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Wintersday Game Update Notes - December 16, 2014

16 December 2014 - 07:47 PM

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Enjoy! Happy Wintersday All!

A Very Merry Wintersday
The nights may be growing longer and colder, but Divinity’s Reach is merry with the warmth of the Wintersday spirit. Celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of the next in this traditional winter festival!
The Wondrous Workshop
  • Enter Toymaker Tixx’s workshop inside his golem-shaped airship—Tixx’s Infinirarium—to corral mischievous toys and set things to rights!
Wintersday Festivities
  • Celebrate the holiday with festive traditions: leap from snowflake to snowflake in the Winter Wonderland jumping puzzle, ring in the season in the Bell Choir activity, defend gift-bearing dolyaks in Toypocalypse, and store up precious presents in Snowball Mayhem!
Warming Grawnk’s Heart
  • It’s your chance to save Wintersday! Grawnk has stolen ornaments from the children’s orphanage in Divinity’s Reach, and it’s up to you to track them down! If you succeed in your mission, you’ll be able to plant a beautiful Wintersday tree in your own home instance.
Wintersday Gift Tree
  • The latest trend in Tyrian holiday decor, these trees provide Wintersday gifts year-round and are attractive in any home, whether it’s in the heart of the Black Citadel or the outskirts of Rata Sum. Receive yours by helping the orphans of Divinity’s Reach find their lost ornaments. Also, the Star of Gratitude provides additional rewards for those of you with empyreal fragments to spare.
Toys and Treasures
  • Tixx has an assortment of new goodies for the citizens of Tyria! Complete three new collections to receive exclusive rewards, such as the Endless Gift Box Tonic.
  • Enjoy other festive rewards like the new Magnanimous Choir Bell and the Rime-Rimmed Mariner’s Rebreather.
New Daily Achievement System
  • Achievements have been divided into 3 categories: PvE, WvW, and PvP.
  • The number of available achievements per day is based on the highest-level character on an account:
    • Levels 1 – 10: 1 achievement per category
    • Levels 11 – 30: 3 achievements per category
    • Levels 31 – 80: 4 achievements per category
  • Completing daily achievements now awards players with items and/or experience based on their corresponding content type, such as WvW daily achievements rewarding world experience.
  • Completing daily achievements no longer awards players with achievement points.
  • A new Daily Completionist achievement has been added and is earned by completing any combination of daily achievements from the three categories.
  • Completing the Daily Completionist achievement rewards players with 10 achievement points.
  • December will be the final month to include monthly achievements.
  • Existing daily and monthly achievement rewards have been rolled into the new log-in reward system.
  • For more information, please see this blog post.
New Log-in Reward System
  • The first time you log in each day, you’ll receive a new item from the reward track.
  • Progress on the log-in reward track will reset only after claiming the 28th and final reward.
  • Players logged in after 4:00 p.m. PDT on December 15 will receive their first daily log-in reward chest after 4:00 p.m. PDT on December 16.
  • Players last logged out before 4:00 p.m. PDT on December 15 will receive their first daily log-in reward chest immediately after the update.
  • For more information, please see this blog post.
World vs. World
  • The World vs. World Sneak Attack event begins December 16. For the next month of World vs. World, the following rules will apply:
    • All player kills will award 1 point of world score. Using a finisher on a player while you have Borderlands Bloodlust will award 2 points.
    • The white crossed swords that appear when an objective is under attack have been removed from all objectives in World vs. World. Now a player must scout the objectives in order to see them being attacked.
    • All players will receive a Mist War Summons effect, which increases WXP gain by 15%, experience gain by 15%, and magic find by 50% while in WvW.
Structured Player vs. Player
  • The PvP Ladder test season begins December 16. For the next month of Player vs. Player, the following rules will apply:
    • Between the dates of December 16 and January 13, enter Ranked Arena during the ladder test season and compete for the top spots on the leaderboard to earn PvP-exclusive rewards.
    • At the end of the season, the top 250 players on the ladder in each region will each receive a PvP-exclusive Mini Llama.
    • The top 20 players in each region will receive a piece of the PvP-exclusive Glorious Hero’s armor, available only through tournaments and special events.
    • The top five players from each region will receive an additional piece of Glorious Hero’s armor.
The Contacts and LFG panel no longer resets continually when new entries are listed.
Major Sigil of Leeching: Fixed a bug that occasionally caused this sigil to begin cooldown without triggering correctly.
New Items and Promotions
  • A new Gifts Mail Delivery mail carrier is available in the Upgrades category of the Gem Store for 350 gems.
  • The new Arctic Explorer Outfit is available in the Style category of the Gem Store for 700 gems.
  • New Wintersday weapons are available from the Black Lion Weapons Specialist for 1 ticket each.
  • Every Black Lion Chest also includes a guaranteed Personalized Wintersday Gift (for a limited time).
  • The Royal Pass (2 weeks) has returned to the Special category of the Gem Store for 300 gems (for a limited time)
Source: https://forum-en.gui...9290.1418758524

Season 2 Returns Jan 13th, Winter's Day, WvW Event, and more.

