Guild Wars 2 is already stricken with Toomanycurrenciesitis, a condition that is seen across the genre. But what puzzles and sometimes really frustrates me is just how useless one of its most common currencies is: Karma.
So here’s the strange thing. There are plenty of things to spend karma on in the game — it’s just that pretty much all of them are pointless to me. I can buy regular armor (but… why?), exotic armor (except I just use gold on the trading post for that), crafting mats (except I don’t craft), transformation potions (yay?), and sickles/picks/axes for gathering (that I can just buy everywhere else with regular gold). I don’t need it for mats for a legendary, because Syp don’t do legendaries. And there’s are roundabout ways of turning karma into gold, but they feel like a waste to me.
This makes me a little crazy because so much of the game’s reward system uses karma. I mean, what’s the appeal of doing events, then? I don’t get any sort of material reward — say a chest or a random item — from most of them; I just get money, XP, and karma. I can get money and XP from plenty of other places. The karma seems like it’s there to be an incentive to doing these, but there’s so little in the karma katalogue that is appealing that it makes the currency as useful as toilet paper to me.
I mean, let’s look at laurels. There’s another currency in the game, but this one has a pretty solid shopping list: dyes, boosters, pets, and so on. That makes acquiring a laurel a positive event. I care about it. I cannot say the same about karma.
I’m sitting on a pile of karma that I have no use for. I wish I did. I wish I could buy pets, or skins, or perhaps even just dump a load of it for that ascended gear that everyone salivates over. Maybe I’m just not playing the game the way everyone else is, I dunno. I just hate useless currency that I’ve worked hard to attain, and this feels like the king of the mountain.
Am I really off-base on this? Are there awesome uses for karma that I’m overlooking? Let me know!