Guild Wars 2’s next End of Dragons elite spec reveal is the Revenant’s Vindicator

    
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ArenaNet has officially taken the wraps off the Guild Wars 2 Vindicator this morning – that’s the End of Dragons elite spec for the Revenant.

“The Kurzicks and Luxons were bitter enemies,” the brief trailer says, referred to the two factions in Classic Guild Wars: Factions, “but their greatest champions, Saint Viktor and Archimorus, united to help slay Shiro the Betrayer at the cost of their own lives. Vindicators call upon the strength of their legendary alliance, channeling both heroes’ skills to devastate their enemies and protect their allies. They use greatswords to deliver massive attacks and crush foes by leaping straight into battle instead of dodging.

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SmiteDoctor

I’m a sucker for Great Swords, sounds like this class will be a bruiser. Maybe we can have a Power build that Utilizes Hammer for range and Great Sword, maybe double up on defense by picking Jalis on top of Vindicator.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

Only 3 classes have access to rifle.

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SmiteDoctor

That will be Revs next Elite spec where they will channel the legend of Ash and his Boom Stick.

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Greaterdivinity

So far both heavy armor specializations seem very squishy/melee focused. Not sure how I’m feeling about this, even the necro spec seems a bit more close quarters oriented and risky in terms of health.

Some thematically cool stuff (which would be cooler if I knew the lore), but I’m not sure how I’m feeling about this overall.

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styopa

GW2 is already imo 50% harder for melee toons than ranged given the swarm of effects and a close-in inability to even SEE ground targets. Moreover dodging as melee generally places you out of range meaning your dps drops to ZERO until you jump back in (likely burning your OTHER dodge…yay).

Not to mention there are an ample number of fights where the boss just puts out a BRUTAL AOE field around them making fighting as melee literally impossible. (Example from last night: Pestilent Golem from end of Kourna meta)

I see that it’s either going to be overpowered – wait, you mean I can just stand there and SURVIVE? – or suicide. I guess I’ll see.

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Arktouros

If the leap has evasion then it won’t matter for most encounters. Like Mirage (Mesmer) removes dodge roll animation and instead replaces it with an Ambush attack and a Mirage Cloak buff that lets you evade attacks for 0.75 seconds and a 66% speed boost. So effectively you have a dodge roll without the animation and the Ambush will often times do a special attack. For example the Sword Ambush is a 600 leap that also dazes and you evade while it happens. Once you get a good timing down for attacks you can just stay in there meleeing with a variety of combinations of evasion, Blurred Frenzy, Illusionary Riposte, and Distortion.

If it doesn’t have evasion then it’ll be really weird. GS will likely be a power weapon so it’ll pair with Hammer probably fine giving Revenant Range when it can’t melee much in the way Renegade gave Mallyx some range for condi DPS with Shortbow.

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Dug From The Earth

I dont see how removing the dodge ability would even work in the game. The game is so stacked with ground telegraphs that its not uncommon to find yourself double dodging to get out of them all (especially in pvp).

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Carlo Lacsina

Maybe they’ll bring back the evade mechanic for the class. That would be an interesting callback

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Arktouros

You already “Evade” while dodging by default on most classes.

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Carlo Lacsina

I was thinking more akin to the way gw1 did it where they stayed in place. But I guess mesmer already has that in their kit huh. I’m not sure at this point tbh.

I’m not super disappointed really, rev got a greatsword and I’m a happy camper lol. Time to find a nice looking greatsword. I can probably just use an obsidian blade from the eye of the north bonus items

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Arktouros

Volcanus or bust.

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Arktouros

Revenant was my second main after they gutted Elementalist and I had a lot of fun with it until they gutted Revenant as well. This doesn’t look like it’s really going to be changing my opinion much, albeit it’s going to be really funny to have Anti-Shiro legend on one bar and Shiro as the second bar.

Giving up Dodge is going to be a no go if there isn’t some sort of evasion mechanic during whatever replaces Dodge. Too much of the game revolves around dodging for an iframe to a lot of unavoidable damage that goes on in PvE. I say this a Mirage who gives up their dodge in favor of some sort of evasion mechanic and it’s still pretty dicey.

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somber_bliss

I haven’t played gw2 since release, may have to check it out. It just never grabbed me though.

Better to wait or dive in now?

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Vanquesse V

There’s quite a lot of content already in the game which could easily keep you busy until the expansion launches. Maybe keep an eye out for deals on bundles of old (paid) content?

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somber_bliss

Thanks, i shall have to do that

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

I believe twitch is running half off both expansions right now. I could be wrong but I thought I saw something about that.

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Arktouros

The time to start was a few months ago when they started giving away seasons for free. If you start now it kinda doesn’t matter if you wait till an expansion drops or not beyond sorting out your characters and gearing someone out if a new specialization grabs at you.

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Vanquesse V

pretty much this, though I wouldn’t be surprised if a catch-up bundle shows up on their website sometime between now and expansion launch that will give you all current content at a discount.

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Arktouros

S3 and S4 regularly went on sale but the “saga” or whatever never did so that probably will now as well.

Today is “A Star to Guide Us” for free, so there’s still about half of Season 4 to go for give aways but S4 was always a bit reward light compared to S3 where the first 3 zones are huge for getting Ascended trinkets for alts and such. Only real reason to go after S4 IMO is the Skyscale, which the “Return To…” quests seem to make it all very easy. I lost interest in the game with the terrible writing in Season 4 so probably gonna force my way through it all and see what’s up past it on my Mesmer.

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Krzysztof Czajka

If you have Amazon prime you can grab a code at Amazon gaming that gives you 50% off the HoT and PoF expansion bundle.