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This month we'll be joined again by ArenaNet Developers Karl McLain and Jonathan "Chaplan" Sharp. We'll have some shownotes available for you guys sometime prior to the show, but expect discussion regarding upcoming changes in the April patch.

General Information:
Host: Grouch
Date/Time: April 26th, 2013 12PM PST (7PM GMT)
Duration: Around one hour.
Special Guests: ArenaNet Developers Jonathan Sharp and Karl McLain
Players Participating: Symbolic (Team Paradigm EU), Phantaram (Team Paradigm EU), Caed (NA)
Where: You can find us at Twitch.tv/guildwars2guru

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Over in the land of the official forums, Jonathan Sharp has pointed out that the planned skill splits between PvP and PvE will also stretch into World Vs World. He states they plan to start the splits in the upcoming patch, which more than likely is the April 30th update announced yesterday (though the date specifically has not been confirmed).

We’re starting to split PvE/WvW in the upcoming patch.
But we want them to be things that keep consistency across the game types as much as possible.

For those of you unfamiliar with this, a skill split will allow a single skill to behave differently while in different game formats. While we don't have much experience with this practice in Guild Wars 2, the original Guild Wars took advantage of this system quite often. Some skills would only change in damage or duration, while others were reworked entirely.

Despite being an entirely different format, World Vs World skill balance has largely remained in sync with PvE since the game launched last August. Are these changes unnecessary, or are your prayers finally being answered?

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A bit sad that Super Adventure Box will be leaving Rata Sum at the end of the month? Well wipe those tears away, because just before the calendar flips to May the next segment of the ongoing Flame and Frost living story will arrive in Guild Wars 2. Players will journey to the icy Shiverpeaks to combat the latest threat the dredge and Flame Legion have unleashed, all while in the company of Rox and Braham from the previous chapter.

...and what good would a preview be if we weren't teased along the way?

Take the battle into the enemy’s weapons facilities and defeat a final hybrid menace unlike any Tyria has ever seen!

With enemies like Zhaitan and The Lich, that's a pretty bold statement. I expect a great deal of conspiracy and speculation from you all before April 30th rolls around! Back to Top

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Some frequenters of Reddit have noticed something new and interesting in the GW2DB - Flame & Frost-themed dye packs. Considering these are packs, the chance of them being exclusive to the Gem Store is extremely high. However, that doesn't mean that we can't get the individual dyes other ways, right? What do you think our chances of seeing these colors as drops as well?

I've created a gallery for those that wish to see colors applied to each armor class, but if you're in-game, you can copy/paste these codes into your chat panel to see what your character would look like sporting them:

Flame Dyes Frost Dyes

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"The lost kingdom of Orr lies beneath the ocean waves, an entire civilization swallowed by an ancient cataclysm. For centuries, the depths have lain dormant, those ancient secrets lost. Until now. The Elder Dragon Zhaitan has risen. In its wake, the drowned kingdom of Orr is reborn—and another destroyed. The city of Lion's Arch, for generations a cornerstone of civilization in Tyria, is brutally swept beneath the waves, leaving nothing but ruins. Among the survivors is Cobiah Marriner, a human sailor shipwrecked by the tsunami and stranded at sea. When he is rescued by a ferocious charr, Cobiah knows that he's been plunged into a world forever changed. Now, Zhaitan's undead servants dominate the sea, destroying port after port and slaughtering anything in their path. In the midst of ruin, Cobiah vows to see Lion's Arch rebuilt. Amid the storm of the dragon's rising, Cobiah must become a hero to his crew and an admiral to the pirate fleet, and face the ghosts of his past. Only then will he master the Sea of Sorrows and crush the armada of Orr."




It's been a long time since we've heard anything about the third Guild Wars 2 book, Sea of Sorrows, so when we saw a tweet by Peter Fries about it, we had to immediately check it out. And whadda ya know, the book's cover art has been revealed!

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For those of you that have worried about the balancing of skills between PvE and PvP, you'll be glad to hear that ArenaNet has plans to continue to split skills as necessary:

So you guys know, we already split some skills. And, what’s most pertinent to the current thread, we plan to do this even more.

When we first shipped, it was awesome to have a lot of the balance be the same between PvE/WvW/PvP. But, as you guys have really started to push the game types to their limits, classes and specs that work in one areas of the game are sometimes ineffectual in others.
Due to this, we’ll have to do more splitting of skills to better balance the various areas of the game.

TL:DR – We already do this, and we’ll be using it even more in order to balance the different areas of the game effectively.
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Free trials are back! ArenaNet has partnered with several gaming sites to give away a massive amount of free trial keys for those that have yet to check out Guild Wars 2. Each site will begin giving away the keys on April 15th, so be sure to check back then! The keys will be used for the following weekend - April 19-21st - so make sure you get your client downloaded before then.

The Guild Wars 2 free trial weekend begins at 12:01 AM PDT on Friday, April 19, 2013 and ends at 11:59 PM PDT on Sunday, April 21, 2013.

Here's a link to all of the sites giving away keys. If you find more, please respond to the thread so we can add them! I'll continue to update this once I find more links. Here's an official post from ArenaNet, wherein they mention that those that participated in the last free trial are able to participate in this one by using their old login information.

Your former free trial account will be active for the April 19-21 event—to prepare, just update your game client by double-clicking the Guild Wars 2 icon on your desktop, or go to https://account.guildwars2.com/and sign in to download and install the game again!
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It's been a long time coming, but ArenaNet has officially launched their new leaderboard system! Not only do we have leaderboards for sPvP, but we also have them for WvW and achievement points:

We want our leaderboards to be more than just a place to stare in awe at the top players in the game—we want to give you a place to see the pulse of the game as a whole and better understand your part in it. To start down this path, we’re launching leaderboards to cover three main categories of play in the game: Player vs. Player (PvP), World vs. World (WvW), and Achievements. We’re starting with the top 100 users in PvP and Achievements, but over the next few weeks we’ll ramp this number up and add some different ways to slice the data to help you get the most relevant information possible.

You can directly access the leaderboards by visiting this link.

sPvP
ArenaNet says they won't divulge the rating formula, but that it is based on certain criteria, including:
  • Rank – Current position in standings based on PvP rating
  • Wins – Total ranked PvP match wins
  • Losses – Total ranked PvP match losses
  • Win Percentage – Percentage of ranked PvP match wins out of total ranked PvP matches played
WvW
Not anything new here - the leaderboards are based on the same world rankings system as before. And as before, we'll continue to have updated rankings each week:
  • Rank – Current position in standings based on world’s rating
  • Rating – World rating based on our implementation of the Glicko-2 algorithm
  • Deviation – Degree of certainty for the current rating. Higher number means more confidence in the rating.
  • Volatility – Degree of expected fluctuation in rating. Lower numbers indicate stable ratings, while higher indicate erratic behavior.
Achievements
Achievement rankings are based on total achievement scores.


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If you've checked out the Gem Store today, you'd have noticed a couple of new items in the Style tab, specifically new shirts/vests for 200 gems each. For those at work and can't access the store right now, here's some screenshots of the new items (along with the Rider boots and pants):

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