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#2357384 Theory crafting the Reaper

Posted Brandon the Don on 05 July 2015 - 09:10 AM

No true build-calculator exists, but at least the traits can be found here

That said, Necromancers naturally have less need of health over toughness. Considering that you go here for a condi-ish build (as far as I can see), I think it would benefit you more by going for either Rabid or even Sinister since you will be able to make use of the "on crit" traits.

I also seem to be confused for your choice to run a "tank" build with those lines. While reaper shows more promise to lend itself for it, Spite and Curses do not - not at all. Parasitic Contagion, while now workin in DS, is several times weaker and pales when going for Blood Magic - and even this is not as incredible. Lack of protection and weakness will not compliment the amount of health you have, and what sticks even out more is the lack of actual condi-damage outside of Fear and Chill (traited). Necromancers are already dead last when it comes to actual condi-application at this point in time, and with this, it seems more like a hybrid than an actual condition build. Last one is just a personal gripe of mine; if the target has Stability, your Fear or Chill procs will not trigger, means robbing you from the only actual damage you got with this build.

I would personally wait until the numbers are clear and then rethink it a bit. Reaper shows promise, but as long as the GS numbers stay the way it is, the weapon is terrible all around, unless you are fighting things in a corner where you can actually get an AA chain off

#2357300 Elite Specializations

Posted davadude on 02 July 2015 - 09:56 AM

As far as we know they have no announcements so far.  If they announce one, i'll post it here.

With gamescom coming up, and Arenanet having a habit of announcing major things at Gamescom, they may be gearing for another reveal and a possible release date.

#2357099 Update Notes - June 23rd, 2015

Posted Brandon the Don on 24 June 2015 - 07:11 AM

View PostNerfHerder, on 24 June 2015 - 07:07 AM, said:

I'm still trying to digest how much the game has changed. New builds on every profession to fine tune and test out. As an altoholic, I'm a little bit anxious, but in a good way. To me, a shake up in the meta means new ways to experience old content.

Looked at LA for about a minute. I like what they have done so far. I was particularly enamored with the quaggans in the fountain. I cant wait to take the time to explore it fully.

Yes, alts... holy cow

I have only tested a handful of builds, and feel like I've seen just the tip of the iceberg... Mesmers seemed scary at first, but what is even more stunning (pun intended) is how Condi builds skyrocketted, which even got admitted by a dev

The meta will take some sweet time to settle I figure, but this change was major... And I enjoy it :D

#2356955 First Gaming PC (Around 1500 Budget) - Let's Discuss - Lots of Things To...

Posted Quaker on 19 June 2015 - 02:30 PM

Spoiler #1 - to properly compare prices between the US and Canada, you have to take into account the current currency exchange rate, plus the extra shipping, plus any duty or taxes. Overall, I think you'll find there's not a lot of difference.

CPU: I7 4790K - The Hyperthreading in the 4790 is only going to be of benefit if the apps you use can actually take advantage of the extra threads - which may be the case for streaming and/or video editing. But, if costs get tight, an i5-4690K will do nicely.

GPU: MSI GTX 970 ME - the GTX-970 is a good choice. I'm considering one myself - I just want to see how it compares to the new AMD offerings.

MOBO: If you intend to overclock, you'll want a motherboard with a Z97 chipset. The particular model is up to you and the features you want. (There's not any significant performance difference between one Z97 board and the rest.)
If you don't plan to over clock, an H97 or B85 chipset is fine.

CPU Cooler: No need to get fancy. A CM Hyper 212 will be all your likely to need unless you get into extreme overclocking. (The Hyper 212 is quiet as well.)

RAM: 8GB vs. 16GB - whatever floats your boat. 8Gigs is the current "sweet spot" but 16 Gigs may be better for streaming and editing. There's no real need to get anything other than DDR3-1600.

SSD: Samsung 850 EVO. Or, you might consider one of the new PCIe models, which are faster. And don't forget M.2 PCIe if your new motherboard has an M.2 slot.

HDD: 1TB Western Digital Blue

PSU: You don't need anything more than a good 600 watt power supply, and could actually do with just 500watts if you keep to a single GTX-970. As far as 80+ bronze, vs silver, vs gold, the small amount of energy saved by going to silver or gold will never recoup the added cost. I'd suggest a Corsair CX600M (bronze) or CS650M (gold). (Or other brands, of course - I'm just more familiar with Corsair.)

Case: Most micro-ATX mini-towers, such as the Silverstone unit I use, will easily hold all those components (Provided you get an mATX motherboard.) So, the choice of case is purely up to you, and is mostly a cosmetic thing. Of course, if you go for a full ATX motherboard, you will at least need an ATX mid-tower.

