this weekend the new elitespecs where up for grabs and testing in the PvP environment..
so whats your opinion after testing them
here is mine top to bottom..
1Elementalist, endlesly combining the 4 elementals for the best effects, so much fun, finally a true mellee option with the sword, but even staff has become more fun and challenging, still the best visuals ingame, just using sword fire skill 2 every 8 secconds makes my day..
2 Ranger, moving in and out of soulbeast form, it gives you 3 different spells/pet type, you do the math with over 30 pet types and 2 pets alive.. this gives a huge amount of buildfreedom, which is very welcome to the class, with the druid being very narrowminded...
3 Engineer, also a very very nice spec, the heat mechanic is a nice adition to the class, altough the new skills could end up with a very narrow path, as they are the only ones integrating with the heat mechanic (espescially the toolbar part)
4 Necromancer, finally a support spec for the necromancer, i like the shade mechanic, reminds me a little of the mesmer..
5 Guardian, i was planning to main this spec, i love the aesthetics, but the recharge times on virtues combined with the limited amount of chapters in the tomes, really makes this a lot less fun... if the tomes would have worked like the engineers kits, then this would be the most fun.. but with the charges, they feel worse then elementalist weapon summonings.. since everyone seems to agree, i hope this might change before release.. they still have a month
6 Revenant, which i mained during Hot at release, its just more of the same mechanic, which in the end takes away from your freedom of building your own character. The annimations and the newly added summons are a nice touch tough..
7 Mesmer, i never like the mesmer, to chaotic for me, which became even worse with the new elite class
8 Thief, a ranged sniper class, not my thing, thief was my 2nd class to main in HOT, but it seems time to move one, i do realize others might love the change
9 Warrior, the only class i never got to 80, and still the only class i have no intention in playing, so i didnt touch it this weekend..
with another 9 elite specs, the game is getting close to some of the build diversity of GW1, the horizontal progression works for me.. i am looking forward to the new story content and areas and trying out the mounts... but mostly i am in love with the combat of this game, its by far my favorite... and the 9 new elite builds only make it better...
i have a month left on making a decision, on what to main in this expansion, nit just looking at the new elite spec, but also at everything else these classes have to offer... having both the druid for grouping, as well as the new soulbeast spec, makes the ranger very tempting..
Best MMO experiences : EQ(PvE), DAoC(PvP), WoW(total package) LOTRO (worldfeel) GW2 (Artstyle and animations and worlddesign) SWTOR (Story immersion) TSW (story) ESO (character advancement)