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Guardian vs Warrior Pt. 2

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Last night was the 2nd stress test for the beta and I started with the intent to give my Guardian some time in WvWvW so I could try and find an accurate comparison to the Warrior and which fits my play-style better.

My results... well, it's a bit iffy. I went back to my Warrior after around 30 minutes but kept thinking (and saying, much to the other ventrilo users frustration I'm sure!) about how much more useful the Guardian would be in various situations or how different the fight would be if I were the Guardian... but I have decided to stick to my Warrior.

My findings for the Guardian, at least at a low level where there is little gear customization available, is that it is insanely more survivable than the Warrior. My Warrior is constantly diving for the heal button and just trying to stay alive a few seconds longer, my Guardian on the other hand was able to tank multiple camp guards without his health dropping at all. Better passive healing and cleansing I was barely even touching my heal button. Clearly for that I am favouring the Guardian by a LARGE margin, for taking on PvE objectives/content and small groups of players the Guardian just seems to not die.

But at this stage the Guardian just isn't mobile enough for me. My warrior has gap closers on both utilities and weapons, as well as a 10% speed increase for carrying a melee weapon and some ranged options (well, until the Longbow re-model I would say the plural isn't quite accurate). I felt incredibly sluggish and like I was permanently chasing people never actually hitting. What it does have instead of this mobility is group support and healing, even the spammable mace skill heals on the 3rd hit.

Overall, I'm rolling Warrior at the game launch. But later down the line once I'm more focused and have gear lying around/crafted I can see myself rolling a Guardian. The survival boost it can give to a group is huge and in all fairness I don't think I'm giving it the attention it takes. I am not quite as hardcore as I once was, and this is a different breed of MMO. The protection/aegis/blind/regeneration buffs it can bring will vastly increase a groups potential, but at this moment I am not quite 'in the zone' enough to co-ordinate it all properly.

So, I'm going to stick with my Warrior. Now to just pick a race...

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