I know that it's not the best idea to ask about the game's mechanics on a roleplay forum, but I know that a bunch of people do play the game and are quite familiar with it.
So I'm the kind of person who really appreciates variety... and because of that, I found myself having more than 24 characters, resulting in 3 characters per class. The idea is pretty simple. I make characters that are meant to use a core class, a HoT specialization and a PoF specialization while at the same time being attached to different weapon styles and roles. The best example that I can provide are my ranger characters. I have a Damage ranger, a Support Druid and a Conditions Soulbeast -- and they work without any issues for both PvE and PvP.
I was hoping to achieve the same thing for mesmer. That is why I have three of them. But there's a problem. Unlike the other classes, I have no idea what to do with this class. I don't understand how Mirage work... and even though I've been battling this even before the expansion's announcement I still cannot figure it out. I only have one chronomancer whose role is Damage. He uses a Sword/Shield and a Greatsword. And that's settled. I was hoping to create some kind of Support or Tank role for one of the other two but apparently, that's not a choice since they're no longer relevant or reliable. So I was kind of hoping to make a basic Conditions character that could use something like Sinister or Viper while the other has a higher chance of survival by using stats like Dire or Trailblazer.
When I experimented Mesmer builds for WvW I found a build to be quite fun. It relied on Staff and Scepter/Torch and the use of Dire/Trailblazer stats. Some people have told me that this isn't great for PvE but so far I don't have any major complaints. With these weapons used it means that the following ones can indeed be used for a Mirage:
- Pistol off-hand;
- Sword off-hand;
- Focus off-hand;
- Axe main-hand;
As you can see there's a problem with this. There's a lack of a main-hand. As an exception, I'm willing to use a Sword or a Scepter if required. But I don't really know what exactly to pick and how well said build would do in real-time. My knowledge about Mesmers is really slim, and I was hoping that you guys could provide a better insight regarding this problem. It's just that it's been troubling me for such a long time now.