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whats your main based off of something in your life??

I have seen many "help me choose a main!" etc etc...but this one isn't asking for help but more for your reason why? and an added criteria...is your main your "main" based off of anything that is correlated with your life? like "warrior because I feel like I run on adrenaline a lot and am angry..." or revenant "I'm rev because when I play basketball I feel like I can channel historical nba stars..." things like that!

or am I the only weirdo?

leave a comment lets hear what you guys got!



  • Crossaber.8934Crossaber.8934 Member ✭✭✭
    edited March 13, 2018

    Whenever i play any game that i can create multiple characters which involve combat, i will create multiple characters that base on the same crew of my most enjoyed activity in real life. In my place we call it WARGAME, some place call it survival game... or a very similar activity, pink ball game. It is a group of player dressed in military gears, with airsoft guns, setting up fighting conditions, terms, setting up tactics and fight each other for the win. It is very similar to PvP/WvW in terms of gw2. Well, since my most enjoyed hobby is a simulation of war, wvw slowly became my most preferred game mode in gw2.

    Because i have a very long history of playing wargame with a band of brothers for years, therefore, the group became the blueprint figures for my RPG, FPS, SIM games. Whenever i create a new character, after what kind of archetype i want to play, i will try to match it with one of my blueprint figures, when i find a match, i will base on that figure to create a race, appearance and name. I will have choice of weapon for the every created character, and i will stick to that weapon choice no matter it is mega or not, and i will die trying until i can make it work. If my weapon choice is not viable for a certain game mode, i will pass that game mode for that character, no harm done. I know many dude play female players, since my figure pool are mostly male, therefore, most of my characters are dude...

    Do i have character that do not created following such rule? Yes definitely, especially when i failed to find a perfect match within my blueprint figure pool... What happens is, i am okay to level up such a class to lv80, fully geared.... and sit in character screen collect dust. It is because this character do not have a soul, and when i find a proper blueprint figure for the same class, i will make a new one anyway, and del the one without a soul.


  • Mongk.2467Mongk.2467 Member ✭✭

    Thinking about that I just realize that what I like in game is the opposite of everything in my life.
    I usually play support classes, and in real life im not good at all with giving support to people.

  • Cjam.8634Cjam.8634 Member ✭✭

    Interesting comments! Can we get more input from others??

  • Ranger has been my main since GW: Factions.
    I am well versed in survival techniques in the wild (yes even in the harsh Canadian winter) and I'm obsessed with animals of all sorts! I go hiking or camping whenever possible. Still a bit freaking out around spiders, but I've come to let them chill in my room without feeling the need to kill them or displace them.
    I don't have a pet, but I keep like some 20 plants in my room of various size :)
    I'm also really into astronomy and astrology as a hobby, and wasn't hoping for ranger to become Druid but here we are with a profession that's hand-tailored for me!

  • InsaneQR.7412InsaneQR.7412 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited March 13, 2018

    I am scientist and i am fascinated by nature. Maybe thats why i always play a tree huger in any MMO i could play one. And of course got a dog, and i will always have one until i am old and groggy. But yeah, ranger is life, ranger is love^^

  • derd.6413derd.6413 Member ✭✭✭✭

    necro because i'm edgy

    I Have No friends, so I Must pug

  • Diak Atoli.2085Diak Atoli.2085 Member ✭✭✭

    There's no playable Sloth profession, but I do like maining a Ranger for some reason.

  • STIHL.2489STIHL.2489 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I normally play Clerics or Paladins in any MMO I play.. so.. Guardian was just a natural choice.. when I saw Sylvari.. having the name Stihl.. I just had to roll with it.. and finally got GreastSaw.. I am so done with ever needing another weapon skin.

    There are two kinds of Gamers, Salty, and Extra Salty.
    Ego is the Anesthesia that dullens the pain of Stupidity.

