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#2210776 Dragon Ball, where did you go wrong.

Posted Just Horus on 11 June 2013 - 07:45 PM

I find Dragon Ball to be just as interesting and fun as the Dragon Arena. They just need to fix the consumable exploit and I'll be playing this regularly.

#2210769 Dragon Ball, where did you go wrong.

Posted turbo234 on 11 June 2013 - 07:19 PM

I think it's a well designed minigame. Gw2 gameplay will never be like gw1 and we just have to accept it.

#2202042 Fastest way to level a zerk warrior?

Posted Wraithpk on 14 May 2013 - 09:12 PM

View PostElysen, on 13 May 2013 - 11:19 PM, said:

No low level professions are really viable in dungeons, as your gear will be subpar and you will likely require to be carried anyway.

This is not really accurate.  For example, a level 35 in full Masterwork gear will actually have better stats than a level 80 in full exotics. This is because of how down-leveling is calculated.  They will, however, have less utility, since they lack traits and probably don't have all their utility skills available.  This would require you to be upgrading your gear fairly frequently, however, because if your gear falls behind you won't scale as well.  Crafting is probably easier.

#2204321 Why play anything other than War, Guard, or Mesmer?

Posted Gerroh on 21 May 2013 - 03:16 AM

It's not about winning.
It's about FUN!

People who copy-paste builds off the forums/websites and follow the "meta" to a tee are the lowest-skill, bottom-of-the-barrel, absolute trashiest players in the game. Don't listen to them. Play what you enjoy, find a guild that's not full of aforementioned trashy players, and have fun. The best, the top tier, the greatest minds when it comes to guild wars (or any game for that matter) are usually spending a lot of their time developing new strategies and builds.

#2200460 Birthday 2013

Posted Just Horus on 09 May 2013 - 11:20 PM

Come celebrate Guild Wars 2 first birthday with exciting new items in the Black Lion Chest! For just 500gems per birthday key you can have a 1 in 98634863246732864873246 chance of getting an anniversary mini or weapon skin!

#2200456 Birthday 2013

Posted Darkobra on 09 May 2013 - 11:04 PM

A 1st year birthday present that isn't linked to the gem store.

#2196395 Is the April 30th Update "make or break"?

Posted Dasryn on 29 April 2013 - 12:51 PM

View PostDarkHorseKnight, on 29 April 2013 - 12:48 PM, said:

So really my question is this: If the April 30th update is not the type of changes and additions we hope for, do we just have to accept that GW2 is what it is and it may not be significantly changed?

Yes and No.

yes because GW2 is a different game than GW1 and may never be like its predecesor ever again.  so you must accept it in that aspect.


No because considering the amount of content we've received in just this first 8 months for free?  its naive to think ANet cant add more and more and more features.  i mean guild halls and player housing is coming, these things take time.

but is april 30th make or break?  maybe for you, but hardly for the rest of us.

#2193686 Flame and Frost: Why should I play it?

Posted Dahk on 20 April 2013 - 11:24 PM

View PostFox Reeveheart, on 18 April 2013 - 02:17 PM, said:

So all I'm hearing is that I'm doing an interactive book.  I hate reading (despite I am well versed and articulate), thus I don't even read books or novels.  ...

Umm...how can I put this delicately...

You're not nearly as eloquent as you think you are.  I'm not saying that playing through the GW2 story will fix your grammatical and rhetorical shortcomings, but you may not want to be so averse to any continuing education.  Even if you were perfectly eloquent and adept in literary composition, there's always a good reason to seek higher learning.

#2193308 Flame and Frost: Why should I play it?

Posted Red Omen on 19 April 2013 - 03:23 PM

Everyone should give Super Adventure Box a try, though.

#2176540 mesmery focus and sword skins

Posted Swoopeh on 08 March 2013 - 11:26 AM

Just made The Anomaly, t'is awesome :)

For sword I could suggest Whisperblade.

Links for info and item code so you can preview them in game:

Lots of ectos though!