Monitor: no comment. TN panels tend to be faster. IPS have better colour accuracy and viewing angles. Personally, I'm leaning towards a 120 or 144Hz panel for my next monitor, but the new ultra-wide panels are interesting as well.

Keyboard: no comment

Extra Fans inside the case? Most cases actually come with "enough" fans. Some people go all crazy with fans (and often have worse cooling). Generally speaking you want 1 or 2 120mm (or so) fans in the front (blowing in) and one 120MM fan at the back (blowing out). That normally gives good airflow and creates some positive pressure to keep dust out. BUt it can depend upon the case and whetehr or not you use an AIO water cooler.


There's lots of videos on Youtube about how to put a computer together (some by Linus). If you have any more question, feel free to ask. Where in Canada are you? (N.S. here)

#2356808 Heart of Thorns Available For Pre-Purchase

Posted Kymeric on 17 June 2015 - 09:00 PM

The way people freely dish out name-calling and derision is getting very old.

This is a consumer transaction.  If someone doesn't think the price matches their perceived value, that's the choice consumers make all of the time.  There's no need to throw "entitled", "crying", "pathetic" or anything else around.

#2356784 Heart of Thorns Available For Pre-Purchase

Posted justinco on 17 June 2015 - 05:27 PM

When was the last time ANet charged for anything that was not voluntary (gems)? Almost 3 years ago when the original game launched?

I'll gladly pay a measly $50 bux for this expansion and continue to play off an on for a couple more years. You would rack up $50 in a few months of any subscription MMO...jeez. Amazed by all the crying over the price...

#2355439 Meet the Dragonhunter: Guardian’s Elite Specialization

Posted Cutthroat on 08 May 2015 - 07:42 PM

RoJ never forget! Nuking the shrines in Jade Quarry. I mostly played melee and killed smiter monks tho. :D

#2355430 Meet the Dragonhunter: Guardian’s Elite Specialization

Posted Arkham Creed on 08 May 2015 - 07:21 PM

They have the classic Ray of Judgement in trap form....I'm far more excited for that than I should be.

#2355304 Updated DPS rankings, April 2014

Posted Nikephoros on 05 May 2015 - 05:07 PM

Two caveats for this...

1.  Thief is only calculated at enemy being above 50%.  It doesn't take into account the 20% damage mod from Executioner, which works out to be a 9% overall boost nor does it take into account Heartseeker at 25% HP.  Thief DPS is, in practice, a good deal higher.

2.  It doesn't take into account Ice Bow and Glyph of Storm for Ele.  Those skills hit so hard, that even when averaged over a 30 second long fight would substantially increase the ele's DPS.  So in practice Ele dps is a good deal higher.

the breakdown is that Ele and Thief are really in a tier by themselves and Engineer is the top class of the next tier rather than being in the same ballpark as Ele and Thief.

#2354992 Specializations Ready Up

Posted typographie on 27 April 2015 - 02:13 PM

I'm pretty happy with what I've seen so far. I'm hoping the ability to reach three Grandmasters may allow a little more build flexibility than we currently have. Even if that means most trait lines will have a DPS-focused Grandmaster, maybe that still will allow some more variability in those builds than we currently have.

Personally, I welcome changes that challenge the builds I use. I see the constantly shifting nature of MMOs to be one of the things about them that appeal to me the most. It's far more important to me that my play style remains fun in some form, I view the build itself as just a detail.

#2354824 2-Part Specialization Blog Posting

Posted EphraimGlass on 23 April 2015 - 05:35 PM

I like the bit about limiting players to just three specialization tracks and binding the elite profession variant to one of them. One, it provides a mechanism by which the elite variants can't be automatically and strictly better than the non-elite. Two, I believe that limitations breed creativity. In this case, it seems like the limitation to three  tracks (pretty common anyway, from what I've seen) and unlocking ALL of the minor traits for that track at once will make the choice of which three to choose more relevant.

I'm not entirely sure how I feel about not being able to use a Master or Grandmaster slot to pick a lower-tier trait. I suppose that the reduction in the total number of traits and changing some of the useful-but-boring stuff (ground-targeted wells!) to a universal standard should make it less likely that I'll want a second Master trait instead of a Grandmaster trait.

#2354110 Seeking PC build advice

Posted Quaker on 03 April 2015 - 02:14 PM

View PostArkham Creed, on 01 April 2015 - 05:16 PM, said:

I've never understood that i5 thing. Its, on paper, literally the same damned process. Same speed, and the same number of cores. What's the difference besides the band name and the i5 is more expensive?
Where to start...
- "Cores" are not all the same. Some cores perform better than others. It's the throughput of the individual cores that matter. As an analogy, think of two 4 cylinder engines running on regular gasoline. They both have the same number of cylinders and run on the same fuel, but one delivers 150 hp in a sports car ( 2.7 litres, turbo charged, fuel injected, etc) and the other delivers 48 hp in an old farm tractor (1.8 litres, carburated). SImilarly, you can't compare CPUs solely based on the number of cores and the clock speed.
- The FX-4300 doesn't have 4 "true" cores. It has 2 "processor modules" that each have 2 lesser cores that share some resources like a floating point register, etc. The FX-4300 is more equivalent to an Intel dual-core i3 with HyperThreading.
- In almost all gaming tests, an Intel i5 outperforms any AMD processor, but an FX-8320/8350 comes closest. The FX-8320/8350 is sometimes referred to as an "8 core" processor - but really it's a 4 "processor module" processor.


