So here’s the elite specs I’m hoping Arenanet implements in the upcoming expansion:
Warrior - Dragoon
Utilities: Warrior Minions
Profession Mechanic: F2 to F4 skills called Formations that provide party buffs and change the minions’ autoattacks temporarily.
Role: Duelist or Teamfighter, depending on how deep you invest in minions
Guardian - Monk
Weapon: Mainhand Torch (with weapon skin similar to Touch of Madness)
Profession mechanic: New Virtues (?)
Role: Close-range CC and non-damaging conditions
Revenant - Dreadknight
Weapon: Great sword
Legendary Mursaat stance: Talios the Resplendent
Utilities: Distortion, stealth, shadow-steps and summoning a Jade Construct (Elite upkeep skill)
Ranger - Corsair
Weapon: Offhand pistol
Utility skills: Artifacts (turrets)
Artifact turrets can summon spirits of kraken, sirens, pirate ghosts, etc
Profession mechanic: F5 is a banner skill, provides party boons.
Thief - Shadowguard
Weapon: Offhand Focus
Profession Mechanic: F2 skill creates a magical tether between the player and either the target enemy or ally, providing boons to allies and soft CC to enemies
Role: Midrange Support
Engineer - Ironheart
Weapon: Main hand Mace
Profession Mechanic: F5 skill makes you transform into a ‘Space Marine’ style mech. The mech form is basically like Deathshroud for Engineers.
Role: Midrange Bruiser and Support
Elementalist - Battlemage
Weapon: Mainhand Mace
Profession Mechanic: When swapping attunements mid-combat, you gain an Ambush skill (aka Mirage Ambush) depending on your weapon and attunement.
Role: Midrange Plus 1 Burst
Mesmer - Spellsong (because, why give in and call it Bard?)
Weapon: Offhand War horn
Utilities: Kits (musical instruments)
Profession mechanic: Shatters are songs, providing boons to allies and conditions to enemies
Role: AoE Support
Necromancer - Bloodlord
Weapon: Mainhand Sword
Utilities: Conjured Weapons
Profession mechanic: deathshroud is replaced with F1 to F4 skills that summon shadow serpents / shadow fiends to attack foes and block enemy attacks simultaneously. These aren’t minions, just attacks with built in blocks / evade frames that look like reddish black shadow fiends.