  • Doctor Hide.6345Doctor Hide.6345 Member ✭✭✭

    My main is a DE Rifle or P/P Thief because I like guns in real life, and I am trained to use most weapons thanks to the Army. Being a Gunslinger like class in the game makes sense to me.

    If Life gives you lemons, put the lemons in a sack and beat up Life for giving you lemons in the first place.

  • Alatar.7364Alatar.7364 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited March 13, 2018

    I am terrified to see what do the Necro Mains have to say to this.

    ~ I Aear cân ven na mar

  • Not really based on life experiences or whatever. Im a skinny dude with not much going on other than video games.. and I have mained 3 classes here so far, but since i went on a break to play Lol on the summer of 2016, and on LoL my favourite tipe of champs are the bruisers/fighters, ever since I come back to gw i allways play Warrior, and with Spellbreaker I dont think I will stop with warrior any time soon, the full counter is just like Fiora W on League and she is my fav champ so..

    Idk if this helped with anything, just my experience with it.. and i honestly am happy with having taken the break, I went through the strugle of mains fot quite a while in Gw2, happy that is finally over.. well not being allways on like i used to also helped with the decition.. better have the mechanics on "point" with on class that having with none since my play time doesnt really allow me to play and learn all.classes

  • In real life i am a working alpha professional so my main is a Warrior

  • derd.6413derd.6413 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Alatar.7364 said:
    I am terrified to see what do the Necro Mains have to say to this.


    I Have No friends, so I Must pug

  • Cjam.8634Cjam.8634 Member ✭✭

    Awesome comments! Fun to read

  • ele and rev are my mains. I can't make choices in life so having all the options available and being able to do a little bit of everything makes sense for me. I also just want to see stuff burn

  • czerwoni.9563czerwoni.9563 Member ✭✭✭

    @Alatar.7364 said:
    I am terrified to see what do the Necro Mains have to say to this.

    shhhhhh lol

    you say mesmer i say shadow sorcerer

  • Pterikdactyl.7630Pterikdactyl.7630 Member ✭✭✭✭

    My current job doesn't necessarily reflect what I main. I currently work in the medical field and I like to main healers and support characters. Although I interact with patients all day, I dont actually take care of the them...just work behind the scenes. I have a pretty warm and approachable personality IRL so perhaps there is a correlation there.

  • Foxraging.1269Foxraging.1269 Member ✭✭
    edited March 15, 2018

    I always play Cleric like things and have always loved it. Really like being defensive great-shield types or all-out fire and fury type clerics. I suppose it might be because I am religious and like to study religion and talk about the morality of the universe. Also my friends and I have a running joke that I am a secret religious zealot waiting for the next crusade but who knows lol. Neeless to say Im a guardian (firebrand) main.

  • LUST.7241LUST.7241 Member ✭✭✭

    I like unnecessary complexity, working with what I have, wanting more, and having little to gain. I'm an Engineer in both worlds.

    All my alts are just storage for my Engi.

  • Feanor.2358Feanor.2358 Member ✭✭✭✭

    My mains in RPGs are always spellcasters, and most often based on elemental magic. Obviously, not based on my real life. A stylistic choice, I suppose. Using the raw elements is considered crude approach to magic in many magic systems, but I find certain elegance in its simplicity and a definite appeal in its visuals.

  • Cjam.8634Cjam.8634 Member ✭✭

    I honestly didn’t expect too many people to comment on the thread but I’m glad you guys did! Fun stuff to read not gonna lie, interesting to see how others pick their “mains” especially more interesting when they try and find a relation to their personal lives!

