A commander should stay alive as long as possible for the zerg fight. Ele, Mesmer and Thief are awesome in WvW but not to command. A thief is a roamer, the Ele provide AoE, Combo Field and Blas and the Mesmer provide Portal, veil, etc.
A Guardian in soldier gear can stay alive a really long time in a zerg. A Mesmer can stay alive even more if well traited, but in the middle of a zerg, not as much as a Guardian. Elementalist and Mesmer are still crucial to a good commander and if possible try to have a least one of each in your party and on the same VOIP as you so they can follow your command.
Sword/Focus - Single target
Greatsword/Hammer - AoE
Staff - Used to run around and tag in Dynamic Events
Put 10 into Honor for Superior Aria so you can have "Retreat!" up more often, the faster you travel the quicker you level.
Put 10 into Zeal for Fiery Wrath, MOAR DAMAGE
Put 10 in Virtues for Master of Consecrations
Put 15 in Radiance to spam burning and blind on everything, pick Blind Exposure to stack vulnerability.
If you use Sword alot, put another 5 in it to pick up Powerful Blades.
Keep 10 in Honor, Virtues and Zeal.
Do the same.
If you use Sword alot, put 30 points into Radiance for Right-Handed Strength, if you use Hammer alot put 10 more points into Honor for Writ of Persistence. Take 20 into Virtues atleast for Absolute Resolution.
If you'd like, read my guides (shameless...) to get a better grasp at Guardians and end-game builds:
Alright gotcha. That guide isn't exactly what I was looking for as I want to focus on lvling at first then do other things. I am a bit forever alone atm in the game as I was in hiatus so organized groups are out of the question. Was thinking of something I could consider viable in lvling with randoms.
For leveling, though I didn't pay much attention as to when I was leveling mine, I would just concentrate on mobility and damage - since that is what you want to do... Getting geared every 10 levels should give you enough survivability to survive, so if I were to advise something it would be this:
- Get Sword/warhorn for mobility - if you are lvl 30 and got signet of rage you can get perma swiftness which makes leveling a little less painful, Sword 2 offers a leap to cover some additional distance if needed for say retreating or just when you feel like it...
- Get a longbow for fights where you have to range - though endgame makes it more rewarding to go melee all the time, I find solo roaming not forgiving enough early game to go full melee, plus the bow isn't half bad...
- Additionally, get one or two axes, a mace for offhand or a greatsword... for fights where you want to melee these aren't the worst choices early game...
Traits are kind of straightforward - again if you get geared every 10 levels or so it should make a ton of difference for your survivability... Warriors are meant for damage, so you gotta want to spec for that as well... If you got the greatsword and/or Axe with you, then spec into those lines and let those damage multipliers do the magic for you... Fast hands are the must for every warrior, for mobility as well as damage, so it wouldn't hurt to go for that early game either...
Utilites would be everything that helps with mobility and damage... For healing, Healing signet is alright since you can outheal most events, healing surge however offers some adrenaline when needed and mending cures conditions - that's up to you...
I would recommend "stand your ground" early game when you go solo - you got no one to remove conditions, plus a stunbreaker with a 'short' cooldown is always welcome...
Minor notes: Hammer is tons of fun... while it is bad for leveling strategically, it offers some CC if you would ever need it... Earthshaker, the burst skill, can be really helpful when you either need some CC or when you gotta make difficult jumps... Rifle is not really worth taking since it focusses too much on single targets and a mace should not be kept mainhand - it's way too slow...
I am fairly certain there are more detailed guides out there, but I think I did my best... Now good luck and have fun playing a warrior... Do note, endgame with a warrior is vastly different from leveling, so make sure to peek back at those min-maxing threads if you feel the urge to build your "perfect warrior" :3
Oh boy, the "That's racist"-"No it's not" dilemma. A favourite of mine!
Hold on guys, I got this.
Lordkrall, on 25 December 2012 - 09:35 PM, said:
Oh, so I am fully allowed to call you and all of your family any manner of words I feel like? Without you having any right whatsoever to do anything at all about it?
The intent behind the word is what matters. If you're looking to be a prick to his family, he has every right to slap the shit out of you(figuratively).
If you're a friend of the family and tossing words around they'd likely understand and be all like "That Krall, man, such a joker!".
Darkobra, on 25 December 2012 - 10:12 PM, said:
And then "They're just actions!" And then whatever else rationalisations people make to excuse their actions. "So what if I stole from you? It's just money!"
Honestly, it's always the privileged ones that use rationalisations like that. The people who have such a comfortable life that they've never been under any form of oppression. And the people that haven't really educated themselves either, forever remaining simple. It honestly makes me feel sorry for you. People say ignorance is bliss with such a sarcastic tone, but looking at you? You seem perfectly happy for being so simple-minded and knowing so little.
A slippery slope and a baseless assumption in that short of a post. Boy, you are making quite a display of ignorance. Get off your high horse and try to understand the reasoning behind Jason Seven's opinion instead of dismissing him as "simple-minded".
HederaHelix, on 25 December 2012 - 07:11 PM, said:
It's a derrogatory term in its meaning, no matter its context. So I suppose that is why it is so harshly looked down upon. Its not just in games either. =/ Sorry you got banned for something you thought was innocent banter, but I certainly wouldn't like to read that in my guild chat.
No it's not. (The following explanation is directed at the whole thread, not just you)
Words take on entirely different meanings over time, especially across different cultures and sub-cultures. The original meaning of whatever word, whether it be "the N-word", "faggot", "honkey", etc is irrelevant. All that matters is the meaning used today.
