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The Dragon’s Reach, Part 1

With an Elder Dragon’s corruption spreading, the heroes of Tyria set out in an attempt to gather allies to meet this new threat. But with problems of their own close to home, will world leaders add their support or just introduce more challenges?

Achievements
After completing The Dragon’s Reach, Part 1, players can showcase their tactical mastery as heroes of Tyria by completing challenging episode-related achievements.

Rewards
  • New kites can be found in the Buried Locked Chests throughout Dry Top. Kite types include:
    • Crystal Shard Kite
    • Ventari Follower Kite
    • Prosperity Mine Kite
  • Gentt now trades Sandy Bags of Gear for Unidentified Fossilized Insects.
  • The ambrite short bow, Vespidae, has been renamed to Culicidae.
  • The ambrite weapon recipe and ambrite fossilized insect descriptions have been updated to better describe the weapons they make.
General
  • Black Citadel:
    • Discovering the Hero’s Forum point of interest will no longer cause it to shift position on the world map.
  • Blazeridge Steppes:
    • Fixed a bug that caused monster waves to respawn immediately after being killed in the “Defend Brokentooth Maw” and “Defend the engineers repairing Brokentooth Maw” events.
  • Bloodtide Coast:
    • The shark in the “Kill the Deep Sea Shark” event now has a boss icon overhead.
    • Fixed a gender/model mismatch of a Covington Cannoneer.
  • Cursed Shore:
    • Fixed a bug to stabilize Halla Corpseflayer’s position during the interaction at Meddler’s Summit.
    • Added a marker to the “Defend Priory Scholar Zepa as she searches the village of Ewan for ancient artifacts” event so the event is easier to find during its preparation phase.
  • Divinity’s Reach:
    • Divinity Guide [Information] NPCs will now correctly mark the Seraph Headquarters on the world map.
  • Dredgehaunt Cliffs:
    • In Dostoev Sky Peak, the Veteran Hulking Pyrite Elemental correctly displays a boss icon during the “Stop the hulking pyrite elemental” event.
  • Gendarran Fields:
    • Fixed a bug preventing players from removing the crippled condition from wounded soldiers when using the Medical Kit bundle near Nebo Terrace.
  • Harathi Hinterlands:
    • Shining Blade Kimber and the trio of centaur war councilors in the “Help Shining Blade Kimber find her husband” event chain now have event icons overhead.
    • The Veteran Bandit Leader in the “Intercept the prisoner caravan” event now has a boss icon overhead.
    • The locations of the four Seraph squads in the “Defend Seraph forces at Bridgewatch Camp from the Modniir assault” event have been given event icons on the world map.
  • Malchor’s Leap:
    • Fixed a wall around the Village of Wren to prevent players from walking through the wall.
  • Mount Maelstrom:
    • Fixed the Crucible of Eternity dungeon icon on the world map to hide correctly if the area is undiscovered.
  • Plains of Ashford:
    • The Iron Legionnaire escorted in the “Kill the veteran lava shaman” event correctly displays a shield icon overhead.
  • Sparkfly Fen:
    • Fixed a minor technical issue with Tequatl’s Hardened Scales buff in the “Danger at Fabled Djannor” event to alleviate CPU spikes.
  • Straits of Devastation:
    • The Champion Risen Krait Nimross in the “Destroy the Risen krait nimross and free the trapped Pact crew” event now has a boss icon overhead.
  • The Grove:
    • Updated conversations with NPCs Beidyre and Androel to allow non-sylvari players to converse with them.
Dungeons
  • Twilight Arbor Story Mode:
    • Fixed Mr. Sparkles’s character model mismatch.
  • Ascalonian Catacombs Explorable Mode:
    • Fixed several issues causing Detha’s story path to stall.
Personal Story
Items
  • All recipe unlock items have received new icons. Icons now match the rarity and type of the output item. Similarly, the rarity of all recipe items now matches the output item’s rarity.
  • Fixed a bug causing Chaos of Lyssa, Chaos of Lyssa (Infused), Light of Dwayna (Infused), and Shadow of Grenth (Infused) to become soulbound when equipped. All soulbound versions of these items will become account bound.
  • Updated the karma vendors at the Orrian temples to each sell armor sets with a single stat combination.
Profession Skills
Engineer
  • Healing Turret:
    • Cleansing Burst: Added a skill fact for conditions removed: 2.
Guardian
  • Hammer Swing / Hammer Bash:
    • Fixed a bug preventing the number of targets skill fact from displaying.
  • Sanctuary:
    • Fixed a bug that caused the Master of Consecrations trait to create a duplicate skill fact.
Necromancer
  • Lich Form:
    • Deathly Claws: Added a pierces skill fact.
    • Marked for Death: Updated the damage skill fact to correctly scale with the Spiteful Marks trait.
Ranger
  • Piercing Arrows:
    • Added pierces and targets per arrow skill facts to affected skills.
  • Mighty Swap:
    • Added a combat only trait fact.
  • Vigorous Training:
    • Added a combat only trait fact.
Warrior
  • Fan of Fire:
    • Added pierces and targets per arrow skill facts.
  • Combustive Shot:
    • Fixed a bug that caused the damage skill fact to display a lower amount than the actual damage when traited with Burst Mastery.
World vs. World
  • Updated the names on past WvW tournament world-placement achievements.
  • The Toxic Unveiling Volley skill no longer shows up on an Arrow Cart’s skill bar until the skill has been unlocked.
  • Guild Arrow Cart skill-damage tooltips now properly reflect their superior-level damage.
Gem Store
New Items and Promotions
  • The new Home Portal Stone is now available in the Services category for 900 gems. Players can instantly travel to their home city instance and return to their original location on demand.
  • Mini Scruffy is now available in the Toys category of the Gem Store for 500 gems.
  • The Permanent Hair Stylist Contract is now a very rare drop from Black Lion Chests for the next 2 weeks only.
  • The new Endless Monkey King Tonic is now a very rare drop from Black Lion Chests.
Bug Fix
  • Mini Flame Legion Effigy is now the same scale as other exotic minis.
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Dragon's Reach: Part 1


