Earlier today I was researching the dragonhunter as I found myself enjoy the elite specialization more and more over the Beta weekend. As you probably note from my rather lengthy impressions of the druid, I spent most of my time invested in the ranger and its elite specialization. Despite that, the dragonhunter has continued to catch my eye purely for its use of the bow and my strange appeal for traps. On a search for builds and opinions on the latest addition to the guardian, I came across a video by Zodin Vii. I admit that I’ve never heard of this player but having done a little digging, it transpires he’s well thought of by many. Having now spent some of my time viewing his videos, I can see why. He’s undoubtedly one of the best guardians I’ve had the pleasure to watch and his dragonhunter videos (volume 1 and 2) highlight the new elite specialization very well. I have to admit some of his play made me laugh far too much, especially at the sight of him destroying players 2 and 3 versus 1.
What I think his videos highlight more than anything, is - possibly - the limitation on traps and the bow, but also the existing strength of the scepter, focus and greatsword. There are wonderful moments when he uses True Shot, followed by Judge’s Intervention, not only to bypass the static play of the skill but to also trigger its traited knockback and land the burning. It’s clever play and does go some way in showing the viability of the bow (especially when it can critically hit for over 8,000). If there’s anything I’d like to see in his future dragonhunter videos, it’s utilising traps. I know they’re limited in comparison to the modified Meditation guardian, but it’d be super interesting to see what he can do with it. If nothing else, his videos go a long way in showing the viability of the new Virtues.
Take a look at both volumes below, it’s well worth your time. You can view more of Zodin's videos here.
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