Guild Wars 2 unveils the Necromancer elite spec, the Reaper

    
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You can go ahead and fear me, really.

Under normal circumstances, Guild Wars 2 Necromancers have a pretty decisive philosophy of not getting involved in melee. It makes sense, after all. These folks know what death can do, and they’re quite happy to dispense it from the back lines. But there’s always that one who decides to wade directly into combat with a two-handed sword, a horror movie monster under your control. Ladies and gentlemen, please meet the Reaper.

You probably should fear him, honestly.

That “horror movie monster” bit isn’t purely a joke, as one of the major inspirations for the spec was monsters from games and movies like Pyramid Head and Jason Voorhees. Even by the standards of other greatsword wielders, the Reaper’s attacks move slowly. The catch is that they have several skills and tricks to spread the Chill effect, and when those sword attacks connect… let’s just say that there’s a reason this specialization is the Reaper instead of the Gentle Back Massager. Check out the full reveal post when it goes live today, and take a look at the brand-new screenshots and video down below.

Source: ArenaNet press release
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stariprdonjabr1
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stariprdonjabr1

GW 1 necro was better.

“Starts to evade rotten tomatoes”

Equilibrium31
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Equilibrium31

Nreff Equilibrium31 Mind Flayer Pretty much.  I think you can get the chest from PvE, but the rest is still unavailable since the change to PvP rewards a long time ago.  HoT may bring it back though.

Kurogane335
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Kurogane335

confectionally Apparently, it is something like this : the other class complete a rotation of auto-attack in 1,5-1,75 seconds, and the Reaper does in 7,75-2 seconds.So the Reaper isn’t incredibly more slower compared to the other class, but he strikes quite hard. Plus, it get chills on almost everything, including screams.

ClassicCrime
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ClassicCrime

TheFinalTurnip Siphaed ^ is how i played necro. im looking forward to seeing the bleed stack fix in the update

Equilibrium31
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Equilibrium31

Nreff Mind Flayer Sadly?  It’s not that bad.  If you don’t like the dungeon, you can always get the tokens from the Arah reward track in PvP.  It’s definitely not the easiest armor set to get, but it’s definitely worth the effort.

Mind Flayer
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Mind Flayer

Is that outfit already in the game? It looks amazing!

confectionally
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confectionally

I really want to like this, but I’m worried about how they describe all the attacks as “slow”.  Slow is not what I look for in GW2 combat.  I’m just crossing my fingers that it won’t translate into “takes forever to kill things in PvE” or “constantly interrupted in PvP”.
It does look cool, though.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

Did you know Reapers only eat apples?

JonBuck
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JonBuck

Don’t fear the Squeaker.

Celestia
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Celestia

Those ArenaNet folks still make great roll out teasers.