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Earlier in the week someone posted on the official forums what they would like to see as default options/permissions for creating custom arenas. Today, Tyler Bearce has confirmed some options that they are already working on internally:
  • Name
  • Password
  • Message of the Day
  • Max Players
  • Minimum Players
  • Respawn Time
  • Score Limit
  • Team Size
  • Time Limit
  • Respawn Type (Wave or Individual)
  • Autobalance Toggle
  • Lock Gear Toggle
  • Lock Skills Toggle
  • Ready Button Toggle
  • Spectators Toggle
  • No Stats Toggle
  • Map selection
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The event page has just been updated with new information regarding Flame & Frost: The Razing Living Story.

New Features
  • Braham’s Struggle - "Join Braham on his journey to find aid for those norn who stayed behind in the foothills of the Shiverpeaks—a journey that will bring you into conflict with the deadly Molten Alliance!"
  • Rox’s Mission - "Team up with this young charr gladium as she strives to prove her worth on a dangerous errand in the midst of a war zone!"
  • We’ve Been Infiltrated! - "Confound the Molten Alliance’s war efforts by destroying these spy posts wherever you find them!"
  • New WvW Progressions and Abilities - "We’re adding a brand-new WvW progression system—which includes new World XP and new WvW Ranks. You can use your WvW Ranks to purchase new titles and abilities that are exclusive to WvW. We’re also rolling out new WvW achievements to help you track and plan your progress; you can keep track of them in your Achievement panel."
  • Improved World vs. World Performance - "Beginning March 26, you’ll be able to see way more players on-screen in WvW, even in the largest pitched battles!"
  • New Guild Bounty Hunt Targets - "More fugitives are on the run, and the Tyrian authorities need your guild to bring them in! Prepare yourself for a challenge, because these three new bounty targets are more elusive and menacing than ever. Bounty Hunt Training missions are perfect for a new or small guild looking to work their way up to bigger challenges."
  • Introducing Leaderboards - "We’re excited to announce that we’ll activate Guild Wars 2 leaderboards with the release of Flame and Frost: The Razing on March 26. However, the leaderboards website won’t be visible to players until we’re sure it has stable information, which could take up to a week after the release goes live on March 26. Initially, the leaderboards will feature WvW rankings, PvP player rankings, and total achievement points."
  • Need Guidance? - "Heralds in each capital city will bring you up to date on the latest Living Story content. Look for special scouts in Diessa Plateau and the Wayfarer Foothills who will point you towards nearby activities."

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Rerroll recently started an interesting survey on the official forums trying to gather player opinions on a wide array of hot topics. Some of these are already showing some interesting trends, would you agree warrior is the weakest profession in the game? Or perhaps that Elementalist is the strongest profession?

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If you do not then you are one of the few! Slightly over 50% of the people who replied to the survey would agree to the above statement. The survey brings up a lot of interesting things but if we really want to use this survey for something useful we will need a lot more replies. Head over there and throw in your answers:

Click Here To Participate


If you are interested in seeing the results in some pretty graphics you can head over here:

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Because things are a little slow today, I wanted to highlight another great GW2 video that I recently came across. There are a handful of great YouTuber's out there and Matt Visual is definitely one of them! So if you find this video interesting, make sure to check out his other creations!

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Isaiah Cartwright recently commented on the official forums that loot will change in regards to the mega boss events. Here's the full quote:

In the next release we will adjust the way that world mega bosses award their loot. The current chests will stay lootable once per day per character, but each boss’s guaranteed rare item drop will be moved to a separate chest (visually similar to daily achievement reward chests) that can only be acquired once per day across an account.

Our intention with this change is to keep providing rewarding loot for world mega bosses while avoiding overwhelming participation in boss fights (and overwhelming the economy with rares) from players cycling through each character slot for each boss every day. [Source]

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Today I'd like to highlight a little gem I found down in Library of Whispers this morning. TymmyD has created a song entitled Tyria to the tune of Neil Diamond's America. Once you've listened, be sure to check out TymmyD's thread and leave some feedback!

