GW2 Patch notes for the June 17 update.

GW2 Patch notes for the June 17 update.

 

June 17 Content Release Notes
BALANCE, BUG-FIXING, POLISH
New World Event Times
In consideration of player feedback, several changes have been made to the rotations to make the players’ favorite world bosses more accessible.

  • Low-Level Rotation—The four world events in this rotation will continue to activate 15 and 45 minutes past the hour, regardless of other rotations.
  • Standard Rotation—The six world events in this rotation will continue to activate on the hour and 30 minutes past the hour. This rotation is now independent of all other rotations. The TBD event slot has been removed.
  • Hardcore Rotation—The three world events in this rotation now activate morefrequently, at the following times:
    • 03:30 PST / 10:30 UTC – Karka Queen
    • 04:30 PST / 11:30 UTC – Tequatl
    • 05:30 PST / 12:30 UTC – Evolved Jungle Wurm
    • 08:00 PST / 15:00 UTC – Karka Queen
    • 09:00 PST / 16:00 UTC – Tequatl
    • 10:00 PST / 17:00 UTC – Evolved Jungle Wurm
    • 11:00 PST / 19:00 UTC – Karka Queen
    • 12:00 PST / 20:00 UTC – Tequatl
    • 13:00 PST / 21:00 UTC – Evolved Jungle Wurm
    • 16:00 PST / 23:00 UTC – Karka Queen
    • 17:00 PST / 24:00 UTC – Tequatl
    • 18:00 PST / 01:00 UTC – Evolved Jungle Wurm
    • 19:00 PST / 02:00 UTC – Karka Queen
    • 20:00 PST / 03:00 UTC – Tequatl
    • 21:00 PST / 04:00 UTC – Evolved Jungle Wurm
    • 23:00 PST / 06:00 UTC – Karka Queen
    • 24:00 PST / 07:00 UTC – Tequatl
    • 01:00 PST / 08:00 UTC – Evolved Jungle Wurm

World Polish

  • Sparkfly Fen
    • Fixed an issue that caused Tequatl to fly away and never return if he burned too quickly during his vulnerable phase.
  • Claw Island
    • Areas and points of interest, once they are discovered, will remain revealed when viewed from other maps.
  • Frostgorge Sound
    • Fixed a bug with the Rebel Isaak renown region for rewarding too much renown when defeating dredge. Renown rewards will now be in line with other renown hearts.

General

  • Waypoints and markers visible on maps different from the player’s current map are now always displayed as uncontested. When teleporting to a waypoint on a different map, if that waypoint is contested in the destination map copy, the player will be redirected to the nearest uncontested waypoint.

Items

  • Sclerite Karka Shells purchased from rewards vendors at the Festival of the Four Winds can now be properly used at the Mystic Forge to create an ascended back-piece item.

World vs. World

  • All players who qualified for rewards from the Spring 2014 Tournament have been given 100 additional WvW Tournament Claim Tickets.
  • World vs. World Spring 2014 Tournament placement achievements and associated tournament chests have been redistributed.
  • The Battle Historian’s Tournament Rewards tab has been re-enabled.

BLACK LION TRADING COMPANY GEM STORE
New Items and Promotions

  • For two weeks, all Black Lion Chests will contain a guaranteed bonus Dragon Coffer. Black Lion Chest Keys are available in the Special category of the Gem Store for 125 gems each.
  • Dragon’s Jade weapons can now be purchased from Black Lion Weapons Specialists for the introductory price of 1 Black Lion Claim Ticket for the next four weeks. Black Lion Claim Tickets and Ticket Scraps can be found inside Black Lion Chests.
  • Total Makeover Kits and Self-Style Hair Kits now have additional exclusive hair colors and eye colors. Kits can be found in the Services category of the Gem Store for 350 and 250 gems respectively.

Improvements
Custom Arena Starter Kits and Custom Arena Time Tokens have been removed from the Gem Store and have been added to a vendor near the PvP browser in the Heart of the Mists.

