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Wintersday Timeline Three new activities in LA (starts Dec 14 and last until Jan 3)
  • All three activities can be accessed via the mystic forge in LA, which is transformed into a giant snow globe.
  • Winter Wonderland – Brand new timed jumping puzzle, hard but less harsh than Mad King’s Clock Tower. Three different entrances, and frostbite to endure (damage over time, player is kicked out if they take too long). Puzzle is not instanced but the three difference entrances and wide path should eliminate some of the visibility issues with other players.
  • Snowball Mayhem – Brand new PvP Map, a capture the flag map. Players grabbing presents and bring them back to base. Players get to pick between three classes: Supporter, Scout and Heavy Gunner, each with unique skills. In addition, each profession also get one profession  specific skill. You get to throw snowballs, freeze other players in place, and use map based power ups.
  • Bell Choir: Three players team up to play three part harmony holiday songs or create their own. Players will be hitting notes as indicators come flying at them – i.e. Guitar Hero. Each song starts with a perfect score of 100 and every note you miss detracts from your score. There are several new Wintersday themed songs, as well as the Guild Wars 2 theme, and Fear Not This Night to play.
  • Visit Toymaker Tixx in LA once during the three week period to get a special toy that won’t appear in GW2 again.
City Tour & Toypocalypse (starts Dec 15)
  • In each city, Toymaker Tixx’s Golem Airship will reveal a special instance called Toypocalypse themed towards the city.
  • Every city has their own version of Toypocalypse gets more engaging/harder with each city.
  • Each instance will scale everyone to L80, it is a 5m instance that is designed to take 30m to 1hr to complete depending on group organization.
  • Tixx will reward players with blueprints unique to that race after instance completion. In addition, mobs will drop the crafting materials required by the blueprint.
  • If you miss out on a city, wait till Dec 20 where all the instances can be accessed via Lion’s Arch via a drop down menu.
  • Horde mode meets tower defense meets GW2 – you will face waves and waves of runaway toys, pick up resources to set up defenses (i.e. catapults), and keep gift-bearing dolyaks safe.
  • Players will have access to unique holiday themed weapons to combat waves of malfunctioning toys trying to assault Tix’s friendly Pack Dolyaks.
  • Toypocalypse will be hot joinnable through an activity server (i.e. sPvP maps)
Crafting & misc activities
  • 275 new crafting recipes, not all are themed around the holiday.
  • Craftable skins that are much more accessible and attainable. Weapons thremed after the weapons used by Tixx’s Toys
  • Snowmen to build throughout the world (similar to Pumpkin Carving in Halloween)
  • Presents fall from the sky all over Tyria except for Orr – boxes of gifts, goodies, and toy-making materials.These presents will spawn mini events when opened (i.e. similar to haunted doors in Halloween).
Black Lion goodies
  • New skins in the stores, different from the craftable ones.
WvW & sPvP
  • Siege items themed after Winterday such as ballistae that shoot candy canes.
  • sPvP themed finishers.
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#1 Granfala

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 10:15 PM

WvW & sPvP changes are amazing.  Keeping me playing, that's for sure!

#2 Beta Sprite

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 10:27 PM

Thanks for posting this.  Hopefully it will catch on and we can just direct questions about the event here.  =)

#3 Fizzypop

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 10:29 PM

Since I already went and looked some dyes up. Green and lime dye are the best christmas greens I've found. Red, chestnut, & autumn (starter) dyes are the best red dyes I've found. For gold I'd go with the starter dye antique gold or white gold. I tested them all on cloth don't know about medium or heavy. Just some ideas if you are looking for some good christmas colors.

ETA: Evergreen dye is good for a pine looking green.

#4 ToriSama

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 10:41 PM

So much promise! I'm really looking forward to this. It should be a great time!

I think the best part is being able to go back and work on instances once Tixx makes it to LA. Working Monday thru Friday on the east coast during the day makes it hard to make it to the 1 pm times (here anyway).

View PostFizzypop, on 14 December 2012 - 10:29 PM, said:

Since I already went and looked some dyes up. Green and lime dye are the best christmas greens I've found. Red, chestnut, & autumn (starter) dyes are the best red dyes I've found. For gold I'd go with the starter dye antique gold or white gold. I tested them all on cloth don't know about medium or heavy. Just some ideas if you are looking for some good christmas colors.

ETA: Evergreen dye is good for a pine looking green.

I would just add that emerald and scarlet look great together, with some celestial (or the whitest white you have) thrown in for a nice, 3 color holiday combo.

#5 Khalija

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 10:50 PM

Thanks for this, Castaa. Added a banner because I promoted it to the front page.

Feel free to PM me if you have a question regarding moderation, want to leave some feedback, or just want to chat!


#6 Shayne Hawke

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 10:57 PM

View PostCastaa, on 14 December 2012 - 10:03 PM, said:

  • Snowball Mayhem – Brand new PvP Map, a capture the flag map. Players grabbing presents and bring them back to base. Players get to pick between three classes: Supporter, Scout and Heavy Gunner, each with unique skills. In addition, each profession also get one profession  specific skill. You get to throw snowballs, freeze other players in place, and use map based power ups.

Does this count as a trinity?

#7 ScorpioSpork

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 11:49 PM

Is there any news on whether or not we can get any of the new items by opening our Black Lion Chests?

Edit: Here are the official changes to BLCs:
  • Permanent Bank Access, Permanent Trader Express, and Permanent Merchant Express items now drop twice as often from Black Lion chests. Though still extremely rare, they can now be traded until their first use.
  • The Black Lion Chest drop chance for mystery tonics has been reduced from 100% to 25%. Tonics now have the same drop chance as “Heavy Bag of Coins,” “Unidentified Dye,” or one of three new Guild Influence items worth 50, 100, or 300 influence.
  • “Heavy Bags of Coins” have been added to Black Lion Chests in the tonic and buff drop sections. Bags hold between 80c and 1g50s.
  • “Glory Booster” has been added to the list of possible buff drops.
  • Buff drops now occasionally drop the “booster multipack” triple buff.
  • Rarity and proportion of all other Black Lion Chest drops have been rebalanced to reduce overabundance of some items.


#8 Al Shamari

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 11:51 PM

It's getting interestingly late, still no news on a time for launch?

#9 cyclopsje

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 11:58 PM

Should have launced it noon there time at least eu and us would benefit from it both XD but no they release late and keep quit as always.
I hope minipets can be bought in a pack and not the lame gamble like last event.

#10 Fizzypop

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 12:05 AM

I'm guessing it won't be launched until late tonight.

#11 Athletic

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 12:13 AM

WvW has to reset though

#12 Eon Lilu

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 12:35 AM

Any idea when wintersday will start? Is 15th now in UK. :(

#13 Uhhsam

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 12:38 AM

Only thing I remember hearing is that it will start sometime on the 14th in PST.  It's only 4:30pm out there, so it could be any time in the next 7.5 hours.

#14 Midnight Harmony

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 01:12 AM

So the majority of European players are asleep when it launches. Awesome!

#15 Uhhsam

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 01:25 AM

It's not like they're going to miss out on anything.  They've made it clear that there are no one-time events.

#16 Just Horus

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 01:26 AM

But they will miss out on the opportunity to be the first to find money-making exploits!

#17 Midnight Harmony

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 01:55 AM

Not at all, I just like a mutual launch for all time zones.

#18 Linfang

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 02:11 AM

Here are the update notes

https://forum-en.gui...ecember-14-2012

#19 Beta Sprite

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 02:22 AM

Update download just began.

#20 Sans

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 03:29 AM