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Upcoming Changes for PvP League Season Two

18 February 2016 - 07:29 PM

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Upcoming Changes for PvP League Season Two


Arenanet has announced the changes for the upcoming PvP season.  The finals for the ESL league also start this saturday, and during the Arenanet stream gifts from Corsair, Sennheiser, and precursor weapons from Arenanet!  You can view an overview of the changes in PvP below:
  • For matchmaking, groups of five people will no longer be matched with smaller groups or solo queueing players.
  • For matchmaking, the search times have been decreased a lot.
  • For matchmaking, pips and ranking will have a greater effect on the enemy players, meaning matches should be closer to your skill level.
  • For rankings, pips will always award one pip, and losing will always remove one pip.
  • Players that leave matches will always lose one pip, and teams that lose a player will not lose a pip.
  • Win streaks have been introduced, giving an extra pip per victory after three initial streak victories.
  • For rankings, multiple tiers have had pips added or removed to balance them accordingly.

Guild Wars 2 gets first major release of 2016

11 January 2016 - 08:17 PM

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Guild Wars 2 gets first major release of 2016


Arenanet has formally announced (through a press release) and released a blog post outlining their plans and vision for Guild Wars 2 in 2016, including the announcement of the first major update of 2016.  The blog post can be found here.

Seasonal Game Updates

The first major game update launches on 26 January 2016.  This update is the first in a new seasonal game feature update schedule that focuses on enhancing the existing game.  Some highlights from this update:
  • Gliding in Central Tyria - You can now glide in the heart of Tyria!
  • Shatterer Redesign - The shatterer has new achievements, a new boss fight with gliders, new rewards including a unique back-item, and more.
  • New Controls - New controls for the action camera, new options toggling NPC name display, and more.
  • Event Rework - Events have been reworked behind the scenes to now provide rewards for boon applying, condition removal, and other support actions.
  • World versus World Revamp - Forts and bases are no longer manual upgrades, but, just like in the Silverwastes, are now upgraded based on the amount of supply dolyaks that arrive.
  • Fractals - Fractals of the mist will recieve many Quality of Life changes and reward updates.
  • New Mist Champion - Tybalt Leftpaw is now a mist champion.
  • Balance Update - The update will include a major balance update for all professions.  You can read more on that here.
Looking Ahead to the Coming Months

Arenanet has also outlined some of the changes and updates that are in store for Guild Wars 2 in the long run.  A major development shift has occured, where instead of either working on live updates or on the expansion, the resources are now split among them.
  • New Raid Wing - The next wing of the raid, Salvation's pass, will be released.  The fate of the pact squad is still uncertain, continue the hunt for new rewards.
  • Lunar New Year - Lunar New Year returns on 26 January 2016 and will run for two weeks.  Get ready for fireworks and dragon ball!
  • PvP league launch - On 23 February 2016, the next PvP league will launch.  Changes have been made to scoring and matching based on feedback of the past season.
Looking Ahead to the Coming Year

Beyond short term updates, Arenanet has revealed the following long term projects:
  • World versus World - A huge overhaul is being planned to world versus world, which has been worked on for a year.  This overhaul will go live later this year, and focuses on population balance, rewards, and more.
  • Fractals of the Mists - A focus will be placed on fixing the currently broken or missing items from fractals of the mists, including missing collections and rewards.  There will also be new fractals!
  • Living Story Season 3 - The third season of the Living Story will go live in 2016, which focuses on the next direction.  Which dragon will be focused on next?

Gliding coming to central Tyria

08 January 2016 - 10:12 PM

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Gliding coming to central Tyria


On tonight's episode of Guild Chat, Arenanet revealed that gliding is coming to central tyria.  The episode also confirmed that Arenanet is working on the next expansion, and discussed the music of Heart of Thorns.  You can find the full episode here.

Enter Spirit Vale on 11/17

10 November 2015 - 07:18 PM

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Enter Spirit Vale on 11/17



Arenanet has announced that the release of their first Raid shard, Spirit Vale, is releasing on 17 November 2015.  The release will include the first Raid shard, new legendary armor, and new rewards.  The release will also introduce the new Squad Commands, which allow commanders and other squad leader players to give orders to the people following them.

One of the Guildwars2Guru team members will be playing the raid with the developers before it comes out.  If you have any questions for them, submit them in this post!

Enter Spirit Vale, the initial wing of the first raid inGuild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns, and tackle the greatest challenge yet. Built on top of our action combat and dynamic event systems, raids in Guild Wars 2 are instanced, ten-player content designed to be the ultimate test of your skill. Gather your allies for epic experiences!

64-Bit Client Incoming

04 November 2015 - 04:21 PM

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64-Bit Client Incoming


Since the launch of Heart of Thorns there have been many issues with crashing during large meta battles.  Today, in an effort to fix this, Arenanet is about to release a 64-bit client, as confirmed by Colin Johanson, Arenanet's game director.

We are rolling out a beta version of a 64 bit client today if all goes well - please give this a shot if youre having crash issues and let us know if that does the trick!

It is uncertain as to what time today the client will launch.  The client is live, you can get it by going to your arenanet account page and downloading it!