Flameseeker Chronicles: 5 brilliant Guild Wars 2 YouTube content creators

I often find that playing Guild Wars 2 leaves me with more questions than answers when it comes to lore and story predictions, build strategies and rotations, and efficient raid clearing, so I spend plenty of time listening to the advice and opinions offered by my fellow players to both improve my own gaming experience and engage with my favourite MMO when I’m not logged in. My YouTube subscription list reads like a who’s who of Guild Wars 2 content creators and I’m never stuck for entertaining and informative videos to watch during my commutes to classes, so I thought it was about time that I took some time to share my favourites with you in case any are missing in your own subscription lists.

In this edition of Flameseeker Chronicles, I’ll list some fantastic YouTubers who you should most definitely check out if you’re not already familiar with them. Many of the names making the list are massively popular and you’d have to have lived under a rock to be unfamiliar with their work, but others deserve much more attention that they get for the fantastic GW2 content they create and might well be new to you. Have a watch of the videos included below and don’t forget to subscribe if you enjoy what you see and, of course, add your favourite GW2 YouTubers in the comments.

1. WoodenPotatoes

Who is this YouTuber?

Any list of Guild Wars 2 content creators would be incomplete without mentioning the human fount of game knowledge that is WoodenPotatoes, and if he doesn’t feature in your list of YouTube subscriptions you should change that fact immediately! Funny, engaging, and intelligently presented videos flood this UK-based YouTuber’s channel, making him a must-not-miss on my recommendations list. Every time my phone notifications inform me that WoodenPotatoes has a new video, I drop almost anything I happen to be doing to tune in. There’s always something to be learned through each and every WoodenPotatoes upload and his insight and linking up of GW2 lore never ceases to amaze me.

What sort of content does this YouTuber create?

What content doesn’t WoodenPotatoes create is perhaps an easier question for someone to answer, but I’ll have a go at summing up the best bits! My favourite content to be found on this YouTube channel has to be the lore deep delves: The connections and predictions made in each one always provide food for thought even if I disagree with some of the leaps made. WoodenPotatoes is also a great resource for those interested in raids and in-game events.

One reason to check out this YouTuber

The content created by WoodenPotatoes has struck a perfect balance between being intelligent and thought-provoking while remaining accessible to even non-players with an interest in the game lore or wider genre: The videos are informative, entertaining, and authentically “him” in both scope and delivery, so you won’t find similar content elsewhere.

2. AuroraPeachy

Who is this YouTuber?

AuroraPeachy is another amazingly popular Guild Wars 2 video content creator that will already be a known name for the vast majority of you, especially since she so regularly features on the Guild Wars 2 channels. Peachy is another infectiously charming presenter who hooks viewers with her enthusiastic, fun-loving, positively and unashamedly geeky ways. If you prefer a more casual video style with a lot of laughs and genuine reactions to new releases, she should most definitely be one of the people on my list who you subscribe to.

What sort of content does this YouTuber create?

Although she started on YouTube, AuroraPeachy is a Twitch streamer, releasing content on a pretty much daily basis, as well as a YouTuber, so much of her content is casual live play videos and reaction-type videos that capture her initial impressions of all sorts of Guild Wars 2 content. I particularly enjoy Peachy’s reactions to new aesthetics in the game: I squeed right alongside her when the new Lion’s Arch was unveiled, and she has the best Fashion Wars game of all the YouTubers on my list!

One reason to check out this YouTuber

If I had to sum up the presentation style and online persona of AuroraPeachy, I would have to call her infectiously energetic and passionate about Guild Wars 2. Even when she has criticisms to deliver or frustrations to vent, the viewer is always aware that this is a player who undoubtedly adores this game and wants it to succeed for a long time yet. She makes me laugh every time she does and her connection with her online fans is amazing: She makes it seem as though she is talking to good friends through the camera instead of a herd of internet strangers.

3. Bog Otter

Who is this YouTuber?

Old-school Massively fans should most definitely know who Richie Procopio aka Bog Otter is! Like AuroraPeachy, Richie is often found on the official Guild Wars 2 channels and is a full-time streamer and content creator who adores all things Guild Wars 2. Approaching content creation with a heavy dose of quirk and humour, Richie’s coverage offers a unique spin on the game that is influenced by his very own brand of fantastically bizarre hilarity. I love how his silliness doesn’t dampen the worth of his content: These videos pack a punch in terms of insights into GW2.

