Heart of Thorns Beta Weekend Event 2 Thoughts: The Berserker

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These are my general thoughts of the Warrior elite specialization: the Berserker! I was able to try out this elite specialization for the first time in the second beta weekend event for Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns! Let me tell you, this elite specialization brings fire, lots and lots of fire; burn Guardians you got competition!

Torch

So torch is mean to supply fire. Yea, I think that’s the best way to describe it. The torch promotes burning and sticking close targets. Great for condition damage builds but can have it’s uses in damage builds. I have no real complaints about the torch. Let’s check out the skills:

Blaze Breaker: Sends a shockwave to a target applying burning and cripple. Great for enemies trying to run away.

Flames of War: Removes conditions and applies an AoE burn field around you; after a short duration, this field explodes and burns enemies. So this skill promotes staying in a fight with the burn field and has the added benefit of a condi cleanse. I really don’t see a burn field per say but you can see the range indicator at least.

Rage Skills

The rage skills are overall okay in my opinion. The best one is Outrage which is a stun breaker on a 10 second cooldown. I used Sundering Leap quite a bit as an engage tool since you gain adrenaline and apply vulnerability on landing. I also used it to get around. Shattering Blow I tried out a bit, and it’s good if you’re on bow or rifle and need to block a projectile or perform a ranged attack. I didn’t try out the healing skill Blood Reckoning and I’m kicking myself for not trying it out bit. It heals for every attack and more for critical hits. The most disappointing was Wild Blow if I have to be honest. This is a skill that knocks back an enemy an turns them into a projectile knocking backs other foes the enemy hits but the range felt too small. I can see it having better uses in PvP though. The elite Headbutt is a pretty strong daze paired really well with Outrage.

Primal Burst Skills

The burst skills are really good when in Berserk mode which are called primal burst skills. These burst skills are augmented versions of the  regular burst skills and produce fire! What’s really good is that you can get 2 or three bursts in before Berserk mode expires. I really don’t have much else to say about these.

The Berserker specialization line provides for your berserk mode, basic damage and of course, fire!

To conclude, the Berserker provides a clearer path for condition damage builds with fire but also provides new options for damage builds. Damage is very much there with the consistent application of burning alone. If anything to consider, I think the rage skills could use a few tweaks here and there to make them feel better to use.

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Posted on September 8, 2015, in Games, Guild Wars 2 and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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