  • czerwoni.9563czerwoni.9563 Member ✭✭✭

    @Pterikdactyl.7630 said:
    My current job doesn't necessarily reflect what I main. I currently work in the medical field and I like to main healers and support characters. Although I interact with patients all day, I dont actually take care of the them...just work behind the scenes. I have a pretty warm and approachable personality IRL so perhaps there is a correlation there.

    behind the scenes is the most important part tho, i shadowed a heart surgeon and if it wasn't for the amazing people on the monitors operating the behind the scenes machines this poor child would have never made it. (as a gift i got him a copy of guild wars he now mains warrior lol)

    you say mesmer i say shadow sorcerer

  • czerwoni.9563czerwoni.9563 Member ✭✭✭

    kk ill share, i hate zombies and anything creepy and un-dead. i love peace and meditation. so i main necromancer... i have a very dark personality and i listen to heavy metal because its what i grew up with, but i look soo peacefull on the outside that no one would ever think twice about the storm on the inside.

    you say mesmer i say shadow sorcerer

  • Interesting question! :)

    Personally, I like to create 'unique' characters and choose their own personality, their own background, and of course a name that fits their story. From that perspective, I don't like to 'mirror' myself in a character.

    My main is a male Norn Mesmer. I think I created him the way I would like a partner of mine to be, someone that would 'complete me' and help me overcome my difficulties :)
    Choosing the race was easy, I have always loved the Norn and everything about them. The class was to challenge myself. I used to think I wouldn't enjoy playing Mesmer, that it didn't fit me at all, but now I'm really liking it :)

    Like I said, I tend to prefer unique characters that have nothing to do with my person, however, my second main is a female Human Warrior and she's very much like me -short, ferocious and a 'little' stubborn :)

  • Kako.1930Kako.1930 Member ✭✭✭

    I originally mained necro because I love dark, scary, and creepy things and also like to write short horror stories and draw creepy pictures occasionally. I switched to elementalist because I was curious about it and ended up sticking with it because my boyfriend chose to main necro and he got attached to my ele lol.

  • Daishi.6027Daishi.6027 Member ✭✭✭
    edited March 15, 2018

    I’ve done sword based martial arts since I was 12, and have had a massive fascination with the occult since before then even. In every RPG ever I roll a caster if available so I knew I was going to be light from the start. If possible I will always try for spellsword, even better if I could dual wield though that’s not a requirement.
    I like all forms of magic, neutral/spiritual, psionics, elemental, dark types were my fav. Less so light, rarely do I roll typical Clerics or Pally.

    Way back pre release I was going to be an Ele.
    At the time only had daggers but it’s okay I had 4 flavours of magic lots of cooldowns to cycle through. I had staff for aoe Nuke options, even had a great sword as an elite was gonna be good...

    And I GOT PORTALS, and Blinks and I could summon copies of myself!!! And not only did I get my sword BUT I GET ONE IN MY OFFHAND AS A LIGHT ARMOR GUY! I also got a GS, which I shoot beams from! Kinda weird but okay, that’s still awesome! Literally a two sword wielding psionic! Needless to say I was sold, and Pre release my hype grew.

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

    When I started playing D&D back in the early 80s, I played ranger. It's been my favorite class in virtually every game since.

    I am a very casual player.

  • Vagrant.7206Vagrant.7206 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited March 15, 2018

    I couldn't possibly tell what my character is based off of.

    The great god Lagki demands sacrifice!

  • Sovereign.1093Sovereign.1093 Member ✭✭✭✭

    commander irl, so commander in game.

    Not Even Coverage is the Only broken thing in WVW.

  • Dadnir.5038Dadnir.5038 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I could say that I main necromancer because I'm crippled IRL, I bleed myself for stupid things and I like to curse at politicians.
    I could say that I main ranger because I have a cat. Thought he tend to do exactly what I don't want him to do... Well That make it even more realistic...
    I main mesmer just because I fell in love with the gameplay of this profession at launch.

  • Bast Bow.2958Bast Bow.2958 Member ✭✭
    edited March 16, 2018

    Heya Cjam.

    Always had cats living with me, from when I was born. Grew up learning to appreciate nature. Started to grow on me even more when I grew into adulthood. Love long walks in the forest.
    As for my irl profession, I work in psychiatry.

