It is going to be long but please just stick with me for a bit.
I can't choose.
I have them all. And I can't choose.
On a January of a current year I have started playing Guild Wars 2. Despite all of the problems that the GW2 has, I enjoy it a lot. It was a first MMO that was...
Open? Welcoming? I'm not saying that I like how casual it is in certain aspects but what I am saying is that there is way more cooperation with other players. The game gives me the feeling of being in a community unlike FF14 or ESO.
But that is not my point.
I need help. I am an altoholic it seems. GW2 made me realize that. The classes are my weakness. And they are the reason I just can't focus on playing the game to it's full extend.
As I said at the beginning: I have them all. All of the classes with ALL of the elite specialisations. Every character is equipped with proper gear. Two of them have even full ascended equipment. Since January these are fruits of my labor. I used two of my level 80 boosters from expansions and leveled up the rest. Of course not normally I used a lot of Tomes of Knowledge.
I did learn how to play them. I understand how they work. I even memorized perfect DPS rotations for some of them and succesfuly reached consistent high damage without dying... Often. Though I have yet to try raiding. I played WvW and bit less of sPvP and reached a satisfying level of skill where I am able to win. I am not the best of course but certainly good. All of the classes were put to test by me and I tried them in many situations with many builds.
And I loved it.
But I also start to hate it.
I can not, for the love of God, decide which class I want to actually play. The moment where I turn on the game and look at the character screen it takes me 5 minutes to decide what I want to play. Then I play it for 1 hour and swap to another one. Then after 30 minutes I change again. I have yet to actually finish the Zhaitan's story because I couldn't decide which character I should use for that. Nor have I done any of the Living world content. And I don't know which Legenedary I want to create because I would want it on the character I would play the most.
All of the classes are great but also all of them have these small shortcomings that make it not perfect for me. And I am not saying that the class needs to be OP or perfect for all modes and meta forever.
I ask for help, advice and conversation; On choosing a right class that I could finally main and start working on legendaries and experience all that the game has to offer.
Let me start by telling you what I would like in a class.
-Complexity of gameplay: I need a class that does things constantly. Blocking, healing, attacking, combos, mobility I like them all and I would want to utilise various tools provided to me. I want to have high octane combat that would really require me to put my mind into perfecting a class. I want to do a lot, fast and make a difference in combat. It can be easy to learn and hard to master but it would be even better if it'd be hard to learn and even harder to master. Of course in that case I would want to have better results than the others.
-Adaptability: I NEED to have a possibilty to adapt. A group needs a healer? I gotch'ya. You want me to provide boons while also dishing out damage? No problem! You want me to go full DPS and melt breakbars in a second? Ha! I'm glad you asked! I want to have a wide variety of skills, tools, mechanisms that make the gameplay varied. If I need to fulfill a certain role I want to be able to meet the expectations. I want many builds that will allow me to do many or specific things and do them right. I don't want a jack of all trades. I want to have a possibilty to be jack of all trades OR the master of one if I will want that.
-PvE and PvP viability: I am not a casual. When the game offers content I try it and when I fail I try again. I want to experience everything that GW2 has to offer and eventually become good at it. I am not shunning anybody for wanting to play casually of course! But for me? I want to be competetive. I would like to be meta. Not necessarily in every game mode. But I would like to be sure that no matter what, there will be at least one activity where nobody can deny me the access to because they don't think my class is good for it. I understand that I can create a group in LFG and say "everybody welcome". But having the best class for a specific mode would kind of give me more reasons to focus on that content and perfect it further. I also need my class to have a guaranteed place in a organised group so that I can join other people playing meta classes and do PvE content fast and efficient. The same goes for PvP. I want to have a chance in sPvP and in WvW. Again I am ready for high learning curve but I need to have a variety of gameplay. I want to be able to roam and fight in small scale skirmishes as well as join a serious zerg and and battle other armies.
-Utility skills and niche tools: The first class I rolled was mesmer. One of the reasons was the access to Portal. I found it a fun thing and occasionally helped people get into places and often to help with skipping parts in dungeons. I also like stealth. Being able to just walk through the enemy not only saves time but most importantly gives me a choice. Do I want to beat the content as fast as I can because I already did it 1,000 times? Skip with stealth. Do I want to slowly experience every encounter and learn? No stealth, lemme use all combat skills. Stealth and portal are a great addition that I would like to have but ultimately they are not the most important things. The same goes for boons. Quickness and alactricity are probably the least common boons to have. I have no problem with what boons I provide. All of them are useful but if my class will be more desirable because of which boons I can provide then obviously I would like that. Also having an easy way to maintain permament swiftness would be a nice Quality of Life improvement.
-User Interface looks: Yep. That is perhaps a shallow requirement but I like seeing how my class UI changes depending on a Elite specialisation I have equipped. Any additional effects and nice colors on skills make it simply nicer to look at.
-Class voicelines: Yep! This may be as shallow as the UI requirment but I need my class to have cool voicelines. Fortunately nearly all of them are. But the problem is that the voice actors sometimes do not reach their full potential. I love male sylvari's voice when he says "Restore. Cleanse. Believe." as a Firebrand but human male's delivery of reaper's shouts is just so liveless. No pun intended. Of course it's hard to say for others which voicelines and actors I may like but I will gladly hear which ones made you fall in love with your character.
-Fashion: Considering that after getting ascended armor there is no more vertical progress, a big part of the end game rewards for me is fashion. My character needs to look good. I personally find light armor a bit boring and repetetive. Medium armor is nice because despite many of pieces being trench coats... Well... I like trench coats. And heavy armor is a close second because there is a lot of nice designs. But I can make all armors work for me.
-Class Theme: It's not exactly the least important thing. I'm just saying I like all of the themes. An illusionist that tries to push you towards insanity? Sold! But wait! What about highly disciplined, exotic warrior that meditates and silences skills and removes boons? Oh man! Oh? Then what about ultra fast and mobile martial artist that uses staff and does triple salto on every dodge? Shiet, that's all you had to say! A loremaster that strenghtens allies by chanting glorious poems about hope and determination? YES! I mean... You understand. I like them all. I want them all. But I need to choose.
I need a directon I can go. I need you to show me the way and explain why I should go there. I ask for arguments and a well-concieved response. I want to hear exactly why you play this class and not the other. Maybe some of you were in the same position as me and were able to finally pick a main. How did you achieve that? What made you do so?
And please don't give a response: "Just play what you like" because that IS a problem. I like them all. To play what I like I probably had to turn on 9 computers with 9 different accounts and play 9 classes simultaneously. But since I have only two hands I would have a hard time deciding on which computer I would use them.
And finally: While everybody is welcome to share their thoughts please understand that I need an advice from people that know their classes. Don't be like: "Hey I reached level 26 with a minion necromancer in Open world PvE and it seems like a nice class"
A well-thought response that explains in detail the good and the bad parts of a your class, reasons why you stayed with your class and your comparisons to others is what I need. If you have multiple characters that you play, but still were able to pick a main that is even better. Veterans that are pushing the game to a bit more competetive level (like doing perfect raid runs and reaching higher tiers in PvP and people that also play a lot but perhaps don't get to extremes and have a bit less "try-hard" (not shaming anybody! ^^) attitude are all welcome. But obviously it will be way more helpful if you have experience in PvE and PvP alike.
If you have read my entire post: Thank you.