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ALL GUILD WARS 2 SERVERS TAKEN OFFLINE TEMPORARILY


ALL SERVERS ARE BACK ONLINE, PATCH IS LIVE.

Arenanet has taken all Guild Wars 2 servers down temporarily in order to perform both routine maintenance and perform content updates on all servers, both in the European and American regions.

According to in-game messages, the maintenance will last between 1 - 3 hours, with Gandara being mentioned for 6 hour maintenance.  Arenanet has posted the exact reasons for this maintenance and the patch notes, but they have also taken the forums offline, meaning there is no official reason, currently.

Do not be concerned, the servers have NOT been hacked, and there is no security problem.

We will be conducting maintenance on the game on Tuesday, August 6th, starting at 12:01 AM PDT (07:01 UTC / 09:01 CEST). This maintenance period will last up to 6 hours.

The following systems will be down and will not be available for the duration of the maintenance:
-Guild Wars 2 : players will be logged out of the game starting at 12:01 AM PDT (07:01 UTC / 09:01 CEST) and during the maintenance, players will not be able to login to play.
-The Gem Store, Currency Exchange, and Trading Post
-Buy.GuildWars2.com
-Register.GuildWars2.com
-The Guild Wars 2 Forums will be closed to logins

We appreciate your patience and understanding and hope that you find something fun to do while we conduct this maintenance. : -)
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Announcing the Winner of the Captain’s Council Election


The captain's council election has come to an end, with Ellen Kiel being the winner!  Congratulations to all supporters.  You can find and read the in-game announcement e-mail below, or check out the official announcement page.


People of Lion’s Arch,

I am deeply honored to take a seat at the Captain’s Council. Your support was crucial in securing the trade deal with the Zephyrites, and I won’t forget the faith you showed in me. Now the real work begins.

I am going to enact the following changes:
  • I’ll reduce waypoint travel prices for four weeks’ time
  • I’ll support important Fractals of the Mists research into the Thaumanova Reactor explosion by the end of the year
  • I’ll introduce a rotating schedule of activities such as Crab Toss and Southsun Survival.
I am ever grateful and humbled by your support.
- Captain Ellen Kiel
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To say Tyria has been rolling through some tough times would be a bit of an understatement. Dragons, undead, karka, you name it. The history books will have a lot to say about recent events, yet the greater good prevails and the world keeps on spinning. The Queen's Jubilee celebrates these triumphs and welcomes the world to join in.

Before we dive into the meat of the content in the Crown Pavilion, let's start from square one. As if the game wasn't already overflowing with lavish scenery and postcard-worthy vistas, Queen Jennah has been kind enough to send out hot air balloons to ferry distant travelers in the open world into Divinity's Reach on her dime. If you're keen enough to spot one from afar and curious enough to approach it, talk to the pilot to see if he's ready for liftoff. Typically, he won't be and you'll find yourself performing a small favor before you board. But hey, Aetherblades won't kill themselves, right?

Once your ride drops you off, you'll find yourself in the lively city of Divinity's Reach. Those of you who have "Been There, Done That" may notice a certain giant hole in the ground has since been re-purposed into what is now known as the Crown Pavilion. A bulk of the new content can be found in the new arena structure, but there's plenty going on elsewhere. Fans of fire and puzzle solving will be at home with the Beacons of Kryta challenge races scattered up and down the streets. The goal is simple: grab a torch and light the braziers before it burns out. However, rather than follow the obvious path, seek an alternative route to shave off extra time and successfully complete your goal. Remember. There are no shortcuts in life; except when there are.

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After you've had your fill of braizer-lighting, you'll want to head down into the Crown Pavilion. Once inside, you'll find yourself at the center of a six piece pie. Each of these slices vary in terrain and contain enemies according to that setting. While you may be wondering if the queen went through the trouble of collecting actual destroyers and ogres to fill up the arena, know that these enemies are actually Watchknights under mesmer illusion. Despite that, don't expect an easy fight. Champions, veterans, and legendary foes are densely placed throughout the area, and the traditional zerg mentality might prove less than effective. Combatants that emerge victorious will find themselves appropriately rewarded, so suit up in your best exotic gear and aim for the head.

