Hey, to start off, I want to say that I've been playing this game on and off for several years now. I'm not a total noob to this game, but as you'll see, I'm not really even a casual player either. I know the general basics of the game, and understand how the combat mechanics work Ect.. I've decided to take another break from WoW and come back to this game. I've actually been thinking about it for a while now, and with WoW's newest blunder of content, I've decided that this was a good time to make my move.
I have both expansions, 3 L80's. (two I leveled, one I boosted.) and all the mounts excluding the Warclaw and the AFK helicopter.
That all being said, I've only ever done solo content. I leveled and played the story strictly through solo play, or very small groups as needed.
So here are my questions. As a non-noob, but still kind of a noob.
1- Fractals.. What are they and how do I do them? lol. I've never once done a dungeon in this game. I've never had to, and I was never properly introduced to them through either the game play or guildies/other players. Is there a looking for group system in the game, or is it a stand in a city and shout until you can find a group kind of situation?
2- Can I do fractals from all different level ranges like questing in the zones, or will I be relegated to only ones from my current characters level range?
3- What kind of experience am I expected to have when I do find a group for one? Should I be looking up guides on reddit/Youtube? Or can I just wing it until I figure it out? (I come from WoW, and for the most part, you can wing the dungeons. They're not that hard. Don't stand in the bad stuff, and swing your sword and you should be fine.)
4- Will I be expected to follow a classes meta build, and that build only, or can I be competitive with my own personal play style? (An example will be my L48 Elementalist that I'm planning on playing again.. Say the meta is a staff air build, but I want to play a fire/earth dagger/dagger build with condi gear for the burn/bleed damage; will that work? Or will I be expected to play a staff air build in order to be taken for the dungeon?)
5- Elite builds. Do they make the class better, or simply different? I currently use the Reaper, Firebrand, and Chronomancer builds on their respective characters. I happen to enjoy them, and I feel they bring a lot to the table. However; if I chose not to use one of the elite builds, will I be over all less effective, or can I still make just as good use of the standard builds as I could if I were to use an elite build? (Again, thinking about my Elementalist. Not sure how I personally feel about the elite builds yet. I might have to just play around with them some more in the pvp training area and get a feel for them.)
6- If I choose to use an elite build is it recommended that I always use the weapon that unlocks with it, or can I get away with using the default weapons? Ie. Could I use the Weaver spec and still use my dagger/dagger, or staff and still be competitive? Or is it generally always recommended to use the sword?
7- At what level would you personally recommend NOT re-rolling? My Elementalist is a Human, but they're relatively boring. I love the Norn race, and most of my characters; save for a few; are Norn. Do you feel that L48 is too high to just ditch and start over? How long would it take me to get that back up? (Again, I have mounts, so getting to locations wouldn't be too difficult) or should I just cut my losses and play a Human?
Well, that's all. Kind of a noob just trying to get back into the game. I've never put a long stretch into the game that was longer than a few months. I've never done group content because I was never introduced to it, and don't actually know how to. I never looked into it, but this time I want to experience it. And I want to be able to play my own way instead of following a cookie cutter build that everyone is expected to play. Wondering how viable that is.
Thanks in advance to anyone who reads this wall of text, and feels generous enough to help me out.