In an official preview from Arenanet on Massively's site, the next Living Story update was outlined, titled "Dragon's Reach."  Dragon's Reach will launch on 29 July 2014.  Steven Waller, Arenanet's Associate Game Director, also dropped a lot of hints and information at lore, and at tensions that are arising between the races of Tyria.  You can read the full preview here, and view the trailer here.

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July 15 Content Release Notes

Entanglement
The lethal vines that plague Brisban Wildlands have begun to spread. And now there’s trouble in the town of Prosperity, where the asuran prodigy Taimi was left alone to research the threat. As the search begins for the mysterious ley line hub, look out for new threats and learn who’s been watching from atop the mesa above Prospect Valley.
Achievements
After completing the Entanglement episode, players can showcase their tactical mastery as a hero of Tyria by completing challenging, episode-related achievements.
Rewards
  • Crafting recipes for a new ambrite weapon set can now be found on the tier vendor.
  • Players can now raise Favor of the Zephyrites to tier five in Dry Top.
  • Be on the lookout for unidentified fossilized insects found in Buried Locked Chests, which are required in the crafting of these new weapons. Someone with a keen interest in entomology should be able to help players identify what is encased within.
BALANCE, BUG-FIXING, POLISH
World Polish
  • General
    • Skritt burglars are no longer affected by Polymorph Moa.
  • Blazeridge Steppes
    • Updated the Shatterer skill, Crystal Imprisonment, to hit more targets and be unblockable. Increased the health and duration of Crystal Prison. The intent of these changes is to ease access to the Shattered achievement.
  • Frostgorge Sound
    • Expanded the Icy Grave application area during the first half of the Claw of Jormag encounter.
  • Kessex Hills
    • Fixed a bug that prevented Viathan Lake debris from respawning.
    • Removed the champion that would spawn at high scaling from the “Break centaur worker morale to prevent bridge repairs” event.
  • Fireheart Rise
    • Tar Cleaner Bundle:
      • Clean Oil: Fixed a bug that caused pets to attack when this skill was used.
  • Bloodtide Coast
    • Triple Trouble:
      • Fixed a bug that allowed the Amber Great Jungle Wurm’s Slick Skin buff to stack past 20 if the event previously failed.
General
  • Players who have bound duplicate legendaries to their account should meet with Historian Dozza in Divinity’s Reach to help in her research and receive a special title.
  • The “Join in…” option in the party member contextual menu is no longer displayed on party members playing in a different region.
  • Festival Rewards Vendors and Sovereign Weapon Vendors have temporarily returned for players to spend their remaining Festival Tokens and Favors of the Festival. They are stationed at the Grand Plaza in Lion’s Arch and by the Crown Pavilion waypoint in Divinity’s Reach.
Dungeons
Fractals
Cliffside
  • Fixed a bug that was preventing the Archdiviner from dropping his loot in the final encounter.
Items
  • Crafting—Huntsman:
    • Fixed the icon for Spiritwood Pistol Frame.
  • Fixed an issue that allowed players to spam transform effects by using aboveground transform tonics under water. These tonics can no longer be used under water.
  • Rune of the Privateer: Fixed a bug that caused the summoned bird to persist under water.