  • The cost of Custom Arena Starter Kits has changed from 1600 gems to 200 gold.
  • The cost of Custom Arena Time Tokens has changed from 150 gems to 2 gold.
  • Existing Custom Arena Starter Kits and Time Tokens will continue to work normally.
  • Boost Enchantment Powder now also converts Killstreak Experience Boosts to Enchanted Reward Boosts.
  • Enchanted Reward Boosts can now be used to grant Killstreak Experience Boosts.

Source: https://forum-en.guildwars2.com/forum/info/updates/Game-Update-Notes-June-17-2014

Season 2 – The Evolution of the Living World

The Evolution of the Living World

I love the changes happening for Season 2 of Guild Wars 2. Here are a few of my favourites:

1. The content continues to be FREEAs each new episode of the living arrives, as long as you into the game during that period, you have access to from that point onwards for free, forever. Even if we miss some the content, going forward it will all be available on the Black Lion Trading Post for 200 gems – which is around 20g in game.

New UI Journal Guild Wars 2

New UI Journal Guild Wars 2

2. I can play the content when I have the time/desire to. Causal players heaven! If you are hard pressed for time, but still want to complete all the achievement associated with the release you can, whenever you want. 

 

3. Season 1 content will be available ‘as some point’. I missed a few steps of Scarlet’s rampage along the way, so I will at some point in the future be able to go back get the blades I need to complete my backpack of Tempered Spinal Blades. 

Season 2 Begins Guild Wars 2

Season 2 Begins Guild Wars 2

4. Developers Commitment to the Community. You can tell these guys love the game, love the community and love creating this fantastic content. It really does seem like a passion, not just a job.

 

 

 

❤ Thank you for making this wonderful world I spend so much time in. ❤

House Keeping Update: June 3 Content Release Notes

June 3 Content Release Notes

Original Post here 
LIVING WORLD
Achievements

  • Removed some lifetime PvP achievements from the Nearly Completed list so that other achievements can appear in the rotation.

BALANCE, BUG-FIXING, POLISH
Queen’s Pavilion Polish

  • Liadri will now regenerate health during the first phase of the encounter.
  • Boom-Boom Baines’s Healing Turret no longer spawns once the bronze tier of the Boss Blitz has been reached.
  • The champions in the Boss Blitz have grown weary of fighting players for extended durations. Once the bronze tier of the Boss Blitz has been achieved, they will begin taking increased damage and deal reduced damage.
  • The drop rate for Chaos of Lyssa has been increased.

Labyrinthine Cliffs Balance

  • Sanctum Sprint’s festival token rewards have been increased.

World Polish

  • Harathi Hinterlands
    • Fixed a bug that would occasionally prevent “Defend the skritt thieves while they steal harpy eggs” from advancing when the Harpy Matriarch was defeated.
  • BrisbanWildlands
    • Bandit Loot Chests in the “Hinder Scotta’s bandits” renown heart region now give renown progress upon opening, and they can now only be used when working on the renown heart.
  • Rata Sum
    • Asura gate map marker tooltips now list their respective gate destinations.

Dungeons
The Ruined City of Arah (Explorable)

  • Path 1 (Jotun): Fixed a bug that prevented some of the waypoints from appearing after the correct event.

Items

  • The Favor of the Festival description now explains that it can be crafted by combining a Favor of the Bazaar and a Favor of the Pavilion.

Profession Skills
Common

  • Finisher: Added a check to verify that the player’s target is within range before beginning the finisher animation.

