The ShadowstepFebruary 1, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Posted in Guild Wars 2, mmorpg | 10 Comments
Tags: Guild Wars 2, MMO, mmorpg
I’ve been predicting for a while now that the assassin would be the next profession revealed. I’ve been pretty wrong about that. I thought the assassin would be next before the necromancer was revealed, I thought it would be next before the guardian was revealed. I was wrong.
That said Arenanet has left a pretty big hint for the next profession reveal. In an interview at Eurogamer, this tidbit was left behind.
Flannum and Peters teased that a profession for people who play sneaky rogues or assassins is on the cards, but the pair were elusive as to the others.
Maybe Eurogamer is just getting ahead of themselves, but to me this seems like a clear hint that the next reveal will be the long awaited assassin. They didn’t have to be elusive about all but one class, or mention a sneaky class of any kind. They chose to do so.
That got me thinking about my New Assassin post from August. In it I talked about a range of things, but what interests me lately is the shadowstep. I theorized then that perhaps the unique mechanic would be shadowstepping to and from enemies and allies. I still think that’s a possibility, with stealth being another, but when I watched the Zealot’s Defense skill video I saw another profession using a teleport skill.
We hadn’t seen much proof of any kind of teleport mechanic in combat until that video. I’ll let you watch it again.
It’s not a long video, but the action begins around the 8 second mark, the guardian begins to cast and then in a Ride The Lightning like move, which I later found from another interview is likely called Flashing Blade, she warps to her enemy to defend her ally.
An enemy is attacking an ally of yours. You can activate your Courage virtue, which will block the next attack. Swap to a sword and shield and use Flashing Blade to teleport in between your ally and the target, blinding the enemy.
Now if Flashing Blade blinds people then that definitely reminds me of Blinding Flash, an air elementalist skill. But I’m also reminded of the assassin skill Flashing Blades, which doesn’t appear to have any resemblance to this skill aside from the name.
But I’m getting away from the point. Can we really expect the assassin class of Guild Wars 2 to not have shadowstep at this point?
I think the answer to that seems pretty obvious but what I’m really wondering about is the unique mechanic. If guardians have a teleport, it can’t be all that unique to assassins. Flashing Blade is a skill though, so if assassins have some form of inherent mechanic that enables shadowstepping, I could get behind that.
Stealth so far has only been linked to pets, but it could be in the same boat. Some pets have stealth attacks so that doesn’t appear very unique to assassins. Is it possible there is a new, original unique mechanic for the assassin? On the other hand, some pets seem to resemble some professions over others. Perhaps a stealthy pet has stealth because it resembles an assassin?
What are your thoughts? Will the unique mechanic be stealth, shadowstep, or other?
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