If some yokel came up to a black dude and said something about eating watermelon and fried chicken and picking cotton and going back to Africa and tossed in "the N-word", and it was clear they didn't know each other, that would not be okay, of course.
Similarly, if a kid on CoD or some other online game started spewing it with the intent of offending people, this is also not okay, but it's not okay for an entirely different reason. In this case, it's not okay because the kid is clearly a massive douchebag and spewing "the N-word" is on par(in offensive power and meaning) with the kid calling everyone Justin Bieber or whatever. It's lame and pathetic and annoying.
However, if a pair of pals are using it to address each other, regardless of what their race is, then there is no harm done. The meaning behind the word is entirely different in this instance.
To OP: All that said, this is an online game with a large variety of idiots online at any time, and some of those idiots(Mostly straight white people) are of the belief that they need to stick up for every minority and be offended for them. So it's best to just not say that sort of thing in any chat aside from maybe team chat and whispers.
I've been suspended for cursing on several occasions in GW1, and because of that I keep my cursing restricted to guild chat and party chat on the off-chance that some turkey feels the need to flail their arms in the air and enforce a rule no one cares about.
To everyone who may be offended by such language: Ask the person to stop. It's that simple. You need to remember that small language barriers exist even within the same language, and that words have different meanings among different people. If they refuse to stop or they deserve to be suspended anyway, go ahead and report them.
People can. And people that make excuses for wrong-doings very quickly escalate. I'm mixing nothing up. You just lack any knowledge on the subject. Get out more, see the world and learn how to deal with people.
And words aren't people. Someone who stole did something wrong, someone who said a word which in itself holds no power and does no harm did not do anything wrong. It's funny how you tell me that I'm the one who lacks knowledge while obviously you did not even read my post or simply cannot comprehend anything of what I said. Then again, you also seem like a person who gets offended by even the slightest bit of cursing and dealt with very conservative people throughout their life making them one of that same kind. A real shame that society made you this way.
Should someone be banned for using the N word in a friendly way with his guildies?
Not at all. The concept of cursing in itself is silly. All these words only mean something because humans gave them meaning. Yet, those same humans are afraid of using them due to their meaning. They give them power, those words by themselves have no power. That being said, anyone who gets even slightly offended by any kind of "curse" word should truly rethink their way of living life. Getting affected by mere words only proves your strong lack of comprehension, knowledge and tolerance. In short, it makes you appear like a hillbilly. Now, cursing with others is absolutely fine as it only means that you feel extremely comfortable with them.
A piece of advice coming from a fellow person with african anscestry: Change not your ways but those offended by your ways as those hinder you from being who you are.
Quite disappointing to know that we are still living in a world where simple words are allowed to be given power as tools of hate in communication. I wonder when man will finally abandon this outdated way of thinking. Even more disappointing it is, though, that there's still those who get offended by words they themselves give that power.
- I enjoy the Axes as a weapon so far, i don't know why but i just feel comfy using it.
- I love the Shortbow on my ranger but idk how a warrior performs with it.
- I have a pretty head on style. I like the "go at you, beat you and take your drops" kinda style.
- I like to deal a crapton of damage even if it's at the expense of defense.
- I can't dodge that well on the warrior as i can on my ranger
- I like the Hammer's knockdown
- I love speed buffs (I'm addicted to swiftness, I can't play without it )
Very well described and gives some insight to your style of play.
I'm gonna post links to 3 builds here...all of which I have played, enjoyed, and find useful given my mood and what I am doing... One of them I use almost verbatim, the others I have tweaked to fit my style.
Check them out, use them as a base, and try changing some things out to fit YOUR style of play.
- Says dungeon, but can be used in regular PvE, and I find Axe/Mace to be quite fun. This is also be a good base to make adjustments for a dual axe build.
-Again, this build (props to MrCats) is a great place to start if you like sword and mace (I'm thinking you could sub in Axe if you like with some minor trait adjustment). The build is solid, but also very adjustable so you can make your own tweaks.
- This is a really well done Greatsword build. This is the one I use most times, and stick to most closely...although I have adjusted the gear-out for my play-style.
A few other things:
1. Unfortunately, Warriors can't use a Short Bow. That being said, the Longbow can provide some great AoE and can be lots of fun. I personally use a Rifle more than a Longbow...and Sigil of Bloodlust is most excellent on either ranged weapon, as you build a stack of power bonus that stays even if you switch back to your melee weapon(s)...just don't get downed or they disappear.
2. If you like swiftness...take Signet of Rage as your Elite and never look back. You can get accessories and such to extend the swiftness duration, but I use it just as is...and I seem to keep up with others in my group just fine.
3. Hammer is a blast, especially teaming up with a Hammer Gaurdian...I don't have a specific Hammer Build of my own, or one to reference. I have played with it, and I enjoy it, but I usually just throw one together on the fly. Read up on your skills and traits, and you can put something fun together pretty easily.
4. Definately work on your dodge rolls...they can come in handy.
I hope these help, and props go to the players who posted the original builds. They provide great ideas on where to start...the rest is up to you.
Bottom line is...read some of the builds...play...try some other options when it comes to gear, skills, and trait selection...and find somehting that you enjoy...everyone likes to kick-a$$...but if its not fun for you...it will get boring...an effective build that is fun to play is the key.
People with MF gear ruins the effectiveness of a group.
This is where you're wrong. Players geared for Magic Find can potentially lower the group's effectiveness, but that's not always the case. Different groups can perform equally with or without Magic Find players, since there are many variables involved, player skill being paramount. You can go on your Magic Find witch hunt all you want, but bad players will always be your real problem.