The following is a preview of some of the changes that will happen on the 23rd:
Upon logging in, you will see that the Skills and Traits section of your Hero Panel is now gone. In replacement of this, we have added an entirely new Build tab which allows you to view all of your skills and traits in one convenient location.
“What are Specializations?” Instead of investing trait points across varying trait lines, you can now select up to three different Specializations depending on your level.
Specializations and trait choices are game mode specific. You may select different specialization lines and associated traits in PvE, WvW, and PvP.
All specializations are locked until your character reaches level 21.
“Where did my skills go?” Excluding racial skills, all non-weapon (heal, utility, and elite) skills that appear on the right half of your skill bar, as well as your traits are now locked inside the new Training tab.
You may start unlocking skills at level 11 (Elite skills are locked until level 31.)
Hero Points and Spirit Shards represent an updated version of the previous Skill Point System. Hero Points are used to unlock traits and skills. Spirit Shards are used to purchase vendor items and with the Mystic Forge.
Item tooltips for soulbound items will now display the name of the character it is bound to if it isn’t the current character.
The attribute difference between exotic and ascended gear has been changed from 5% to 10%