  • Updated the names of many items to be more specific to their weight class or item type.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented armorsmiths, leatherworkers, tailors, and jewelers from being able to craft Sheets of Ambrite.
Profession Skills
Racial Skills
Sylvari:
  • Healing Seed: Added a number of targets skill fact (10).
Elementalist
  • Fiery Greatsword:
    • Fiery Rush: Fixed a bug that caused the damage from this skill’s final attack to appear in the combat log incorrectly.
    • Flame Wave: Updated the skill facts to display the correct number of targets (5).
  • Lightning Hammer:
    • Static Field: Added an unblockable skill fact.
  • Water Trident: Updated the number of targets skill fact to correctly display 3. Added a number of allied targets skill fact (5).
Engineer
  • Elixir Gun:
    • Super Elixir: Updated the pulse heal skill fact to be more accurate. Added a number of pulses skill fact.
    • Healing Mist: Reduced the number of targets from 6 to 5.
  • Med Kit: Fixed a bug that caused the untraited versions of these skills to always display an out-of-range indicator.
  • Fragmentation Shot: Fixed a bug that caused this skill to deal more damage when traited with Rifled Barrels.
  • Blowtorch: Fixed a bug that caused this skill to be unaffected by the Rifled Barrels trait.
  • Glue Shot: Fixed a bug that caused this skill to display an ambiguous description when traited with Rifled Barrels.
  • Enhance Performance: Fixed a bug that prevented the might gained by this trait from displaying for Antitoxin Spray.
  • Throw Wrench: Fixed a bug that caused this skill to only hit up to 4 enemies.
  • Throw Mine:
    • Mine Field—Detonate: Added a number of targets skill fact (1).
  • Coated Bullets: Added a pierces skill fact to affected skills.
  • Kit Refinement:
    • Magnetic Bomb: Updated the number of targets skill fact to correctly display 3.
Guardian
  • Tome of Wrath:
    • Judgment: Fixed a bug that caused the Combo Finisher pop-up to appear before the combo activated.
Mesmer
  • Time Warp: Fixed a bug that prevented the casting animation from playing if the player had a greatsword equipped.
  • Polymorph Moa:
    • Claw: Removed a duplicate number of targets skill fact.
    • Kick: Removed a duplicate number of targets skill fact.
    • Peck: Removed a duplicate number of targets skill fact.
    • Screech: Removed a duplicate number of targets skill fact.
Ranger
  • Signet of the Wild: Removed a duplicate stability skill fact.
Structured Player vs. Player
World vs. World
  • Fixed an issue preventing the WvW armorsmith vendors from selling to level 60-69 characters.
  • Fixed an issue in which Build Master II caused the incorrect amount of supply to be spent when building burning oil, cannons, and mortars.
BLACK LION TRADING COMPANY GEM STORE
New Items and Promotions
  • New Ley Line weapon skins have been added to the Black Lion Weapons Specialist for the introductory price of 1 Black Lion Claim Ticket per weapon. Tickets and ticket scraps can be found inside Black Lion Chests.
  • A new Mini Chickenado is now available in the Toys category of the Gem Store for 500 gems.
  • A new Permanent Ley Line Finisher is now available in the Upgrades category of the Gem Store for 800 gems.
  • Each race and gender now has three new hairstyles available exclusively from Self-Style Hair Kits and Total Makeover Kits in the Services category of the Gem Store.
Bug Fixes
  • Royal Terrace Passes will no longer drop from Black Lion Chests.
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Entanglement Begins July 15!


