What class to play during the 2nd BWE?

I am facing a dilemma.  I refuse to play the Necromancer and Engineer during the beta weekends since those are going to be my main classes once the game goes live.  I will be playing the Necro as my main when I play with my wife.  I will be playing the Engineer when my wife and I play with our oldest son.  However, if the game comes out in the next few months I will have quite a bit of time to play solo, and for that I need a third character.

I am thinking of reusing a name I first used in GW1 for my warrior, and then used as a captain in LOTRO.  In GW he was my 2nd character, and LOTRO my main.  He has always been a melee, heavy armor wearer.  So it seems weird putting him in anything other then heavy armor.  Yes I know that is odd and sort of geeky.  I am writing a blog about MMOs after all.  I want to use the BWEs to help find bugs, and also to find what class I am going to use for my 3rd character.

In the first BWE, I had very limited internet access.  I did play the Guardian a little.  I came to the Guardian thinking I wouldn’t like it based on my dislike of the LOTRO Guardian.  I found the GW2 Guardian wasn’t bad to play.  It does more damage then I expected and did some nice buffs and such.  I just am not sure if I want to play a class like this.  There is something that just doesn’t work for me, but I can’t put my finger on it.

I might try the warrior.  The combination of ranged weapons in the Rifle and Bow with the melee weapons is very appealing.  It does fit my characters history of being a warrior and captain.  I just wonder if I am gravitation to this class to fit that history.

The Ranger also interests me.  It seems like the ranger is pretty durable and if built correctly can go toe to toe in melee range.  I like the idea of having a pet, but pets in MMOs usually seem to be pretty dumb with many pathing issues.

I also like the Mesmer and the illusions.  However, I had bad memories of the “armor” that mesmers had in GW1.  I don’t want to go around fighting monsters while dressed like I should be in a play.

I have no interest in the Elementalist or the Thief.

So I have 4 classes to choose from, and I have only a little time to try them out.  From what I have read in blogs and from postings in my guilds forums it seems like every class is fun.  Almost everybody seems like they play a class only for the BWE, but they find it is so good that they end up with more questions as to what they will play when the game goes live.  That is a testament to the work that Anet has put into GW2.  However, it has me confused and wondering what to play for the BWE.

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4 thoughts on “What class to play during the 2nd BWE?

  1. TheY have done a really nice job with the Ranger class! The pet system still needs a bit of polishing, but on the whole I could not have done without my Mr. Fluffy But. Bow skills are fantastic when you can fire and straif at the same time, and don’t let me get started on the awesome that is barrage. Give the bow master a try and start sending arrows to knees.

    • See! this is exactly what I am talking about. I didn’t even plan to try the ranger, but now I read things that make me want to try it. I am strongly considering the Ranger for this BWE.

  2. I’ve been spending a lot of time with the Mesmer class for the last BWE, but during the stress test I started playing a warrior for kicks, and since in GW1 my main was a warrior. I have to say that the combat with the warrior in GW2 feels very satisfying. The axe attacks hit like trucks. They’re a very straightforward class so it makes for a real breeze to get in and just start having fun.

    The Mesmer is a lot more complicated mechanic wise so their learning curve is a bit higher, but I’ve definitely been having a heck of a lot of fun with them. I don’t know how much you should concern yourself with their armor ‘design’ yet since we do have access to transmutation stones now. Once you find an armor you like you can just reskin all your later armor to look like it. So you don’t ever have to worry about getting some dorky theater outfit that you’ll be stuck with for the rest of your time as a Mesmer.

    • The Warrior is another one I want to try. I played a warrior as my 2nd character in GW, and I agree that sometimes it is nice to wade into the battle and smash things. I am definitely going to play a ranger, and I might also try the warrior.

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