Mesmer Skill Video BreakdownDecember 13, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Posted in Guild Wars 2, mmorpg | 15 Comments
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After each Guild Wars 2 profession reveal I try pick through their skill videos to scope out anything I can. As we’ve learned more about the game, in depth study has become far less necessary, but I’l still do my best.
I don’t think I’ve done this without being able to name the skills before, and the leak certainly takes some of the context away from the official mesmer reveal tomorrow.
Although I’m sure we can guess at some of them.
No original mesmer skill that I can recall seems to directly relate to what I see in the first video. I suppose you might call the stealth field Distortion since they both center around evasion. Not to mention the word itself fits.
The video opens as we see a giant chasing 3 people who then enter a circle of stealth. It effects all 3 members giving them a purplish transparent look.
It’s a decently sized circle and while the PvE ramifications are interesting, the PvP possibilities are staggering. Can’t wait to see how much enemy players can perceive of the circle, or how clever the counters are to it. I could go on about the possibilities but I’ll move on.
Following that we get to see what the AI looks like when it loses track of its enemy. It actually raises its hand to signify that it’s looking around, and then turns to leave. Pretty cool.
The beam of energy that the mesmer then fires at the giant reminds me quite clearly of Magicka. Even the sound effect seems familiar to me. I’d like to see the mesmer moving around while firing that off, I’m sure it’s possible as most skills are designed that way in Guild Wars 2.
It’s also worth noting that the mesmer seems to have a bit of a selection of weaponry to choose from. In this video it’s using a sword and what appears to be a torch. Not the weapons you might expect from a spellcaster. We don’t get to see much of what the sword does, as the stealth circle is cast after both weapons are sheathed and the following two skills seem to be torch related. Not to mention the sword appears to be in the left hand, normally the offhand position, though I suspect this is due to a flipped perspective. I’ll also note the giant appears to be dual wielding giant axes. Awesome.
Why the circle is cast while weapons are sheathed is another question. A utility skill? I would have to think.
I guess the only other things I’ll mention are the quick torch toss at the end of the first video (though we’ve seen it before) and the butterflies that are now instantly synonymous with mesmers. You will never see a butterfly the same way again.
The asura model animations are on display here and I can not commend Arenanet enough on them, asura will definitely be one of my favourite races.
This asura appears to use a sword and focus and calls upon 2 doubles standing on either side of himself. From the enemy camera point of view these doubles appear to resemble the asura closely but from the asura point of view they are clearly outlined with the mesmers colours and skill effects. It’s impossible to see if the asura ordered their destruction, but it’s pretty clear the weird mutated dredge like thing died before they disappeared in a fluff of butterflies.
I suppose this skill could be a unique mechanic as it is seen in other skill videos. But it does appear to be conjure phantasm. Their mechanic appears to be similar to necromancer minions where some secondary ability is available after they are created.
The asura also then casts a line of some sort. More than likely something like crippling anguish. The undead is crippled and then when the asura runs through it he is pretty clearly buffed in some way. If it is a speed buff it doesn’t appear to be a big one as he doesn’t pick up much speed, though as has been pointed out the asura utters something along the lines of “Accelerate!” as he moves through it.
Actually if I had to name this skill I’d go with Illusion of Haste since it both removed crippling and added it in Guild Wars, even if it was to yourself. But perhaps this is a new skill.
This video seems to show what is pretty obviously chaos storm. A field of erratic static discharges of electricity that fries some Sons of Svanir. The chaos storm also appears to slow down these enemies, and even leave them with the poison condition. A random effect from the chaos of chaos storm?
Due to the blue outline of the circle Malchior has suggested that there may be some beneficial effect to passing through the chaos storm, and there is a bluish skill effect going off after the mesmer has passed through mixed up with other skill effects.
The second skill instantly moves the player past the enemies, leaving behind some form of debuff on the SoS. You can see it in the form of a yellow ring that circles the enemy and a buff effect on the player once the skill is done. Even after the chaos storm field has disappeared they’re left moving quite slowly. There is also a purple effect in there which gets kind of confusing.
The third skill appears to set the enemy on fire. Greibach suggested on twitter that Mind Burn, an elementalist skill, has replaced Energy Burn, a mesmer skill. Since there is no longer any energy in Guild Wars 2 this is a plausible theory. There is very little mention of fire in mesmer skills outside of defense against it.
Again in the fourth video we see the mesmer call upon phantasms resembling herself. Why this second example is necessary isn’t clear, but there are things to note.
Though the main hand of the mesmer is sword, and the offhand is pistol, both phantasms use two pistols. This appears to make this another manifestation of conjure phantasm somehow. In our first example the phantasms wielded exactly what the caster had. Conjure nightmare perhaps. Or it could be a unique mechanic where the mesmer calls upon doubles to fight for them instead of separate skills. Or some other explanation… this is where context would be good.
Also to take note of is that the doubles fire mesmer rounds, not the pure white streaks we see in other gun shots in Guild Wars 2. A purple skill effect is seen quite clearly.
The mesmer also orders the two doubles “Into the fray!” and then seems to cast a spell that ends the phantasms with an explosion that kills the mob. Not sure about the sound effect on that final skill though.
Finally we have one of the most talked about skills. A teleportation field. It opens on the players location and requires the player to move to a second location before being available. Once that is done a player can move freely from one portal to another and back.
This skill is going to have a lot of ramifications depending on the details. Can team mates use it? How long is the duration? What is the maximum distance? Are there line of sight issues? But above all if teams can use it, I see no end to the fun of this skill.
The other skill is probably Illusionary Weaponry. The mesmer user their greatsword to fire off a laser blast not unlike the beam in the first video. Hard to say what the differences might be at this stage.
Great sound effects on both these skills.
And the opening shot of the beam of light coming out of the tower, along with the visuals of the statues in the background at the end was very impressive.
And that is the last skill video breakdown. I’ve done 8 of these now and it has been fun as hell talking about these videos over the past year and a half. I can only wonder why kind of videos I’ll be breaking down for any Guild Wars 2 expansions.
Anyway skill names and explanations tomorrow. See you then.
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