What sort of content does this YouTuber create?

Off-the-cuff live play content tends to be more to Richie’s taste, which is logical considering how popular he is for his Twitch streaming. The Bog Otter YouTube channel features weekly Twitch highlights, guild missions, and playthroughs of key story content. The latter video type is sort of a reaction video combined with an informative, entertaining glimpse at the content, so they form a great visual library of aspects that some players might have missed.

One reason to check out this YouTuber

I think Richie should have a job voice acting characters for everything ever! Just listen to him reading in-game dialogue during his exploration videos and you’ll understand. I find him wildly funny and he’s undoubtedly a fantastic entertainer, so he’s a pleasure to listen to. I don’t think I’ve ever had a conversation with him that hasn’t featured laughter and I don’t think you can ask for more than that.

4. Kroof Gaming

Who is this YouTuber?

Finally, my list will bring up someone who you may not have heard of before! Kroof Gaming is a delightful new YouTuber who seems to have been making videos for the past year or so — on this account at least. She mixes the usual playthrough videos with build and strategy guides, making for a well-rounded channel that should offer something for every Guild Wars 2 fan. Both PvP and PvE pursuits are featured on her channel and I have to admit to catching the PvP bug occasionally after watching her videos. Kroof also has a much-appreciated silly side: her character presents boss guides and

What sort of content does this YouTuber create?

Kroof content is laid back, lighthearted, and engaging: Despite the wide range of topics covered on her channel, Kroof’s presentation style and silky smooth delivery make all of her videos interesting and engaging. Besides the fact that anyone who can PvP without swearing gets major kudos from me, I love how relaxing even her most high-octane videos are. Particular highlights are the Kroof raid boss guides, especially if you are new to this content and are looking for a brief overview before jumping into a newbie run.

One reason to check out this YouTuber

This girl has the loveliest speaking voice and manners, making her a dream to listen to. Before you even get into the range of her content and how well presented it is, you already feel as though you Kroof’s videos are worthwhile due to how well presented they are, which is a fantastic achievement for a channel with around 1,500 subscribers when so many more popular channels never gain her degree of polish or poise.

5. Nike!

Who is this YouTuber?

Nikephoros is behind Death and Taxes, an exclusive, close-knit guild that specialises in speed running content by applying never-before-seen strategies and tactics that have been thought up by some of the brightest minds in the game’s community. As you can imagine from that description, Nike offers some amazing insight into theorycrafting, build optimisation, and game meta.

What sort of content does this YouTuber create?

The primary content type to be found on Nike’s channel is of course daily boss runs from various points of view, allowing fledgeling raiders to see how certain character builds can be applied to various raid encounters. Nike also focuses on the intelligent discussion of the current game state, as well as providing guides on the current meta, getting to grips with high-end play, making gold, and maximising DPS. The channel is as technical as you’ll feasibly need for the vast majority of players and holds a wealth of information for those who wish to tighten up their playstyle.

One reason to check out this YouTuber

Nike’s insights into Guild Wars 2 are well developed over several years of the highest level of achievement possible in the game, so when a video is created you know it will be delivered with authority and a great appreciation of the game’s context and history. He is a highly intelligent player who has dedicated much of his game time to finding the optimum ways to blast through content and he now focuses on posing the tough questions and tackling the technical side of high-level play for those who need it.

Over to you!

Who are your favourite Guild Wars 2 YouTubers? If they didn’t make my very short list, be sure to mention them in the comments in case I’ve somehow missed someone spectacular!

Tina Lauro has been playing Guild Wars 2 since it launched and now pens the long-running Flameseeker Chronicles column, which runs every other Wednesday and covers everything from GW2 guides and news to opinion pieces and dev diary breakdowns. If there’s a GW2 topic you’d love to see covered, drop a comment Tina’s way or mail her at tina@massivelyop.com.
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Where the other content creators. Mighty Teapot, MMO INKS, Kit The Traveler, GLITZY, and more! WTF. Nike is only for raids barely content. WP only one from this list. Rest of them play other games barely do much in GW2 but dance in a ghall.

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I used to watch Bog Otter in his early days of you tube. His videos on Swtor and GW2 where entertaining and informative. Since he switched to Twitch, which is a completely different format, his style has changed and I stopped watching his you tube channel. (I never watch twitch, I find it boring).

Wooden Potatoes is the go-too guy if you want in-depth information on GW2, that you basically can’t find anywhere else. Why this guy isn’t working for ArenaNet is beyond me.

