I managed to get some play time in Guild Wars 2 today before succumbing to the 95% load screen hang; Having to Ctrl+alt+del out of the game and then having to restart the comp to recover wore me out after the fifth time. Definitely performance issues during this event, but that’s the whole point of today. WvW was very, very laggy with massive framerate issues — everyone on ventrilo was complaining about it and I was getting < 10 FPS.
Found a Class I Love!
During the few hours I played around I tried an Elementalist for the first time and fell completely in love with the class. I felt like a bender from Avatar with the four different elemental schools. I could switch to fire, water, and air with one more school locked which I assume was earth. Switching to the different schools gave me different abilities for each element. Switching weapons gave me additional different abilities. I tried three different weapons, with three different school, giving me more abilities to mess around with than any other GW2 class I’ve tried.
I managed to play a little bit of WvW before I simply couldn’t handle the framerate issues anymore. The Elementalist is really fun to play because I can target my AOE’s everywhere. Using my water staff attacks/heals was useful to my team. The air speed buff was great utility. I felt useful and had fun, which is all I can ask for in a class.
I’m afraid of Elementalist being overplayed… but I was reminded that GW2 has no raids, individual loot, and little need of balancing classes within a guild. I can play whatever I want as long as I can get past the psychological effect of seeing my class everywhere.
Game Breaking Overflow
Overflow is still terrible. Randomly being separated from my friends with no control over how I get back to them is unacceptable and game breaking. ArenaNet must fix it so that group members can transfer to the same instance their group leader is in, or some other solution of bringing people together.
Despite the lag, my friends and I went to the Eternal Battleground (center zone of the WvW) and contested the big keep in the center. We took down the outer door, inner door, then had a massive battle against the red server on the ground floor. We ended up being wiped, all 50 of our server there, because half our server went up the stairs to fight the boss and the other stayed on the floor. It didn’t take long before we were overwhelmed and wiped. Tons of fun!