Arenanet has just announced that the upcoming Wintersday patch (16 December 2014) will include an overhaul of the daily achievement system. The system is being split into dailies (each with their own rewards), and log-in rewards, which can be acquired simply by logging onto the account and playing. The rewards now also give context rewards, such as WvW dailies giving more badges, or fractal dailies giving a pristine relic.
The achievement points are also gone from each achievement. SImply completing three dailies awards you with a daily meta that is worth 10 achievement points. The daily points are still capped at 10,000.
To help accomplish this, we’ve broken the daily achievements into three distinct categories based on their game types: PvE, WvW, and PvP. Additionally, we’ve created a separation of easier achievements like “Killing 3 Players in WvW,” and more challenging ones like “Win 1 Match in PvP as a Mesmer” or “Defeat the Shatterer.” Easier achievements are quicker to accomplish, but harder achievements will give players greater rewards.
Another year, another Wintersday celebration. And with that, another contest.
This time, we're teaming up with ArenaNet and NCSoft to bring you one of our biggest contests to date. Starting December 10th, participants will need to craft an original Printable Guild Wars 2 Stencil Design and submit it to our contest email address. Rules, prize details, and other information can be found below, so read up and get crackin' on a stencil design that Ho-Ho-Tron would be proud of.
For some inspiration, check out Zav's work on DeviantArt.
Original Contest submissions must be sent to"[email protected]" before January 20th, 2015 at 9am PST to be eligible to win one set of prizes listed below. Note that the prize pool is shared throughout every participating fansite. Multiple submissions are unnecessary. Only one entry per person. Winners considered minors must sign release form from parent/guardian upon victory. Fansite operators and affiliates are not eligible to win.
Submissions must be in 300dpi using .JPG, .PNG, TIFF or PDF format (note: The minimal size for all entries is A4 format and each entry must be the original digital version of the stencil that can be printed, cut and used directly on a window).
Also include the following information in your email:
Your in-game name (Name.1234)
The country that you live in
Open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States (including District of Columbia), Canada (excluding Quebec) and Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus , Czech Republic , Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg , Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom, who are at least eighteen (18) years or age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence, whichever is older, at the time of entry. Void in Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and other U.S. territories and possessions, Quebec and any jurisdiction not listed above and where prohibited by law.
First place will receive a Guild Wars 2 signed artbook, a signed Rytlock notebook, an exclusive Guild Wars 2 mousemat, a black Rytlock T-shirt, a Wintersday card, a Guild Wars 2 Griffon Mail Carrier, and a code for 400 gems.
Second place will win a Guild Wars 2 artbook, a Rytlock notebook, an exclusive Guild Wars 2 mousemat, a gray Guild Wars 2 T-shirt, a Wintersday card, and a Guild Wars 2 Griffon Mail Carrier.
Third place will get a Guild Wars 2 artbook, an exclusive Guild Wars 2 mousemat, a gray Guild Wars 2 T-shirt, a Wintersday card, and a Guild Wars 2 Griffon Mail Carrier.
Fourth prize includes a Wintersday card, a gray Guild Wars 2 T-shirt, and a Guild Wars 2 Griffon Mail Carrier.
Fifth place will be rewarded with a Wintersday card, a gray Guild Wars 2 T-shirt, and a Guild Wars 2 Griffon Mail Carrier.
Season 2 Returns Jan 13th, Winter's Day, WvW Event, and more.
Arenanet has announced that the Living Story will continue with episode 8 on the 13th of January 2015. Until then, Wintersday will be active starting the 16th of December 2014, with the event being hosted in Divinity's Reach. There is also a WvW rule-flip tournament incoming, and a PvP tournament incoming, each providing their own call to the mists buff. You can read the entire blog post announcement here.
A few months ago, we announced that Guild Wars 2‘s Living World experience was launching on a path that would result in our story-and the whole world of Tyria-reaching a point of no return. We’ve since ventured into the heart of Glint’s lair, discovered secrets in the depths of the Durmand Priory, witnessed the fall of the leader of the Zephyrites, recovered the last known dragon egg only to have it stolen out from under us by a longtime friend, and searched through the first memories of the sylvari race in our hunt to find her.
Our story now finds the Pact’s fleet of airships poised to launch their assault into the jungle, and our band of heroes standing before a sealed cave marked with ancient runes. On January 13, Living World Season 2 will return to take you beyond that seal, and you’ll discover moments that will forever change the course of Tyria.
Seeds of Truth
The death of the Zephyrite Master of Peace and Caithe’s hasty exit with Glint’s egg have left more questions than answers. Why did Caithe take the egg? And, more importantly, how do you catch a thief? Achievements
After completing Seeds of Truth, showcase your tactical mastery as a hero of Tyria by completing challenging, episode-related achievements. Rewards
Continue collecting Carapace and Luminescent armor with the addition of heavy, medium, and light boots and leg armor.