If you need a break from the crowd, follow the ramp up to the Queen's Gauntlet near the top of the arena. Unlike the action below, players can either face off against a tiered enemy in traditional one-on-one fashion, or put their feet up and watch from the sidelines. Be sure to pay attention to the mechanics the bosses display while you wait. You don't want to wait in line just to make a fool out of yourself in front of your fellow soldiers and scholars. Watch for the little hints that can give you the edge you need to best your foe and rise victorious in eternal fame and glory (or something like that). For those of you feeling extra gutsy, try activating a "gambit" during your fight. This is a self-inflicted handicap that increases challenge and rewards accordingly. Yes, this means you're finally able to set yourself on fire while fighting a giant quaggan.

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Aside from all of this, there's quite a bit more to expect from this update. The new account wallet creates a centralized location for a majority of the currencies in the game to be accessed by any character you have at any time. The best part about this is the stack limit doesn't apply. If you have 1,423,532 badges of honor just laying around, you'll be able to keep every single one of them in this handy little wallet. If you think that's amazing, you'll be glad to hear that guild commendations, karma, gold, and dungeon tokens are also some of the other currencies you'll be able to store. You'll have so much free bag space you won't know what to do with yourself.

Remember that there is a story arc and a set of achievements that tie these events together. Our preview was specifically guided to avoid any spoilers this time around, but you can expect the full blast of content when the update hits live tomorrow. Back to Top

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Team Curse is proud to announce a new team focusing on Guild Wars 2 has officially been signed! As the leader in competitive E-Sports, Team Curse is excited to sign such a wonderfully talented and innovative team, and is excited to see what lies in the future for these intrepid pro-gamers!

Team Captain Saeed "Xeph" Al Neaimi! Xeph, a former Counter-Strike gamer with three Electronic Sports World Cups under his belt, is also well known for his aggressive roaming gameplay and his innovative Mesmer build, currently considered the most popular and effective Mesmer build in the game. As Team Captain, he has led the team to victory at the Kings of Beta Tournament, the GuildWars2Pro Tournament, and the ESL Tournament, as well as a third place victory at the Curse Masters of the Mist Tournament. His twitch can be found at www.twitch.tv/Xephtp.

John "Symbolic" Sampson, a relative newcomer to the competitive scene, may not be as credentialed as his team peers, but has built up quite a reputation for his aggressive and powerful play style, becoming one of the top roaming Necromancers and defensive Rangers in the game. His twitch can be found at www.twitch.tv/Symbolic.

Seth Summerlin is one of the longest-running Elementalist players of Guild Wars 2, having played the role since the first beta weekend. Originally playing under Team Paradigms NA team on the North American servers, he transferred to the European Union team after being recognized for his talent and innovative play-style. His twitch can be found at http://www.twitch.tv/phantaram.

Sascha "Teldo" Busch is a long-time competitive player with experience in World of Warcraft, League of Legends, and Bloodline Champions. After earning several Rank 1 Titles in WoW and Bloodline Champions and Rank 2 in the European Preseason 1 ELO updates in League of Legends, Teldo went on to play an aggressive roaming Engineer, pulling as much attention as possible both in-game and off. Teldo is recognized as one of the most active and spectacular innovators of the Engineer class. HIs twitch can be found at http://www.twitch.tv/teldoo.

Finally, Kasper "Azshene" Lindskov Adersen is a pro-gamer with several professional accolades. Having been a long-time casual Counter-Strike player, Azshene found a calling in World of Warcraft, achieving several Gladiator and Rank 1 titles during Burning Crusade. After the release of Wrath of the Lich King, Azshene rerolled a Priest, achieving several Rank 1 titles through Season 11 and the Cataclysm expansion. After leaving World of Warcraft to join Team Paradigm on Guild Wars 2, Azshene and friends have become a dominant force in the European scene, becoming victors in all but one of the tournaments they have participated in. A great support player and amongst the first guardians to adopt the use of selfless bunkering with a staff and sanctuary, Azshene is an innovator and true master of the arts.

We look forward to seeing what this team can do, and know that the future of Guild Wars 2 competitive will be an exciting one indeed! For more information on previous tournaments, team classes, and the team roster, visit http://mistpedia.net....php/Team_Curse. Back to Top

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Over seven million support tokens and one week later, Ellen Kiel continues to hold a four percent lead over her furry competition, Evon Gnashblade. With just under three days until the polls close, it's going to take quite a large shift to turn the tides of this election. Are you calling an early victory for Captain Kiel, or is your bank overflowing with support for Evon to turn in at the last minute?