Elementalist

  • Fireball: Added a skill fact for the maximum number of targets (3).
  • Lightning Touch: Added a skill fact for the maximum number of targets (3).
  • Arc Lightning: Updated the skill facts to show the number of hits per stage.
  • Arcane Shield: Updated the skill description to indicate that this skill always critically hits.
  • Heat Wave: Updated the burning skill fact to list the correct duration (9 seconds). Updated the might and vigor skill facts to indicate that the boons are applied multiple times.
  • Signet of Restoration: Fixed a bug that caused the passive effect of this signet to be incorrectly listed as Aura of Restoration.
  • Lava Font: Updated the skill fact to show the number of hits.
  • Phoenix: Updated the description and added a skill fact to show that this skill only removes 1 condition.
  • Earthquake: Fixed a bug that caused the skill combo notification to appear when this skill was activated rather than when the attack hit.
  • Magnetic Leap: Fixed a bug that caused this skill to trigger the passive effect of Signet of Restoration twice.
  • Rock Spray: Fixed a bug that caused this skill’s particles to emit from the hand instead of the chest.
  • Healing Rain: Added a number of pulses skill fact (3). Added a number of conditions removed per pulse skill fact (1).
  • Tornado: Added an unblockable skill fact.
  • FieryGreatsword:
    • Fiery Rush: Added fire wall damage and fire wall duration skill facts.
    • Fiery Whirl: Added number of targets and number of impacts skill facts.
  • Fresh Air: Added a missing recharge trait fact.
  • Obsidian Flesh: Fixed a bug that caused this skill to display a fact for the trait bonus from Zephyr’s Focus.

Engineer

  • Packaged Stimulants: Fixed a bug that prevented Med Kit skill facts from being highlighted in blue when this trait is equipped.
  • Cleansing Burst: Fixed a bug that caused this skill to be incorrectly displayed as “Rifle Turret” in the combat log.
  • Supply Crate: Added a duration skill fact for the underwater version of this skill.
  • Elixir X: Fixed a bug that caused the skill duration to be listed incorrectly in certain circumstances. Updated the skill facts to correctly reflect changes from the Elite Supplies trait.
  • Throw Wrench: Added a cripple skill fact while the Power Wrench trait is equipped.
  • Explosive Rockets: Added a number of targets skill fact (1). Updated the radius skill fact to correctly display 360.
  • Rocket Turret: Added a number of targets skill fact (5).

Guardian

  • Radiant Fire: Fixed a bug that prevented skill facts from displaying the correct burning duration while this trait was equipped.
  • Symbol of Judgment:
    • Fixed a bug that caused this skill to have two radius skill facts when traited with Writ of Exaltation.
    • Fixed a bug that caused the healing skill fact (for living targets) to be incorrect.
    • Adjusted the skill fact for revive percentage to specify the revive percentage per pulse.
  • Zealot’s Flame: Added an unblockable skill fact.
  • Protector’s Strike: Fixed a bug that caused the ending flourish to act as a short-duration whirl finisher, sending out a single bolt in a random direction.

Mesmer

  • The Prestige: Fixed a bug that caused this skill to lack its range indicator.
  • Polymorph Moa: Updated the skill facts for moa attacks.
    • Claw: Added a skill fact for maximum number of targets (3).
    • Kick: Added a skill fact for maximum number of targets (3).
    • Peck: Added a skill fact for maximum number of targets (3). Updated the skill fact for number of attacks (4).
    • Screech: Added a skill fact for maximum number of targets (4).
  • Arcane Thievery: Fixed a bug that caused the Far-Reaching Manipulations trait to reduce the cooldown of this skill.
  • Mimic: Fixed a bug that caused the underwater channel for this skill to be shorter than the on-land channel.

Necromancer

  • Mark of Horror: Added skill facts for minion damage and bleeding applied.
  • Wicked Spiral: Updated the skill fact to indicate that this skill hits 6 times instead of 1.
  • Grim Specter:
    • Updated the skill facts to show the number of boons (9) and conditions (12) removed as well as the maximum number of targets (5).
    • Updated the skill description to better reflect the skill’s functionality.
    • Fixed a bug that prevented this skill from removing conditions from allies in the explosion radius.
  • Summon Bone Fiend: Updated the skill fact to show that the crippling attack applies 2 stacks of cripple.
  • Rigor Mortis: Updated the skill fact to show that the immobilizing attack applies 2 stacks of immobilize.
  • Focused Rituals: Fixed a bug that caused well skills to recharge when this trait was equipped and unequipped.