Arenanet have posted the date and name of the next Living Story update.  The update, called "Entanglement," will launch on 15 July 2014, and include new Story Journal content that can be unlocked permanently, as well as possible changes to Dry Top and Prosperity, and edited content in maps that appear to be in one of the existing zones.

An accompanying trailer showed off more of the new Destiny's Edge, new bosses such as a Wump-The-Giant lookalike and a mysterious vine creature, as well as tease content such as aggressive corruption in the Maguuma wastes, and world changes.

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Scarlet, oh Scarlet.

Lion's Arch burned and crackled.

No one misses you.


Scarlet is gone for good, and now you have a chance to never forget it. ArenaNet was kind enough to provide us with a collection of "Scarlet is Dead" T-shirts to give away, and here is your first chance to do so. All you have to do is:
  • Live in North America.
  • Post your Scarlet-themed haiku poem in this thread before 12 p.m. PST, Friday, July 4th.
There are five shirts to be won in today's contest. Winners will be notified via their Guild Wars 2 Guru inbox. Check back later for a second contest here, as well as our Twitter to have a chance at the other 15 shirts we have to give away. Back to Top

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Gates of Maguuma
Over the smoldering fires of Lion’s Arch, a roar echoes from the west. Now, mysterious incursions into Brisban Wildlands have alerted Tyria’s heroes to a threat reaching across its frontiers to tear at its foundations. Mystery and adventure await those who go forth into long forgotten territory.
Achievements

After completing the Gates of Maguuma episode, players can showcase their tactical mastery as a hero of Tyria by completing challenging, episode-related achievements.

