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If you have a main, what race, class and gender is it and why?

I can't seem to land on any single character and it frustrates me that all my characters are under-geared or don't have everything explored or stuff because of it.

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  • Danikat.8537Danikat.8537 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited May 28, 2020

    My main is a human female ranger. Human female because I wanted her to be descended from/the latest version of my GW1 character (and they had to be human) and ranger because it's the profession I enjoy most.

    I made 4 characters on the first day and it's gone up to 11 since then. I never set rules for myself on which ones I play or how often, I just choose whichever one I feel like when I log in and over time the ranger emerged as a favourite. Although that's not entirely a surprise, I've been playing RPGs for almost 30 years so I've got a fairly good idea of the kind of characters I like and the ranger is the closest fit (with ele a close second).

    But it does often depend on what I want to do, I tend to prefer certain characters for certain activities. For example I'm currently doing WvW on my weaver, and I always seem to do Silverwastes on my tempest. My thief is currently assigned to doing dailies, but that rotates between characters on a regular basis. I have a mental list of what everyone is currently doing and pick whichever I feel like when I log in, either to continue what they were doing or to start something new.

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  • Strider.7849Strider.7849 Member ✭✭✭

    I have a habit of deleting characters and remaking them, over and over again - to the annoyance of my girlfriend lol. I want my characters to look exactly the way I intended them to be - sometimes I'll find or design a look that I like even more, and it's fitting to a class I enjoy playing so I'll remake it.

    With that being said my main is and has always been ranger and it's the one character I have never deleted or felt the need to redesign (looks wise and in name). It's a human male. I first chose this class because I really liked having a pet companion that never leaves your side. Lately though, anet has been nerfing it severely, and while it's always going to be my "main" I play it less these days.

    I'm currently playing ele more so due to the diversity in build options and I'm making a Norn male revenant (I have very little experience on rev but would like to master the class before I decide to keep it or throw it away).

    My advice to you is be patient. This game isn't a race and can be taken quite casually. I would create a character on your preferred gender(s) for each race and design looks/names using the previews. One for each type of armor class. Then level up a couple of them and decide whether you enjoy the class or not. Takes longer but in my case of constantly deleting and remaking, when I finally get that perfect character to me, it was worth all the time spent. Lastly I play male characters, simply because I'm a male. It feels weird (to me) to be in a role-playing game, with your virtual character roleplaying as the opposite gender.

  • Yasai.3549Yasai.3549 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I main Reaper for all things PvE.
    It's just easy mode.

    If I play a stupid build, I deserve to die.
    If I beat people on a stupid build, I deserve to get away with it.

  • Randulf.7614Randulf.7614 Member ✭✭✭✭

    There's no rule that says you have to have a main. My main is actually a somewhat weak character since he is a pvt mace/shield warrior. Hard to kill, but very low dps. He's my go to for everything but instances and WvW and the first through every story. He also is apart of a gaming multiverse for me as well which I wont go into.

    There's nothing wrong with bouncing between toons equally though

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  • AliamRationem.5172AliamRationem.5172 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Asuran Female Elementalist.

    Asuran because I like them best of all the GW2 races with that odd juxtaposition of cutesy weirdness and ruthlessness. I love everything Asuran!

    Female because, of all the voicework in GW2, I've always loved the work of Colleen O'Shaughnessey (the voice of the Asuran Female). If you're like me, you might not have even noticed how important voicework is to the overall experience. But that's just it! It's such a part of the experience that I don't typically think of it on its own, separate from the whole. That is until I'm asked questions like these or play an entire story episode with no voicework! There are other great voices in this game, but the Asuran Female has always been my favorite!

    Elementalist. I'm playing the Weaver elite specialization now and it takes that attunement swapping to another level. It's remarkably complex and fun to play! I've never played anything else like it. The swapping, dual attunements, 26 weapon skills per set, all the combo fields with so many leap and blast finishers, dodge effects from evasive arcana. It just feels like there is so much going on and I love it!

  • Taril.8619Taril.8619 Member ✭✭✭

    Female Norn Thief.

    Why? Because I was playing around ages ago with different classes and what not. Thief was the one I preferred, due to its faster playstyle because of its initiative system instead of normal cooldowns. I also enjoyed the stealth aspect which allowed me to sneak up on targets as well as get out of a bad fight.

    As such, it's my oldest character.

    However, I don't play it so much anymore. Since it's received so many nerfs over the years it's a mere shadow of its former self. Stealth has practically 0 duration anymore, everything costs way too much initiative making the class much slower, the little sustain that the class had has been nerfed too so it's also a pile of squish (Outside of spamming Black Powder for constant blinds which is less than thrilling gameplay, especially with the aforementioned increased initiative costs)

    So I end up playing other characters instead. Such as Necro when I just want to faceroll through content because Reaper is super survivable even with full Zerker gear while dishing out tons of damage and able to face tank Champions with ease. Or Ranger if I just want to burst for like a billion damage because Soulbeast is absolutely ridiculous.

    I tried to play some Mesmer too, as it was always a class I thought looked fun to play at high level (Just, leveling up as one used to suck)... But it seems that too also has been nerfed to heck and just feels crummy to play as well.