Earn pieces of Carapace leg armor by completing the Seeds of Truth storyline. Extra pieces can also be purchased for bandit crests.
Carapace boots can be found in Lost Bandit Chests. Additionally, players who receive the Boot Requisition Order will be able to purchase boot pieces for bandit crests.
Recipes to craft ascended Sinister armor and weapons are now available.
Named for the fabled necromancer Verata, the inscription and insignia recipes can be purchased for bandit crests.
Recipes for weapons and armor can be found in recipe books in Lost Bandit Chests throughout the Silverwastes.
New and exciting treasures can be found in Lost Bandit Chests.
Players who find the Essence of Time will be able to create the new focus, Eternal Sands, in the Mystic Forge.
Mini Mordrem Thrashers and Endless Mordrem Thrasher Tonics may be found.
Bandit crest collectors have several new offerings.
Endless Mordrem Husk Tonic
Mini Mordrem Husk
Mordrem Fang Extraction Device
Bag of Rare Gear
Complete the Drydock Scratch jumping puzzle to find a Magnificent Chest that contains masterwork and rare gear, empyreal fragments, patchwork knapsacks, jewels, and a chance to find the new welding torch.
NEW FEATURES AND CONTENT Arenas
Team and Solo Arena have been merged into Ranked Arena.
A party of any size can queue, including solo players.
Player statistics from Team Arena and Solo Arena have been combined to create Ranked Arena stats.
Legacy Team and Solo Arena stats can be viewed in the PvP panel.
Rewards are unchanged.
Unranked Arena has been added.
A party of any size can queue, including solo players.
Rewards are now the same as Ranked Arena.
All maps are available for play in Ranked Arena and Unranked Arena.
During the leaderboard test season, ranked play will have a limited set of maps.
Matchmaking and Leaderboards
Matchmaking will take into account other parameters in addition to matchmaking rating (MMR), such as largest group size and team composition.
Leaderboards will no longer use MMR as a basis. Instead, players will earn ladder points based on the quality of the matches they participate in.
Ranked Arena and Unranked Arena matches will now prompt players to accept the match before it can start.
The client will flash and play an alert sound when matches are ready.
Declining or failing to accept a match prompt within the time limit will cause players to accumulate dishonor and be prevented from queuing for a short period of time.
Players can now vote for the map they would like to play after accepting a match prompt.
The list of selectable maps is randomly generated.
The final map is picked via weighted roll. The more a map is picked by players, the higher the chance that map will be chosen.
Declining or not accepting a match prompt for Ranked Arena or Unranked Arena will result in dishonor and a timeout.
Disconnecting at any time during a running Ranked Arena or Unranked Arena game will result in dishonor and a timeout.
Players must continue playing the game on reconnect.
When dishonor is given, an immediate timeout is also applied. During a timeout, Ranked Arena and Unranked Arena are unavailable.
Timeout duration increases as dishonor accumulates on an account.
Rosters have been removed. Players will now queue with their party.
Banker, trading post, and laurel vendor NPCs have been added to the Heart of the Mists.
BALANCE, BUG-FIXING, POLISH General
Megaserver: Joining a party member while playing on a map in which your guild has an active mission with an ongoing reservation in place will no longer silently fail.
Gastronom Plikk in Rata Sum now sells the Vintner’s Guide used to unlock the Fine Wining item-collection achievement.
The Observational Zymology Manual used to unlock the Brewmaster item collection is now available for purchase from many bartenders around Tyria.
Structured Player vs. Player
The PvP panel stats tab has been reskinned.
Scoreboard UI has been reskinned.
Ready Button UI has been reskinned.
Autobalance UI has been reskinned.
World vs. World
Fixed an issue that prevented player pets from attacking gates in Edge of the Mists.
Reduced the radius of the Siege Disabler trick from 450 to 300.
Increased the skill recharge of the Siege Disabler from 5 seconds to 45 seconds.
Decreased the duration of the Siege Disabler trick from 45 seconds to 35 seconds. The duration on Siege Golems remains unchanged.
BLACK LION TRADING COMPANY GEM STORE New Items and Promotions
Glint’s Winter Dye Kit is now available in the Special category of the Gem Store for 125 gems.
The Black Lion Chest drops have been updated. Keys are available in the Special category of the Gem Store for 125 gems each.
Added a new Teleport to Friend consumable as an uncommon drop. This consumable will take you directly to a party member in PvE.
Home instance unlocks for orichalcum ore, elder wood logs, omnomberries, snow truffles, and lotuses have been added as very rare drops.
Winter’s weapons have returned to the Black Lion Weapon Specialists for the price of 2 Black Lion Claim Tickets each.
The Wintersday Minis 3-Pack, Toy Golem, Toy Soldier, Plush Griffon, Princess Doll, Toy Ventari, and Fancy Winter Outfit have all returned to the Gem Store this year.
Mail Carrier Customization in the Wardrobe
Mail carriers have been added to the Equipment section of the Hero panel for accounts with a character higher than level 71.