Introducing the Story Journal
  • Located inside the Hero panel, the Story Journal gives level 80 players the ability to play and replay unlocked episodes of the Living World, starting with Season 2. Additionally, it allows players to easily switch between Living World episodes and the Personal Story.
  • Episodes of the Living World are permanently unlocked when players log in when an episode is the current live release. If players happen to miss this free period for an episode, it can be unlocked later for a small gem fee via the Story Journal section of the Hero panel.
  • Completing the story of a Living World episode will unlock skill-based achievements with unique rewards that can be earned when replaying the episode.
World Polish
  • Metrica Province
    • Escort Rikkiti as she brings a message to the Lionguard assault force: Fixed a bug with this event that caused the health of spawned creatures to scale incorrectly.
  • Blazeridge Steppes
    • The Behem Gauntlet puzzle chest is now limited to once per day.
General
  • “Kick from Guild” will no longer appear in user context menus outside of the guild roster.
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused Taidha Covington to repeat her death scenes indefinitely.
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes prevented the key NPCs from spawning in the “Protect the asura and their technology while they quell the unstable volcano” event in the Battle for Mount Maelstrom meta-event.
  • Kralkatorrik’s Legacy world event:
    • Fixed an issue that would occasionally prevent the “Escort the Sentinel squad to the Vigil camp in Lowland Burns” event from starting.
    • Adjusted the scaling of the “Collect siege weapon pieces for Crusader Blackhorn” event such that additional players will be able to help complete the event faster rather than cause it to take more time.
  • Fixed the Huge Ruins Spider in Mount Maelstrom to have the health and nameplate of a veteran creature.
  • Inquest engineers no longer create flame turrets under water.
  • Icebrood Norn have had their skills and description updated.
  • Characters that logged out while in the Mad King’s Labyrinth will be rerouted to Lion’s Arch.
Dungeons
Fractals of the Mists
  • Mai Trin and First Mate Horrik should now scale appropriately with fractal levels.
Profession Skills
Elementalist
  • Updated skill facts to include the number of targets for various skills.
  • Lightning Flash: Added a number of targets skill fact (1).
  • Tornado: Removed the range indicator.
    • Electrified Tornado: Fixed a bug that prevented this skill’s recharge from displaying. Updated the radius skill fact and range indicator to show the correct projectile distance (900).
    • Dust Tornado: Fixed a bug that prevented this skill’s recharge from displaying. Updated the radius skill fact and range indicator to show the correct projectile distance (900).
    • Debris Tornado: Fixed a bug that prevented this skill’s recharge from displaying. Updated the radius skill fact and range indicator to show the correct projectile distance (900).
  • Comet: Updated the description to better explain its functionality.
  • Signet of Restoration: Updated the buff icon to match the skill icon.
  • Fresh Air: Added a missing recharge trait fact.
  • Obsidian Flesh: Fixed a bug that caused this skill to incorrectly display a trait bonus from Zephyr’s Focus.
  • Lava Chains: Added a number of bounces skill fact (1).
  • Arcane Brilliance: Fixed a bug that caused the combo finisher pop-up to appear before the combo activated.
Engineer
  • Updated skill facts to include the number of targets for various skills.
  • Enhance Performance: Fixed an issue in which the might gained from this trait failed to appear as a skill fact on some healing skills.
  • Detonate Rifle Turret: Fixed a bug that prevented the skill fact for this skill from updating when traited with Explosive Powder.
  • Elixir X: Fixed the skill facts for various transforms provided by this skill.
    • Tornado:
      • Electrified Tornado: Fixed a bug that prevented this skill’s recharge from displaying. Updated the radius skill fact and range indicator to show the correct projectile distance (900).
      • Dust Tornado: Fixed a bug that prevented this skill’s recharge from displaying. Updated the radius skill fact and range indicator to show the correct projectile distance (900).
      • Debris Tornado: Fixed a bug that prevented this skill’s recharge from displaying. Updated the radius skill fact and range indicator to show the correct projectile distance (900).
    • Plague:
      • Withering Plague: Fixed a bug that prevented this skill’s recharge from displaying. Updated the range indicator for this skill.
      • Plague of Darkness: Fixed a bug that prevented this skill’s recharge from displaying. Updated the range indicator for this skill.
