As my recent posts about Guild Wars 2 have indicated, I’ve been dabbling in a lot of alts, trying to settle down and focus on just one. Yet for various reasons I’ve been unsatisfied with my stable. That led me to randomly logging onto my lowbie Mesmer on Friday and subsequently having an epiphany.
Originally, I really liked the idea of playing a Mesmer before the game ever launched. I think I had one in the beta just to run around the newbie zone, but after GW2 went live, I could never stick with one. They seemed tailor-made for frustration, as I kept dying between occasionally killing things at a very slow rate. When I made my current Mesmer, I couldn’t even get her through some of the same basic skill challenges that my other characters had no problems with.
I don’t know what it was on Friday, maybe a willing to experiment or that ongoing personal challenge to get out of my comfort bubble, but I forced myself to spend an evening really investigating what I had here. I played around with different weapon combos and found that the sword was actually great, visceral fun. I started killing things quicker, and when I logged out I spent over an hour reading up on Mesmer guides. I guess I kind of “got” what this class was about and became intrigued at the possibilities.
Temporary pets and messing with the enemy? I can get behind that. I started to ignore the whole clones/shatter angle and focused more on my phantasms, quickly swapping between weapon sets to summon different minions. I think I’m becoming happiest with sword/pistol and scepter/focus as my two sets, and I’m definitely becoming more of a killing machine than I was in the past.
The subsequent two days of playing her showed me that this wasn’t a brief infatuation; I think I might really have a long-term prospect with my Mesmer. Everyone says that the class is a late bloomer, so I’m taking it easy by going through all of the lowbie zones and working up those levels. I’m getting more comfortable with her offensive and defensive line-up, figuring out how to deal with packs vs. single mobs, and generally enjoying how cool blurry sword attacks and purple butterflies look.
I should have been keeping up on her armor repair, however. I was in the middle of a personal story instance when her chest armor just broke, leaving me to fight in my bright yellow flower bra. Maybe it helped distract the enemy, I don’t know, but I didn’t want to leave to repair since it would reset the entire chapter. Then I rushed over to Queensdale to jump on the champion train to help me with a couple of daily achievements, hoping that I’d see a repair vendor along the way. Well, that didn’t happen and I started feeling very conspicuous. “Naked newbie here!” my character’s looks shouted. “Please keep your eyes up here!”
One other thing that I started to fiddle with on this character was trying out tailoring. My every desire is to make more money by selling mats because I hate being broke, but making gear does seem like a good long-term goal if you’re going for ascended stuff. I don’t know. Right now I’ve stopped selling my mats and will see if this is something I can get behind.
I did splurge on a new killer whale Quaggan backpack, because I was not previously aware that there were cool cosmetic backpack skins in the trading post. Another thing I only discovered this past weekend? That the little red bars (or absence thereof) under the skill buttons indicate whether you’re in range to use that skill or not. Always learning, I am.