Once unlocked, players can select the default mail carrier for every character on their account to receive mail from the game or send their mail to other players.
When sending mail, a one-time mail carrier can be selected from the Compose mail dialog, affecting only the current mail being sent.
The currently selected mail carrier and additional options can be previewed in the Hero panel.
A new Griffon Mail Carrier is available in the Upgrades category of the Gem Store for 500 gems.
The Replica Job-o-Tron Backpack will stop talking when the Hide/Unhide check box is unchecked.
Keeping with tradition, the preview for the seventh Living Story episode has gone live. The patch falls on the same day as the previously previewed changes to structured PvP as well, giving both sides of the player base a fair amount of content to look forward to.
You can check out the teaser trailer for the living story here.
Also, if you haven't logged in to the game this to unlock episode 6, save yourself some gems and be sure to do so before December 2nd when the next episode goes live. Back to Top
Arenanet have outlined new changes to the PvP user interface and flow based changes, such as pre-game map votes and a new dishonor system. Check out the announcement post!
The concept of PvP rosters has been completely removed. Players queueing by themselves will no longer need to create and submit a roster to play, and the days of teams forming parties just to invite them to a PvP roster are over. Instead, players can simply queue with their party or queue alone. This change means that anyone can queue their party for ranked or unranked arenas, which will prompt the other party members to confirm. Since parties stick together through the match flow process, they can easily queue over and over with no need to recreate rosters for every match! To accommodate these changes, the PvP UI has had a major overhaul.
Arenanet has just placed a blog post online in which Juston O'Dell, server programmer at Arenanet, outlines the upcoming change to the sPvP algorithm. The blog post contains information regarding the rollout, changes, and scoring system for the revamp.
This algorithm tuning, along with other sPvP updates, launches on 2 December 2014.
To start off, the first thing I should mention is that we’re separating matchmaking from ladder ranking. Previously, your ladder ranking was based on your matchmaking rating. Removing this link gives us far greater control over how the ladder progresses over the course of a season, as well as the hidden variability and volatility seen with the old ladder. More importantly, this change gives us much greater flexibility in both areas, without which many of the following changes would simply not be possible.
Announcing Improvements to PvP and the Ladder Test Season
Arenanet has announced upcoming changes to the sPvP of Guild Wars 2. The changes are added to an update on 2 December 2014. You can read the full announcement here.
The update will include a host of other improvements to PvP. We’ve overhauled the entire flow of how a player enters PvP. Rosters are a thing of the past; now you can simply join with your party. Players now have to confirm before entering a match, so 4v5 situations can no longer occur from people going AFK. For players who do drop out, the Dishonor system has also been improved to better handle bad behavior.
LIVING WORLD Tangled Paths
The war against Mordremoth rages on in the Silverwastes as a new mystery arises. The Zephyrite Master of Peace has taken his precious cargo beyond the front lines. Where has he gone, and what answers will he give if he’s found?
After completing “Tangled Paths,” showcase your tactical mastery as a hero of Tyria by completing challenging, episode-related achievements.
With the release of “Tangled Paths,” players can continue to build their Carapace and Luminescent armor sets by collecting the light, medium, and heavy gloves.
Carapace gloves are obtained by completing the new Silverwastes reward track, completing the storyline, and exploring the Silverwastes.
Players will once again have the chance to prove their mastery of the region by unlocking all three weight classes of Luminescent glove armor to complete the Luminescent Gloves collection.
Explore the newly discovered labyrinth, and find nightmare pods full of rich rewards.
Nightmare fragments can be found in small pods throughout the maze. Combine them with a bandit skeleton key to open the greater nightmare pod.
The greater nightmare pod contains rare and masterwork gear, dragonite ore, and a chance to discover new recipes for Bountiful and Furious Maintenance Oils, Sharpening Stones, and Tuning Crystals.
BALANCE, BUG-FIXING, POLISH
Fixed a bug that prevented players from assigning, removing, or reassigning healing, utility, or elite skills while in a cosmetic transformation (e.g., during the siege of Ascalon in the Urban Battlegrounds fractal).
The cryptobotanist now correctly indicates the parts he is looking for.
BLACK LION TRADING COMPANY GEM STORE New Items and Promotions
World Tournament finishers are available to support your favorite region in the World Tournament Finals. Players purchasing the winning region’s finisher before the finals will receive three Celebration Boosters after the event. Each region’s finisher is available in the Upgrades category of the Gem Store for 600 gems each.
A new Pact weapon set is available at Black Lion Weapon Specialists for a limited-time price of one ticket per weapon. Tickets can be found inside Black Lion Chests.
The Jungle Explorer outfit is now available in the Style category of the Gem Store for 700 gems.
Arenanet have just announced the next Living Story update, titled Tangled Paths. This update is a continuation of the second season of the Living World. The trailer on the official announcement page shows dragon attacks, potential new skills, and new world content.