Hello. After around 80h I eventually got my first character to 80 lvl and decided to buy expansion for trading post and elite spec. I don't like Holosmith's design at all so I went with HoT despite knowing that Holo is supposed to be much more viable. I want to start playing Scrapper as soon as I earn a little more hero points for him, but I have a couple of questions as I'm still new and hardly understand many things about the game and builds.
Weapons. Is scrapper supposed to use hammer or stick to core weapons? I tried to look up some guide but all I was able to find was metabattle list of builds, which tbh hardly helped me answer my questions as they focus on holo builds anyway... What is even more confusing is that some of the few Scrapper ones just use rifle or pistols and mostly kits, so pretty much most of the scrapper stuff is left out and I'm just sitting here wondering why even bother picking it at this point.
Role. While I'm aware that most of the 'meta' guides recommend going holo and scrapper is said to be a little behind I want to understand what it is supposed to do in various gamemodes. I think I'm interested about pvp/wvw, but I would like to learn something about scrapper in pve too. Should I go melee dps? Is it at least semi-viable to 'tank' with scrapper? I've heard that zerg wvw support is not bad for him. Any advice?
Crafting. Kinda related to first question. As soon as trading post will unlock for me I would like to level up my crafting and eventually craft both armour and weapons. Well, it's quite simple with armours, just go with leather working and you'll be fine I guess? But as I don't know which weapon I'll be using I don't really know which crafting profession I should pick up.
Bonus question: For casually running around the open world how early I can start using it without having it fully unlocked? Gathering all these hero points will probably take a while.
Thanks for any replies. I would appreciate any advice or links to resources that can help me understand what I can do with scrapper.