    So yeah. I'd love to go back to playing my Thief, but it just feels so bad to play as it these days. With limited gameplay variation too, where PvP it's all P/D Repeater spam because Condi's are stupid and PvE it's all Rifle DE where your rotation is simply just TRB x3 > Death's Judgment ad infinitum (Even more so in OW because getting close to basically anything to use any melee weapons feels like suicide 99% of the time)...

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  • Teratus.2859Teratus.2859 Member ✭✭✭✭

    My Main is a..

    Race: Human.
    Reason?: I'm a Gw1 player so I wanted to continue my Gw1 characters family legacies into Gw2, this is why many of my Gw2 human characters share last names.
    Basically they're all decendants of my Gw1 characters and either directly or distantly related in Gw2.

    Gender: Male.
    Reason?: No reason, when I created him 8 years ago I just felt like making a male character.
    I have many Male and Female characters in Gw2, their gender is usually chosen on a whim or because I have a specific name in mind that I want to use.

    Class: Ranger.
    Reason?: It was my first character in Gw2. Coming from Gw1 I mostly played a Necromancer there however for many years I almost always had Ranger as a secondary profession on most of my characters just because I liked having and collecting pet allies.
    In Gw2 Ranger was the only class that could collect pets while traveling around the open world and I really liked this as an idea, it felt almost like a little quest that only the Ranger class had access too.
    So on my first playthrough of the game I wanted to be able to collect all the pets and enjoy that fresh game experience where nobody knew where they all were.
    I was the first person among my friends and guildmates who found and tamed a Shark and may have even been one of the first few Rangers in the game to find and tame the Armour Fish hidden away below Lions Arch.. a location I showed a number of other Rangers how to access so they could tame their own.

    Pet hunting was a lot of fun to me in the early days of Gw2 and to this day I have no regrets about choosing Ranger as my first character.

  • tim.4596tim.4596 Member ✭✭✭

    Chronomancer main,

    I love support classes and Mesmer seems to go way back with Guild Wars. If Monk actually was brought to GW2 I'd play that probably, but sadly, it isn't.

    Other than that it's strong PvE class, self quickness, self might, very versatile build wise (although most class are versatile nowadays). You can play it Staff, Greatsword, Sword (power or condi).

    Back in Core/HoT it had great mobility, but since mount exist mobility isn't really an issue. It's mobility is still useful if you engage if fights you can't win, you can simply disengage with blink.

    What play style are you actually after? All classes are very different, and it's probably best to know what type of class you're looking to play. Elite spec can vary a the play style a lot depending on the class. So you might have started a class which you might like, but you just haven't explored the build yet.

  • Domino.1359Domino.1359 Member ✭✭

    Though not the answer are looking for, I don't have a main. For me, my gameplay is split between gearing up all my characters and be able to utilize each of them for any gameplay (raids, fractals, PvP, PvE). It does take awhile, thus the process is more like end-game for me. It takes me awhile to really decide if I like a class (a good month once equipped); and a lot of times I end up just deleting it. But that's part of my process!

  • voltaicbore.8012voltaicbore.8012 Member ✭✭✭
    edited May 28, 2020

    My first & main character is a human female ranger. I picked human for familiarity (I was entirely new to Guild Wars as a whole, and didn't want to risk feeling too disconnected at the start), female for looks (pretty), and ranger because it's usually the first class I run in any game. As folks have already mentioned, ranger has had a pretty bumpy ride over the years, and spent the vast majority of the game's history trading between different forms of uselessness. That's not to say that I couldn't have fun or be effective - even before soulbeast, I found ways to outperform many classes in group content, and soloed dungeons and harder fights.

    I continue to main ranger because over the years, I've found that ranger is one of the most versatile classes at the expense of rarely being the best at any one thing. As such, it was a natural choice for me to take ranger into everything new. I've since figured out how to do everything in this game on a glass cannon build on every class, so I don't need to bring my ranger to new content anymore - but I still do it anyways out of habit.

    I have a total of 24 characters. 9 are sort of my "core" characters, one for each core class. I usually learn at least 3-4 builds on those, and have them suitably equipped. The other... 15 I usually make for specific aesthetic purposes, or to try out story choices that weren't covered by the original 9. I only learn one build (which is often deeply inefficient since I pick weapons for looks and not practicality on these characters) and gear them out for that. Although these 15 "extra" characters are much less useful for gameplay than my core roster, put together they still get a pretty significant chunk of my play time; I do work pretty hard on their looks, after all.

  • Nashkar.6071Nashkar.6071 Member ✭✭

    Race : Sylvari
    Class : Elementalist
    Gender : Male

    Elementalist is by far my most favorite class of all time in any MMORPG. I just looooove it. I choose Sylvari because male where pretty awesome compared to Humain. Despite that my favorite race is Charr and I love playing them. That why I also really like my Charr necro. But that's not even close to the Elementalist feeling playstyle.
    I think that Elementalist is misunderstood. It is not that complex at all and can be really resilient too. Never understood the critics.