Total support tokens redeemed: 9,575,484
Estimated votes for Ellen (52%): 4,979,252
Estimated votes for Evon (48%): 4,596,232


Your last chance to vote is at 10:59 am PST on Monday, August 5th.


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"A celebration of ten years of Queen Jennah’s rule is about to kick off in Divinity’s Reach! The queen has commissioned a new gladiatorial arena for the occasion—the Crown Pavilion—as a shining symbol of her people’s endurance."

Kicking off August 6th, the Queen's Jubilee is the next living story arc scheduled to hit Guild Wars 2. Taking place at the site of the once Great Collapse, the new Crown Pavilion will be the center of attention during the celebrations. The update is jam-packed with story-themed events as well as new rewards and quality of life improvements. The developers will also be keeping the tradition of streaming this content on Twitch a full day before it hits the game's live servers. The list of changes is impressive, so make sure to read the full article over on the new event page.


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A bit earlier than expected, the Braham, Magitech, and Phoenix armor sets are available for purchase in the gem store for 800 gems each.

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If you're already content with your armor, then you may be interested in the Golem Banker consumable. This handy little fellow grants you unlimited access to your bank for two weeks for a mere 500 gems. There is no indication that any of these items are limited, so there's no rush if you decide to hold off for a bit. Back to Top

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As a reminder for those who weren't around last week, simply post a screenshot that fits the theme of the week for a chance to win a custom forum title and eternal glory on the front page. "Likes" can be used to highlight an exceptional image, but don't always equal a win. Each thread ends at 11:59 PM PST every Saturday night.

Week 3 Winner: SZSSZS

"That's better."

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Week 4 Theme: Action shots! Smash a grawl's face in with a hammer, cook the inquest with some fire, or poke an asura with a sword. It's time to channel your inner movie director to capture the most intense action shot (clapperboard not included).

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Cut-Throat Politics



After heading the investigation into the assassination of a Captain’s Council member, the Lionguard Captain Ellen Kiel has joined the race to win the now vacant council seat.

When we caught up with the human in Lion's Arch, the Captain shared her tactics to ensure victory at the polls.


"I’ve stood by the people of Lion’s Arch in good times and bad, defending her from all manner of threat. Now I want to ensure the security of our beloved city in a different capacity, as a member of the Captain’s Council. I’ll need your support to establish a fair trade treaty between Zephyr Sanctum and Lion’s Arch.

If I’m fortunate enough to earn a position on the Captain’s Council, here’s what you can expect from me:
  • I’ll reduce waypoint travel prices for four weeks’ time
  • I’ll support important Fractals of the Mists research into the Thaumanova Reactor explosion by the end of the year
  • I’ll introduce a rotating schedule of activities such as Crab Toss and Southsun Survival.
Come find me in Zephyr Sanctum; let’s work together for a brighter future!"

Some will see this price reduction as a publicly minded act of charity, others as a counter offer to the financial inducement from her rival Gnashblade.

Whatever your opinion, she is a strong candidate, and will give her Charr adversary a run for his money.


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The Real Question is:


Has the Captain done enough to garner your support at the polls, or is she just another power hungry wannabe politician?

Only time will tell, but on the 2nd August if the streets of Lion's Arch are filled with drunken brawling humans, you will know who has won.



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Cut-Throat Politics


In the aftermath of the assassination of a Captain’s Council member, the prominent merchant Evon Gnashblade has made a bid for the dead pirates seat.

When asked what he had to offer Lion's Arch, the cunning Charr, in true cut-throat style, promised to slash prices at the Black Lion Trading Company.

"As owner and proprietor of the Black Lion Trading Company, I have the proven leadership skills and business acumen that is sorely needed on the Captain’s Council. With your support, I will secure a trade agreement with the Zephyrites that benefits us all.

If I am elected to the Captain’s Council, I’ll show my gratitude for your support in the following ways:
  • I’ll slash prices on Black Lion Keys for four whole weeks
  • I’ll sponsor important Fractals of the Mist research into the Fall of Abaddon, to be completed by the end of the year
  • I’ll host a rotation of popular activities like Crab Toss and Southsun Survival.
You can find me in the Zephyr Sanctum, working for the best interests of Lion’s Arch."

It will come as no surprise to anyone that his blatant act of bribery has been welcomed by the general population.


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The Real Question is:


Will you let Evon buy your vote, or has Ellen Kiels won you over with her own golden enticements?

Only time will tell, but on the 2nd August do not be too surprised to see Gnashblades face plastered on every wall in Lion's Arch.



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