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Posted: Jan 27th 2011 9:07AM DemonXaphan said

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I can see this profession being played by those who loved the monk or who played a cleric.

Posted: Jan 27th 2011 9:15AM Arkanaloth said

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cool.. but I'm still waiting for mesmer. >_>

Posted: Jan 27th 2011 4:58PM Faction 3 said

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@Arkanaloth OMFG I agree! I PRAY they bring the Mesmer in. If they do not, that will pretty much be a Deal Breaker...

Its like the X-Men without Cyclops, or Gambit.
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Posted: Jan 27th 2011 5:14PM Arkanaloth said

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@Faction 3

I can't say no mesmer is a deal breaker, Ele is my second love afterall, however.. it would make me a sad panda if mesmer isn't an option.
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Posted: Jan 27th 2011 9:18AM kjhasdfjkhk said

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This is the class I've been waiting for. It will definitely be my main. I love the idea of a heavily armored magic user (the fact that they can use a staff is just awesome) and a fighter who uses magic to buff/attack. The Guardian is its own class. He does have similarities to a monk but people writing this off as "Monk 2.0" are just plain wrong. It seems like he is much more offensive in his attacks and buffs, and his defensive buffs allow him and his group members to be more offensive.

Monks are healers, Guardians are not. A quote from Eric Flannum clears this up:

"He feels very magical, he feels very much like the one who comes in and saves the day, but in the reality of it he plays a similar support role as a Necromancer."

He seems more akin to a paladin (in the true sense oft he word, not in the WoW sense of the word) than to a healer. It seems like he will have a huge range of utility and will be able to take on many roles. Cannot wait.

Posted: Jan 27th 2011 10:01AM epilepticemu said

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@kjhasdfjkhk

Paladin in the true sense of the word? So

1. any one of the 12 legendary peers or knightly champions in attendance on Charlemagne.
2. any knightly or heroic champion.
3. any determined advocate or defender of a noble cause.

Yeah, sounds just like that!
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Posted: Jan 27th 2011 10:24AM kjhasdfjkhk said

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@epilepticemu

Obviously I meant in the context of roleplaying classes...
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Posted: Jan 27th 2011 9:31AM DemonXaphan said

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I'll get excited when they announce the assassin/ranger class cause that's what i want to play.

Posted: Jan 27th 2011 11:13AM TheElvenAssassin said

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@DemonXaphan

Assassin/rogue classes are some of the coolest. :) I can't wait to see the GW2 spin on it, either. ;)
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Posted: Jan 27th 2011 1:00PM Seldra said

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@DemonXaphan
Yea I'm mainly waiting for that class, I'm hoping it can use guns John Woo style.
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Posted: Jan 27th 2011 4:15PM slash beast said

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@DemonXaphan They already anounced the Ranger.
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Posted: Jan 29th 2011 3:14AM OlanDurai said

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I'm hoping they merge the assassin with the mesmer. I don't see the mesmer class coming back unless they created an arcane magic user. A sorcerer if you will. But I think it would be more awesome to mix assassin and mesmer. You'd walk out with crafty, widgety, deadly bad@$$!!!111
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Posted: Jan 27th 2011 9:51AM Jade Effect said

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I predict Guardian players will simply create their own version of the Paladin class, since the class is able to stand in the front lines, use damage mitigating abilities, and self-heal.

Posted: Jan 27th 2011 10:01AM Xelendar said

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Imo its resembles the D&D idea of a Cleric. Which i love :)

Posted: Jan 27th 2011 10:11AM lucas42 said

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Hooray! Prot Monk was tons of fun, and it will be even funner doing that job in the thick of battle.

The little hadoukens he throws with his axe must be the simple skill in the #1 slot. That is a very satisfying sound they make.

Posted: Jan 27th 2011 11:45AM DevilSei said

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@lucas42

Actually, I believe that was a scepter he was using, since they are not able to use axes, and it seems to be a more magical attack than physical (which then leaves out the mace).
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Posted: Jan 27th 2011 10:33AM Dumac said

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I don't know. Somehow i feel like something is missing. It looks incomplete and underpowered to me. I can't put my finger on it. And the way other classes are set up i feel like the guardian will be doing other peoples jobs when they cant be bothered to care for themselves through most of regular PvE.

Something is missing. Im having a really hard time articulating how i feel here.

Posted: Jan 27th 2011 10:50AM Tom in VA said

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One of my favorite toons in Guild Wars 1 was a smiting monk, but the fact that groups always expected only healing from him was a downer for grouping, so I mainly soloed him.

The Guardian looks like an answer for those of us who liked the Monk class but didn't want to "play the healer" in groups. Nice work, ArenaNet. :-)

And now it looks like my "Monk" won't be stuck wearing pajamas all the time. ;)

Posted: Jan 27th 2011 12:29PM Arkanaloth said

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@Tom in VA

I love smiting monks too but man outside of an undead infested area they were seriously ham-strung on damage. :(

I suppose you could pack "By Ural's Hammer", Ebon battle standard of Honor and go / Ele for Intensity to give them more boost, especially RoJ (or as I call it, Beam of God Strike!) but it always seemed unfair that smiting monks had to go outside of their core to kick it up a notch. (and the recharge rate on intensity and Ural's is just brutal)
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Posted: Jan 27th 2011 11:22AM Randomessa said

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As someone who got their start in MUDs playing a paladin, and is just now enjoying being a mail-wearing cleric in Rift, Guild Wars 2's Guardian just might be up my alley where Monk didn't fit the bill for me. I look forward to giving this a try!

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