#2136098 Rytlock action figure

Posted Khalija on 05 January 2013 - 11:11 PM

This is amazing. To the front page you go! :)

#2034202 Build that makes PvE a joke

Posted Capn_Crass on 22 October 2012 - 04:58 AM

View Postantoninusthepious, on 19 October 2012 - 11:27 PM, said:

...and im 25 now...

View PostRed_Falcon, on 19 October 2012 - 11:44 PM, said:

Nice to see another 25 yo around...

Damn you kids! Get off my lawn! *waves cane menacingly*

#2092621 Guild Wars 2, Factions, open world pvp and Alliance Battles

Posted Alaroxr on 22 November 2012 - 04:17 PM

View PostFlaming_Foxx, on 22 November 2012 - 12:26 AM, said:

WvW is neither individualistic nor team based, it's pretty much just follow everyone else around and swamp the other team.

Go to an upper tier server and see if that holds true. You don't get to t1-t3 without coordination.

#2100883 Moving Goalposts: Levels

Posted Saint Scarlet on 29 November 2012 - 10:15 AM

They said from the very beginning that lvl 80 would not be the highest level always, so it's not really a surprise. It's just when they do it and how they pull it off that matters

#2058829 "Guardian of Lyssa" build. Unkillable self-healer w/ great DPS.

Posted Venyarth on 02 November 2012 - 10:57 PM

First, I believe no build is truly "original". With millions of players, certainly every combo has been tried somewhere. I haven’t seen this build yet (although I may have missed it), but I won’t take credit for “creating” it, only for describing it :)

To that extent, my build is a variant on the excellent baseline build described in this post

You should read the link first. I was using this build before I read it, but full credit goes to Strife025 for sharing and explaining the "how's and why's" of the baseline of this build - a 0/10/30/30/0 Emp Might/Altruistic Healing Build, well detailed.  The essence of the build is that roughly 2 out of every 3 times you push any button (swinging weapon, using skill), you self-heal, sometimes for a lot.

My variant, which I call the "Guardian of Lyssa" build, uses the above baseline (swapping “Hold The Line” out for “Signet of Judgment”) with 6 Superior Runes of Lyssa to create controllable "burst defense".


I run the 0/10/30/30/0 setup with 6x Superior Rune of Lyssa that give +165 precision, +10% condition duration, gain a random boon for 10s after using a healing skill, and finally, "when you use an elite skill, lose all conditions and gain all boons for 5s".  (EDIT: Math comparing 0/10/30/30/0 trats vs something with 5 in Virtues is in the 10th post)
(EDIT: If you can't get gw2skills.net to work, I listed every trait, utility, and what they do in general (and with the build) in post #29 below)

I couple this with the elite skill Renewed Focus, which you can now use on the run, to gain a mini "God-mode" every 90 seconds. It really adds to the "I self-heal and am tough to kill" synergy of this build, and is a guaranteed to work "Oh *&$%" emergency button that no other profession/build can match.

All Exotic gear (except the back) using Greatsword/Staff. With Lemongrass Poultry food and Hardened Sharpening Stones, stats are:
  • Attack: 2,967 (Power 1,867)
  • Crtical Chance: 50% (w/ Sigil of Accuracy 5%)
  • Critical Damage Bonus: 52%
  • Armor: 2,889 (Toughness 1,678)
  • Health: 17,345 (w/Greatwsord. 19,135 with Staff - dropping power by 128 and crit to 37%)
*EDIT: Exact gear loadout is shown in the 6th post in this thread*

You get all the toughness, hard to kill, and self healing from the 0/10/30/30/0 build. You get nice AoE dps with 20% 2H skill CD reduction, Greatsword and excellent crit. You get damage reduction from armor and Signet. The big synergy benefit is the Elite Skill....

Renewed Focus with this setup is:
  • instant cast, (EDIT: invulnerability starts instantly. All other effects below occur after 3s invulnerability finishes. Note that you can move the entire time, so it is truly "fire and forget" in terms of cast time)
  • gives 3 seconds invulnerability while still being able to move (new from patch),
  • removes all conditions on you
  • grants every boon for 5s
  • resets all virtues cooldowns, (can cast instant heal and aegis right after)
  • gains additional Altruistic Healing (630+pts) from the multiple boons applied.
All this is useable every 90 seconds!

