My World of Warcraft Annual Pass is soon to come to an end, and over the past few months I've been growing very tired of World of Warcraft. I love the game still, but after eight years, things get very repetitive and dull.
I'm looking to change entirely and Guild Wars 2 looks like a really nice place to start. I have a Mac so the Mac Client is a great introduction to me. My concern is though the transition from WoW to GW2. I've always healed in WoW and I really enjoy the role, but I'm looking to change that by trying something really new and exciting.
I'm looking though for some basic introduction information. Simple things like analogies, things you found as former WoW Players that helped, and if anyone would be prepared to link some Videos or Blogs that help.
As far as healing goes, there is no trinity in GW2, all professions have some self heals and some have AOE heals. I think Elementalist has the strongest support (kinda-sorta-not-really plays like a mage) with Guardian (kinda-sorta-not-really plays like a paladin) as close second.
Think of Hearts like bread crumb quests. They lead you into an area but then the dynamic events unfold which is the real meat of the game. Listen to the NPCs, the villagers and soldiers asking for help or attention - they are not there for flavor!
Explore everywhere! You will find caves and underground caverns, sometimes whole zones hidden behind a waterfall or bush.