What I am looking for: PVE, open world exploration and eventually dungeons/fractals. I prefer ranged, as all those red circles make it impossible to hit anything. I also want something with some good AOE options.
I first leveled a necro, and that was a lot of fun, but it seemed almost too easy--hit all the keys on all 3 bars back to forwards and the thing is dead. But it kinda bores me. The best builds that I have seen tend to be minion based, and I really don't like pet classes.
Then I played thief to 20 or so, and really liked it, so boosted one. Big mistake. I have no idea how to play her, and taking her through HoT was too much. I want to learn to play her but might end up abandoning her. Part of it is the weapons--I love dagger but again how do I hit kitten with 10 red circles? And yes, I've played with all the combinations. I'd like to stick to her, if I could figure out all the myriad of combinations of specs, utilities, weapons... p/d seems best so far. I don't like p/p. I forget the other combos. I prefer d/d really, but again, not useful.
I started an engineer, and she is above 30 now, but all these turrets and such are kinda annoying. Maybe when I play her more I will figure it. It's not all that complicated, just turrets whirring and such. I do like the rifle.
Warrior bores me. I don't generally like heavy armor classes.
Ele seems a lot of fun so far. I am thinking of concentrating on her next. Part of it is the staff (I think) is 1200 range, which is very sweet. I like choosing the element and having lots of AOE.
Mesmer I haven't really given a chance yet.
Also, the weapon skills with the AOE marks, I find difficult to use. I know there is the option in the menu, but it just seems slow, and I want to BANG BANG not, tab, press button, press button again. Maybe I'm not doing it right, but it's really annoying. What is the best way to use those marks?
What should I work on? What specs/utilities/weapons should I use?