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Elrathan

Member Since 27 Apr 2012
Offline Last Active Feb 16 2014 04:03 AM

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In Topic: Most difficult build/profession?

15 February 2014 - 08:44 AM

I agree with ben. That or perhaps some of the more obscure eng builds.

In Topic: Most PUG friendly professions

04 February 2014 - 10:48 PM

View PostDatenshi92, on 04 February 2014 - 02:06 PM, said:

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Again, I'm fully aware that all professions are viable in pugs, and again that's not what I'm asking. There are eight professions in this game balanced around three game modes. The mechanics in this game are complex enough that it's impossible for all of them to have perfectly equal performance in all aspects of the game. It may be very close. Close enough that the balance may shift from encounter to encounter, but I don't believe we're quite there yet.

So to be clear. I'm asking about the differences between professions, not which ones are OK. Partially because I needed help deciding on which of the several professions I enjoy to PuG with and partially out of academic interest (I'm a nerd like that).

In Topic: Most PUG friendly professions

04 February 2014 - 04:16 AM

View PostMinion, on 04 February 2014 - 03:16 AM, said:

Mesmers can get great but inconsistent DPS out if it's wardens stay alive long enough. In scenarios where you can rarely do this (bosses in most other areas, and fractals more so) these top-tier DPS builds are misrepresented and just plain skewed. Warriors and guardians will always prevail in both highest DPS, versatility/robustness and party utility.
That is all, have fun thinking engineer is great. It's bad.

I'm afraid I have to disagree with you about the mesmer. The warden is pretty unreliable but it's there more for reflects and not for DPS. If a mesmer actually has an average of one DPS phantasm (swordsman or duelist) out for the fight it's already doing damage comparable to a warriors. This is really not that hard in most fights.

As for engineer, I can't really comment since I've never played one past lvl 20. I do agree somewhat about the ele though. It's quite hard to play it to it's maximum efficiency in a badly organised group.

In Topic: Most PUG friendly professions

04 February 2014 - 02:03 AM

View PostDatenshi92, on 03 February 2014 - 11:46 PM, said:

Which profession is the most pug friendly? All, played accordingly.

Its the player that makes the most of their profession and if they suck, then they will only contribute to the mindset that X profession is bad in dungeons, when the origin of the problem here are those very people who don't know what they have to do and others who know even less and base their judgement at face value.

I don't believe in "broken" classes, but I do believe in people who can't adapt around the issue to make the most of it... and don't tell me "I can't DPS as a Warr, survive as a Guardian and support like an Ele". Of course you can't, there's a reason why different professions exist. Everyone running zerker will still have slightly different results depending on their class - its been a principle in every MMO that every race and profession have a "combo" to flesh out the most of your preferred class, while in GW2 it ins't as apparent, its still present to a different degree.

I'll interpret what you're saying as 'every class is viable', which I agree with completely. However, that's not the point of this thread. There are some professions that , without much personal loss in efficiency, can  help the performance of undergeared or unskilled players.

In Topic: Guide: Near-Meta, Pug-Friendlier Builds

02 February 2014 - 10:40 AM

This definitely deserves a sticky. Also, may I recommend putting up some alternate builds if possible? The variety would be nice although you may want to put them in spoiler tags to stop the post from getting too long.