Ranger

  • Viper’s Nest: Added a skill fact for the maximum number of targets hit (3).
  • Lashtail Devourer:
    • Rending Barbs: Updated the skill fact to properly indicate that this skill hits 6 times instead of 7. Updated the skill fact to display that this skill inflicts 6 stacks of bleeding instead of 1.
  • Signet of the Wild: Updated the skill facts to show the Enlarged buff duration when activated.
    • Enlarged: Updated the description.
  • Entangle: Updated the skill fact to specify radius instead of range.

Thief

  • Cluster Bomb: Added a skill fact for the maximum number of targets hit (5).
  • Detonate Cluster: Added a skill fact for the maximum number of foes hit per impact (3).
  • Steal:
    • Exploding Venom Sack: Added a skill fact for effect radius.
    • Use Trident: Updated the skill facts and description to match its functionality.
    • Healing Seed: Updated the skill facts and description to match its functionality.
  • Dagger Storm: Fixed a bug that caused the projectile reflection effect to last longer than the skill animation.

Warrior

  • Whirlwind Banner: Updated the skill facts to correctly display its radius rather than its range.
  • Split Shot: Fixed a bug that prevented this skill from hitting at its listed range.
  • Riposte: Added a skill fact for range.
  • Whirling Axe: Fixed a bug with this skill’s range indicator that caused it to function incorrectly.

Racial Skills
Asura

  • Summon Power Suit: Updated the description and skill facts for the Self-Repair skill.

Sylvari

  • Grasping Vines: Added skill facts for pulses and immobilization.

Structured Player vs. Player
World vs. World
General

  • The Battle Historian now has WvW tournament rewards. These rewards will be temporarily disabled while we resolve an issue with Tournament Ticket distribution.
  • Due to fierce financial competition, one of the armor and weapons merchants in each staging area has declared bankruptcy and moved on. Their goods have been claimed by the remaining merchants.
  • The player-count requirement for breakout events has been lowered from 10 to 5.

Edge of the Mists

  • The Grawl High Shaman champion will no longer revive destroyed Bound Earth Elementals. The number of max targets affected by the shaman’s transform skill has been increased.
  • The elite Bound Earth Elementals no longer become nearly immune to damage when near each other. Their base health and damage has been increased.
  • The Kodan Chieftain champion now creates more patches of falling ice.
  • Fixed a bug in which the staging area supply piles were updating for the wrong team.
  • Fixed a bug in which opposing teams could sometimes use captured keep waypoints.

BLACK LION TRADING COMPANY GEM STORE
New Items and Promotions

  • The Additional Crafting License is now available in the Gem Store. This license allows players to have up to three active crafting professions on all characters on their account for the low price of 800 gems in the Upgrades category.
  • The Mystical Dragon Finisher is now available in the Upgrades category of the Gem Store for 800 gems.
  • For the next two weeks, every Black Lion Chest will include anadditional reward: Boost Enchantment Powder.
    • One armor, strength, speed, or rejuvenation booster can be converted to an Enchanted Combat Booster. This booster allows the player to choose from an armor, strength, speed, or rejuvenation buff.
    • One experience, gathering, crafting, or magic find booster (or two karma boosters) can be converted to an Enchanted Reward Booster. This booster allows the player to choose from an experience, gathering, crafting, magic find, or karma buff.

Improvements

  • Black Lion Chests have beenrebalanced, given a new icon, and given an entirely new UI to clarify unlocking and rewards.
    • For two weeks, every chest includes an additional guaranteed Boost Enchantment Powder.
    • New additions to the chests include:
      • Boost Enchantment Powder (x4)—Uncommon
      • Custom Arena Time Token (x5)—Rare
      • Royal Terrace Pass (2 weeks)—Uncommon (during the Festival of the Four Winds)
    • Scroll of Knowledge and Tome of Knowledge drops have been slightly increased.
    • Mystery Tonic drops have been greatly reduced.
    • Mini 3-pack (Set 2) drops have been replaced with Mini 3-pack (Set 3) drops.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from hearing other guardians’ shouts.
  • Influence boosts sold by guild promoters are now manually consumable items, preventing a rare occurrence in which influence could fail to be applied.