      • Plague of Pestilence: Fixed a bug that prevented this skill’s recharge from displaying. Updated the range indicator for this skill.
  • Throw Wrench: Added a cripple skill fact while traited with Power Wrench.
  • Explosive Rockets: Added a number of targets skill fact (1). Updated the radius skill fact to correctly display 360.
  • Rocket Turret: Added a number of targets skill fact (5).
Guardian
  • Updated skill facts to include the number of targets for underwater skills.
  • Fixed an issue in which the number of targets skill facts would not appear for skills when certain traits were equipped.
  • Shield of the Avenger:
    • Command:
      • Fixed an incorrect number of bounces skill fact. This skill bounces 3 times to hit 4 foes and then returns to the player.
      • Fixed a bug that prevented this skill from dealing damage to the fourth target.
  • Zealot’s Flame: Added an unblockable skill fact.
  • Protector’s Strike: Fixed a bug that caused the ending flourish to act as a short-duration whirl finisher, sending out a single bolt in a random direction.
  • Virtue of Courage: Updated the duration of the passive aegis buff from 10 hours to an infinite duration.
  • Whirling Wrath: Added number of impacts and radius skill facts. Fixed a bug that caused the damage skill fact to display 9 hits instead of 7.
  • Strength in Numbers: Added a combat-only skill fact.
Mesmer
  • Fixed an issue in which the number of targets skill fact would not appear for various skills when certain traits were equipped.
  • Spinning Revenge: Fixed an issue that caused the clone created by this skill to use a version of Siren’s Call that did not apply boons to allies.
  • Mimic: Fixed a bug that caused the underwater channel for this skill to be shorter than the land channel.
  • Masterful Reflection: Added reflection skill facts to all signets when traited with Blurred Inscriptions.
  • Illusionary Leap: Fixed a bug that allowed players to swap places with their clone after it was destroyed.
Necromancer
  • Fixed an issue in which the number of targets skill fact would not appear for various skills when certain traits were equipped.
  • Wells: Added a range indicator for these skills when not traited with Focused Rituals.
  • Withering Plague: Fixed a bug that prevented this skill’s recharge from displaying. Updated the range indicator for this skill.
  • Plague of Darkness: Fixed a bug that prevented this skill’s recharge from displaying. Updated the range indicator for this skill.
  • Plague of Pestilence: Fixed a bug that prevented this skill’s recharge from displaying. Updated the range indicator for this skill.
  • Epidemic: Added a missing skill fact for number of targets (5).
  • Life Transfer: Updated the skill facts to use radius instead of range.
  • Flesh Golem:
    • Charge: Corrected the knockback skill fact to the knockdown skill fact.
  • Death Shroud: Updated the skill facts when traited with Death Shiver.
  • Signet of Undeath: Added a skill fact for number of targets (3).
  • Dark Path: Added a skill fact for number of targets (5).
  • Greater Marks: Fixed a bug that prevented some marks from displaying their number of targets skill facts when this trait was equipped.
  • Toxic Landing: Added a skill fact for number of targets (3).
  • Foul Current: Added a skill fact for number of targets (5).
  • Tainted Shackles: Added a skill fact for number of targets (5).
  • Wave of Fear: Added a skill fact for number of targets (5).
  • Chillblains:
    • Increased the blast radius to 240 to match other staff mark skills.
    • Fixed an issue in which the blast radius skill fact would not be displayed when traited with Greater Marks.
    • Increased the particle effect size to better match the skill’s radius.
  • Reaper’s Mark: Fixed an issue in which the blast radius skill fact would not be displayed when traited with Greater Marks.
  • Life Blast (Underwater):
    • Renamed the skill to “Plague Blast” in order to clarify its unique functionality.
    • Updated the traits associated with this skill to specify that they work with Plague Blast in addition to Life Blast.
    • Fixed an issue in which the damage skill fact was lower than the actual value.
  • Unyielding Blast:
    • Updated the vulnerability skill fact to show the number of stacks of vulnerability applied (2).
    • Fixed an issue in which this trait would inflict vulnerability on the player in addition to the targets when used under water.
  • Doom: Updated the fear skill fact to scale correctly with Master of Terror.
  • Spectral Wall: Updated the fear skill fact to scale correctly with Master of Terror.
  • Training of the Master: Fixed a bug that prevented the minion damage skill facts from updating when this trait was equipped.
Ranger
  • Updated skill facts to include the number of targets for various skills.
  • Updated pet skill facts to include the number of targets for various skills.
  • Entangle: Updated the description to better match its functionality.
