I hate the term noob/newb(??idk what people use anymore) but wow I cannot help but describe myself as that at the bare minimum.
I've had this game for many years (3-4 I believe) and have only played a handful amount of times that I just recently completed one cycle of daily login rewards. I've played way more now than I have any time in the past. I hit level 80 and completed the personal story late last week.
My problem is... I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing. I initially wanted to get 100% world completion to start. Then I realized I can get gliders/mounts from the expansions which I had recently purchased, which would help with world completion immensely. THEN I realized I need to finish one point of the HoT story to make my EXP bar stop spamming me every time I kill an enemy telling me that "your current ability is fully trained and ready to master" in order to start using Mastery Points. I can't even enter the tangled labyrinth or whatever it's called because it is blocked off. From there, I decided to start season 1 (aka watched the cinematic) and purchase LW S2.
At this point I'm super frustrated. I don't know if my gear/weapons just suck, or if I'm just not doing something right. I beat Aerin today in chapter 1, but that battle alone killed me-- no exaggeration-- about 10+ times (or so it felt like it, I stopped counting). I'm an Ele, and I've recently started enjoying using 2 daggers as my weapons (not that they've really helped me anymore than using a staff would). I don't know if story mode is only solo or not, but I prefer doing things solo just because that's how I enjoy things. I'm a super casual player, but I'd at least like to make it through the game without dying 3 times per battle and 5-15 times per boss.
One thing I never really took a shot at was Crafting. Would that help me more? If so, what's the best way to get started and how long would it take until I can get weapons and gear that would actually keep me alive more than 15 seconds?
Builds are another thing I never really looked at, I just kinda chose what appealed to me most, whether it helps me more or not.
So yeah... sorry it's such a long post but I've been so on and off with this game and I'd REALLY like to get into it. It's a beautiful world with seemingly great content, so any tips on what I should do to better my experience would be super appreciated!