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Today, Arenanet is presenting their heart of thorns panel. This thread will be updated with all announcements, important quotes, and information that is relevant. If you wish to view the panel, you can view it on the official twitch channel
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Status: Conference Finished
. All time are in GMT +1.
18:20 - Official trailer reveals new weapons for existing professions incoming.
18:18 - Official website
18:17 - Colin leaves the stage.
18:15 - Heart of Thorns is "about the journey."
18:14 - Guild Hall is much more than what it has been. It's a home and gathering location for guilds. Guild Halls provide great adventures, a new sort of raids. Guild Halls act as bases and are grown through those raids.
18:14 - Guild Halls confirmed.
18:14 - Stronghold allows teams to register as guild teams. Guild teams are for leaderboards between Guilds.
18:13 - Guild versus Guild confirmed.
18:12 - Stronghold is a mode based on GvG, except for teams, and with buyable AI.
18:11 - Brand new sPvP game mode called Stronghold announced.
18:10 - Core world versus world will be changed to force worlds to hold objectives.
18:08 - New World versus World borderlands map confirmed.
18:06 - Revenant channels anicent Guild Wars heroes. One channeling hero is King Jalies, granting the power of the great dwarf to the revenant. Another hero is Mallyx the Unyielding, which can be channeled to use conditions and turn them against the enemies.
18:05 - Revenant profession allows control over the powers of the mists, Rytlock first revenant.
18:04 - Revenant profession confirmed, heavy.
18:03 - Another specialization: "Why do all necromancers get greatswords? It's another specialization!"
18:02 - Specializations allow each profession to learn one trait or mechanic that are not part of the core, almost like a second profession. Colin Johanson gives an example: "Rangers in the jungle should be able to master jungle connection elements. So, a ranger can learn the ways of the druid. When a ranger learns the druid mechanics, they can use the staff and learn new profession utility skill, healing skills, and mechanics."
18:01 - Brand new legendaries and precursors part of the expansion.
18:00 - Precursor crafting confirmed.
17:59 - Collections and crafting are also part of mastery.
17:57 - There will be mastery chains that focus on combo and combat changes.
17:57 - Another mastery is the ability to master languages of civilizations in the jungle, and gain lore.
17:56 - Hang gliders confirmed as a mastery trait.
17:54 - All level 80 character get masteries. All masteries must be earned once, and are account bound upon unlocking/mastering.
17:53 - Heart of Thorns takes and focuses on the concept of bringing players together... making others should make you happy, according to Colin.
17:51 - The end of the Guild Wars one story is the start of the heart of thorns expansion.
17:50 - Maguuma region are incoming. Deemed "area." Consists of three biomes... the roots, the canopy, and the heart.
17:48 - Colin will go through all major features in the expansion.
17:47 - Colin "colinsmile" Johanson incoming, Mike O'Brien thanks fans for loyalty and patience.
17:46 - Heart of Thorns is not about loose features, it's one huge feature chain.
17:46 - Profession Specializations announced.
17:45 - New Group challenges are based on mastery
17:44 - Maguuma Jungle is a vertical environment.
17:43 - Masteries announced. New character progression system.
17:42 - Max level characters with top-tier gear now will remain that way at the end of the expansion.
17:41 - O'Brien discusses problem with modern expansions: gear and loot tiers, character degression.
17:40 - Mike O'Brien mentions GW2 development, from manifesto, to 40 LS updates, to now.
17:37 - Mike O'Brien confirms expansion.
17:36 - Trailer ended... contains flying combat, huge new zones.
17:34 - Trailer.
17:33 - "Mordremoth in Maguuma Jungle, so that's where we're heading next."
17:32 - Recap of season 2.
17:30 - Conference started. Boomstick orchestra welcome Mike O'Brien.
17:28 - Ambient loading screen ends the pre-show. Preparing for conference.
17:27 - Boom stick orchestra prepares for conference.
17:16- Arenanet's Rubi Bayer confirms that that next weeks' point of interests show will be a more in-depth look at many announcement of Heart of Thorns.
17:13 - Live Stream has begun, with Jennifer Hale (the voice of Queen Jennah, among many) doing some pre-show speculation. Discussion is about the amount of people and audience polling.
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