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Why don’t we just start State of the Game with WvW?
If you are an active Guild Wars 2 sPvP player there is a big chance you have heard about our State of the Game stream – and if you aren’t into sPvP there is a big chance you have been wondering why there isn't a PvE or WvW equivalent of the show. This article is designed to help you understand where we are coming from and hopefully motivate people to help us start all these wanted new projects.

One thing you need to know is that Guru is ran entirely of volunteers who are just exceptionally dedicated and motivated to do the things they do here. Finding volunteers who are willing and able to put in multiple hours a week to maintaining or preparing something like State of the Game is really tough.

So when people ask, "can’t you just start a PvE and WvW show?" Yes, we could have such a show up and running in just a few days/weeks as we have the contacts and the platform ready. But finding someone who is willing to invest the amount of volunteer hours that is required is a whole other thing.

On top of that it is not just about finding someone willing – but also finding someone who is capable, has the technical experience and equipment to run a livestream show.

So what should you do?
If you think you are a fitting persona for the above description, then you should not hold back in contacting us. We have a huge platform, and we have people with years of experience available to guide you in this, but we need to know who you are before we can contact you.

A tendency I see with a lot of people is that they are afraid to come forward and ask. Most often these people create new shows, under their own name and simply get overwhelmed, which could easily have been avoided had they decided to start the project on our platform. A lot of people fear that if they come to us and ask to start a project, we will try to take it over and turn it into something they don’t want.

But it is not like that, we all share a common interest in the community and the game so releasing quality content is of our highest priority. Use us, use the people we have with experience to help you start great shows.

Joining - Guru Content Team
As a part of our content team, your main concern will be to work together with the rest of the team in actively developing and organizing content on Guru. This includes assisting in handling, developing and running State of the Game PvE and WvW, video content and written content as well as creating new content.

Specifically right now we are looking at finding a new host for a WvW version of State of the Game. As a general rule we are always looking for more people who are extremely dedicated and willing to put in a lot of hours with creating gw2 content.

Some of the things that we require is that you are:
  • Guild Wars 2 enthusiast
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Knowledgeable in game mechanics
  • Self-motivated and active
  • Experience with producing relevant media content
How to contact
You can send me a PM here on the forum by clicking here. When approaching us please keep in mind we get a lot of PM's so getting through them all might take some time and if your pm fails to show us who you are/give us the right information it will be down prioritized taking even longer for a reply.

Please remember to answer at least the following in your approach:
  • Why you are the right one for this?
  • How many hours every month do you think you can put into this?
  • Can you take out an entire night, once every month, without exception?
  • Do you have the equipment to stream consistently in 720p+?
  • Do you have a high quality camera?
  • Do you have a high quality mic?
  • General information about yourself.
  • Any information you think we should know
  • If you aren't interested in being the host, what other content do you want to do.
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Good news for Marvel fans; Curse has an exclusive deal for you in the form of a limited number of Marvel Heroes beta keys! The first big beta weekend is taking place both Saturday, March 16th from 10am to 6pm PDT, and Sunday, March 17th from 6am to 2pm PDT.

Marvel Heroes is an upcoming free-to-play action MMORPG which blends persistent worlds, multiple people on the same maps, co-op quests, an economy, and more into a neat, well-polished package. Pick from a number of popular Marvel heroes, and customize each to play very differently as you level up and progress through the game, using various talents, skills, and statting.

How can you participate in this weekend's event?
  • Grab a key from us over at Curse! We're starting the giveaway for Premium members only this Thursday and Friday, and then opening keys to the public on Saturday morning at 0:00 PDT. We do have a limited number, so if you want to be guaranteed your key, be sure to sign up for Curse Premium at http://www.curse.com/premium/

  • Grab a Premium or Ultimate Founders Pack! Packed with perks, in-game currency, exclusive costumes, and more, it's the perfect way to kick off your Marvel Heroes play. You can browse founder's packages here. Anyone who purchases an Ultimate or Premium pack will be permanently added to the Closed Beta.
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Host: Grouch
Date/Time: March 14th. 12PM PST (8PM GMT)
ArenaNet Developers: Jonathan Sharp, Tyler Bearce, Karl McLain
Special Guests: Xeph from Team Paradigm (EU) and Nero from Jesus Beat Us Once (NA)
Where: Twitch.tv/guildwars2guru

Transcribed version of the State of the Game from March 14th
Show Notes

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