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Edge of the Mists preview


Arenanet has posted the preview video for the upcoming patch, titled "Edge of the Mists."  The patch will launch on 4 February, 2014.

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Anyone who's checked the price of the dyes from the limited edition dye packs of Flame and Frost and Tequatl Rising may have noticed that they're a tad on the expensive side. Well, now's your chance to get your hands on some of those special dyes you've had your eye on but didn't have the stomach to buy. For three days, both the Flame and Frost and Toxic dye packs will be joining the Metallurgic dye packs in the consumables tab of the Black Lion Trading Company. After that these three limited release dyes will once again be leaving the store.

(It should also be noted that the Deathy dye pack is not one of the returning items).

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Origins of Madness

Twisted Marionette Weapon Test
  • New world event: Twisted Marionette world boss
  • Scarlet is recalling her twisted watchwork troops from all over Tyria to power her aethercannon weapon test. The results could be deadly if Scarlet is allowed to carry out her test.
  • Players must unite with fellow adventurers and allies to stop the attack!
Twisted Marionette Rewards
  • Completing The Origins of Madness meta-achievement will reward players with a Gift of Sprockets, which will create a new sprocket generator in their home instance.
  • Participating in the fight against the Twisted Marionette in Lornar’s Pass and investigating the energy probes throughout Tyria will grant players access to a hitherto secret location—with additional rewards inside.
  • Additional exclusive rewards include:
    • New power, precision, and healing power stat combinations. Includes both exotic (Zealot’s) and ascended (Keeper’s) items.
    • New Mini Twisted Watchwork Moa
Code Fragments
  • Gather code fragments from the battle at the Twisted Marionette weapon test.
  • After completing the story components of the weapon test and the great jungle wurm investigation, players can discover how to use the code fragments.
Triple Trouble
  • There’s a rumble in the jungle, and the Vigil needs help! Assist Crusaders Xutt, Yipp, and Zepp as they investigate three new probes in Bloodtide Coast.
  • After forging new allegiances to take down Tequatl the Sunless, it’s now time for players to rally their forces together in an all-new epic encounter!
Triple Trouble Rewards
  • Completing the new permanent meta-achievement, Triple Trouble, grants players the title of Great Jungle Wurm Slayer.
  • Assisting in the investigation of wurm activity in Bloodtide Coast will give players a chance at new exclusive rewards:
    • New wurm-themed ascended armor pieces
    • New wurm-themed rifle skins
    • New great jungle wurm minis
    • New exotic wurm minis
  • Additional note: Players can no longer sell sprockets to vendors, but they are still tradable at the trading post.
Achievements
  • The Origins of Madness meta-achievement will task players with engaging in the fight against Scarlet’s Twisted Marionette weapon test in Lornar’s Pass.
  • Completing The Origins of Madness daily achievements will also contribute to the meta-achievement. These are earned by participating in either the Twisted Marionette weapon test in Lornar’s Pass or the Triple Trouble investigations in Bloodtide Coast.
  • The permanent Triple Trouble boss meta-achievement will task players with successfully defeating the great jungle wurms in Bloodtide Coast while also performing various feats to help out in the fight.
BALANCE, BUG-FIXING, POLISH
General
  • Fixed a bug that caused cooldowns to be reset while using the jump pads near the Tequatl encounter.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from receiving credit for completing fractal level 50.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the Endless Toy Golem Tonic to produce the wrong item.
  • Fixed a potential client crash in the Cliffside fractal.
  • Improved some of the creature descriptions.
  • User Interface: Various updates have been made to the right-hand side of the HUD to improve its appearance and functionality.
  • User Interface: Hints have a new arrow that is more visible and animated.
  • To mitigate performance issues, items that summon pets now have a 30-minute cooldown.
Profession Skills
General
  • Leave Transform: This skill can no longer be set on auto-attack.
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  • Arcane Wave: This skill is no longer ground-targeted while underwater and will now activate the area effect on the targeted enemy.
  • Earth’s Embrace: Fixed this trait to properly have reduced recharge when traited with Cantrip Mastery.
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  • Rocket Turret—Rocket: This skill is no longer ground-targeted while underwater and will now fire at a targeted enemy.
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  • Chaos Storm: Fixed a bug that caused this skill to stun enemies whether or not it dazed them when traited with Confounding Suggestions.
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  • Putrid Mark: This skill will now blast an area only once when the trap executes.
Structured Player vs. Player
  • Battle of Khylo: Any destroyed trebuchets, clocktower windows, and clocktower walls will now reappear when the match begins.
  • Legacy of the Foefire: Any destroyed gates will now reappear when the match begins.
World vs. World
  • The Guard Leech boon has been renamed to Applied Strength.
BLACK LION TRADING COMPANY GEM STORE
New Items and Promotions
  • A new 3-pack of masterwork great jungle wurm minis is now available for a limited time in the Minis category of the Gem Store for 300 gems.
  • A new Great Jungle Wurm Finisher is now available to surprise enemies from below in PvP and WvW. Available in the Upgrades category for 800 gems.
  • Instant Trait Reset will be removed from the store at the end of January 27. It will still have a rare chance to be in Black Lion Chests.
Improvements
  • Deposit All Collectibles no longer deposits miniatures. However, they can still be individually deposited by right-clicking on them.
  • Double-clicking a Black Lion Chest when players do not have any keys will now open the store and show players the keys.
  • The Black Lion Weapons Specialist conversation has been tweaked for clarity.
  • The Black Lion Chest rewards have been entirely overhauled, affecting all drop rates. Significant changes are below:
    • Tonics are no longer a dedicated slot in the drop. Instead, tonics will now occasionally drop like all other rewards.
    • Players will now get two rewards plus a booster from each chest. This means they can potentially get two of anything from a single chest.
    • Rare minis are now much rarer from Black Lion Chests.
    • New drops of Endless Mystery Tonics can be traded until they are used once.
    • The following items have been removed from Black Lion Chests:
      • Karma Booster
      • Glory Booster
      • Heavy Bag of Coins
      • Name Change Contract
      • Small Guild Discovery
      • Medium Guild Discovery
      • 1 Copper
    • The following items have been added to Black Lion Chests:
      • Instant Trait Reset
      • Communal Boost Bonfire
      • Essence of Luck (50)
      • Essence of Luck (100)
      • Metabolic Primer
      • Scroll of Knowledge
      • WXP Booster
      • Gathering Booster
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Guild Wars 2 Column: Changing What It Means to Create & Play an MMO


