Here we go.
Guild Wars 2’s Meta is…not too unhealthy in comparison with different MMOs I’ve performed. But its perceived meta is among the many worst I’ve seen in my 20 years taking part in MMOs. I don’t suppose one particular factor is guilty for it, however there are a number of contributors.
The bizarre factor about that is that the precise meta in Guild Wars 2 is fairly rattling good; one of many extra wholesome metas round. There are so many choices for every main (free) class, and a whole lot of the great courses play very otherwise from one another. An alacrity DPS Mirage, for instance, will likely be a lot completely different than another Alacrity construct. Healers really feel efficient and largely contribute extra than simply therapeutic. Pretty a lot each sub-class has, on the very least, one DPS construct, and one help DPS construct or therapeutic construct. That’s excellent. If your construct is sensible for the kind of content material you’re doing, and also you play it adequately, you’ll clear any piece of content material effectively, supplied the folks you’re working with are doing the identical.
Metabattle is the positioning I like to recommend most as a result of the unfold on builds is the most effective out of another web site on the market. (Though Hardstuck is doing nicely on that entrance as nicely, regardless of nonetheless being a piece in progress.)
The largest situation with Guild Wars 2’s perceived meta is how hamfisted it’s in content material that doesn’t essentially want it. The sources on the market are excellent, however there’s so little to truly assist these studying why issues work the way in which they work, that it by the way perpetuates the concept these are the solely builds that work in any respect. There are good descriptions of what makes the builds good and what it’s important to do to push the construct, however a whole lot of them are based mostly on the benchmarks alone, which isn’t precisely the most effective barometer with regards to actual fights.
The builds don’t train you easy methods to play them in an precise actual sport situation; solely an “optimal” rotation and that’s it. Metabattle specifically is a lot better about this, because it has much more elective routes with a selected construct (instance: “If you’re having trouble maintaining X, do Y”), When you don’t clarify why issues work the way in which they work, you get gamers speaking about Scrapper Gyro modifications being higher if they simply dropped in your character, which is strictly worse than it being AOE focused. The finest one I noticed was somebody speaking about Mirage being too sturdy as a result of it supplied an excessive amount of utility, however couldn’t title the weapon mentioned utility was on.
The giant majority of people that play Guild Wars 2 sometimes solely do open world, and people who need to do different instanced content material both simply need a construct that works for them, or need a construct that works, interval. They normally get directed to websites like Metabattle, Snowcrows, or Hardstuck. These websites are general very, excellent for the group. It permits for an incredible index of builds that we all know work, and work nicely. There isn’t a problem with sources like this, as a result of having these sources builds route. Gone are the times of yr 1, the place we have been sort of simply flailing and simply determining what works and what doesn’t with no matter gear.
The finest place I’ve discovered builds that pull their weight aren’t truly listed on these websites, however are on Youtube, humorous sufficient. If you need to play a better Catalyst construct, there’s fairly a lot of these obtainable should you go searching. If you want Scepter, right here’s a 36k DPS Scepter Weaver. If 36k isn’t sufficient to your Shiverpeaks Pass run, then one thing’s terribly mistaken.
Hyperfocus on the “best” and solely the “best” is an issue amongst individuals who aren’t in any place to carry out the “best”. In brief, in case your class or construct isn’t the literal finest, it’s trash. It’s an terrible mindset that does a lot extra hurt than good. This doesn’t occur in lots of different MMOs as a result of the way in which data is perpetuated is vastly extra wholesome. It is drilled into your head that you just should play this construct otherwise you would possibly as nicely not play Guild Wars 2 in any respect. This is a quick monitor to driving new gamers and returning gamers away, in addition to a great way to by no means enable exploration into new builds. A pure DPS construct that does, for instance, 38k DPS, won’t ever be the make or break to your group in comparison with a construct that’s much less widespread however is doing 36k DPS. It simply received’t. If it does, it’s in your group as an entire, not simply that construct. Stop making an attempt to justify issues with out taking a look at the place you, your self, can enhance first. Group content material is finished as a bunch, and it’s on all of you to carry out. If you all do, then you definitely’ll by no means discover the DPS distinction.
