The GW2 Warrior is not your normal warrior...
not any where close. Most Warriors are these huge meat shields that stand there taking the damage and returning a little damage, then if you think about range most cant even hit something 5 feet away from them.
The Guild Wars 2 Warrior on the other hand can punish you with damage, they can hit you from range. So what is it that they are giving up for this? It is simply they are giving up some of the damage absorbing. Which is not a bad thing since just standing in one spot in this game is a VERY BAD IDEA
Warriors are a soldier class profession. All this means is they get to wear the heaviest of armors giving them the ability to reduce the damage taken a little bit better than other professions.
Like we have pointed out playing a Warrior in GW2 like a tank from other games will be a major Mistake. It will get you dead fast. That is not to say that you will not be important to your team. The damage a Warrior can put out is amazing, this is where your strength will be when it comes to keeping a mob looking at you.
The Adrenaline Skill that is Unique to the warrior gives you burst damage. While you may be tempted to wait for it to reach Level 3 every time to have the largest amount of burst damage, you may find that using it when you need to will be of a much greater value.
The GW2 warrior is a master of melee weapons so a majority of your fighting will be up close and personal, that is not to say the warrior has no range, in fact they can use a longbow or a rifle and still deal out some punishing damage.
There is one question that effects your armor from the beginning, and its
I wear _____ on the battlefield. Because of this I am recognized and given proper respect.
You have 3 choices
Spangenhelm (a helmet)
My spangenhelm intimidates my enemies and earns me respect from allies. When I wear it I am nearly invincible.
Cap Helm (a helmet)
My helm is open-faced so that my enemies can see my face and look me in the eyes. They will remember who defeated them.
No Helm (Shoulder piece)
A true warrior doesn't need a helmet. My enemies will cringe and falter when they see the fearless determination on my face.
Skill combos with a GW2 warrior are almost instinctual, Take the great sword for instance If you use Rush then use Hundred Blades you can not only do a ton of damage but it allows you to close in on a foe quickly.
This brings up the most important part choosing your skills to complement your Weapon skills. I personally like signets since they have a active buff like effect and then you can set it off to offset situations you want to avoid. My favorite of the skills is Endure Pain, in a short period of time you take NO damage.
Over all the GW2 Warrior will be a favorite for many, do to all the skills that make this one a powerhouse of destruction, while avoiding or reducing the damage.