I just want to quickly revisit my Guild Wars 2 profession speculations in light of the Edge of Destiny book that has released with plenty of yummy profession hints. There might be spoilers to the book so press on with forewarning.
In the KTR Ghosts of Ascalon follow up interview, Jeff Grubb said that categorization of magic user is pretty easy. In Edge of Destiny, the human queen, Queen Jennah, is a mesmer. Not only is she a mesmer, but she is one of the most powerful able to conjure up a dragon if necessary. Many postulate that she also bewitched Logan Thackeray. I am now fairly certain that this profession will be returning without a change to it’s name. I hope this will be the January reveal because I really want to see how they dealt with such a hex heavy profession.
I am also fairly certain that the assassin profession will be the one that is similar, but with a different name. Many think that “rogue” will be the new moniker. I am hopeful it is not. The term “rogue” has a ton of baggage from Dungeons and Dragons and World of Warcraft. Still, the sylvari Caithe in Edge of Destiny seems to fit the bill. She seems to have a love for “weak spots” in her foes, but Caithe seems to have no knowledge of shadow stepping. The supposed loss of the ninjitsu side of the assassin profession may be what is prompting the name change.
Logan Thackeray is clearly of the “blue mace lady” ilk. He defends, he heals, and he wields a non-bladed weapon of his own for most of the book. One line in the book tells tale of his “guardian” powers, and the book’s description calls Logan a “valiant human guardian.” Could this be the term for the “blue mace lady” profession? I do admit that my preferred “knight” term does carry some cultural baggage, but the term “guardian” carries some holy-trinity baggage. We will see how ArenaNet chooses to describe their other soldier profession. (EDIT: Hunters Insight put up a fantastic break down of this after this was posted.)
Finally, there is still little shown for the last profession. There is plenty of gadgeteering in Edge of Destiny, but it’s hard to know when to separate asura inventor from all-race profession. I still think it will be a profession iconic of the new age.
We will find out at least one profession in less than four weeks.
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