With the new expansion to Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns, fast approaching us, the guys over at ArenaNet gave us the chance to have a look at the new class during their most recent beta weekend. The Revenant class will give players a brand new way to play through the game as it embraces a new combat style combining that of a stereotypical assassin and mage. How devastating and gratifying does it feel to become this new terror of death? It is time to unsheathe our swords and find out.

In the beta we were able to create a level eighty character and able to explore the new area of the game, the Dry Top. This area is home to a bunch of new enemies and threats which are perfect for us to try out our new devastating abilities on. For the sake of this I went in as my favourite race, the Char. We were also equipped with some very nice level eighty gear with two switchable weapons being a hammer and a pair of swords. This gave us a chance to have a look at two different weapon combos and see what use they have on both a solo and team level.

Let’s cut to the chase the Revenant’s main focus is around their stances. These stances completely change the ability set up that you have on your character from abilities 6 through to 0 on your keyboard. First off you have the legendary assassin stance which allows you to channel the power of the legendary Shiro Tagachi. This gives you abilities centred around attack speed and damage per second, as well as some mild crowd control capabilities.

This is the ideal stance for players that love to jump in and slash away at your opponents. It is also worth noting that this stance comes along with some life stealing capabilities which is another incentive to go into fights like a crazy man. The alternative stance is known as the legendary dwarf stance which channels the power of Jalis Ironhammer. This changes your ability set to a more crowd control orientated play style. Making it so that you can debuff enemies and keep them in check whilst also having some healing properties for your allies.