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Ok, I got the newsletter yesterday (8/29) and just finished going through everything. I don't know if anyone remembers that thread we had going around about which archetype we are going to be. In that thread, I remember writing how it's a toss up for me between the Witch Hunter and Chosen.
Now after reading up on the 1st 4 Elven professions, I just don't know. I may be wrong, but it does seem like the Elven classes are much more favored over the others. For example... I liked the Chosen because of it's armor and weaponry, but the Black Guard trumps the Chosen dramatically. The thought of wielding a halberd while my sword sits at my side is mindblowing! Paul B. mentioned in the pod cast that the Black Guard will have the most enormous weapons in the game, and their armor is just plain sick!
The High Elves have tanks (Swordmasters)that will be just as strong with their swords as they will be with magic. Let me just say it's a good thing the Swordmasters will be on the same side as the Ironbreakers!
Let me just point out one more advantage as I continue my rant... Who the heck wants to be a Bright Wizard when you can be an Archmage? Again referring to Paul, he basically said the Archmage will have the power to draw magic energy from those around them - and he flat out said they have the best special effects in the game. He even suggested they give the Bright Wizard some of those effects. Besides all that, we already know the Elves are the strongest magic wielders -AND- the Archmage is also the healing profession for the High Elves.
Hmmm... take a healer, let him never run out of energy by absorbing others', and give him the strongest magic in the game... know what your doing and it sounds like a pretty good 55 Monk build (guild wars reference) if you ask me! Get a group of 4-5 Archmages and they'll virtually be unstoppable.
I may be overreacting to what I've heard and read, or maybe I'm taking things too literally, but it really does seem the two Elven classes a far superior to the others. It's the perfect way to ruin what looks to be a great great game. I'd hate to login and see half the people playing as Elves because they own all the other races. After a while, it'll be just the High Elves vs the Dark Elves.