    So when I started playing guild wars prophecies, ranger was definitely going to be it, nature and the love for animals.
    Same for guild wars 2, though pre-release I was still in doubt with guardian (the mending people part of me), but since it was a soldier profession, packed in heavy armour and too sturdy for my liking, ranger was my first choice again. Druid being a supportive spec made it complete again.

    Mesmer is my first alt, maybe reflecting the mysteriousness it embodies, people not really knowing what to think of it/her/him. I hear that sometimes as well about myself, sometimes being a compliment, sometimes not lol.

    Second alt is guardian, explained that already, and then I had all 3 armour classes.

    Then comes elementalist. Because it’s bound to nature as well.

  • Whitworth.7259Whitworth.7259 Member ✭✭✭

    Well I work as an Engineer in RL so when I started playing I was naturally drawn to making an Engi my main. I played the core game and when HoT released I played Scrapper through that. My friend then joined the game and I made a thief alongside his new character to level up with him. Been a thief main since then. Didn't know I didn't like playing Engi until I played thief. Can't say this has anything to do with influences in my life, never stolen anything before.

  • Saiyan.1704Saiyan.1704 Member ✭✭✭
    edited March 16, 2018

    Diablo II & III - Paladin
    WoW - Paladin
    GW2 - Guardian

    Because I like protecting and supporting plebs and I'm generally a nice guy irl.

  • I always liked Magic, but I hated the Stereotype of the "Staff Mage that stays away and just spams spells". But Guild Wars 2 gave me the Conjured Weapons, Daggers and just recently Swords (Jesus Christ, how much I waited to have Swords for a mage) to the Elementalists. It became my main after that, cause I simply loved the Conjured Weapons, specially the bow and hammer, perfect for my pitch. And when they added swords that simply settled the deal.

    My main was gonna be Mesmer before that, but lets say I am more into colorful, x3. My second main would be Engineer, cause I have to face it, he is and was the closest to the "colorful" love I have before I knew I loved Elementalists. x3

  • Zedek.8932Zedek.8932 Member ✭✭✭
    edited March 17, 2018


    As kid I hid myself a lot, observing people or trick them. That happened A LOT in different fashions.
    At the playground for example me and my friend hid in really deep bushes and made smaller kids nearby cry or run away by making stupid voices and stuff about "being the worst nightmare" and all that. So the power of "stealth" was introduced early in my life. Since I was always the smallest and skinniest of all, direct confrontation was never a thing, more diplomacy when face to face or guerilla tactics when "on the field".

    I once had mad beef with a female class mate in elemantary school and me and my friend Richard 'Richie' were yelling her name, suddenly her two buff brothers searched for the origin of the voice, and these guys were super awkward. We both hid under cars, robbing through mud to avoid our heads being seen over the bushes, squeezing ourselves into super narrow places and other Vietcong kitten it was crazy and beautiful when they walked by so close.

    At my grandparents appartment, I would try to avoid my grandparents and parents watching TV while sneaking in Mission: Impossible manner from side to side (closet, bathroom, kitchen,...) whenever there were action scenes on TV and I just sat there for minutes in a dark bathroom because of quiet scenes on TV that would make my own walking noises audible. I fondly remember kneeling on the bathrooms bathrug to wait until they action scenes start again - which means distraction. I was syncing my movements to the audio and light (bright scenes) on the TV. A rustling noise of the couch could mean some of them on their way to the toilet, but nope, just changed position. Phew. My goal was the cabinet with the sweets - late after bedtime, so I'd be busted² if caught. The thrill of the hunt or escape is something that always was a part of my life for some reason. At my other grandparents I would often yell randomly "Dude, wait!" from random positions to strangers walking or cycling by and watch their reactions while they try to see me while scanning the neighbourhood with their eyes, being kinda nervous or annoyed.

    Distraction also helped a lot: Throwing rocks and branches far away would make my playground friends search there instead of my actual location so I could escape safely.

