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Lately, there have been some complaints that Guild Wars 2 PvP lacks complexity and depth and also lacks skill. That is, "all you do is mash buttons as they come off of cooldown." I want to address the complexity and depth criticism first since that one does have some validity.
When you have your weapons and utilities set up, you really don't have that many abilities to manage. Furthermore, much of the action/counteraction play in Guild Wars 2 has been simplified when compared to other games. Just as a very basic example, let's take a TBC era rogue from World of Warcraft. Evasion and cloak of shadows were two of several defensive abilities available to the rogue. Evasion worked against melee attacks while cloak worked against spells. It would be considered bad play to use evasion against a spell or cloak against a melee attack. In GW2, your defensive abilities pretty much work against anything that is thrown at you. You don't need to choose a specific defensive manuever to counter a specific type of attack. This is an example of what people mean when they say GW2 lacks in depth and complexity, and they are right in this respect.
There are many different ways to avoid an attack in Guild Wars 2. You can dodge the attack. You can block the attack. You can blind the attack. You can stun the attack, and so on. You don't have to choose any of these counters over another because of the type of attack that is coming your way. That decision process has been mostly removed and thus that aspect of PvP has been somewhat dumbed down in Guild Wars 2.
So, does that mean it doesn't take skill to succeed in Guild Wars 2? No, it takes skill and in some respects it take more skill than other games. Skill is a hard thing to define. One way to measure skill is in how you react to an opposing player's actions. In order to react to what an opposing player is doing, you first have to know exactly what it is that they are doing. This is where Guild Wars 2 is a bit more difficult than some other games. Some other games have dumbed down this aspect of PvP by adding castbars into the UI. Castbars and cast times nearly make it trivial to react to or interrupt what an opposing player is trying to do to you. To make matters worse, some other games allow UI mods to dumb this down even farther. There are actually UI Mods that play a voice file telling you what your opponents are doing.
You aren't going to have that luxury in Guild Wars 2 and I suspect that some of the people complaining that all you do is mash buttons in GW2 are people who have grown too reliant on UI mods in other games. In Guild Wars 2, you won't be playing your UI. You will be playing the game. You will have to use both sight and sound to be aware of what your opponent is doing. That will require learning the animations and sounds of pretty much every move in the game. You will need to do this since it won't just be enough to learn what abilities you need to avoid. You will also need to learn what abilities you don't need to avoid so you can conserve your counters and your dodge rolls for the moves that really do matter. That is going to require a substantial amount of game knowledge. In general, it's also going to require some pretty impressive reaction times.
Most abilities in GW2 are instant with fast animations. That's not always the case, of course. Some things like the rifle warrior's kill shot are channeled and are therefore easier to avoid. Some animations, like the hammer animations are slower and therefore easier to avoid. However, many animations are quite fast and it will take considerable reaction speed to, first of all, notice what ability is being used based upon the animation and then being fast enough to counter the move with dodge, blind, block, knockback, knockdown, stun or whatever else you might have available to you.
The action in Guild Wars 2 can be quite fast paced and being able to consistently avoid many of it's abilities will be similar to being able to consistently counter blinds with shadow word: death in WoW.
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