MMORPG has held an interview with Colin Johanson and Mike Z. regarding the upcoming content patch, its development, and the new boss mechanics.  Check it out on their website!


“The Jungle Wurm encounter is sort of on par with the level of coordination, gameplay and skill that Tecoatl required. It's kind of our next giant, open-world mega-encounter where hundreds of people come together and try to overcome. Because of that difficulty, it's got some pretty awesome and unique rewards on it [like] unique minis you can only get from the Jungle Wurm. There's a new sub-set of weapon skins, and there's a lot of really awesome rewards that come off of him compared to other bosses in the world. The Marionette encounter is much more casual, more approachable. It's a ton of players coming together to battle, but the amount of skill and coordination is much lower. We want people to go there, have fun, experience the story more than anything, and a lot of the rewards you get from the Marionette actually help you progress the story.”
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Colin Johanson & Mike Zadorojny Interview on Eurogamer


Eurogamer.net has conducted an interview with Arenanet's Colin Johanson and Mike Zadorojny regarding the Living Story, expansions, and their financial status.  You can read the full interview over on the Eurogamer website.


"The thing that we haven't decided yet," he went on, "is what form that type of content will take. Is it right for Guild Wars 2 for that kind of boxed expansion? Is it right for that to be something we add, live, through storylines in the game? Is that something we want to sell through our in-game store? There are a lot of different options available to us.

"... but we absolutely are going to do sweeping new features that you would traditionally only get in expansions - large regions, content and progression additions to your characters in the form of growth and professions and races. Those are all things that you will see in the lifespan of Guild Wars 2."

Mike Zadorojny, clarifying his comments from last year - which suggested there wouldn't be an expansion any time soon - said: "The answer I gave you [in 2013] was that nothing was off the table."
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The eagerly awaited January 21st update and continuation of the Living Story now has its official details revealed after a long Wintersday break for the holidays. In preparation for "the end" of the Scarlet storyline, players will experience two rather large-scale encounters; the Twisted Marionette and an Ancient Jungle Wurm. The exact reasoning and nature behind these specific enemy attacks remains unknown for now, but knowing Scarlet it probably involves something reasonably insane. Below you can find the regular stock of screenshots and videos that come with these previews as usual, along with any further updates the release preview will see throughout the day.

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This morning ArenaNet posted a new blog article which includes a recap of the Living Story storyline and a hint of what's to come in 2014, which mentions a big, permanent change to Tyria. You can read the full article here.


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One Week Only: Black Lion Weapons Discount!
Along with the above announcement, for one week only you can find the Black Lion weapons in the Gem store at a discount to help start the New Year off right. Not only that, but they have also included a new Mask of the Wanderer skin, which is available for all races, and a Black Lion Introductory Kit. For more information, including what comes with the Introductory Kit, you can read the full article here. Back to Top

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Exclusive Interview with ArenaNet's Chris Whiteside


Guildwars2Hub has conducted an exclusive interview with Arenanet's Christ Whiteside regarding the utilization of the community development involvement through forum posts and in-game feedback, referred to as CDI.  You can read the full interview on their website.


I met with a member of the CDI, who I will keep anonymous, so I went out with coffee with him. We talked about this. It's basically a 70-30 split at the moment in the community. 70% said you just picked the thread for what is most useful for you. The other 30%, the Conspiracy theories, that say you just pick the things that are easiest to talk about.
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After a relatively quiet Wintersday, the Black Lion Trading Company seems to be picking up the pace again with a weekend sale. Friday's items consist of character slots, transmutation splitters, and a permanent royal pass, the last of which being a completely new addition to the store.  Each item is only on sale for a 24 hours, so act now before you're left in the dust.

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Over the course 2013 I've been following a few ambitious individuals on Twitter who took part in the Project 365 challenge, posting one image per day to a public album for a whole year. I've always played around with the idea of doing one myself, but it wasn't until yesterday that I decided to dive in and take it a step further with Guild Wars 2. A few people have already decided to follow suit on Twitter, so I figure it would be fun to get things started over here as well. All you have to do is head over to the gallery, click on the red UPLOAD button near the top, and create a new album (Or if you prefer feel free to link an external album, it really makes no difference to me).

You can post as often or as little in this thread as you like, just remember to link your album so I can add it to this post as the year goes on. I'll also be tweeting different screenshots and albums from this thread on Guru's Twitter account at least once per day.

I started mine yesterday, but it's definitely not too late to start!

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Full album

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