I took some time to play around with the two Nightfall Professions, the Paragon and the Dervish in the Random Arenas. I had to delete my Assassin because I didn’t have extra character slots, but that’s fine. I didn’t take a shine to the Profession once I had played it a bit.
I used the pre-made PvP builds to try out the new Professions. One could create only female Dervishes. I created an Assassin/Dervish (named “Narutard Uzumaki”) first, but I didn’t like it much. I kept dying. The two Professions seem similar, because they are light-armoured melee Professions, but I am not sure whether the combination worked all that well. In retrospect, maybe a Warrior/Dervish might have been a better choice. I didn’t play long enough to know for sure. Apparently the Dervish is overpowered right now. After my Dervish experiement, I decided to play around with the Paragon.
Players could create only male Paragons. I started with ArenaNet’s Paragon/Ritualist (named “Captain Enn”) combination, which used all Paragon Skills. This worked fairly well, and I was on a few winning teams. I think the two are a good combination because both Professions are ranged support fighters. I have found that I enjoy playing those sorts of characters, but up to this point I have mostly played spellcasters that are more on the offensive side rather than strictly support. Next, I tried out the Paragon/Warrior (named “Cmdr Folken”) and this combination also worked well for me. This build had Skills that were split between the Paragon and the Warrior. I do like the Profession, I hope that Paragons will work as well in PvE with Henchmen.
Turning off Local Chat is great. I didn’t have to deal with any abusive or immature language from opposing teams at all. I was playing in the International District, and chatter on the teams I was placed in was sparse. I am not sure whether it’s because people didn’t speak English, or whether they were using Local Chat for issuing instructions.
I didn’t win too many Medallions — I didn’t have enough to exchange for anything, and I certainly didn’t earn enough to get a Flame of Balthazar, of which you need 50 to get 1 Flame. 10 Flames of Balthazar can be exchanged for a Celestial Sigil. A Celestial Sigil can be exchanged for a Guild Hall. My guild does not have a Hall yet. However, because there were loads of people exchanging Flames of Balthazar for Celestial Sigils, and many people then sold their surplus Sigils to the Sigil Trader, this meant that the market had more Celestial Sigils than usual. This pushed the price of Sigils down to reasonable levels. I was able to get a Celestial Sigil for 11 platinum. The price of a Celestial Sigil usually hovers between 17 platinum and 30 platinum. Now we just need to figure out which hall we want. Any suggestions?
In other news, I am a couple of Missions and a few Quests away from finally being able to choose a faction in Guild Wars Factions.
Somehow I feel that I haven’t quite found my legs as a Warrior/Mesmer. Whether this is due to the fast progression in Factions, or whether I just haven’t been as effective as I can be in combining Skills, I’m not sure.
In a little over a week, I will be back in full effect, so there will be more Guild Wars posts to come. It is unlikely that I will post before then.