Sounds like you are a Norn. The transformations are not ranger elites, they are Norn elites. I haven't played a Norn so I don't know how good they are. Even though is was said the class skills are better than the race skills, they can still be useful.
Irregardless, I could care less for all intensive purposes, because your a looser.
Get Rampage first, I use it a lot in PvE, and swiftness is really nice to have. I use the Elite Spirit in Dungeon Runs to help the party. Entangle could be very useful in WvWvW and PvP. Didn't like the Racial Elites.