  • Signet of Renewal: Added a radius skill fact.
  • Quicksand:
    • Corrected the order of condition skill facts to match similar skills.
    • Updated the effect for this skill when used under water to better match its area of effect.
  • Sun Spirit: Fixed the description of the spirit buff to remove the might on hit chance.
  • Winter’s Bite: Fixed the description and icon of the pet buff to better match its skill functionality.
  • Drake:
    • Bite: Updated the animation to be a bite attack instead of a tail whip when under water.
  • Coral Shot: Added a pierces skill fact.
  • Path of Scars: Added a pierces skill fact.
  • Signet of the Wild: Added stability, damage increase, movement increase, and duration skill facts.
  • Quick Shot: Fixed an issue that caused the character to briefly move back toward the target when firing at an enemy behind the ranger.
Thief
  • Updated skill facts to include the number of targets for various skills.
  • Steal: Fixed a bug that caused players to occasionally steal an item from targets they could not reach by shadowstepping.
  • Thieves Guild: Added creature descriptions for the summoned thieves.
  • Ambush: Added a creature description for the summoned thief.
  • Black Powder: Fixed a bug that prevented the bullet fired from this skill from bouncing when traited with Ricochet.
  • Dancing Dagger: Updated the skill facts to use number of bounces (3) instead of maximum targets.
  • Trick Shot: Updated the skill facts to use number of bounces (2) instead of number of targets.
  • Dagger Storm: Fixed a bug that caused this skill to continue creating whirl projectiles after the combo field it was using expired.
  • Disabling Shot (Short Bow): Fixed an issue that caused the character to briefly move back toward the target when firing at an enemy behind the thief.
Warrior
  • Updated skill facts to include the number of targets for various skills.
  • Adrenaline Rush (Mace): Updated the description to explain that the amount of adrenaline gained by this skill is based on the duration the player spends blocking.
  • Adrenaline Rush (Sword): Updated the description to explain that the amount of adrenaline gained by this skill is based on the duration the player spends blocking.
  • Empower Allies: Added a combat-only skill fact.
  • Counterblow: Fixed a bug that caused the counterattack from this skill to be called Riposte.
  • Inspire: Changed the range skill fact into a radius skill fact for clarity.
  • Plant Standard: Fixed a bug that caused the combo finisher pop-up to appear before the combo activated.
Racial Skills
Asura
  • Updated skill facts to include the number of targets for various skills.
Charr
  • Updated skill facts to include the number of targets for various skills.
  • Charrzooka: Fixed a bug that caused the player to immediately drop the Charrzooka if they activated a skill before they finished equipping the bundle.
Human
  • Updated skill facts to include the number of targets for various skills.
Norn
  • Updated skill facts to include the number of targets for various skills.
  • Become the Snow Leopard:
    • Prowl: Fixed an issue that allowed players to capture points while stealthed. Added a skill fact to describe this functionality.
Runes and Sigils
  • Sigil of Geomancy: Fixed a bug that caused the effect of this sigil to be incorrectly displayed as Frost Burst in the combat log. It is now displayed as Ring of Earth.
  • Rune of Strength: The 4-piece bonus has had its might duration reduced from 10 seconds to 5 seconds for both the Major and Superior versions. The 6-piece bonus has had its damage bonus reduced from 7% to 5% while under the effect of might.
Bundle Skills
Brisban Wildlands:
  • Pigment Transmogrifier (given during the “Aethervolt researchers require temporary assistants” renown heart):
    • Pellet Shot: Fixed a bug with the range indicator on this skill that caused it to always display as out of range. Increased the damage on this skill by 60%. Added a damage skill fact.
    • Pigment Destabilizer: Added a blindness skill fact.
Gem Store
  • Dragon Coffers no longer drop from Black Lion Chests.
New Items and Promotions
  • Mini Frostbite has been added to the Toys category for 400 gems.
  • Find the new Shadow Assassin Outfit in the Style category for 700 gems.
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In preparation for season two of The Living Story, ArenaNet has just released a behind the scenes video showing off some of the new music players will be treated to in the coming months. Though, unlike the rest of the post-launch music seen in season one, Maclaine Diemer, ArenaNet's resident composer, traveled to Germany last May to record the music through a live orchestra. The video gives a chilling preview of some of the tracks that will be featured in the upcoming content, so anyone interested should definitely take a look at this sneak peek.


