Willbender gets much needed improvements in the next beta of GW2: EoD
The Willbenders didn’t impress when they were initially lined up in the beta of Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons, but the final test event will see the new and improved elite spec.
Willbender was meant to be the highly mobile Guardian who would likely end up being the bane of crushes in Guild Wars 2 PvP, but that dream never came true as the elite spec ended up being terribly underwhelming. However, the developers have listened to the comments and made some crucial changes that will no doubt make the Willbenders more dangerous, but it remains to be seen how they fit into the game’s balance.
One of the main complaints from players was the rigid animation of skills specific to this elite specialization, resulting in animation locks that would make Willbender less agile than everything else. ArenaNet addressed this issue by giving Willbender Virtues big buffs. For example, Rushing Justice now has almost twice as much range as before and the animation duration has been adjusted to make transitions smoother.
Advancing Strike, the # 5 weapon skill when using a freehand sword, also has better scaling in PvP and WvW, making it a decent damage ability in addition to the utility it provides.
Flash Combo and its tracking now allow movement while in use. The same goes for Whirling Light, which has been improved even more as it provides a 50% movement speed buff, has a larger damage radius, and a 25% lower cooldown.
The elite skill, Heaven’s Palm, will now provide a shadow step when the ability is targeted. The guardian will move towards the target, then perform the area attack.
Willbenders might be one of the highlights, but pretty much every elite EoD spec has been changed. So you might want to check out the text wall to find out what’s going on with the new beta.