Guild Wars 2 closed beta starting Friday, Mesmer detailed

Just in time for the closed beta on Friday, ArenaNet officially unveiled Guild Wars 2's Mesmer profession, the final class to be revealed for the subscription-free MMORPG.

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Though word leaked earlier this week that the final Guild Wars 2 profession revealed would be Mesmer, all we had was a video without any explanation. Today, developer ArenaNet officially unveiled GW2's take on the returning class, with heaps of details and a few screenshots.

The announcement comes just in time as ArenaNet revealed that a closed beta is starting this Friday.

Speaking on a Reddit thread, the developers commented: "We will officially enter Closed Beta Testing this Friday. It will be marked with an increase in our pool of testers." Unfortunately, participants are being told to keep their mouths shut. "To clarify, this phase of testing is still under NDA and is not open to the public. Based on the feedback we get from our current Closed Beta Testing, we will determine the next phases of our beta program in which we will open beta access to more people."

While not all of us can enter the beta, here's more on what to expect from the game's Mesmers. A new core skill is illusions, summonable replicas who come in two flavors--clones and phantasms. Clones are weak carbon copies of the caster, used to deceive enemies, while phantasms are powerful warriors with special skills.

New "shatter" abilities destroy all illusions to cause effects, such as damaging or stunning nearby enemies, creating a protective barrier around the Mesmer, or giving enemies the new "confusion" condition. Specific to the Mesmer, confusion is a stacking condition that damages enemies whenever they activate a skill.

The Mesmer's 'mantra' skills are also reworked, becoming two-stage spells. After a length initial casting time, mantras become insta-cast skills Mesmers can use even while casting another spell. "For example, Mantra of Pain can charge up into an instant-damage power spike that can be used during a channeled spell," ArenaNet says.

Check out the Mesmer page on the GW2 site for the full run-down.

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    December 14, 2011 2:15 PM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Guild Wars 2 closed beta starting Friday, Mesmer detailed.

    Just in time for the closed beta on Friday, ArenaNet officially unveiled Guild Wars 2's Mesmer profession, the final class to be revealed for the subscription-free MMORPG.

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      December 14, 2011 3:04 PM

      ohh man.. finally some positive news about the game going forwards.. looks like it will get ready for an April release, jst in time for Easter !!! woohooo...
      what a shame it is a closed beta.. would have loved an invite.. A'net, please send me one, as a Christmas gift.. i promise i have been a good boy and not looked at other MMOs at all this year !!! :)

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        December 15, 2011 9:21 AM

        The original launched on April 26th. My money's on an anniversary release.

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      December 14, 2011 3:29 PM

      :D

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      December 14, 2011 5:16 PM

      that was a very interesting class to play in gw1