The second Guild Wars 2 beta weekend has almost ended, for me anyway, and this time around I can say that I had lots of fun – and no login issues, no overflow, no lag wahey! There’s been worlds between this beta experience and the last one for me, I finally had time to focus and immerse myself in the world, questing and exploration. As can be expected of a beta there’s still work to do, especially in the balancing and functionality / polish department; I personally think ANet shouldn’t rush it, a third beta weekend seems required. There are also group PvP mechanics and the trait system to rethink which I personally found boring after the revamp.
While taking lots of notes for a more in-depth look at questing and force-feeding my screenshots folder (the world is AMAZING!), I’ve taken some time to look at dyes in GW2 and admittedly I spent most of my gems, including the 2000 gems gift on random dye caches from the gem store! The paltry sum of 110 dyes I was able to collect in total does not begin to scratch the surface of the monstrosity that is dyes in GW2 – there are so many hues with the wildest names that you will eventually spend hours sorting and checking them out. Thank God there’s a favorite function!
Since a big part of ingame armor looks the same and does in fact come as a ‘blank’ for you to dye yourself, dying your gear frequently is an integral part of character customization in GW2. As a magic wielder with four different elemental attunements at his disposal, there is no excuse for slack in this department: a mage gotta look his part! Get your dyes straight all ye pyros, rain makers, world shatterers and storm callers, there are combinations aplenty for every type of magic!
The following screenshots show some dye combinations I came up with for my elementalist while bearing different attunements in mind. There is obviously switching going on during and between combat, but I imagine somewhere down the line many elementalists will still choose a sort of ‘home spec’ for themselves, an element they identify with most. Anyway, it was fun experimenting with so many colors and I believe this illustrates the potential of the dye system and just how much they affect the overall look and feel of a character. All combos are displayed on the devout set and all images are expandable – Enjoy! (And don’t you just love how cloth armor actually looks like cloth in this game!)
|Fire Elementalist – My personal favorite! (Nr. 3)