    Today I still gotta do that. In our company, there are two big departments divided by HACCP regulations. Because their restrooms are cleaner (no lies) and their storage room is usually stocked (while our's plundered by selfish collegues), I really have to sneak in there. I am basically not allowed there because I have no hygiene clothing but I carefully and slowly open doors, try not to activate those snitches on the wall (a.k.a. sensors that turn on the light) and snatch their equipment (it's company property after all and not restricted to either department). I can hear the collegues there talking or chairs moving and I am freezing as if it's life or death.

    And that's basically my playstyle as well. I started with Splinter Cell, then Splinter Cell 3, THIEF, Dishonored 1 and 2 and right now I playing Styx, the Master of Shadows and have a blast. In GW2 I do often walk on top of roofs (thanks to the Springer) and shoot enemies from afar, which are often totally oblivious or stuck because the pathfinding can't get to me. I am always the safe guy, the "NOW OR NEVER GO-IN-FOR-THE-KILL" sort of the but after that, you won't hear or see me again...

    This is consistent since my childhood until now, so I think it's somewhere deep inside my attitude - and thus affecting my playstyles in video games.

    Excelsior, my name is Zedexx; Asuran Deadeye and assassin.
    The Hunter / 2x Darksteel Pistols / 2x Whisper's Secret Daggers and my Springer. That's all I need and trust.
    "We [Asura] are the concentrated magnificence!"

  • At launch my main was my Human thief, based off my standard MMO character. as time went by my main became my Female Norn Dragon hunter who I sort of treat as a "valkyrie" mostly spending my time rezing folks or providing zerg support.

  • Bast Bow.2958Bast Bow.2958 Member ✭✭
    edited March 17, 2018

    @Zedek.8932 said:

    Haha! Awesome and very funny

  • Cjam.8634Cjam.8634 Member ✭✭

    Wow! Some really awesome reads here. It’s good to see that I’m not the only one who thought about something like this while creating/playing characters

  • Arraphyn.2417Arraphyn.2417 Member ✭✭
    edited April 28, 2018

    Bumped, more than a month laters, since that's exactly the reason I can't seem to pick a main for the love of me (and I just bought both expansions).

    At launch I rolled a Charr Engineer, since I was studying engineering and was quite a team player (warbands and stuff). A bit later rerolled to Sylvari engineer, to showcase me relative inexperience and lust for new experiences.
    Later on, when I started realising that designing/fixing stuff isn't my thing and I was a glorified operator, I switched to human thief, since I am kinda sneaky and try to avoid conflict as much as possible, plus I like my fair share of stealth games, since you can choose non-lethal paths (as for example in Deus Ex).
    Meanwhile, I was trying to settle on Mesmer a various amount of times, since they have a kinda-mental-psionic theme going on, but I could never make it to 80
    Even later on, I decided to roll an Elementalist since my favorite color in Magic: The Gathering was red by a far margin, and I loved quick solutions (aka rushing as fast as possible to victory).
    Then, I realised that red is a color that characterises not only elementalists, but also engineers (of which I already had 2), and warriors (which I rolled).

    But now I'm torn between various options:
    Engineer due to academic studies, which cannot be unlearned, though I'm mostly aiming for operator positions, not actual engineer.
    Thief due to sneakiness, but my actual real life reflexes are kitten.
    Elementalist, since Red Deck Wins, but I'd like a simpler playstyle, focusing on one attunement at a time (i.e. pyro/aero/geo/aqua-mancer instead of trying to Weave them like a pianist.
    Warrior since it's a very simple class and most akin to an everyday man (plus I do have my fair share of tantrums at times), but my physical aptitude is low.
    Mesmer, as it's the most aesthetic and mysterious class (I've started getting an aptitude for modern art and trying to figure out meanings of my own the last 2 years), plus it fits the INFJ stereotype somewhat well. It seems too complicated and dependent on a group to do well, aka rather insufficient in levelling and solo play, though.

    Any suggestions?

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