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WvW and PvE skill bar split incoming


One of Arenanet's programmers, Bill Freist, has confirmed that a WvW skill bar split, akin to the one that currently exists in PvE and PvP, is coming in the next update.  He did not confirm when the update would be dropping.

Since traits/specializations seem to be separate for PvP, PvE, and WvW now, it only makes sense to have a separate skillbar for WvW, like how PvE and PvP have it.
I’m sure I’m not the first to notice this, but has Anet acknowledged this? Will they make this change soon?

Your guess is as good as mine if and when this will happen.

Hint: My guess is the next release.
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A fair bit of news has spilled out of GuildWars2.com today.

First off, Stronghold is getting "Mist Champions", which are NPC allies from the original Guild Wars lore that offer various advantages to teams during a match. You'll now also be able to queue conquest and stronghold separately instead being required to alternate between the two in a single session.

There will also be an invite only World Vs World Desert Borderlands stress test on July 9th. If you do manage to get in, there's no NDA of any kind. Those less fortunate can still watch a stream of everything on the Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel. Back to Top

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Edit: ArenaNet has released a statement regarding the state of pre-purchases for Heart of Thorns.

During tonight's Guild Hall announcement showing at E3, ArenaNet has announced that you can finally pre-purchase Heart of Thorns. There are a few different editions available and many details to read through, so make sure you check out their FAQ page on the official site before heading over to the purchase page to ensure you choose the edition that's right for you.

Here's the basic edition structure of the Pre-Purchase system.

Standard ($49.99)
  • Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns expansion (includes Guild Wars 2 core game)
Deluxe ($74.99)
  • All Standard Edition Contents
  • Additional Character Slot
  • Miniature Revenant Rytlock
  • Revenant Finisher
  • Mordremoth's Bane Guild Hall Decoration
  • Heart of Thorns Glider Skin
Ultimate ($99.99)
  • All Deluxe Edition Contents
  • $50 in Gems
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Joshua Davis has unleashed a mighty beast of an update preview for the game's balance changes going live in the game next Tuesday, June 23rd. Each profession's traits and skills and have been combed through and tweaked extensively, along with some interesting changes to conditions and boons, so you'll definitely want to take a glance at what we'll be seeing in a mere eight days. I wasn't kidding when I said it was a huge list of changes, though. Prepare your "ctrl+f" buttons.

[Specialization Changes]

Edit: ArenaNet has sent us the rest of the patch notes for the update. The balance changes remain linked while miscellaneous changes will be places in a spoiler tag below.

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10 June 2015 Information Update


Arenanet has released two blog posts today outlining the new account wallet and combat updates.  The wallet changes go live in the next, Lion's Arch revamping update, and the combat changes will go live later.

Some wallet changes include map currencies (geodes, bandit crests), and relocation to the inventory panel.  Combat changes include the removal of conditions caps (to a number "too great to notice"), and tweaking of combat statistics to make them more impacting (points into condition damage now make a significant change).

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Revenant: Compassion as a Way of Life


Arenanet has revealed the latest legend that can be channeled in the Revenant profession:  Ventari.  The ventari spec. focuses on healing and blocking.  You can read the entire announcement blog post here.

Most healing in Guild Wars 2 takes the form of pulsing spells, the combo system, or area-of-effect heals, but we wanted to push healing a bit more than what you’ve previously seen by creating a legend focused almost entirely on support. However, we needed an interesting way for healing abilities to interact and create a more active playstyle, and that led to the creation of Ventari’s Tablet.

Ventari’s Tablet is at the core of every skill for the Ventari legend. All of the skills either do something around the tablet or modify it, so positioning of the tablet is the key to being effective. This requires the revenant to command the tablet, and to communicate and interact with allies so that they can receive the tablet’s benefits.
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The next beta test for Heart of Thorns is scheduled to begin this Tuesday, May 26th. Aside from standard email invitations, players who received a portal in Dry Top or The Silverwastes are also able to help test the upcoming expansion. Aside from the Revenant being available, ArenaNet will be focusing on a new outpost event structure in Verdant Brink. A new version of the day/night cycle is also scheduled to make an appearance during the test.

If you didn't manage to snag an invitation via the in-game method, keep an eye on your email inbox to see if your test invite got thrown in the spam box. Also make sure you're signed up for e-mail notifications from ArenaNet, otherwise it's highly unlikely you'll see yourself invited.

