Guild Wars World ChampionshipMeet the Guilds: Idiot Savants
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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.