If you’re looking forward to Guild Wars 2‘s PvP but are a little intimidated by the prospects of huge WvW battles, then you’re sure to love ArenaNet‘s take on structured PvP. Gamebreaker.tv’s Mike B aka Fony got the chance to experience PvP arena action with a Mesmer in last weekend’s beta, and he was at his tricky, mischievous best with GW2‘s illusion-wielding class in the Battle for Khylo.

Whether it’s creating doppelgangers to harass your enemy or dropping into stealth and leaving an empty shell behind, the Mesmer looks to be a great choice for PvP, confusing and confounding the enemy with a vast array of tricks and traps. And any class can make use of the terrain, as Mike shows when he jumps out of windows and glides across rooftops to get the jump on unsuspecting foes

No trebuchet, though? Next time for sure!


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Jason Winter has held several positions in the tabletop and video-gaming industry since 1996, including writer, editor, marketing coordinator, and game designer. He's the former editor of Beckett Massive Online Gamer and almost considers himself competent in PvP. In addition to his work with Gamebreaker.tv, he also blogs about video games at http://jasonwinter.wordpress.com.
  • http://twitter.com/astarael_ Colleen

    Totally awesome vid! Nice to see some decent pvp where you can clearly see what is going on. :D

  • rob weik

    actually the best pvp I’ve seen so far. good job as usual mike.

  • JJGlyph

    Awesome. I was hoping to see the Mesmer in HD in PvP in Khylo in Guild Wars 2 in… uhhh.. yea bye.

  • http://twitter.com/Jarlan23 Chris

    Good shit. The PVP looks great, can’t say I was impressed by the PVE stuff though.

    • willbendr

      We still need to be convinced that there will be lasting PVE intrigue, but we haven’t seen 90% of the events.  Also, it’s hard to get excited about combat from watching a majority of the press member just standing there, backpeddling and mashing in an action-y combat system.  http://www.jeuxonline.info/video/4967/beta-test-press-exploration-cote-humain That video @3:20 begins to touch on what I want to get my hands on.

  • Zach Land

    In the future could you tell us about the auto-balancing feature? Every once and awhile it says auto balancing and you would lose teammates. How does that work? Does it mean I could be automatically booted if someone on the other team leaves? Great to keep things balanced but bad for the sucker that gets booted. Great videos MikeB!

    • Jakob Calero

      If you look closely there’s a small notification on the side asking people to volunteer for the autobalancing. If it really was a matter of being booted from the match then no one would volunteer. 
      I think what it does is moves one player from one team to another and either only happens when the teams are 5 vs 3 (to make it 4 vs 4) or when it’s 5 vs 4 but the larger team is leading with a large margin.

      This is just me guessing though.

      • Zach Land

         Thanks for the responses! I hope I hear more about it because if it is a volunteer thing it seems ripe for exploitation. I personally would need some kind of incentive to move to a losing team as well. Then again I’m not in beta so am just making stuff up. I could use more data on how pvp matches work in GW2.

    • http://twitter.com/Master10K Master10K

      The autobalancing works in that you are asked whether you want to Volunteer to join the other team or not. No one is kicked, it seems. Not sure if it randomly puts a play on the other team though, when no one decides to switch sides.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Marian-Heipl/100001150601533 Paul Marian Heipl

    Ohhh this can so become an e-sport, for me it’s almost as entertaining as watching starcraft II matches, but then again that might be because I own starcraft. I just have to get my hands on this game ASAP :D

  • http://twitter.com/abriggs43 Andrew Briggs

    To many professions to choose from !

  • http://twitter.com/dryiggles Jeremiah Yip

    Great video on the Mesmer and just commentating throughout the video MikeB.  Felt like was watching a live match.  Inc GBTV’s live GW2 Commentary PvP!

    I can’t wait for this game to launch. :)

  • Derek Basey

    article title reminds me of how ryan used to pronounce pvp in MOG

  • Libor Mičko

    IT IS ONE OF FIVE !!!!!!!!!

  • chlo1ber

    Very nice video, one of the few we saw some good use of the abilities!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Frank-Schaus/100002042345277 Frank Schaus

    great commentary, i’d love to see some more classes