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The next chapter of the Living Story, Gates of Maguuma, will be available July 1st. See the announcement page for the first look at what awaits Tyria next Tuesday! Back to Top

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Guild Wars 2 at Gamescom


Arenanet has announced their plans for their prescence at Gamescom this year.  Gamescom is the European equivalent of E3, a trade show dedicated to video games and its industry, as well as electronic entertainment as a whole.  You can read the full announcement here.

At this year’s gamescom in Cologne, Germany (August 13 – 17) we’ll be partnering up with our friends from Twitch.TV! Visit the Twitch.TV booth to play Guild Wars 2, chat with our developers, and participate in exciting activities.

We’re excited to announce that as part of our presence, we’ll be flying out players from all over the world to participate in the first-ever Guild Wars 2 International All-Stars Tournament! This is the first European event to pit top players from North America, Europe, and China against one another.
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New World Event Times
In consideration of player feedback, several changes have been made to the rotations to make the players’ favorite world bosses more accessible.
  • Low-Level Rotation—The four world events in this rotation will continue to activate 15 and 45 minutes past the hour, regardless of other rotations.
  • Standard Rotation—The six world events in this rotation will continue to activate on the hour and 30 minutes past the hour. This rotation is now independent of all other rotations. The TBD event slot has been removed.
  • Hardcore Rotation—The three world events in this rotation now activate more frequently, at the following times:
    • 03:30 PST / 10:30 UTC – Karka Queen
    • 04:30 PST / 11:30 UTC – Tequatl
    • 05:30 PST / 12:30 UTC – Great Jungle Wurm
    • 08:00 PST / 15:00 UTC – Karka Queen
    • 09:00 PST / 16:00 UTC – Tequatl
    • 10:00 PST / 17:00 UTC – Great Jungle Wurm
    • 11:00 PST / 19:00 UTC – Karka Queen
    • 12:00 PST / 20:00 UTC – Tequatl
    • 13:00 PST / 21:00 UTC – Great Jungle Wurm
    • 16:00 PST / 23:00 UTC – Karka Queen
    • 17:00 PST / 24:00 UTC – Tequatl
    • 18:00 PST / 01:00 UTC – Great Jungle Wurm
    • 19:00 PST / 02:00 UTC – Karka Queen
    • 20:00 PST / 03:00 UTC – Tequatl
    • 21:00 PST / 04:00 UTC – Great Jungle Wurm
    • 23:00 PST / 06:00 UTC – Karka Queen
    • 24:00 PST / 07:00 UTC – Tequatl
    • 01:00 PST / 08:00 UTC – Great Jungle Wurm
World Polish
  • Sparkfly Fen
    • Fixed an issue that caused Tequatl to fly away and never return if he burned too quickly during his vulnerable phase.
  • Claw Island
    • Areas and points of interest, once they are discovered, will remain revealed when viewed from other maps.
  • Frostgorge Sound
    • Fixed a bug with the Rebel Isaak renown region for rewarding too much renown when defeating dredge. Renown rewards will now be in line with other renown hearts.
General
  • Waypoints and markers visible on maps different from the player’s current map are now always displayed as uncontested. When teleporting to a waypoint on a different map, if that waypoint is contested in the destination map copy, the player will be redirected to the nearest uncontested waypoint.
Items
  • Sclerite Karka Shells purchased from rewards vendors at the Festival of the Four Winds can now be properly used at the Mystic Forge to create an ascended back-piece item.
World vs. World
  • All players who qualified for rewards from the Spring 2014 Tournament have been given 100 additional WvW Tournament Claim Tickets.
  • World vs. World Spring 2014 Tournament placement achievements and associated tournament chests have been redistributed.
  • The Battle Historian’s Tournament Rewards tab has been re-enabled.
Gem Store
New Items and Promotions
  • For two weeks, all Black Lion Chests will contain a guaranteed bonus Dragon Coffer. Black Lion Chest Keys are available in the Special category of the Gem Store for 125 gems each.
  • Dragon’s Jade weapons can now be purchased from Black Lion Weapons Specialists for the introductory price of 1 Black Lion Claim Ticket for the next four weeks. Black Lion Claim Tickets and Ticket Scraps can be found inside Black Lion Chests.
  • Total Makeover Kits and Self-Style Hair Kits now have additional exclusive hair colors and eye colors. Kits can be found in the Services category of the Gem Store for 350 and 250 gems respectively.
Improvements
Custom Arena Starter Kits and Custom Arena Time Tokens have been removed from the Gem Store and have been added to a vendor near the PvP browser in the Heart of the Mists.
  • The cost of Custom Arena Starter Kits has changed from 1600 gems to 200 gold.
  • The cost of Custom Arena Time Tokens has changed from 150 gems to 2 gold.
  • Existing Custom Arena Starter Kits and Time Tokens will continue to work normally.
  • Boost Enchantment Powder now also converts Killstreak Experience Boosts to Enchanted Reward Boosts.
  • Enchanted Reward Boosts can now be used to grant Killstreak Experience Boosts.
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