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I enjoy WP and watch most of the videos he posts.

For some reason, Peachy totally grates on my nerves to the point that I cannot watch for more than a couple of minutes, even if I’m interested in the subject at hand.

I used to watch Bog Otter, back when he released stuff on Youtube. Since he’s gone all-Twitch, I doubt I’ve watched at all. Really hate his lame old-man/dad jokes, but I put up with it when he had some interesting things to say. No idea what his shtick is now but “more ad-lib” style would be bad, IMO.

I wouldn’t touch Nike with a ten-foot pole. I’m disappointed you endorsed him.

I’ve never heard of Kroof, so I will give her a chance… as soon as there’s something more to see than just build guides. >_>;

AFAIC, many twitch streamers just play the game. I can do that; that’s not interesting to watch/listen to. WP offers more than what is currently in the game for you to see on your own. He goes into extensive lore from GW1 and GW2 and makes some thought-provoking connections. He creates fun games-within-the-game or personal challenges to try. He does amazing stuff I don’t see others doing. That’s why I watch and appreciate his content. I really don’t need another newbie guide or meta build dictation.

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Fenryr Grey

WoodenPotatoes is great, I have been watching his videos despite not playing GW2 so often anymore.

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Terren Bruce

I watched WoodenPotatoes, BogOtter, and AuroaPeachy for years now. They’re all great entertainers and infectious with their love of the game and I feel super lucky that they’re part of the GW2 community. I’ve recently addded Kroof to my list as well though I haven’t followed her enough yet to form an opinion.

I hope we get to follow all their adventures in Tyria for years to come!

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Ola Olu

Wooden Pots is pretty cool. He’s a lover of Lore so I mostly listen to him for that.

I don’t do any high level PvE so, all the others really don’t help me much.

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Bruno Brito

Nike is also a complete egomaniac, with a hardon for metalists, dps on a void and crapping all over casuals.

He’s smart, all right, but not a guy i would spend my time watching.

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Bullet Teeth

Bog Otter is just a horrible comedian with lame material, quite frankly.

WP on the other hand is pretty much the best GW2 “youtuber” out there.

Brazil is also pretty good too. Almost every class / spec I play has come from one of those 2.

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Bryan Turner

Do you think Necromancer is dead as well, since Nike basically declared it after the last balance batch, same as the Revenant the patch before?

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Bullet Teeth

Nike is one of those players where I roll my eyes every time his name comes up in any form of class-related chats. Reminds me of Axen back in the early WoW days. It’s that trend-following mentality that most people have these days. They declare themselves unique but follow every goddamn trend out there. Nike and his low-life hipster followers aren’t any different.

Sadly, it doesn’t take a genius to see that the Revenant is in a terrible place outside of Ventari Healing. It’s just not set or tuned properly. Then they give it Alacrity in a horrible attempt to appease the crowds.

Necromancer is fine, honestly. Necromancer is my oldest Character. Had him since “iamlegion” was the voice of the class and ran Rabid back in the day (over 2000 Cdamage). All the videos I see posted tell me that they’re not quite Tempest / Viper-Zerker level, but they’re pretty fucking good.

I simply don’t play my Necromancer anymore because even though I prefer conditions, the Ramp-up time is just awful compared to a Venomshare Daredevil / Viper Berserker.

With my Venomshare, I can drop over 45 stacks of Bleed on my target in less than 10 seconds and maintain it indefinitely, on top of 12,000+ Poison ticks. 30,000+ in a Raid.

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Bruno Brito

I miss Nemesis. He was a great contentmaker.

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TomTurtle

I would have framed this more as being about video content creators rather than Youtube primarily.

I highly second WoodenPotatoes and AuroraPeachy. I haven’t watched much of BogOtter’s content for some reason, though he’s always been a joy to watch from when I first saw him back on GameBreaker TV. He and Peachy play games together on Twitch sometimes and are hilarious together when they do.

I love speculating about lore and the future of the game right along with WP, and I enjoy hearing his thoughts on the latest content. Though they’re not as often, his profession build videos are interesting too as they don’t necessarily focus on the meta.

I got hooked on Peachy’s content when one of her videos was linked on Reddit, and I saw she also made Sailor Moon content. She’s a fantastically positive person and funny in her own way. Her Twitch streams are worth watching for both her and her community. I’m so glad Twitch has taken off so well for her.