  • digglur.7285digglur.7285 Member ✭✭

    My main is a human female thief named Dragonhunt. Quite honestly my favorite character in any game I’ve played, I find it to be odd. She looks like a bad kitten killing machine that can stealth. Absolutely gorgeous to look at , so I do my best to keep her alive, haha.

  • Ashantara.8731Ashantara.8731 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited May 30, 2020

    @Kovac.4372 said:
    If you have a main, what race, class and gender is it and why?

    Profession: Guardian
    Why? - Because it's versatile and excellent in everything it does (DPS, support).

    Race: Human
    Why? - Just fits my character's theme (Priest of Dwayna).

    Gender: Male
    Why? - Because I dislike 99.9% of the female armor sets (either too femmy and overdressed or showing too much skin), most of the female postures and animations (too "girly"), the way females hold their weapons (some stances look weird), and pretty much all weapons being ridiculously oversized on female characters.

  • Irensaga.6935Irensaga.6935 Member ✭✭✭

    I have two mains. Both female - because I like the more graceful aesthetic on female characters (if you want to think I'd prefer to stare at a hot girl for hours on end instead of the alternative, I won't stop you). One is human and one is Sylvari. I prefer the Sylvari because I really like the voice actress - could listen to her all day, seriously.

    One is a Mesmer and one is an Elementalist. I like the Sylvari Elementalist for her really flashy skills that just nuke things - but her low survivability has made her really hard to enjoy in expansion and Living World content. The other is a human Mesmer which is just more survivable by miles, and her skills really click with me. I'd make her my main character in an instant, except I don't like the human voice actress as much as the Sylvari one.

    Ashantara is right that most weapons are way oversized on female characters. But I think I solved that by selecting the right weapon skins. Bonetti's Rapier for one-handed swords and the Privateer's Greatsword skin. Looks real sleek on my Mesmer. The Opulent Defender shield skin looks really nice too. For armor skins, I put the starter boots on her (the lace-up knee high boots), the Order of Whispers skirt with the slit up the side, the chest armor from the Carapace Armor set you find in the Silverwastes... makes for an attractive look that doesn't look ridiculously impractical like the tier 3 Human racial armor set and doesn't scream out "trying too hard" like the Winged armor set items.

    My Sylvari Elementalist sported the same outfit combo as my Mesmer for a while and she looked pretty good in it too. But at the moment, I have her is something that looks a little more rugged. Cabalist hood and chest piece with Leystone pants from Dragon's Stand and the beginner skin for boots - Apprentice shoes. Get the colors right with more subdued hues, and she pulls off the experienced adventurer look really nicely.

    If you can't tell, it's all down to look and feel of the character with me. I have a Sylvari male Revenant with blue-gray skin tones and white mowhawk and the special Revenant armor set. I have a female Norn Guardian in the Tier 3 Norn racial armor, but although it looks great, the impracticality of it bugs me, so I want to swap over to a full Carapace armor set from the Silverwastes, once I get the legs by playing the Living World episode that unlocks them. I've got a female Charr Necromancer in pretty much the full Bladed Armor set from Verdant Brink, except for head - which has one of the racial Charr hoods you can purchase in the Black Citadel. And the special Mesmer shoulders you unlock in Path of Fire. My Asura male thief and Human male Engineer are still works in progress. I'm planning a male Charr Warrior and female Asura Ranger at some point when I'm willing to spring for more character slots. Just don't like Norn males, so doubt I'll bother with one.

    It's really down to how the character is going to look. What fighting animations are they going to do, and will it look good. I tried a Charr Guardian once, and just really didn't like the attack animations, switched to a Norn female and it was tons better. The only way to know this for yourself is to test drive a race/gender/class combo and see how you like the look of how they fight and talk during their personal story.

    I would highly recommend you test run a bunch of characters up to level 20 before settling on one. Getting to level 20 is easy. And by then, you'll have most of the weapons and attack animations available for you to look at.

  • Tukaram.8256Tukaram.8256 Member ✭✭✭

    In GW my main was my elementalist (human, male), so he was the first avatar I made in GW2. I forced him up to 80 and gave up on him. Horrid thing.

    My 2nd avatar became my main. A male Charr Necro/minion master. Wonderfully fun character. I do well in groups, I get looting rights on almost everything, and while my critters are fighting I help res people, as needed. He is also my only character that can wander around solo in HoT (not that I spend much time there).

    My almost main is may male, Norn, Ranger. Almost as awesome as the Necro.

    I have pretty much everything else, but never warmed up to any of them. Guardian, warrior, revenant, mesmer... eh... whatever. I am looking to make a fisherman ha ha We all like what we like :)

  • AliamRationem.5172AliamRationem.5172 Member ✭✭✭✭

    So many elementalists! And so many bad experiences with such a cool class. It makes me sad. I know how hard it can be to find good open world builds. Everyone will tell you to go glass. But what if that doesn't work for you? Try this out!

    http://gw2skills.net/editor/?PGgAw2lZwmYXMJmJOKXdvaA-zRRYcRDHHZQjlROJQmFgDzSVSbA-e

    It is cheap to gear (dire exotic is fine) and has pretty amazing survivability and damage. How "amazing" is it? Here's a video of a 50 second champion avatar of Balthazar solo on sword weaver at 15.8k DPS, while never using an active heal, never rotating into water, and staying above 66% health the entire fight. I've never played another build that can match that.

