Guild Wars 2 devs open up about the new elite specializations

It seems fair to say that one of the most exciting aspects of Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire for fans is the announcement of the nine new elite specializations. Each class is getting a new one of these with a different weapon than those classes have been able to use in the past, and the devs have had their hands full in whipping up these creative builds.

YouTuber WoodenPotatoes sat down with the elite specializations team at ArenaNet yesterday and talked about the creation of the new builds, especially in light of the efforts of the team for what they did back with Heart of Thorns.

“We had some ideas and because we had a little more time this time around, we able to think on these ideas a little more and make sure that they were more fleshed out,” the team said.

Check out the full interview after the break!

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Goettel
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Goettel

Can’t wait to check out the Deadeye, maybe it’ll ween my off of my Tempest addiction. EU servers down *sigh* <3 and coffee to the IT crews.

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failed_apathy

Guild Wars 2: Plane of Friendship

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Bryan Turner

When is the developer that designed Reaper going to apologize for making a spec that left me out of the Raiding Meta for a whole expansion that was only rectified by an accidental Condition spec for which Reaper was never intended?

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Tiresias

On the flip side, I really enjoy the Reaper playstyle, and as someone that doesn’t care at all about raiding I can say that the spec feels both powerful and immortal in open-world events.

I play it as power with minions and find that it really feels like a power-based Necromancer should. I particularly love that feeling when something hits 49% and you can go into Gravedigger spam mode.

I think that there is always going to be a problem with players who are on the very cutting edge of content in guilds that are completely focused on optimization and totally unwilling to bring good players who are playing classes that are several percentage points of DPS output worse than another. There are always going to be classes that are left behind in such cases, but I believe that by and large those are outliers — it’s typical for most guilds to bring people to instances just because they seek to include everyone, even if the time-to-kill on the boss is 30 seconds longer.

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Tobasco da Gama

I feel bad for Robert Gee, honestly. He tries to make these mechanically-interesting specs with unique interactions that require a lot of mastery to use effectively… and then everybody else just tosses around passive bonuses like candy so his intricate designs get left in the dust. And then his classes are the ones that get nerfed because there’s like one edge case where if you play it perfectly you can actually get a kill in PvP once in a blue moon.

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Arktouros

Personally I found his specializations the ones I played the most in HOT outside Revenant. Loved Roy’s Revenant though, well until it was nerfed into the dirt.

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Bryan Turner

No, feel bad for the players that get left out of the fun for end game PVE like an Enhancement Shaman during Burning Crusade.

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Nathan Aldana

Translation: “I feel mad that I couldnt have my cake and eat it too and will blame anyone who wouldnt give it to me”

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Bryan Turner

Right it’s really primadonna of me to have the audacity to expect a premium spec that was a selling point feature of a paid expansion to have the polish to be viable and competitive in all game modes; not like I’m playing World of Warcraft or something the nerve!

Talk about a bunch of flip floppers it was only yesterday I was being accused of being the Whitest Knight for GW2; you haters need to make up your minds.

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Nathan Aldana

You do realize, unless you count mythic level raiding, every spec, even the silly “joke” specs on wow are perfectly viable in raids, right? So your analogy falls flat.

as for therwhite knight thing, you are when anyone else criticizes the game, but that apparently doesnt prevent you from treating any portion of the game that doesnt personally serve your interests as being terrible. Not everything has to be about raiders.

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Bryan Turner

There’s no such whims as joke specs in WoW because they have an actual balance team that isn’t half assed that can make every single spec plug and play for their end game PVE other than bleeding edge content, any one that just casually plays WoW and reads up on it knows that.

White Knights always defend their game no matter the flaw and never claims there are any flaws because that would go against their crusade for their game.

I’m just a guy that’s passionate about a game and that passion goes for the good and I’m passionate about the bad as well.

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