You Show Me Yours, I’ll Show You Mine

Hunter posted his speculations about the next profession to be released. Well, I had to reply in kind. I’ll do so in particular SAC fashion, however, with a picture:

The ante, I had to up it. 😉

(I wrote this post before I read most of Hunter’s post, so if there’s overlap it’s just Great Minds thinking alike –oh sure Tiger, alienate everyone with your –awesomeness narcissistic prognosticating– Enough talking to yourself)

Here’s my long (and short) range predictions, in the order which I think they will be released.

• First: The Assassin. He may not be called Assassin, but he will serve the same purpose. He will be a fast mid-range to melee fighter using primarily physical damage (as opposed to magic) that wears medium-weight armor. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if he was even called something other than Assassin. I also think that this could be Ember Doomforge’s Profession. Pistol + Sword + Ash Legion = Assassin to me.

• Second: The Mesmer. Like the Assassin, I believe the Mesmer could get a re-name. Or it could not, I’m not taking an official position on that one. As for the Mesmer’s mechanics, I’m much less willing to speculate. She could be a heavy drainer, though the Necromancer does that quite well already, but so does the Warrior so there’s no telling. I do think she’ll be using illusions, but weather those are a pet-like Conjured Phantasm or even more temporary remains to be seen. If there are illusions though I’m fairly certain that they’ll be visible.

• Third & Fourth: New Adventurer and New Soldier. These two are probably going to be something we’ve never seen before. I’m expecting some sort of Cleric or magical melee from the Soldier. Many are calling the Adventurer a gunner. I’ve said before that I’m not fond of the gunner theory (even if I was wrong about which one was the ranger). What I hope for in the Adventurer is some kind of swashbuckler. Firstly because it’s not a gunner, secondly because I like pirates, and thirdly because Swashbuckler + Assassin = all kinds of pirate vs ninja hilarity. I have no comment to make on which will be released first.

As for the pattern of release, I did see a pattern, but it was more complicated than I was given credit for. The pattern I saw was not: Scholar -> Soldier -> Adventurer -> repeat. It is Scholar -> Soldier -> Adventurer -> Scholar -> Adventurer…. and then maybe Soldier -> Adventurer. But I’m not calling any hard and fasts here. I do think that an Adventurer will be next (and I was correct about the Scholar) so we’ll just have to wait and see.

Hunter mentioned that the 29th of September could be a possible release day for a new profession. I’m hoping so, not because it’s sooner than October 6th, but because that is Mr. Tigerfeet’s birthday and I think it would be cute.

So what do you, gentle readers, think of my wild accusations contemplative speculation?

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  1. I’m sure i’m not the first to come to those conclusions. Most people at this point are getting an idea of what arenanets plans are not to mention the paths of fate are beginning to narrow. as it were.

    uh yeah great mini run downs on the professions, wish i could summarize that quickly. I think the assassin is definitely getting called assassin though, and mesmer = mesmer too.

    however i agree on “gunner’, it just won’t happen.

    • remedy
    • September 14th, 2010

    first off that twitter logo is the coolest thing ever! I do believe there will be a gunner. I remember seeing artwork in a blog post for an art auction. Leather armor, and what appears to be a rifle with a scope on it.
    http://bit.ly/d05y1w

    I really hope the mesmer is not a pet class. It’s slim pickins for us non pet people. Can the ele summon fire and ice elementals? I vaguely remember hearing this.

    I’m ready for the next reveal because I will most likely play an assassin.

      • Tigerfeet
      • September 16th, 2010

      As for the gunner, I’m going to post a whole blog post about it. I get a bit ranty so I want you to know it’s not about you personally 😉

      As for the mesmer, I’ve got an image in my head about pets as a kind of tiered system. At the top we have the Ranger who is all about his pet. In the middle we have the Necromancer who has temporary minions that are summoned, may stay around for a bit, but then are disposed of. If the Mesmer has any pet-ish mechanics I would imagine it to be similar to oh… the Elemenatlist’s Phoenix. It’s a spell that summons this flaming bird that does -something- and then is gone. There’s no management involved.

      I can’t say for sure if the elementalist can summon elementals, I would be interested to know.

  2. I think the one in the middle back is a warrior!

      • Tigerfeet
      • September 15th, 2010

      NO-WAI! That’s just SPECULATION maaaaaaaan.

    • mehmode
    • September 16th, 2010

    A wild guess based on hope and youthful naivety:

    New adventurer: Assassin merged with Mesmer for some sort of Scoundrel class. Medium armour, sword, dagger and pistol as main weapons and illusion magic as main traits. Gimmick: either illusionary ‘pets’, such as a bunch phantasmal warriors pretending to be a wall, or metamagic.

    New adventurer: Engineer/Gunner. Guns, guns, guns. Also explosives. Gimmick: Mines, turrets and boosting siege weapons and golems.

    New scholar: dervish merged with monk, lots and lots of physical damage and stacking boons. Main weapons: staff, dagger, sword. Gimmmick: stances or forms, similar to attunements but short term.

    New soldier: Captain/Commander. Based on the GW Paragon, albeit less flaming. Kills stuff by shouting at it. Main weapons: greatsword, warhorn, mace, hammer. Gimmick: commands: long lasting situational boons for nearby allies, for example you get Might as long as you attack.

    It’s more likely that we’ll get the mesmer, the assassin, the cleric and the gunner, but one can hope…

      • Tigerfeet
      • September 16th, 2010

      “Albiet less flaming” made me lol.

      Also, I think around me ‘Gunner’ is turning into a naughty word.

      I like the idea of an Assassin/Mesmer merge, though there’s some aesthetic things that I think are unique enough for separate classes, such as shadowy dealings of the Assassin and the hoitey toitey upper-crust attitude of the Mesmer.

    • mehmode
    • September 16th, 2010

    It does have a certain ring to it. Gunnerrr..

    I am now imagining a posh British GW1 assassin.
    Seriously though, I fail to see the contradiction, seeing as both classes are based on deception.

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