Guild Wars 2’s sixth End of Dragons elite spec is the Elementalist’s Catalyst

    
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This was kind of neat, at least.

ArenaNet has just unveiled its sixth End of Dragons elite spec for Guild Wars 2, the third this week: It’s the hammer-wielding Elementalist known as the Catalyst.

“Catalysts were casters from a bygone era, working to protect Cantha and the throne from enemy threats. They wielded intricate apparatuses called spheres that were used as conduits to channel their immense power. This technology has been revitalized once again—with a couple of improvements! Catalysts imbue ancient magics into their jade tech spheres, calling upon imagery from all over Tyria to concentrate into a powerful burst of elemental energy. The catalyst is primarily a damage dealer that is adept at controlling areas of the battlefield. After building up elemental energy through combat, it can be expended to deploy and maintain the Jade Sphere, creating an area of power that bolsters allies and damages enemies. Wielding a hammer, the catalyst gains access to a mix of midrange and close-range abilities, allowing it to adapt to the situation at hand.”

As we’ve previously noted, players will be able to test out the Catalyst, along with the Revenant’s Vindicator and the Warrior’s Bladesworn, next week during the next End of Dragons beta. We’ll see the last three elite specs before the third beta, which is slated for the end of October.

The video’s a fun one even if you’re not planning to play a Catalyst as it once again gives us a flash of combat in a Canthan setting against Canthan naga.

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Slaasher

Hammers need some love in this game. I hope this is just the beginning.

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SmiteDoctor

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Minimalistway

I love hammers, the larger the better, i’ll level up an Elementalist just for this spec.

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Bruno Brito

Oh, great. More wells. We don’t have enough of these.

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TomTurtle

It’s a deep subject!

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Dug From The Earth

can you believe there is actually an option to turn off the ground notifictions for these?

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Bruno Brito

Yeah, i’m aware. Still not a huge fan of how much area denial this game has.

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Peregrine Falcon

Agreed.

Dodge rolling is such a big thing in this game and yet both of the expansions go out of the way to completely nullify dodge rolling by allowing the enemies to cover the ground with eleventy-hundred damage circles that cover far too large of an area to dodge roll out of.

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Bruno Brito

Couple that with the obscene visual clutter this game has, which is criminal, and the fact that they made Scourge.

It’s not just area denial, is how heavy AoE in this game is. I’m not like huge on WoW, but at least Blizzard knew how to keep their own AoE in check by giving you impactful spells. You vomit too much area damage in GW2.

Honestly i don’t see a way to fix it if they don’t basically revamp the combat.

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Dug From The Earth

I was sorta hoping for more long ranged options as Staff feels slow and clunky, and the rest are just kinda generic “mage” powers.

Plus, melee in this game often has no place existing due to the absurd amount of aoe ground abilities that can be stacked an enemy pbaoe attacks, many of which will CC you in some fashion or another.

So much time is spent dodging and cleansing, or just being dead.

They could have turned this spec into a crazy elemental hammer throwing spec, long range… where your hammers would throw with a cool elemental creature effect (like the phoenix shown in the trailer)

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Arktouros

I’m cautiously optimistic about this one not because of Hammer but because of Wells. The biggest issue that Elementalist has suffered over the last few years is our AOE has been repeatedly gutted because it’s “too good” for raids. So for me I’m kinda hoping it’s a semi tanky line (being melee) with strong AOE options on the wells then simply replacing the Hammer with something more useful like Dagger/Focus or even Staff and blam, now we potentially have a viable alternative to Necro Wells for WvW. Really just going to come down to what the wells actually do.

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Greaterdivinity

hammer throwing spec

Revanent has that covered already : P

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Dug From The Earth

at this point, with all the different classes and specs, some are going to share some similarities.

IE: the new warrior one has a lot of similarities to the engineer kits.

(and the revenant one is kinda meh. Its fun in concept but not really a main spec viable one)

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Bruno Brito

I don’t see why they didn’t make the Hammer a midranged weapon where the Ele just kinda manipulates it with elements and controls it by mind.

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Greaterdivinity

I bet it’ll spend a lot of time in melee range…like current melee ele’s do…on the floor…dead : 3

Seriously though, I dig the concept. Always a fan of breaking free of a lot of traditional fantasy stereotypes and shit. I might even have to unlock this on my ele alt I haven’t played in pretty much forever.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

A good reason to toward getting Mjolnir.

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Arktouros

Leaps out of combat: CHECK.
Leaps in to combat: CHECK.

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kvlt_vonnegut

well what else was he gonna leap into

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Arktouros

The next gathering node, of course.

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Utakata

I then usually shake it all about. o.O