    I don't know if it will bring you back to enjoying your elementalist, but if glassy builds are holding you back, I think you need to try this! Maybe you guys can be ele mains again, too!

  • Irensaga.6935Irensaga.6935 Member ✭✭✭

    I really like that video. But... don't look at the screen - just look at the skill bar. Look how many different skills that Elementalist is going through.

    That's not really easy to do for a lot of players - myself included.

    I mean, I'm still tempted to try it out anyway. But I've never been that great at playing the piano in GW2.

  • Irensaga.6935Irensaga.6935 Member ✭✭✭
    edited May 31, 2020

    Do you have a skill rotation posted somewhere?

    Also, I admit I don't get your choice of weapon sigils. Sigil of Energy doesn't seem like it would ever proc - since you never swap weapons as an Elementalist. And what does Sigil of Corruption really do for you? Do you really get bonuses from stuff dying that often?

    Edit: Sorry, I missed your response to your own video on YouTube where you said the following about the rotation:

    "I'm pretty free-form on account of not participating in any organized group content. No practice golems or meta builds for me! But to deal damage I know I need to stay in fire, rotating between earth and air. This allows me to maintain that 25 might stack through Pyromancer's Puissance, combo blasts on fire fields, and fire aura detonations from focus fire 5 while also accessing my most damaging moves (e.g. pyrovortex).

    What you basically want to avoid is rotating in while the moves you need are still on cooldown. Simple enough. Just keep rotating back to fire, then rotate to whatever alternate element (earth or air) you didn't rotate into on the previous pass. Use the combo blasts like earth 2 and 4 on your fire fields to keep that might going. Also remember that with this build you have evasive arcana, so you actually get some damage out of dodging in fire and earth as well as an additional combo blast from earth dodge. Also, rotating back into fire applies fire shield and deals damage so even dodging into the enemy while rotating into fire deals some nice damage while helping generate more might!

    Avoid rotating into water unless you need CC or healing. Likewise, air/earth is only really used for CC. Rotating into these elements is something you definitely need to do at the right time, but it's also a damage loss when you do it. So be aware of that.

    I'm sure an experienced raid weaver could give a more detailed critique on how to deal damage, but this is basically how I approach it. I am not following a strict rotation in my head, more of a general one that changes to meet the needs of my situation. Unlike organized group play, there's nobody else there to perform other roles for me!"

  • AliamRationem.5172AliamRationem.5172 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited May 31, 2020

    @Irensaga.6935 said:
    I really like that video. But... don't look at the screen - just look at the skill bar. Look how many different skills that Elementalist is going through.

    That's not really easy to do for a lot of players - myself included.

    I mean, I'm still tempted to try it out anyway. But I've never been that great at playing the piano in GW2.

    I don't want to hijack this thread, so I'm going to pick this conversation up with a new thread in the elementalist folder where I'll include a quick clip demonstrating just how easy it is to conquer relatively difficult open world scenarios even if you don't know what you're doing and aren't much of a "piano" player!

    Edit: Here is a link to the new thread: https://en-forum.guildwars2.com/discussion/107218/open-world-domination-fire-weaver

    I will answer your question regarding energy/corruption sigils there. :)

  • escapay.6301escapay.6301 Member ✭✭

    My mains are my Human Elementalist female and Ranger Asura female. They just happened to be the first two characters I created and both have the majority of my hours. I just enjoy playing as both of them. Both should have completed the original story. My ranger has gone through pretty much all of the stories. My elementalist has some of the other story parts and I've taken her through all of LWS4 with my boyfriend and his character. I just liked the look of them.

    I've picked up some other characters though not mains. The two class mains are the ones I actually have second characters with the same class. I have two Elementalists and two Rangers. Originally it was Tempest and then new one was Weaver. And Druid first and second ranger was Soulbeast. Of course, my two mains have both elite specs unlocked.

  • Male sylvari rev. Both elite specializations, but I mainly play herald. I just think it's fun. And Brandon Bales is the best voice actor in the game you can't change my mind 😅

  • Khisanth.2948Khisanth.2948 Member ✭✭✭✭

    No but yes? I spend a lot more time on some characters than others but they all have full map completion and fully equipped in ascended ... or could be, couple are missing ascended armor but I have armor boxes sitting around it's just that there is no need since I won't ever do fractals with them.

    Gear is easy to get so the only reason to focus on a single character is to have more familiarity with the build.

  • Cuks.8241Cuks.8241 Member ✭✭✭

    Human male warrior. Probably the most basic combination but it was my first and I always come back to him in all game modes. I have every profession and always thought that there will be something better and more interesting. I like ele and engi and guard but it is something about the warrior that has the right feel.

  • Orack.9756Orack.9756 Member ✭✭
    edited June 2, 2020

    I'm currently like the OP, searching myself about which class while give me the best feeling.
    For the race, Asuran, all the way. I love their story and voice. I still want to learn more about their past :)
    I just regret the weapon oversize who doesn't make any sense and make thing way harder to look good...

