Most all of my Guild Wars 2 time as of late has been spent playing my Ranger, Dawnbreak Wild. Methodically going through all of the zones once again, she’s hit level 60 without peeking her head outside of a 1-25 zone. It’s relaxing progression and I’m grooving to it.
But I started to wonder if I’m just playing it so safe with her, so vanilla. Her setup is as far from fancy as one can get: I use a longbow and greatsword, switching between the two to keep combat variety going. My preferred pet is a dog, who does a terrific job knocking the enemy down and being a tank. My traits primarily focus on giving me more damage. And my skills are mostly signets, giving me more toughness, regeneration, and a passive speed boost.
With this setup, she cuts through the enemy pretty fast and is surprisingly durable. I’ve had many encounters where she’ll be swarmed by a pack of mobs, only to get out her greatsword and live long enough to see each one of them beheaded.
I do see it as a very vanilla build and playstyle, and I guess that concerns me that I’m going down a predictable, boring road. I haven’t really done much with spirits or traps at all, and I think that there’s probably a lot of more interesting builds out there if I just took some time to do research. I guess I worry that I’m getting stuck in a rut only partway through her career and am not that motivated to experiment. Maybe I’m writing this to provide that inner motivation.
For those of you who play Guild Wars 2, do you find yourself figuring out a build early on and then pretty much sticking with it from then on out? I’m reminded of what a high school teacher once told me, that if she let the kids choose their own seats, by the third day they will all be sitting in that spot for the rest of the year. We’re creatures of routine and habit, even when given a wide menu of options.