It is the most powerful single button Guardian action I have seen, and I cannot count how many times this has saved my life from the edge of certain death and turned a battle around in my favor, especially with all the boons now active.  (Tome of Courage is also good, but you need 5 uninterrupted seconds to cast the big heal, and you can only use it every 3 mins)

Combo it with "Save Yourselves!" immediately before (which also breaks stun), and you have now erased every ally's condition while gaining every boon yourself for 10-15 seconds....incredible utility that is completely unpreventable.

OK, maybe more like a 1/2 free slot. The Lyssa rune "gain random boon for 10s after a healing skill" is also a nice wildcard in any situation (especially PvP). It's like getting half of the Prayer to Lyssa utility for free, without taking up a slot, every time you hit the “6” key.

On second thought, you get an additional free utility from using the Combo of "Save Yourseves!" with the Renewed Focus elite skill and the Rune of Lyssa.  The removal of all conditions, and granting of all boons is somewhat equivalent to getting the meditation skill Contemplation of Purity (turn all conditions you have into boons, 60 sec CD).

So yes, you gain the equivalant functionality of at least 1.5 other utilities!


I use a Staff with a Vitality stat focus to temporarily get over 19,000 HP, and a Sigil of Hydromancy (freeze nearby enemies on swap for 3s). I shift to Staff when I just need to survive/heal without regard to doing dps. The "survival sequence":
  • Swap to Staff - Freeze nearby enemies
  • Use Virtue of Resolve/Courage (Heal plus Aegis on self and ally)
  • Use “Save Yourselves” (move all allies conditions onto you, gain all boons, heal from boons)
  • Use Renewed Focus (drop all conditions, gain all boons, heal from boons, invulnerable for 3s so that every skill is 3s closer to being ready again, reset virtue CD)
  • Use Virtue of Resolve/Courage (Heal plus Aegis on self and ally) again.
  • Dodge/evade x2 (with self heal) towards allies (heals them too).
  • Buff stacks of Empower (self heals of 4K+ through might buffs to allies, heals allies at end),
  • (optional) Symbol of Swiftness (to escape, also self heals for every ally it hits/buffs).
  • Use your #6 heal skill (it should be ready again after all this, plus get a random boon that heals).
  • (optional) ranged damage with Staff while waiting for weapon swap CD (1-2 s wait by now). Any crits (now at 52% chance with Fury) will self heal you.
  • Swap to Greatsword, Leap of Faith back into battle and burst damage some enemies while buffed (crits at 70% chance with Fury, each crit will self heal you some more).
That is 12 different instant heals (some of them potentially very large with allies around, like #7) - one heal for each step 2-11 in the sequence (2 heals on step 6 and 9), plus 2 regenerations, 5 heals on allies, removes all conditions from everyone. Meanwhile enemy is slowed, your movement speed is increased, with protection, shield, stability, retaliation.... Unkillable.

  • Exact Gear Loadout : Post #6 in this thread
  • Why I didn't take 5 points out of another trait to put 5 in Virtues: Post #10
  • Clarifying what happens (and what is meant) by "instant cast" on Renewed Focus: Post #16
  • Very detailed post with math on using Signet of Judgment vs "Hold the Line!" with this build: Post #21
  • Comparison between using a Berzerker GS vs the Rampager GS (Berserker looks as good if not slightly better in solo/small party situations. Hat tip to Zhaitan for the suggestion): Post #23
  • Exact Trait and Utility loadout (for those who can't get GW2skills link above working): Post #23
  • Comparison between  Plate of Lemongrass Poultry vs. Mango Pie food sources (Mango Pie is fabulous with this build - I'm switching to it in many situations. Hat tip to Zorian51 for the suggestion): Post #31
  • Armor tradeoff considerations and effects if you want to tweak or increase/decrease Vitality, Precision, Power, Toughness compared to the baseline I listed here:  Post #60
  • *Still to come: GS vs Hammer comparison....