I apologize if this is a dead horse, but as the title suggests, I find myself in a difficult spot trying to figure out which one I really want to play. To date, I have played both leveling them up through core Tyria, the personal story and the first segments of Living World 2. While I have the Raptor, Bunny, Skimmer and Jackal, I haven't done any of the PoF storylines. The same goes for Gliding and some of the masteries in HoT.
For the Mesmer, I've played power Core, Chrono (since the nerf, never before then) and Mirage. I have not tried Condi Mesmer in any form.
For the Elementalist, I've tried power Core and Tempest. On a previous Ele I did try Weaver but the constant skill switching thing is really not something I enjoy and have no real interest in trying again. I find it incredibly irritating.
My primary focus is open world and since I've done very little story when considering everything: person, lw2, hot, lw3, pof, lw4, ice brood. That is my main focus. Though ideally, I would like to be able to do fractals, raids and wvw as well.
To be perfectly honest, I really only want one character to do the vast majority of my activities on which is why the argument, just play both, won't really work here. I'm tired of seemingly getting no where and want to start making some real progress.
My ascended equipment is as follows:
Complete set of Marauder Armor with +9 infusions
Berserker Amulet, Rings x2, Earrings x2 (no infusions)
Celestial Amulet, Rings x2 (with 2 +9 infusions each), Earrings x2 (with 1 +9 infusion each)
Beyond that, Exotic gear
My Tempest typically plays Scepter/Warhorn with a Staff on switch using a Fire/Air/Tempest fresh air set up (that I typically spend half my time in fire as well for the power. Mistake probably, but things seem to die somewhat efficiently.)
My Mesmer, which is currently Chrono I believe, is Greatsword with a Sword/Focus on switch using WP's Summoner build
Recently, I sent both of them out into a PoF. They were to fight the same types of mobs and despite the Tempest being better geared, the Mesmer destroyed things more efficiently.
But is it enough?
I do love blowing stuff up but would I miss the Elementalist's healing versatility? Then again, the Mesmer has her own versatility with invisibility, clone effects and portals.
When I do group events on my Tempest, I typically switch over to staff and adopt a more healing role, figuring there probably aren't enough healers and I can be useful. The Mesmer wouldn't give me that option I don't think, but then I could always dps which is necessary as well.
If the Mesmer has better survivability and blows stuff up with lesser gear than the Tempest, I doubt I'm doing myself much in the way of favors playing the Ele. Always loved the elemental aspect of magic and stuff though. Every game I've ever played I pick mages as warriors and the like simply do not interest me at all.
Plus, for this game, I love the looks I can make with cloth armor. The other armor classes just don't appeal to me at all. I threw an outfit on my Ranger and Guardian just so I wouldn't have to look at their hideous armor outside the equipment page. Not that I've played either in quite awhile now.
Oh, and for the record, I tried Necromancer and I couldn't get passed level 31. I found it very boring and tiresome, even if Reaper looks kind of cool.
Anyways, I'm rambling here and I guess my real question is, which profession between Mesmer and Elementalist will give me the most stability/flexibility in doing open world pve, fractals, raids and wvw?
P.S. I suppose this could be in professions section too, but I thought since I'm asking for help it would be better here.