Illusionary SpeculationOctober 6, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Posted in Guild Wars 2, mmorpg | 26 Comments
Tags: Guild Wars 2, MMO, mmorpg
The release of the 8th profession approaches, though no one can say when. The class that will “appeal to fans of the mesmer”, the last scholar class, and a class that has been described as “controversial”. It seems almost certain to be the mesmer, but how would that be controversial?
Mesmers were mentioned outright in both novelizations of Guild Wars 2. They were a pet class of Arenanet during the original Guild Wars. As a profession that interrupted skills, diverted them, or controlled action, they are a class that on the surface most would say fits seamlessly into the control/support/damage scheme that Arenanet is trying to promote.
I wrote about the future direction I saw for the mesmer almost exactly a year ago. There I comment on just how much of the old professions mechanics are not applicable in Guild Wars 2, so I won’t repeat myself, but essentially a good case can be made that the mesmer may be significantly different.
I still think it’s going to be a mesmer and going to focus on control, but lately I’ve been open to the idea that we could be surprised by what we find when it’s revealed.
One idea that has been percolating in my head that even I don’t put too much weight in is the notion of the swashbuckler.
Mesmers have always had this classy, aristocratic, and charming feel to them. Their armour was typically elegant and proper, sometimes roguish and beguiling. Customized features were coiffed and courtly.
That seems out of place in Guild Wars 2. Time has moved forward, things have changed. While there is a storyline involving human nobility, mesmers don’t fit in that way with the other races. Aside from that, if you look at the classic idea of a sophisticated and elegant adventuerer, you get people more along the lines of Errol FLynn in various movies. A swashbuckler.
Everyone speculating about the mesmer seems entirely convinced that the mesmer, in addition to spellcasting weapons, will use pistols and a sword. The old mesmer skill Illusionary Weaponry encouraged squishy spellcasters to join in on melee, usually with a sword. Pistols just seem like a mesmer weapon, the nobility of pistols at dawn seems appropriate. All of these things seem like they could both match the description of a mesmer and a swashbuckler.
There’s also the possibility that the influence of pirates could be seen. They’re certainly a problem in Tyria, and we’ve seen good and bad pirates alike in the demo and novels. A good swashbuckler is usually a pirate in disguise.
If the new mesmer is less a spellcaster and more of a swashbuckling light armour class, I could see that as being controversial.
But I’m just speculating, and I still think it’s probably just going to be a mesmer. Only different.
Side note: Thieves vs mesmers or ninjas vs pirates…. same argument?
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