I did some maths on GW2 professions... here's what I got:
The numbers are respectively: (1) number of 2H weapons, (2) number of 1H weapons (counting main & off separately), (3) number of ways to make a different weapon bar, and (4) total number of weapon skills.
2H - 1H - #C - #Sk
W 4 - 8 - 19 - 44
G 3 - 6 - 12 - 30
R 3 - 6 - 11 - 29
T 1 - 5 -- 7 - 21
En 1 - 3 -- 3 - 12*
E 1 - 4 -- 5 - 60
N 1 - 6 - 10 - 20
Me 2 - 6 - 10 - 24
* Not counting kits
Clearly, they didn't mean to make professions equal regarding those. Ele has 60 weapon skills, warrior has 40 including burst skills, necro and thief drop to 20-21 and that's including combo skills.
Eles and engineers lose the ability to weapon swap, but still... they are the professions by excellence for total number of attack skills, and in-combat versatility (ele by default, engineer if using kits).
Warrior having so many combos and attack skills suggests the profession by excellence for attack bar customization.
Likewise, weapons aren't meant to be equally distributed: number of professions using each weapon type:
2H: Staff=4, Greatsword=4, Hammer=2, Longbow=2, Shortbow=2, Rifle=2
1H: Sword=5, Mace=2, Axe=3, Dagger=3, Scepter=4, Pistol=2
Off: Dagger=4, Focus=4, Shield=3, Torch=3, Axe=2, Mace=1, Sword=2, Warhorn=3, Pistol=3
Note that certain weapons can be used in either hand, summing those would add to: Dagger=7, Axe=5, Mace=3, Sword=7, Pistol=5
Blunt weapons (hammers and maces) are under-represented, while sharp weapons (especially swords and daggers) and staves are over-represented.Originally Posted by original speculation
This may factor in demand (and possibly in supply if ANet factors this in drop rates). Note that professions that have a greater choice of weapons may exert less demand on each weapon type.
As it turns out, engineers can dual-wield pistols and mesmers can wield pistols as well as off-hand, and even then daggers are used in more slots. Still, it's a closer call than I thought. The fact remains that there are large discrepancies between maces and daggers.Originally Posted by original speculation
As it turns out, mesmers do use pistols but neither bows or rifles.Originally Posted by original speculation