Likewise I've seen video tests on youtube of people playing GW2 PvE on high-ish settings using a 730 1gb (this one has a 2gb) and getting between 30 and 60 fps.
If you're happy with 30-60 fps at high-ish settings, go for it. You didn't mention what game resolution those videos were set to. My reasoning is that, if you want 60 fps or better (which most people do) at high-ish settings, at 1920x1080 (the most common modern resolution), you'll need something better than a GT-730. If you are happy at lower fps, lower settings, and/or lower resolution, that's fine.


A quick look and the i5 4460 is a quad core running at 3.4ghz and cost $118 from the seller I’m looking at. The FX-4300 is a quad core running at 3.8ghz and cost $28. What am I missing here? The cache size? The i5 is 6mb, and the 4300 is 4mb. That isn't a lot. Seriously what am I missing?
You are missing any real knowledge of how CPUs work and what specs actually make the most difference. It's not just a matter of how many cores and what clock speed. There's a lot of other details to consider - think of those 4 cylinder engines with carburetor vs fuel-injection, turbo-charged vs normally aspirated. Similarly, there are features within a CPU that make quite a difference besides just the number of cores and the clock speed.

In any case, you gave no indication of your budget in your original post, so I was just trying to give you options that would increase the machines performance. Within your budget, that FX-4300 with GT-730 is about the best you'll find. I'd still suggest you try to spring for an FX-6300 at least. GW2 is a very CPU bound game and you'll find that an FX-4300 will stumble in crowded areas.

#2353927 Personal Story Restoration

Posted Kovalenko on 31 March 2015 - 05:19 PM

I remember back when I did Arah story for my first time, there were so few players available through LFG that we ended up having a Spanish-speaking player in our party after waiting for an hour or so. I ended up having google translate open on a laptop next to my monitor, and we ran 80% of chat through translate (english to spanish and spanish to english).

Absolute nightmare of a dungeon because the Spanish guy was the only one who had run the dungeon before :eek:

Always made me wonder why the last part of your personal story wasn't really all that personal :mellow:

#2353576 Gaming Computer under $600

Posted Quaker on 22 March 2015 - 03:03 PM

Some small suggestions:

For what this guy wants, (unless you plan to overclock it) you could go with a cheaper motherboard, such as:

SSDs are nice to have, but the emphasis should be on CPU and GPU, so in order to cut the price down, you could leave out the SSD altogether. An SSD can always be added later.

For a power supply, I'd suggest a Corsair CX500

And, if you want to cut a bit more cost, you might want to check to see how many fans are included with the case you choose. Although those CM fans are very inexpensive, they shouldn't be needed unless you get a case with no fans, or are planning to seriously overclock the system (which I don't recommend you do).

#2353498 Whats Your Magic In Guild Wars 2

Posted Haggus on 20 March 2015 - 09:36 AM

View PostZhaitan, on 19 March 2015 - 05:13 PM, said:

Many people will say GW2 is extremely casual and lacks "hardcore" content. However, definition of the term hardcore is quite varied and changes dramatically depending on who you ask. I think, GW2 design primarily caters to a crowd base that is past 25 and can rent their own cars.

People forget that most people playing the game may log in 2-3 times during the week, or one or two days on the weekend; and they won't be spending more than maybe 2-3 hours at a time in the game.  For them, the game has plenty to offer.  Sorry, but if you work and are good at your job, have a family, have other social events, and/or other games, even, chances are you won't be one of those crying, "This game has nothing to do anymore!  They need more content!"  Even for those playing the game hard core, most in a good, friendly, casual guild won't be having many issues, either.  This game was made for THESE people.  

For me, this is the magic of the game.  I don't feel the desire to need to log in and play 5 hours a pop like a crack head.  I can treat it casually, and my character can look the way I want them, without having to spend a lot of cash or grind for days.  It's a beautiful game, the animation is great, and breaking with the trinity is the best thing that ever happened.  The LS can be Scooby Doo at times, but that has its own charm.  

You'll always have those of a small, vocal minority who think they, but for lack of money/backing, could do better.  If they could, they would.  It's good just to take them with a grain of salt, and enjoy the game with open eyes.