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Guild Wars 2006 World Championship
Meet the Guilds: Idiot Savants

The 2006 Guild Wars World Championship is coming up! Who do you think will win?

Will it be one of the regional champions? Or will one of the runners up take home the title?

Let us introduce you to the members of the American Regional Champion, Idiot Savants, who will be competing in Taiwan.

Name: Charles Connaughton
Location: California, USA
Age: 25
Occupation: Unknown. I work as a webmaster for an internet startup, but that answers the question as much as 'waiter' would for a man in West Hollywood who's still looking for a break. The real answer is that the last couple of years have been chaotic, and I'm still waiting to find my place before I can answer that question with any confidence.
Favorite Guild Wars Profession: "Do not have preferences." —Musashi Miyamoto, "The Way of Walking Alone"
The truth is that each individual needs to understand the different choices in the game, where his own strengths lie, and play that which gives him the best chance to win. My own strengths lie on offense, and with characters that reward careful planning more than fast reactions and APM. However the strongest professions are Warriors and Mesmers, which are 'twitch' professions. I play an Elementalist or Necromancer 'support' character when they are called for, or I fill in wherever needed. What is my favorite profession and skill? That would be the Gale Axe Warrior, because it is the most powerful character in the game.
Favorite Sport: I enjoy individual sports the most, but only enjoy any sort of sport if I'm doing it with other people. Quietly practicing on my own is tedious. With friends I most often play basketball or ultimate frisbee. I enjoy the strategy of spectator sports but do not enjoy watching them myself.
Favorite Hero/Villain: Fictional characters were fun to idolize when I was in grade school, but real world heroes and villains are much more interesting. They are also the same people - those who stand up for what they believe to be right despite widespread disagreement. Whether they are a hero or a villain is entirely subjective. I feel that individuals who are both celebrated and reviled simultaneously are, at the very least, the most interesting people in the world.

Name: Justin Ferguson
Location: New Jersey, USA
Age: 17
Occupation: Student
Favorite Guild Wars Profession: Ranger
Favorite Guild Wars Skill: between Eviscerate and Offering of Blood
Favorite Sport: Hockey
Favorite Hero: Speedy Gonzalez
Favorite Villain: Shredder from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Guild Wars was the first and only MMO I've ever played. After my first experience with the pvp aspect of the game in the World Preview Event I couldn't stop playing. My in game name Hello Apollo is based off of the band Coheed and Cambria (for those who haven't guessed yet).

Name: Augie Salick
Location: Wisconsin, USA
Age: 22
Occupation: Programmer
Favorite Guild Wars Profession: Mesmer
Favorite Guild Wars Skill: Gale
Favorite Sport: American Football
Favorite Hero: Yoda from Revenge of the Sith
Favorite Villain: Magneto
I've been in the GW alpha test for 2 years and was one of the top 25 testers. I graduated with a degree in rocket science.

Name: Edmund Dorsey
Location: Maryland, USA
Age: 23
Occupation: Information Security Consultant
Favorite Guild Wars Profession: Monk
Favorite Guild Wars Skill: Infuse Health
Favorite Sport: Lacrosse
Current Hobby: Mainly running and developing code for the team-iq website and forums

Name: Christian Krugler
Location: Iowa, USA
Age: 23
Occupation: Student at the University of Iowa
Favorite Guild Wars Profession: Mesmer
Favorite Guild Wars Skill: Resurrection Signet
Favorite Sport: The Truffle Shuffle
Favorite Hero: Chunk from The Goonies
Favorite Villain: The Staypuft Marshmellow Man from Ghostbusters

Name: John Birch
Location: California, USA
Age: 19
Occupation: College Student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Favorite Guild Wars Profession: Warrior
Favorite Guild Wars Skill: Frenzy
Favorite Sport: American Football
Favorite Hero: Spiderman
Favorite Villain: Venom

Name: Christiano Berg de Moraes Pereira
Location: Brazil
Age: 25
Occupation: Student, part-time professional gamer
Favorite Guild Wars Profession: Warrior
Favorite Guild Wars Skill: Gale
Favorite Sport: Computer Games, Soccer
Favorite Hero: Batman, since his power comes from his determination to improve himself, rather than a supernatural source.
I am from Brazil, a country where Guild Wars is not officially released yet, but that didn't stop me from chasing my dreams.

Name: Michael Reinking
Location: Iowa, USA
Age: 29
Occupation: Warehouse Manager
Favorite Guild Wars Profession: Monk
Favorite Guild Wars Skill: Distortion
Favorite Sport: Basketball, Poker
Favorite Hero: Lucius Quintius Cincinnatus
Favorite Villain: Petyr Baelish of A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
I used to play Magic The Gathering professionally in the late 90s.


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