Unlike the profession itself, the thief has gone all but unnoticed the past week, today however, is his first official reveal on the guild wars 2 website! As always the unveiling of this new profession was acompanied by videos, screenshots and wallpapers! Be sure to check out what this new profession is all about over at the official Guild Wars 2 website and sound off your comments below!
A master of stealth and surprise, the thief is deadly in single combat—particularly when catching enemies off guard. Thieves compensate for their relatively low armor and health by being quick and evasive. They can move through the shadows, vanish into thin air, or steal items from their opponents and use them as weapons. Enemies should watch their backs, or the thief will watch it for them.
While other professions rely on recharge rate for their weapon skills in combat, thieves rely on Initiative. Thieves have ten points of Initiative to use, and they gain back one point every second. Weapon skills cost Initiative points, but they have no recharge time, so thieves can use them back-to-back. This allows the thief to keep their options open at all times or unleash a rapid flurry of powerful attacks.
Thiefs got a number of special skill types like Stealth, Shadow Stepping and Traps which will make sure that this profession is unlike any other profession you’ve seen so far!
Stealth—Thieves can disappear into the shadows. This allows them to become invisible to enemy players and to ignore aggro. When in Stealth mode, the thief can still be damaged, which temporarily reveals them. When a thief is hidden, attacking will break the deception.
Shadow Stepping—Thieves can get in and out of battle quickly by using a technique called Shadow Stepping. This skill allows them to disappear from one location and then instantly appear at a different location by traveling through the shadows.
Traps—Thieves use traps to ambush unsuspecting enemies and control areas. For example, Shadow Trap is a trap that puts the thief into Stealth and Shadow Steps them back to the trap’s location.
Check out all that and more at the official Guild Wars 2 website!
You might also want to check out a few interviews that have popped up over the internet regarding the thief:
Kotaku – http://ca.kotaku.com/5780900/the-guild-wars-2-thief-is-a-rogue-like-none-other
Massively – http://massively.joystiq.com/2011/03/11/arenanet-interview-gives-new-details-on-the-guild-wars-2-thief/