ArenaNet will be bringing a touch of Highlander influence to Guild Wars 2’s world-vs-world PvP battles at the beginning of July with the introduction of the WvW Core Swap event. For a whole week from July 5th until July 12th, defeating an enemy in WvW will create a mystical, glowing orb that, when picked up, will allow you to absorb that enemy’s class powers. Don’t worry, you’ll still retain your own weapon skills, but you’ll gain an additional skill that will let you use “the healing, utility, and elite skills of the defeated players’ profession.”
It’s worth pointing out that the skills you gain from each class will be the same regardless of each individual enemy’s actual skill loadout — for instance, defeating a Thief will always grant Withdraw, Scorpion Wire, Blinding Powder, Skale Venom, and Thieves Guild — so there will still be some method to the power-stealing madness. On top of the game-changing mechanics, the event will also provide players with “double WXP, 25% extra WvW reward track progress, and 50% Magic Find in WvW for the duration of the event.” So if you’re a WvW enthusiast, make sure you don’t miss this opportunity to get to intimately know your enemies and be handsomely rewarded for it when the event kicks off next weekend.