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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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Ready your Greatswords, because the necro elite specialization for Heart of Thorns has been unveiled. Instead of relying on distance, The Reaper focuses on close quarters melee combat to build up energy and unleash a souped-up death shroud on its enemies. The chill condition will also be used in conjunction with some new minor traits, and of course, you'll get a fancy new scythe to play with while in reaper form. Check out all the details over at the main site.

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Meet the Dragonhunter: Guardian’s Elite Specialization


Arenanet has revealed the next elite specialization... the Dragonhunter.  Meant for Guardians, the dragonhunter specialization grants a greater strength with the bow to Guardians, and allows for distance support roles to be filled.  The dragonhunter also allows for some deceptive moves, such as a skill that heals enemies but blinds them.  You can read the full blog post here.

Guardians will find that the new elite specialization gives them access to some conditions and functionality normally reserved for professions of a more physical nature. They’ll gain a bit of innate mobility, while the ability to cripple or bleed enemies will become an option through their elite specialization traits. One of their elite specialization traits is Rending Light, which will enable all varieties of traps to bleed enemies. Whether taking on the masses or a single enemy, the dragonhunter is a predator to be feared.
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Meet the Chronomancer: Mesmer’s Elite Specialization


Arenanet has provided the first blog post on an elite specialization, namely the Chronomancer specialization for the mesmer.  The chronomancer focuses on time manipulation to destroy enemies.  You can find the entire blog post here.

Here’s where things get fun. Shifting back to the original timeline reverts the chronomancer’s health, endurance, and all cooldowns (yes, even the elite skill) back to the state they were in when the shatter was first activated. This skill essentially gives the chronomancer a reset button and allows for tricks such as casting any skill twice, avoiding a killing blow, or simply tactically repositioning yourself. Remember Tides of Time from earlier in this article? Skillful use of Continuum Split will allow you to catch two returning time waves, doubling the effectiveness of the recharge bonus while gaining twice the benefits. I’m personally excited to see what kinds of strategies will be coming from our players once this specialization is available.
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Claim Your Spot in the Next Heart of Thorns Closed Beta


If you thought Arenanet added a lot of random number generation into the game, you'll love that even the beta is now based on it!  In an announcement on the official website, Arenanet have announced that there will be in-game events in Dry Top and the Silverwastes which will drop items that grant access to the next Heart of Thorns beta.  These events will be random.

Starting tomorrow, April 28, heroes adventuring in the Maguuma Wastes have a chance to find a mysterious portal to the heart of the Maguuma Jungle. Looting one of these special trophy items grants you access to the next Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns™ PvE closed beta event!

For a limited time only, rare portals will drop from enemies in Dry Top and the Silverwastes. Portals can’t be traded between players, so bring your friends along to hunt for their very own! Don’t worry if your portal gets misplaced in a sandstorm or devoured by a passing ravager; beta access will be flagged upon looting the item, and it’s not required to claim participation.
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Hylek in the Heart of Thorns


Arenanet has revealed what types of Hylek will exist in the upcoming Heart of Thorns expansion.  It has been revealed before that mastering their languages will be part of the new masteries that will be replacing levels after level 80.  You can read the entire announcement blog post here.

The jungle in Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns™ has Mordrem aplenty, but it’s also filled with strange and exotic natural creatures—including the Itzel and the Nuhoch, two brand-new hylek tribes. The Maguuma Jungle’s lush but dangerous environment has shaped and influenced these physically unique tribes to develop their distinct weaponry, community, and spirituality.
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The second Heart of Thorns public beta is already around the corner. On April 14, 2015, Stronghold will be made available on the live Guild Wars 2 servers directly through the Heart of the Mists for everybody. That means you can finally try out the new sPvP mode without worrying about being excluded or downloading an extra client. There will also be special episodes of Ready Up planned, along with a stream on the Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel for the entire duration of the event, featuring some prominent community members for an extra bit of flavor. Full details can be found here, and, if you're not sure how Stronghold works, an overview exists on the Guild Wars 2 site as well.

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