Massively Opinionated: What’s the coolest Guild Wars 2 Elite Spec?

    
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Massively Opinionated welcomes some very special guests today from ArenaNet to debate content from its first expansion for Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns.

Guild Wars 2 has obsessive fans who like to pick apart every little tidbit of information ArenaNet has to dish out. Well, GW2 fans, here’s your chance to comb through every word that they have to say about the upcoming expansion. Our host, Larry Everett, invited Content Marketing Manager Rubi Bayer and Narrative Designer Scott McGough to debate GW2 tropes with superfan and YouTuber Aurora Peachy.

Some secrets for the upcoming expansion might have slipped out, but you’ll only know what they are if you check out this week’s vidcast!

Topics

What is the most appealing thing about Guild Wars 2 that also keeps people interested in the game? (5:35)

Which two character who have never fought before would you like to see pitted against each other? (13:46)

Which is the coolest Elite Specialization? (26:55)

What is the best hidden visual treasure in Heart of Thorns? (41:24)

Panelists

Scott McGough
Catch his work in Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns!

Rubi Bayer
Twitter: Rubi_
She tweets as RB2 via Guild Wars 2

Aurora Peachy
Twitter: AuroraPeachy
Twitch: Aurora_Peachy
YouTube: AuroraPeachy

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nickbedo
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nickbedo

More Peachy on the site = more traffic from me. Hope to see more content including her and/or Richie Procopio.

KirkSteadman
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KirkSteadman

My main is a guardian so Dragon Hunter by default, but I think Reaper has the coolest overall theme.

TomTurtle
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TomTurtle

Rubi and Peachy? Oh yeah, I’m in. This was a very fun, light-hearted episode. I totally agree that Chronomancer is the coolest. It just so happens to be for my main profession! ;)

Radfist
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Radfist

AvatarOP boredinBC something32 Siphaed Yep, it is definitely easy to see why the genre is getting no solid investments. Players are all cheapos.  Heaven forbid these games make a profit and attract more development.

DasBenty
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DasBenty

Have they done engineer yet!?!?! For some reason I’ve only seen a tease about floaty turrets!

digi_owl
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digi_owl

eLdritchMD Next week a patch will hit that revamps the trait system.
With it you get to pick 3 trait lines (out of 5 initially) that each have 3 tiers of 3 major traits to pick between.
A elite specialization is activated by picking its trait line as one of those 3 lines.
This will then activate the use of a new weapon, a new heal skill, new utility skills, and a new elite skill. These can all be mixed freely with your existing base class weapons and skills.
It will also change the behavior of the class functions (F1-5 skills). For example the necromancer elite specialization change the shroud from ranged to melee oriented.

Radfist
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Radfist

Nreff Radfist Lerxx actually, I just misclicked :P

AvatarOP
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AvatarOP

boredinBC something32 Siphaed no wonder mmo genre is… shaky.

Radfist
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Radfist

Reaper. Very eager to hear details on Druid though, I love nature magic classes but the current ‘nature magic’ by Rangers is pretty lacklustre.

Radfist
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Radfist

Nreff Lerxx eLdritchMD  It just gives you more choices. You get a new weapon, heal, new utility set and a new elite, but you don’t have to use them. Or you can mix and match.  If you want to use those skills you have to choose the elite spec which locks out a trait line though.
I think you are thinking of Revenant, where your chosen spirit stance fully changes your heal, utility and elite.