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Vigilist smashes her way onto Mirage's battlefields


“A girl must grab life by the collar, and make it submit” is a sentiment I can really get behind on a Monday morning. The other one is “give me coffee or give me death” but none of the Mirage: Arcane Warfare [official site] characters seem inclined towards the latter at the moment. The Vigilist – the guardian-esque class in the game – is all about making life submit while clutching it by the collar, though.

There’s a trailer looking at her after the jump but, to be honest, I’d be far more interested in hanging out with her at a cocktail bar and shouting about things that make us both angry and then stomping off to conquer things while being rad.

The stalwart Vigilist is a key element of any well-balanced team in Mirage: Arcane Warfare. Designed to protect vulnerable allies and aid in the destruction of others, she is the first line of defense against the fury of the enemy team’s attacks with her shield, spear and complement of defense-minded magic abilities. Those include:

Ward Strike: Fire a magical shield that staggers enemies on contact
Disperse: Rise above the battlefield before slamming back into the ground, pushing back any nearby enemies
Surge: Summon a massive wave that knocks down any target in its path
Iron Dome: Spawn a protective shield bubble around yourself
Impaler: Stab forward with a magically lengthened spear, pulling enemies back towards you

The stuff in the blurb which mentioned protecting the vulnerable as well as all the destruction seemed vaguely… off-message? when I first read it given the trailer is mostly about her being furious and wanting to smash everyone who doesn’t believe she’s supposed to be on the battlefield. I mean, protection is part of a defender’s remit so it’s not a surprise to find that line in there, it’s more about the choice of words. It suddenly pushed the character a little bit back from ABSOLUTELY FURIOUS.

It made far more sense as soon as I read that the character inspirations for her class were: “Brienne of Tarth from Game of Thrones, Scythian women warriors (Amazons) and Female MMA fighters.” Brienne protected the vulnerable AND smashed things in the face with a sword.

I’m also thinking of the Vigilist as like a battle version of an older sibling who finds out you’re being bullied at school and threatens to duff the bullies up in the car park at lunchtime if they don’t cut it out.

Anyway. I’m going to spend the rest of Monday asking “What would the Vigilist do?” at times of uncertainty. Then bellowing and firing magical shields at people.


Mirage: Arcane Warfare is still going through closed alpha rounds of testing at the moment. The game will be getting a brief beta phase in 2017 with the game release to follow but no dates on that front as yet.

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