09 December 2014 - 06:15 PM

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Season 2 Returns Jan 13th, Winter's Day, WvW Event, and more.

Arenanet has announced that the Living Story will continue with episode 8 on the 13th of January 2015.  Until then, Wintersday will be active starting the 16th of December 2014, with the event being hosted in Divinity's Reach.  There is also a WvW rule-flip tournament incoming, and a PvP tournament incoming, each providing their own call to the mists buff.  You can read the entire blog post announcement here.

A few months ago, we announced that Guild Wars 2‘s Living World experience was launching on a path that would result in our story-and the whole world of Tyria-reaching a point of no return. We’ve since ventured into the heart of Glint’s lair, discovered secrets in the depths of the Durmand Priory, witnessed the fall of the leader of the Zephyrites, recovered the last known dragon egg only to have it stolen out from under us by a longtime friend, and searched through the first memories of the sylvari race in our hunt to find her.

Our story now finds the Pact’s fleet of airships poised to launch their assault into the jungle, and our band of heroes standing before a sealed cave marked with ancient runes. On January 13, Living World Season 2 will return to take you beyond that seal, and you’ll discover moments that will forever change the course of Tyria.

Seed of Truth Game Update Notes, Dec. 2, 2014

02 December 2014 - 07:01 PM

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Seeds of Truth
The death of the Zephyrite Master of Peace and Caithe’s hasty exit with Glint’s egg have left more questions than answers. Why did Caithe take the egg? And, more importantly, how do you catch a thief?
After completing Seeds of Truth, showcase your tactical mastery as a hero of Tyria by completing challenging, episode-related achievements.
  • Continue collecting Carapace and Luminescent armor with the addition of heavy, medium, and light boots and leg armor.
    • Earn pieces of Carapace leg armor by completing the Seeds of Truth storyline. Extra pieces can also be purchased for bandit crests.
    • Carapace boots can be found in Lost Bandit Chests. Additionally, players who receive the Boot Requisition Order will be able to purchase boot pieces for bandit crests.
  • Recipes to craft ascended Sinister armor and weapons are now available.
    • Named for the fabled necromancer Verata, the inscription and insignia recipes can be purchased for bandit crests.
    • Recipes for weapons and armor can be found in recipe books in Lost Bandit Chests throughout the Silverwastes.
  • New and exciting treasures can be found in Lost Bandit Chests.
    • Players who find the Essence of Time will be able to create the new focus, Eternal Sands, in the Mystic Forge.
    • Mini Mordrem Thrashers and Endless Mordrem Thrasher Tonics may be found.
  • Bandit crest collectors have several new offerings.
    • Endless Mordrem Husk Tonic
    • Mini Mordrem Husk
    • Mordrem Fang Extraction Device
    • Bag of Rare Gear
  • Complete the Drydock Scratch jumping puzzle to find a Magnificent Chest that contains masterwork and rare gear, empyreal fragments, patchwork knapsacks, jewels, and a chance to find the new welding torch.
  • Team and Solo Arena have been merged into Ranked Arena.
    • A party of any size can queue, including solo players.
    • Player statistics from Team Arena and Solo Arena have been combined to create Ranked Arena stats.
    • Legacy Team and Solo Arena stats can be viewed in the PvP panel.
    • Rewards are unchanged.
  • Unranked Arena has been added.
    • A party of any size can queue, including solo players.
    • Rewards are now the same as Ranked Arena.
  • All maps are available for play in Ranked Arena and Unranked Arena.
    • During the leaderboard test season, ranked play will have a limited set of maps.
Matchmaking and Leaderboards
  • Matchmaking will take into account other parameters in addition to matchmaking rating (MMR), such as largest group size and team composition.
  • Leaderboards will no longer use MMR as a basis. Instead, players will earn ladder points based on the quality of the matches they participate in.
Match Accept
  • Ranked Arena and Unranked Arena matches will now prompt players to accept the match before it can start.
  • The client will flash and play an alert sound when matches are ready.
  • Declining or failing to accept a match prompt within the time limit will cause players to accumulate dishonor and be prevented from queuing for a short period of time.
Map Selection
  • Players can now vote for the map they would like to play after accepting a match prompt.
  • The list of selectable maps is randomly generated.
  • The final map is picked via weighted roll. The more a map is picked by players, the higher the chance that map will be chosen.
  • Declining or not accepting a match prompt for Ranked Arena or Unranked Arena will result in dishonor and a timeout.
  • Disconnecting at any time during a running Ranked Arena or Unranked Arena game will result in dishonor and a timeout.
    • Players must continue playing the game on reconnect.
  • When dishonor is given, an immediate timeout is also applied. During a timeout, Ranked Arena and Unranked Arena are unavailable.
  • Timeout duration increases as dishonor accumulates on an account.
  • Rosters have been removed. Players will now queue with their party.
  • Banker, trading post, and laurel vendor NPCs have been added to the Heart of the Mists.
  • Megaserver: Joining a party member while playing on a map in which your guild has an active mission with an ongoing reservation in place will no longer silently fail.
  • Gastronom Plikk in Rata Sum now sells the Vintner’s Guide used to unlock the Fine Wining item-collection achievement.
  • The Observational Zymology Manual used to unlock the Brewmaster item collection is now available for purchase from many bartenders around Tyria.
Structured Player vs. Player
  • The PvP panel stats tab has been reskinned.
  • Scoreboard UI has been reskinned.
  • Ready Button UI has been reskinned.
  • Autobalance UI has been reskinned.
World vs. World
  • Fixed an issue that prevented player pets from attacking gates in Edge of the Mists.
  • Reduced the radius of the Siege Disabler trick from 450 to 300.
  • Increased the skill recharge of the Siege Disabler from 5 seconds to 45 seconds.
  • Decreased the duration of the Siege Disabler trick from 45 seconds to 35 seconds. The duration on Siege Golems remains unchanged.
New Items and Promotions
  • Glint’s Winter Dye Kit is now available in the Special category of the Gem Store for 125 gems.
  • The Black Lion Chest drops have been updated. Keys are available in the Special category of the Gem Store for 125 gems each.
    • Added a new Teleport to Friend consumable as an uncommon drop. This consumable will take you directly to a party member in PvE.
    • Home instance unlocks for orichalcum ore, elder wood logs, omnomberries, snow truffles, and lotuses have been added as very rare drops.
  • Winter’s weapons have returned to the Black Lion Weapon Specialists for the price of 2 Black Lion Claim Tickets each.
  • The Wintersday Minis 3-Pack, Toy Golem, Toy Soldier, Plush Griffon, Princess Doll, Toy Ventari, and Fancy Winter Outfit have all returned to the Gem Store this year.
Mail Carrier Customization in the Wardrobe
  • Mail carriers have been added to the Equipment section of the Hero panel for accounts with a character higher than level 71.
  • Once unlocked, players can select the default mail carrier for every character on their account to receive mail from the game or send their mail to other players.
  • When sending mail, a one-time mail carrier can be selected from the Compose mail dialog, affecting only the current mail being sent.
  • The currently selected mail carrier and additional options can be previewed in the Hero panel.
  • A new Griffon Mail Carrier is available in the Upgrades category of the Gem Store for 500 gems.
  • The Replica Job-o-Tron Backpack will stop talking when the Hide/Unhide check box is unchecked.
Source: https://forum-en.gui...December-2-2014