I need guilty raids, I need guilty Strikes or Challenge Modes, however I don’t suppose these are the perpetrator. If something, these modes helped with truly growing a meta within the first place (which once more, isn’t the difficulty right here). Before Heart of Thorns (and even a very long time throughout), folks sort of simply did no matter, even in Fractals, and so they have been an enormous ache more often than not. Having construction is an effective factor, particularly in instanced content material. Having content material that reinforces mentioned construction can also be a great factor, because it’ll assist gamers study what a useful construct is and does. I believe the dearth of a correct holy trinity is the basis of the difficulty.
It’s not that I believe Guild Wars 2 wants it; fairly the alternative. I believe the free function assignments make it more durable for gamers to discover what works and what doesn’t, so when one thing does work and is common, straying from that feels worse. This is exacerbated in Challenge Modes, the place you have to carry out as required. I don’t suppose there’s a clear answer to this, aside from the distinguished websites to do extra to advertise and provides visibility to genuinely good builds, even when it isn’t the literal most optimum factor attainable. Now, I don’t purchase the argument that “If it isn’t optimal, why bother playing it?”, as a result of Power Mechanist definitely isn’t probably the most optimum harm construct.
I’ll say that the gearing course of in Guild Wars 2 is a particular contributor. Ritualist gear specifically being troublesome to get, even at Exotic, is a serious motive why Specter isn’t performed as a lot by the common participant. Celestial gear being obtainable by boosting a personality was an enormous increase for courses that may use it, like Firebrand and Tempest, and there are numerous anecdotes of gamers, each new and outdated, utilizing their boosts on mentioned courses simply because they will save a ton of gold on successfully skipping the gearing course of and leaping straight into mid-level, non-tanking instanced content material.
Which brings me to Power Mechanist, the boogeyman of the meta proper now. The situation many gamers appear to have is how good the harm is relative to the hassle put into it. I don’t suppose the harm is the issue in any respect. The sheer quantity of utility it brings on prime of excellent DPS is extra the priority. Good CC, one, as much as two motion abilities, alacrity, stability and swiftness, a transportable tank through the golem current, unimaginable signets that you could activate with no situation, passive barrier and probably the greatest ranged weapons in Rifle. Built-in defensive choices in off-hand protect. The grenade equipment gives a ranged choice should you do resolve to go Mace. It goes on and on and on. It’s laborious to remove a lot of its utility as an Engineer, however firming down the harm is likely to be the one technique to go, as they’ve already leaned in direction of the following stability replace in October.
Going on a tangent, it’s not like Power Mechanist is the one simple class both. Mirage is certainly one of my mains, and each Alacrity Staff, and Axe/x builds, are both comparatively simple to play or may be closely simplified whereas nonetheless sustaining excellent DPS. Power Scrapper is one other construct that requires little effort in your finish, and may present semi-passive utility on a quickness construct. (This is completely different from Low Intensity builds, that are a separate model of builds which might be recurrently highlighted on Metabattle, and numerous content material creators’ Youtubes.)
All of this mentioned, I believe it’s essential to do extra as a group to be extra keen to simply attempt stuff. There’s positively a great probability I simply is probably not seeing it, however simply having much more to select from, together with Low Intensity or ease of use options, can be a giant assist to the picture of the meta. Disclaim what websites are for what builds earlier than suggesting them (that is why I all the time suggest Metabattle over Snowcrows), Fleshing out current builds much more than they’re now would additionally work. Metabattle is extra constant at this, because it gives options for actual play conditions (instance: If it is advisable present extra Might, do x).
I extremely suggest going by as many sources of what you need to do as attainable, whereas additionally understanding what sort of content material you’re meaning to do. Be extra keen to regulate your construct in line with what your group wants, and don’t be afraid to sacrifice a little bit of DPS if it means securing your group’s success. Hopefully with extra stability patches on the horizon by a now extra established crew, we’ll see extra performed to improved the perceived meta in the long run