    I'm currently playing necro a lot, but the more I play it, the more I realize I just like the fact it can faceroll anything, not really the skill/class itself (even if minion are fun.. but ugly).

  • Kovac.4372Kovac.4372 Member ✭✭✭

    @Orack.9756 said:
    I'm currently like the OP, searching myself about which class while give me the best feeling.
    For the race, Asuran, all the way. I love their story and voice. I still want to learn more about their past :)
    I just regret the weapon oversize who doesn't make any sense and make thing way harder to look good...

    I'm currently playing necro a lot, but the more I play it, the more I realize I just like the fact it can faceroll anything, not really the skill/class itself (even if minion are fun.. but ugly).

    What do you play the necro on? Maybe you picked the wrong race for it? Mine is an asura.

    I also enjoy the asura very much, especially the GW1 version of them ... I'm replaying the game again with a new asura eng, I aim to get him to holosmith ... feels immersive enough. Sadly there aren't many maps that are asura focused ... HoT is very Pact/Sylvary focused, PoF is very much huan focused, and everything in the north is either for charr or the norn ... the asura basically got the worst of it basically, being an assura pact commander also doesn't feel right ... not to mention being Glint's/Aurene's chosen -.-

  • Orack.9756Orack.9756 Member ✭✭
    edited June 4, 2020

    @Kovac.4372 said:

    @Orack.9756 said:
    I'm currently like the OP, searching myself about which class while give me the best feeling.
    For the race, Asuran, all the way. I love their story and voice. I still want to learn more about their past :)
    I just regret the weapon oversize who doesn't make any sense and make thing way harder to look good...

    I'm currently playing necro a lot, but the more I play it, the more I realize I just like the fact it can faceroll anything, not really the skill/class itself (even if minion are fun.. but ugly).

    What do you play the necro on? Maybe you picked the wrong race for it? Mine is an asura.

    I also enjoy the asura very much, especially the GW1 version of them ... I'm replaying the game again with a new asura eng, I aim to get him to holosmith ... feels immersive enough. Sadly there aren't many maps that are asura focused ... HoT is very Pact/Sylvary focused, PoF is very much huan focused, and everything in the north is either for charr or the norn ... the asura basically got the worst of it basically, being an assura pact commander also doesn't feel right ... not to mention being Glint's/Aurene's chosen -.-

    Like I said, my favorite race is asura, so every char I get but one are Asura ^^

    For the necro, like I said, mitigate feeling.
    I've pick it cuz it was an easy class and sound good to learn mecanique of them game at 1st, but since it very similar to teso, I was able to solo some bounty day 3 after playing Necro.
    It was fun at 1st, but now not so much, everything feel easy, and when a game is to easy it become boring.
    I've made ton of different build from condi to power since I know the class well now and I'm never satisfy with it.

    The more I play the more I look at other class.
    I love mobility and/or range and magic feeling and be able to support friend.
    But I'll find, for now I wanna end the s4 + S5 with my Necro so I've at least one char who have access to the whole map and enough mastery to feel comfy ^^

    Edit :
    I'll add this after I read myself ;

    • When I said it's easy, it's not to sound like an a.s.s. ; it just what most ppl said on internet.
    • I've nothing against player who play Necro because of this.
    • I'm sur most Necro play it just because it fun to them and not because it easier than some class.
      Was just to be clair with this.
  • I can't maintain a main. Because of how much class balance shifts with each patch, how good each class feels to play changes on a regular basis. The complexity of the game has me doing different things with different classes. I.E. I have a gathering class, two WvW classes, a few fractal classes, etc.

    "Self awareness is knowing when you're sitting at the throne of ignorance." --Leo G.

  • Daddicus.6128Daddicus.6128 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I have twenty-seven mains, three of each profession. I use them all regularly, at least every week or so. I don't quite have all of the elite specializations accounted for yet. I think I'm missing a weaver, spellbreaker, firebrand, and holosmith.

    However, I do have one character dedicated to Fractals and one dedicated to WvW.

  • Irensaga.6935Irensaga.6935 Member ✭✭✭

    @Orack.9756 said:
    I'm currently like the OP, searching myself about which class while give me the best feeling.
    For the race, Asuran, all the way. I love their story and voice. I still want to learn more about their past :)
    I just regret the weapon oversize who doesn't make any sense and make thing way harder to look good...

    I'm currently playing necro a lot, but the more I play it, the more I realize I just like the fact it can faceroll anything, not really the skill/class itself (even if minion are fun.. but ugly).

    I have a Necro and I don't like that part of it either. I'm eventually going to unlock the Reaper specialization in Heart of Thorns content - so I can ditch the minions and run around with a high-damage greatsword build.

  • No I don't have one character I main. I have multiple mains for different game types.

    For open world my main is a male charr druid (because it was my first character)

    For Raids it's a female Sylvari Chronomancer because self imposed Chronojail .

    For PvP it's a male Sylvari Weaver :(

    When I solo open world bosses (mostly Balthazar's Avatar HP) I use a female human weaver.

  • Rogue.8235Rogue.8235 Member ✭✭✭

    I have 9 mains, one for each profession. I have 12 alts to finish having every combination of race and gender and weight class for each race (for the cultural armor).

