The Nightfall professions in Guild Wars always felt the most separated from the core professions. There were definitely times were the paragons and dervishes were some of the most powerful entities on the battlefield, but they always felt like some mirror-world offspring of the core warrior profession. Well ArenaNet has been working hard on two huge updates, and last night the valiant leader of the Guild Wars Live Team posted a huge preview for the dervish changes. The goal of the dervish update was to give it’s style of play more meaning and to cultivate the essence of a dervish, rather than having an enchantment heavy warrior.
First off 90% of the skills were altered in some way to redefine the dervish because unlike the previous mesmer change, the dervish was rebuilt and reexamined to the core. The biggest change, in my mind, are the addition of flash enchantments. These are normal enchantments, except that the character can cast them on the fly. In other words, they are enchantments that are used almost like a shout. This will allow the melee-styled dervish to stay in combat range of enemies instead of having to stop and waste a second to build up an enchantment. The one drawback is that using a flash enchantment blacks out the other flash enchantments for a short period of time.
The dervish will still have plenty of normal enchantments, and an update to it’s profession attribute mysticism keeps the dervish positioned as one of the biggest enchantment users. Mysticism will now reduce the cost of dervish enchantments up front. It’s basically the professions own version of the ranger’s expertise. This is important because the focus on building up and tearing down enchantment combos has become more of the focus for the dervish class. Building a dervish is going to be a lot more similar to building an assassin now.
If you have a main dervish character in the stable be sure to check out the preview. It looks like that the dervish update is on it’s way, and it will be followed by the Embark Beach update. Rumor has it that the Embark Beach update is going to be epic, and I have a feeling it might bring as many people back as the Hall of Monuments reward sheet… at least that’s my hope.