So last week’s craze was the Dragonhunter (which I’m going to flat out say that I actually adore the name. Lettin’ my inner hipster out, you know?). I have to admit that I didn’t see the livestream. Things have been so busy lately that I just haven’t had the opportunity to sit down and watch it. What I am going to say though is that I’m extremely excited.
What I’m learning about all of the elite specializations so far is that they’re trying to bring something very unique to the mechanics of the profession. I never got the opportunity to blog about the Chronomancer and honestly, I’m not really qualified to speak there as I’m a horrible Mesmer. Now the Guardian, I see a lot of potential here. Long-ranged support sounds really intriguing to me (as the Staff is more close-ranged than long due to its auto-attack). It seems to me that there will be more opportunities for players to create and fill in more roles, especially with new utilities.
For instance, many have complained about how the DH is getting traps and a Longbow, which will detract from the value of a Ranger. I’m not quite convinced of this, but I think the Druid is going to be a game-changer for the Ranger… to create tremendous danger, even though it’ll be stranger to have this kind of re-arranger to use staff as a game-changer.
…I need more coffee. Anyway, the Guardian may or may not step on the toes of Rangers but as a Guardian main, I’m not quite worried. I see the worry for some though.
Honestly, I don’t have too much to say on the specializations other than “I like the idea,” so let’s see how it plays out. Until I can get my hands on playing with the DH, it’s all theory–and I’m the type of person that theory isn’t usually very meaningful or useful for me. Call me an existentialist, but that plays into my gaming as well.
I’ll leave the theorycrafting and potential impact to those who are more intelligent in that area. For me, I’m just excited about the idea of a long-ranged weapon (sorry, scepter in my mind is still close-range considering its uses) that will help me support better. My real hope is that this is going to change how we look at the game by making support valuable.
Perhaps I’m rambling and make no sense (pounding headache today). All I have to say is that I’m excited about where Dragonhunter’s going and how it looks. This week? This week we’re going to hear about the Necromancer elite specialization. Excitement!