    I consider my 9 characters as mains because I don't tie myself to a single profession. I have 3 different playstyles, which all 9 can do. I have several builds on each of my mains. I switch up which characters I play simply to keep things fresh.

    As for my alts, they're there just for flavor. I'm a completionist like that and I wanted a character of each race for each weight class, and every gender/race combo just to have it. It started with having 9 alts to have an alt for each main, because that's what I wanted. No other reason. I added three more alts to round out the weight class for each species.

    As for playstyles, I ahve a burst build, tanky build, and support build for every profession. Each profession plays each style slightly differently, which is how I keep the game fresh at all times. I even PvP with every profession.

    I play Guild Wars 2, not . I never felt any desire to lock myself into a single character. Oh and all builds are theory crafted by me, and they all work effectively. That's why I can competently play every profession, because my builds work for the way I play. I have tried meta builds from metabattle and I just never liked the feel of them. I'm more effective with my own builds that make sense to me..

    "The ancient Oracle said I was the wisest of all the Greeks. It is because I alone, of all the Greeks, know that I know nothing." -Socrates
    "Victorious warriors win first, then go to war. Defeated warriors go to war first, then seek to win."-Sun Tzu

  • Antycypator.9874Antycypator.9874 Member ✭✭✭

    Charr male thief.
    I call it my "main" because every new content and story must be first experienced on this character. Everytime I play with my guild (Guild Missions or helping someone) I usually come with my charr. This is my best and well-dressed, designed, the richest and oldest character. This thief is more like my signature ingame.

    Every other character has a specific role, like my rev is mostly for fractals/raids (alarene/condi dps), firebrand only to heal people in fracs/raids, mesmer if I have to bring feedback at Matthias (sometimes I play power chrono in open world/strikes just for fun). Weaver is just as a power dps for raids or hardcore encounters in OW (like soloing champs, bounties, dungeons). I play engi when I need a break or just be a walking meme.

    Master of garbage builds and being useless.

  • Hyrai.8720Hyrai.8720 Member ✭✭✭
    edited June 17, 2020

    guard main, simply because its so versatile and i dont need anything else.
    meta builds for power dps, condi dps, heal/boon support, tank and a bunch of really nice open world builds.

    i have 9 chars - 1 for each class - and have them all geared for 2-3 different builds. but even if they are fun to play in the end i am always back on my guard :smiley:

  • Wolfb.7025Wolfb.7025 Member ✭✭✭

    Male charr engineer.

    When I decided to jump in GW2 I made my research to see what class would I like, I fell in love with Engineer class and after more than 2 years I still use him for basically everything, Power/Condi Holo for endgame content and scrapper healer for WvW and sometimes dungeons.
    At first I got interested on the turrets and the ability to use pistols/rifles in a mmorpg game, while playing I loved the immersive story and the exploration this game offers, learning little by little what engineer has to offer, I grew fond to my own avatar I swore not to change main ever.... and once I unlocked holosmith and seeing all the animations and cool stuff I concluded it was a new level of awesomeness.

    Charr is literally the only reason i'm playing GW2, best anthrophomorphic race ever.

    I have over 15 full ascended-geared and fashioned alts (all male charr :) ) but despite of that, my engi has over 8k hours and my second most played alt doesn't even go beyond 200 hours.

    Years just pass like trains
    I wave but they don't sloow dooown~ don't slow doown~♪

  • anninke.7469anninke.7469 Member ✭✭✭

    Male sylvari ranger. He was my very first character in GW2 and five years later I still like him the best of all my toons because... well, because I like him, I guess.
    (I have one sylvari for each class, one asura warrior for my son and a key farmer slot where I try other races and always gladly go back to my twiggies).

    Do not fear difficulty. Hard ground makes sore feet.
    All things...grow. And the blossom bothers the weed.
    Act with wisdom and axe.

  • When GW2 was released i played it for few weeks. From GW1 player perspective this game seemed to be to casual and simplified. 5 skills on bow instead of 50 of my choosing? No way. So i left and came back from boredom reasons and tried necro. One day in wvw map i found out that one of my server teammat needs help in 1 vs 3 fight. I joined (tbh he carried us) and we won. Then i discovered that he was from my country and runs one of the biggest guilds of that time, so naturally i joined in. In the next few weeks i was doing wvw runs but i did not really understood what they were talking about on teamspeak. "water", "blast". Screaming like crazy people, kitten? So after those few weeks i asked them about it and then i got stuned. I ve been playing this game wrong! what do you mean field, finisher? there are combos in that game? Whaaaat?
    I dont really think that i was so embarrassed in a game before. Whole weeks of playing without realising those mechanics? The only thing i could do was to ask: so who is using those fields and combos most. And they answered elementalist.
    Guildmate1: "but just so you know. its gonna be a chalange"
    Me: -"yeah, i get it" (while in fact i was already thinking about race for my new ele)
    Then this happened:
    Somebody in the background: "guys, there is also engineer..."
    Guildmate: "shhhhh, don't say that to new player!"
    Me: "what?"
    Guildmate3: "nothing, nothing. Dont listen to him."
    Me: "what do you mean"
    Guildmate2: _ "engi is not using combos. He is a combo. But it's not like it essential. No one really needs an engi. Not in wvw, not in dungeons. Don't punish yourself_"
    And that is how you become an engineer boys and girls.

