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Community Showcase 15: Creative Contributions from Guild Wars 2 Players


Posted from Guild Wars 2 News on Yesterday 01:01
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Players from all over the world shared their creative Guild Wars 2–inspired works on the latest episode of Community Showcase Live!

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Out of the Shadows Release and Impresisons


Posted from Guild Wars 2 Guru on Tue 26 Jul, 18:09
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Out of the Shadows Released


Arenanet has released the first Living World update of Season 3, titled "Out of the Shadows."  You can read the update notes here.  Below, you can find the impressions of the release from the press demo I was able to partake in.

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On the 21st of July, I had the opportunity to get some impressions on the Living Story Season 3 Episode 1 release, and play through some new content. I was unable to attend the PvP session, but did hear some great details that are coming with this update. Let us begin with the content I did not play.

PvP Updates

I overheard a few developers talking to the press about PvP updates. For starters, the big updates include the fact that queuing is now possible outside of Heart of the Mists, and that the two current beta maps are coming out of beta. Skyhammer has gotten some smaller changes, which I was unable to get details on. Revenge of the Capricorn is a reimagining of Raid on the Capricorn, the old sPvP map that was removed from the game due to the desire to push aquatic combat out of sPvP. PvP seasons will now be continuous, in which the current time periods where no season is active (such as up to this release) will become an off-season, with all the features of the current season system, but without a set time limit or rank reward.

Class Balancing

All the classes in Guild Wars 2 have received an update, as is standard for these update from Arenanet. I was unable to catch many of the changes, but many of the changes and balancing focused on removing certain builds from the current raid meta. I was only able to get a few details on the elementalist, which has had its staff skill 2 (lava font) and tempest overload air severely nerfed in an aim to remove it from the raid meta.

Fractals

Although I was unable to play these, the new Chaos Isles fractal features the anomalies seen in the open world to create an almost dreamscape-like experience.  The Chaos Isles show instability within the fractals, with certain existing fractals mashing together into an entirely new fractal.

Story

Since the end of the Heart of Thorns expansion storyline, burials and ceremonies must be had, and celebrations occur throughout Tyria. As you progress through the aftermath, you receive a note from Taimi regarding a strange anomaly. You set out with Desiny's Edge to investigate this anomaly, which brings you to an area of an unstable bloodstone. As you approach the bloodstone in the pact's final airship, the bloodstone explodes (or rather, overloaded by ley energy and the instability caused by the players in the final raid wing), bringing you to the new map with this release, Bloodstone Fen.

Bloodstone Fen

Players of the first Guild Wars will remember Bloodstone Fen. The map, about 1/8th the size of the Silverwastes but more vertical than any other map seen before, features the bloodstone and its instability after the explosion. The map plays on the nostalgia from the first game, featuring more than a few references to the White Mantle, the organization which was initially a protagonist and eventually one of the main antagonist's of the game's original campaign. Justiciar Hablion features as one of the first open world bosses, where he throws you into the sky to discover one of the new feature of the new map, gliding skills. Arenanet discussed their desire to add environment specific skills to maps, and the new mastery allows you to unlock skills for use in Bloodstone Fen. The instability of the ley line energy around Bloodstone Fen, which spawns new items such as leyline updrafts, causes these skills to be extremely powerful. The first skill, a simple pulse, did an average of 2x as much damage against enemies as normal skills. More skills were unlockable, but this was locked for the press demo.

After the Hablion fight, spirits can be seen amassing during the night portion of the map's meta event. The bloodstone explosion has released many sacrificed generations to the bloodstone, and they are uncertain as to how to act. Many events rely on putting them to rest, or damaging them until they remember who they were, and that you are not the "bad guy." This map is one large homage to the White Mantle and the Bloodstone saga, and it seems obvious the story is heading in the direction of the eventual return or revival of the White Mantle, as hinted in by the trailer and the playable portion of the demo.

Story Hints

Only one mission was playable in the press demo that was completable (this particular story mission required a group to advance due to open world champions that have to be killed, which is difficult with one player). However, material provided by Arenanet shows hints that the Mursaat may be on the return. One image in particular which may be discussed is an image showing a heart that perfectly fits within a mursaat armor plate. This is, however, speculation.

In Closing

It was enjoyable to play a very small demo of the incoming PvE content and hear some upcoming changes for the game. As a fan of the Mursaat, this release excited me more than it should! It should be noted that the content outlined in this post was played in an unfinished stage, and changes may have occurred. There is also a lot more content in this release than outlined here. Living Story Season 3 Episode 1 release on the 26th of July 2016, under the name "Out of the Shadows."

Verdant Executor Outfit, Additional Hair Choices, Embellished Weapon Collection, and More!


Posted from Guild Wars 2 News on Tue 26 Jul, 01:02
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Believe me when I tell you that looks can kill.

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Out of the Shadows is Live


Posted from Guild Wars 2 News on Tue 26 Jul, 01:01
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Living World Season 3 begins! Read on for today's release notes.

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The ArenaNet Streaming Schedule for the Week of 25 July


Posted from Guild Wars 2 News on Fri 22 Jul, 01:01
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Find out when we'll be hosting your favorite streamers!

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An Interview with Queen Jennah


Posted from Guild Wars 2 News on Thu 21 Jul, 01:01
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From the streets to the Krytan throne room, we ask the hard questions.

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Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns is 50% Off!


Posted from Guild Wars 2 News on Wed 20 Jul, 01:02
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Buy Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns through 27 July and save 50%.

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Notes from Rata Novus: Part Three


Posted from Guild Wars 2 News on Wed 20 Jul, 01:01
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This time, it's personal!

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Trailer for Living World Season 3: Out of the Shadows Released


Posted from Guild Wars 2 Guru on Tue 19 Jul, 19:09
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Watch the Trailer for Out of the Shadows


Posted from Guild Wars 2 News on Tue 19 Jul, 01:02
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Take a closer look at the first episode of Living World Season 3.

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Zhadow Sat 26 Jan 2013, 19:50
oki sounds nice! Even though right now im in a little slump now on gw2, so not playing much/at all at the moment. But I send you an pm if im gonna get back to it soon!
Nymph of Meliai Sat 26 Jan 2013, 13:07
It depends on your connection, unless you have fibre-optic broadband then NA servers lag really badly if there is any event stuff happening... Halloween, Christmas etc. If you are worried about lag, then I would advise joining RiOT on Seafarer's Rest Server because they do a lot of PvE stuff as well as the WvW. Their officers are divided into PvE and PvP... plus there are Swedish people in the guild and LOTS of Swedish people on the server. The server is mostly British, Swedish, Italian and Russian
Zhadow Sat 26 Jan 2013, 09:42
Would NA server lagg for somone from sweden? :o)
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If you like PvX pm Nymeria Meliae for an invite to RiOT (WvW/Dungeons etc.) = EU servers If you are strict PvE then pm Zara Zante for an invite to LOST = NA servers

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