Build Calc's with Sinister added

20 November 2014 - 04:46 PM

Anyone seen a build calc with Sinister stats added in?

I checked gw2skills.net and intothemists.com, and they do not have it added in.


Update Notes for November 18th, Tangled Paths

18 November 2014 - 06:49 PM

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Tangled Paths
The war against Mordremoth rages on in the Silverwastes as a new mystery arises. The Zephyrite Master of Peace has taken his precious cargo beyond the front lines. Where has he gone, and what answers will he give if he’s found?

After completing “Tangled Paths,” showcase your tactical mastery as a hero of Tyria by completing challenging, episode-related achievements.

  • With the release of “Tangled Paths,” players can continue to build their Carapace and Luminescent armor sets by collecting the light, medium, and heavy gloves.
    • Carapace gloves are obtained by completing the new Silverwastes reward track, completing the storyline, and exploring the Silverwastes.
    • Players will once again have the chance to prove their mastery of the region by unlocking all three weight classes of Luminescent glove armor to complete the Luminescent Gloves collection.
  • Explore the newly discovered labyrinth, and find nightmare pods full of rich rewards.
    • Nightmare fragments can be found in small pods throughout the maze. Combine them with a bandit skeleton key to open the greater nightmare pod.
    • The greater nightmare pod contains rare and masterwork gear, dragonite ore, and a chance to discover new recipes for Bountiful and Furious Maintenance Oils, Sharpening Stones, and Tuning Crystals.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from assigning, removing, or reassigning healing, utility, or elite skills while in a cosmetic transformation (e.g., during the siege of Ascalon in the Urban Battlegrounds fractal).
World Polish
  • Silverwastes
    • The cryptobotanist now correctly indicates the parts he is looking for.
New Items and Promotions
  • World Tournament finishers are available to support your favorite region in the World Tournament Finals. Players purchasing the winning region’s finisher before the finals will receive three Celebration Boosters after the event. Each region’s finisher is available in the Upgrades category of the Gem Store for 600 gems each.
  • A new Pact weapon set is available at Black Lion Weapon Specialists for a limited-time price of one ticket per weapon. Tickets can be found inside Black Lion Chests.
  • The Jungle Explorer outfit is now available in the Style category of the Gem Store for 700 gems.