    TBH i would like to swap my main but i dont see any other class with such diversity. I can literally send gyro to one place to help downed player, while removing conditions from other players in other corner while i break bosses bar + provide aoe blind + block projectiles from boss at the same time.

  • aspirine.6852aspirine.6852 Member ✭✭✭✭

    No main, it depends on the day what kind of char I pick. Or perhaps I pick one all week. But for dailies I usually do have a main, Necro on my main account. Ranger on my alt account.

  • Notsure.7028Notsure.7028 Member ✭✭

    I havent been able to decide. I want a main so i can focus on one character and start getting that ascended gear and stuff, but I cant do that until I choose a main. I dont even have 70% world completion on any character of mine yet. I pretty much only play pve / open world.

    My current choices for a main:
    Guardian - My first character and probably the farthest in the game but kinda bored with him.
    Ranger - love ranged combat and staying out of melee as melee in GW2 gets so messy.
    Elementalist - I am tempted to give this class a try.

    I love playing the support role when in groups, and I want a class that can solo and survive as much as possible since I play at various times.

  • AliamRationem.5172AliamRationem.5172 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Notsure.7028 said:
    I havent been able to decide. I want a main so i can focus on one character and start getting that ascended gear and stuff, but I cant do that until I choose a main. I dont even have 70% world completion on any character of mine yet. I pretty much only play pve / open world.

    My current choices for a main:
    Guardian - My first character and probably the farthest in the game but kinda bored with him.
    Ranger - love ranged combat and staying out of melee as melee in GW2 gets so messy.
    Elementalist - I am tempted to give this class a try.

    I love playing the support role when in groups, and I want a class that can solo and survive as much as possible since I play at various times.

    Hi, Notsure! We share a name! Well, my YouTube channel is called "Not Sure" anyway! You can see from my videos (there's one posted earlier in this thread) that I love to play weaver! So, of course I 100% support the decision to give elementalist a try! It's definitely one of the most fun and unique classes to play, in my opinion.

  • So my main is Female Sylvari Necromancer.
    So when I first began I wasn't looking at mechanics much or how useful the class is ingame, what attracted me was the fell and the flavour it had. And so I began playing with my necromancer. And once you just get used to it other classes weren't cutting it for me anymore, and since I was playing her so much I just became attached to her.
    But once raids came out I startted enjoying my druid sylvari a bit more so she's my go to for raids.

    Casual Necromancer

  • Lumikki.1725Lumikki.1725 Member ✭✭
    edited June 20, 2020

    No, I don't have main character. Some of my characters I play little more than others, but it's just because they are more durable in some situations.

  • kharmin.7683kharmin.7683 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I main a ranger. Always have in pretty much any game since I started playing D&D in the late 70s. Every game starts with a ranger or something close to it.

    And no, I am not a Legolas fan. Enjoyed the character in the books; detested the actor and role in the movies.

    I am a very casual player.
    Very.
    Casual.

  • Jenny.4831Jenny.4831 Member ✭✭

    My main is an Elementalist.

    She has her survivability issues, which can be frustrating, but no other class quite does it for me. I detest the plate look and leather isn't much better. Already, that limits me to one third the choices. Besides, I always play casters in these kind of games. My WoW main was a Druid in which I spent 95%+ of her play time as Balance, 4.5% Resto and the last 0.5% Guardian/Feral.

    Anyways, back to the Elementalist. I dabble with Weaver every now and then, but I'm usually a Tempest rocking my shiny new Bifrost. The rainbow trails are just so pretty and I find I don't really want to use anything else, even though I have a scepter/warhorn on switch. My current setup with her is full Marauders (weapon, armor, trinkets) with pack runes along with Fire/Air/Tempest specializations. She seems to do alright in open world/story which is my primary focus anyway.

    For WvW, the few times I go in there, I typically use my Celestial gear and play more of a support Tempest role. Been awhile since I've checked, but I believe her specs are Fire/Water/Tempest. The Celestial gear is also what I use on the Weaver when I dabble with that. I have a set of Minstrels I sometimes use as well, depending on whether I'm in full support mode or hybrid support/offensive mode. Probably bad on my part, but I don't like feeling useless and full support isn't necessary when there is little to no opposition.

    I would not say I'm particularly skilled in this game. Heck, the War Beast/Balthazar fight at the end of PoF saw me going down probably 30 times.

    -Jennifer

  • Mahou.3924Mahou.3924 Member ✭✭✭

    I don't have a main per say but Ranger is one profession I have played more than my other ones according to my gw2efficiency overview, followed by Guardian which was also my first chara. Outside of LS story-clearing, I tend to dabble with my other characters here and there for a few minutes or hours, like I had made a male Charr Engineer to play the last two LS4 episodes with him due to the deep voice during tense moments :lol:

  • 😀 howdy !