The test schedule is as follows:
  • 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7) to 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7)
  • 3:30 p.m.   Pacific Time (UTC-7) to 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7)
  • 7:30 p.m.   Pacific Time (UTC-7) to 9:30 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7)
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It's been a fair chunk of time since we've had our last bit of news concerning World Vs World in Heart of Thorns, but Tyler Bearce is here to quell the worry. This time, the changes are going to affect the format on a global scale rather than focus on the new Desert Borderlands map alone. Specifically, the way players upgrade their keeps and towers will almost be completely redone, along with a significant balancing of the WvW ability system. You can read the full list of changes on the official blog post here, then don't forget to head back and share what you think of them. I know I'm pretty excited, so I'm looking forward to hearing what all of you have to say about it as well. Back to Top

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"Attention, citizens of Lion’s Arch,
The rebuilding effort has begun! Please tread carefully around the construction zones, and try to respect the workers as they transform our beloved port into something new. Planning has taken much time, as the architects have had to work through many engineering and architectural challenges before agreeing on the final design of the city. Thank you for your patience and resilience during this difficult time. Together we’ll make the new Lion’s Arch a metropolis for the ages."
—Ellen Kiel

Daily Achievements
  • PvP Daily Achievements that required players to win as a specific profession have now been changed to require winning as one of two professions.
  • The Daily Achievements rotation has been updated.
General
  • The longbow’s string will no longer clip in first-person mode.
  • Mail carrier previews have been adjusted for better viewing.
  • Custom mail carriers now show up for all received mail unless the sender specifically selects a carrier other than the Mail-Carrier Pigeon.
  • The dye panel now allows you to switch between dyeing an outfit and dyeing armor by clicking the relevant dye areas. Changing the Hide/Unhide check box for outfits is no longer required.
  • Fixed an issue in which the Streaming Client would not work with custom playlists.
  • Fixed a UI bug in which Balthazar’s Outfit showed a fourth dye channel that was unusable.
Items
  • Increased the rate at which some salvage kits give upgrades so that the practical rate matches the stated rate in those items’ descriptions. The following salvage kits have had their upgrade salvage rates increased:
    • Basic Salvage Kit
    • Fine Salvage Kit
    • Journeyman’s Salvage Kit
    • Copper-Fed Salvage-o-Matic
  • Rune of Vampirism: Updated the sixth tier ability (mist form) to activate when struck while under 25% health, and profession-specific skills are no longer usable.
Structured Player vs. Player
  • Adjusted drop rates on container items given from reward tracks to match PvE drop rates. The following items will be obtainable with a higher frequency:
    • Black Lion Chests
    • Black Lion Keys
    • Aetherkey Pieces
    • Piles of Silky Sand
Mac
  • Updated the installer icon.
  • Fixed an issue that caused extra windows to appear in Mission Control when running Guild Wars 2.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the “About Guild Wars 2” window to reduce in size when opened.
New Items and Promotions
  • The new Daydreamer’s Weapons set is available at vendors for the limited-time price of 1 complete Black Lion Claim Ticket from a Black Lion Chest. Keys are available in the Special category for 125 gems.
  • A Raven Mail Carrier has been added to the Black Lion Chest as an uncommon drop.
  • A Parrot Mail Carrier has been added to the Black Lion Chest as an uncommon drop.
  • A new Snow Owl Mail Carrier is available in the Upgrades category of the Gem Store for 350 gems.
  • The Minis 3-Pack (Set 3) no longer drops from the Black Lion Chest.
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  • Mesmers can once again join PvP matches.
  • Fixed a server crash.
  • Fixed multiple client crashes.
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Lion’s Arch Construction Nears Completion; New Player Poll Announced


Arenanet have announced the Lion's Arch will be rebuilt sometime soon.  With the patch today, a lot of construction work began in the ruined city, and Arenanet want the players' help to name some new areas.  You can read the announcement on the official blog, and vote for the new names in the official poll.

Well, the cat’s out of the bag now. Anyone who’s visited Lion’s Arch today has already noticed some pretty exciting changes—the increased activity of the construction workers, watchful reviews by the surveyors, assembly airships, a construction yard, and a whole lot of scaffolding! At long last we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and our beloved Lion’s Arch—the heart and soul of Tyria—will soon be rebuilt!
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