From here the scenarios get worse.
Because you will have most likely used a weapon, or utility skill. Then you will not only have wasted time. you would have wasted a weapon skill. Which is something that is now on cool down. You could have damaged the mesmer with that weapon skill. But instead it is wasted damage. In Other words consider that you are behind in the fight by the amount of damage that the weapon skill would have done. The damage that you have wasted.
If you have not mastered this technique as much as you can. you will make a lot more mistakes then if you had mastered it. And if you make the mistake of losing track of the mesmer and instead attack a clone you will have wasted time, you will have wasted weapon skills that could have been used to damage the mesmer and bring the fight closer to your favor, you will have wasted utility skills that could have been used to give you an advantage that would have brought the fight closer to your favor, you would have wasted elite skills that......oh I don't have to go over this one with you now do I.
But with all that possible loss. Is that really all of it. The answer.....NO! If you lose track of the mesmer. You are giving the mesmer the perfect advantage. You see in this Time of you ignorance of the mesmer. The mesmer will be constantly damaging you without worry of being damaged back. the mesmer will be able to moa morph you, And why? Because if your attention is on the clone and not the mesmer. Then you will not know that the mesmer is casting moa morph. And because you do not know that he is casting moa morph you will likely not be able to dodge or interrupt it. You will know its coming only when it hits. Which for those that do not know. is too late!!!. Really just by losing track of the mesmer. You cannot fight the mesmer. It is the ultimate defense and attack that both Mesmers and thieves share. The ability to be able to do whatever you want to a opponent with little retaliation. But only when your opponent does not know where you are
So do you see the importance of having this technique? The importance of knowing where your enemy is !
After reading that you must be like "oh Mesmers are so hard to beat without this. But this is hard to master right"?.....WRONG!!!. In fact I would say that 50 percent of the people have mastered this technique if not more. Why so little you may say. Well before I can go over that I have to go over who makes up the 50 percent(or less) of gamer that have not mastered this technique.
the answer to that question is simple. Everyone that has not mastered this technique .people just 1 minute of practice away from mastering the technique to players that are by definition a noob. Now before I get a whole bunch of crap. First let me say that NOT EVERYONE in the 50 percent that has not mastered this is a noob. There are always going to be noobs in a game. By definition they are gamers that have little skill, and know little and have no will to learn any more. Or have any interest to improve there skill. So seeing as there are a population of noobs. They would most likely will be in the 50 percent of gamers that have not mastered this technique. Agreed?...ok.
The other players that make up this group of gamers. Are people that do not consider this technique to be useful. And for that reason do not improve on it. Then there are players that are working on mastering it. But have not mastered it YET.
Ok....now lets go over why most people have not mastered it. The reason is that most people do not believe that the skill Is important. And for that reason do not improve on the skill of the technique they already have. Why would they think its not important you may ask? Well let's put you in there shoes to explain this one.
Lets say that you keep loosing to Mesmers more than any other class. It is not much more. But enough to annoy you to the point of curiosity. So you look up the Internet and you search "why are mesmer OP". What comes up? Well mostly threads about moa morph, time warp, portal. The most poweraful skills that the mesmer has available to them. But yet...........nothing.......absolutely nothing about the mental confusion that clones bring a player, and from there the consequence of not having a defense against it. There is nothing on it. So what the average player will conclude. Is that the mesmer is OP due to specific skills, and not that there playing technique is not as good as it could be when fighting a mesmer. This will of course lead to a lot of players that will not change there tactic when fighting Mesmers, and instead will simply wait until the mesmer is nerfed to oblivion.
BUT if this player were to become informed that this technique needs to be mastered in order to fight mesmers to the best of ones ability. then the player would realize that the real problem was instead his fighting technique and not the mesmer. So after that the player takes some time to master the technique to the best of the players ability. After the player has done this the results would be.......
The player no longer wastes a lot of time attacking clones. Which results with more pressure on the mesmer. The player does not waste a lot of weapon skills. Which results in a lot more damage to the mesmer. The player does not waste utility skills on clones. Which results with the player keeping a advantage over the mesmer. And obviously the player does not waste elite skills( seems silly but I have seen moa morph hit one of my clones once). But more importantly the ultimate shield and attack that the mesmer has will no longer work. The player will no longer be damaged without retaliation to the mesmer Because the players attention will always be on the real mesmer. When the mesmer is going to heal the player has the opportunity to interupt it. When the mesmer uses moa morph. the player will have the opportunity to dodge or interupt it.
Really the only reason that Mesmers are winning MOST fights is because almost 50 percent of there opponents have not mastered this technique. And as a results they have a huge advantage over other players regardless of profession. It could be 2 mesmer with equal skill. But really if one of them has not mastered this technique as much as the other. Then that mesmer will have a huge advantage!!!
So do you see why my statement is as it is? In all my experience playing every profession including mesmer. This is the only reason Mesmers are at the top. Really 50 percent of opponents as easy wins.....not that hard to figure out why they are at the top!
Edited by Adashio, 26 November 2012 - 11:07 AM.