    My mains are revenant and Mesmer. Specially I play alacrigade and boon Chrono the most. If our team is needs it I'll dps Chrono or condi ele. My reasoning is that boons have high marketability in raids and they are not very reliant on rotations. Power Chrono is an easy dps class for blasting open world stuff.

    Thanks

  • Norn male warrior.

    I find the warrior pretty good for casual PVE play. I can play around with almost any weapon I pick up through PvE. Hoelbrak looked cool and I liked the snowy landscapes when I started out. Although the ascetics of male norn get a lot hate I like their lore and think their hulking exterior fits quite well with a strength/adrenaline based class. I enjoy finding a style that "works". The reason I keep playing him as a main is because I am still working through the story progression and I like the immersion of doing it in order with one character. Basically he has just become the protagonist of my story and I guess I have assigned him a persona that I role play (only in my head).

  • Notsure.7028Notsure.7028 Member ✭✭

    @AliamRationem.5172 said:

    @Notsure.7028 said:
    I havent been able to decide. I want a main so i can focus on one character and start getting that ascended gear and stuff, but I cant do that until I choose a main. I dont even have 70% world completion on any character of mine yet. I pretty much only play pve / open world.

    My current choices for a main:
    Guardian - My first character and probably the farthest in the game but kinda bored with him.
    Ranger - love ranged combat and staying out of melee as melee in GW2 gets so messy.
    Elementalist - I am tempted to give this class a try.

    I love playing the support role when in groups, and I want a class that can solo and survive as much as possible since I play at various times.

    Hi, Notsure! We share a name! Well, my YouTube channel is called "Not Sure" anyway! You can see from my videos (there's one posted earlier in this thread) that I love to play weaver! So, of course I 100% support the decision to give elementalist a try! It's definitely one of the most fun and unique classes to play, in my opinion.

    Ironically, after a couple weeks being back I remember why I left and I see that the things I had issues with are still prevalent in the game so looks like im bowing out again. Have a good time!

  • Orack.9756Orack.9756 Member ✭✭
    edited July 2, 2020

    @Irensaga.6935 said:

    @Orack.9756 said:
    I'm currently like the OP, searching myself about which class while give me the best feeling.
    For the race, Asuran, all the way. I love their story and voice. I still want to learn more about their past :)
    I just regret the weapon oversize who doesn't make any sense and make thing way harder to look good...

    I'm currently playing necro a lot, but the more I play it, the more I realize I just like the fact it can faceroll anything, not really the skill/class itself (even if minion are fun.. but ugly).

    I have a Necro and I don't like that part of it either. I'm eventually going to unlock the Reaper specialization in Heart of Thorns content - so I can ditch the minions and run around with a high-damage greatsword build.

    Little update on this.
    I've try many class and build and I got a blast with power chrono, really fun to play, really love it.
    But.. I've do so much with the Nercro, I wasn't able to motive myself to unlock map again (I know it's stupid but I just can't have thing locked :x)
    And little by little I come back on necro, again.

    But, this time I took my time to think about build making and what I usually like.
    I'm a support, healer at heart, but in this kind of game you've to carry gear for every content and I'm to casual for that.
    So since I play mostly solo or duo, even for fractal/dg/strike (the possible one ofc), I've made a weird hyrbid build who is pretty efficient and surprisingly fun to play, especially with a mate or in pug group/meta-event.

    I dps enough to solo if needed, slower than all dps but still faster than all healer (~12k), I use minion to tank and clear condi with BM and if I don't need I switch to spite + more dps skill.
    Use Zealot gear with Mercy rune, water and transfusion sigil.
    So far it's very efficient and make run, especially meta more smooth by how fast and how many player I can rez.

    It's not even close to be meta or to be good in efficient group, but for pug fractal, solo, meta event, etc.. it's pretty fun and good ^^
    (Zealot is expensive though ><)

    If people are curious : http://gw2skills.net/editor/?PSwAc2ZlZwmYVMK2IeqS9vKA-zxIY9o7vMSMVruqEbA-e

    So, for the topic, Lazy Necro main I guess :>

  • pninak.1069pninak.1069 Member ✭✭✭

    I play mesmer, because of gw1 mesmer. gw2 mesmer feels lackluster in some parts. As a wvw mirage player it is pretty rough. no way of surviving if you don't use mirrors in your build. also most of my chars are male asura, but when I got into the game I used to have each race once. all male. I just wished mesmer was as good as back in gw1. lots of focus of denying the enemy to use their build while simultaniously being unable to cast aswell. leaving enemy open for spikes.

  • Race: Sylvari male
    Class: Mesmer
    I love how male sylvari's run. I changed him to a man because i cannot stand how the girls run. It's like they are always about to fall over, it's too cutesy for me. I wouldn't consider myself a girly-girl irl. I love how they run with two swords or a sword/shield combo. Also their accents heart eyes. I love the glow you can set up, I made him black and red, my favorite colors. I just love the customization. I main him but I play my female human ranger too. She's my healer and I enjoy doing world bosses on her more than anything. Although my main mesmer, is a dang mesmer, (rip mesmers). I just enjoy the combat style and abilities that come with being a chrono. I really bond with my characters as I level them and in a way I feel like they are a story I've written. Also, sylvari have some zen factor I enjoy.