Trading Post

  • The listing fee can no longer be avoided by listing an item at a lower price than the highest buy order. Items priced lower than an existing highest buy order will now be sold at the lower price. The player with the highest buy order will receive the item and be refunded any difference in price.

Festival of the Four Winds! – Coming Soon

Festival of the Four Winds

With the launch of Guild Wars 2 in China, Anet have announced a new festival celebrating the returns of the much loved sky nomads, The Zephyrites. Queen Jennah will reopened the Crown Pavilion in Divinities Reach where adventures can test their skills against enemies of the realm.

The festival will begin on Tuesday 20th May, so be sure to log in and have a front row seat as the visual design team unveils their latest masterpiece. 

 

See you in game!

 

Guild Wars 2 – Quality of Life Changes Incoming.

GW2 Cheers

Three cheers for the GW2 game designers. We love you guys!

Sharing for a better world!

I’m the original Alt-holic. I love to make new characters, and pimp them to the max. So the upcoming feature changes to GW2 feels tailor-made for players like me.

Here are just two of the new features which made me clap with glee!

Account Wide Dyes No more hunting for Black Ice on every character, now if you have it on one, all characters have access to it, and any other colour you have collected. JOY!

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So many combinations, colours and styles. This is going to be fun!

Account Wide Wardrobe Think your PVP locker but accessed on your Hero tab and usable by all characters.  I feel a fashion show coming on. 

Here is the GW2 Official Youtube feature release. Enjoy!

See you in Tyria guys.

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Ellen Kiel – Lionguard Captain for Council!

Kiel Banner

Cut-Throat Politics

After heading the investigation into the assassination of a Captain’s Council member, the Lionguard Captain Ellen Kiel has joined the race to win the now vacant council seat.

When we caught up with the human in Lion’s Arch, the Captain shared her tactics to ensure victory at the polls.

“I’ve stood by the people of Lion’s Arch in good times and bad, defending her from all manner of threat. Now I want to ensure the security of our beloved city in a different capacity, as a member of the Captain’s Council. I’ll need your support to establish a fair trade treaty between Zephyr Sanctum and Lion’s Arch.

If I’m fortunate enough to earn a position on the Captain’s Council, here’s what you can expect from me:

  • I’ll reduce waypoint travel prices for four weeks’ time
  • I’ll support important Fractals of the Mists research into the Thaumanova Reactor explosion by the end of the year
  • I’ll introduce a rotating schedule of activities such as Crab Toss and Southsun Survival.

Come find me in Zephyr Sanctum; let’s work together for a brighter future!”

Some will see this price reduction as a publicly minded act of charity, others as a counter offer to the financial inducement from her rival Gnashblade.

Whatever your opinion, she is a strong candidate, and will give her Charr adversary a run for his money.

Cut throat banner

The Real Question is:

Has the Captain done enough to garner your support at the polls, or is she just another power hungry wannabe politician?

Only time will tell, but on the 2nd August if the streets of Lion’s Arch are filled with drunken brawling humans, you will know who has won.

Win Poster Kiel

Guilds in Guild Wars 2 ~ By Anaxilea Pendragon

Guilds in Guild Wars 2
By – Anaxilea Pendragon

I came across a statement that I felt summed up the idea behind guilds well. It went something like this, “a guild is a group of like-minded individuals working together to accomplish common goals”.

In many MMOs the main purpose of guilds is to help players advance through game content. This means helping players level and run them through instances and raids in order to gear. However, this isn’t the only purpose of guilds. In some circumstances some guilds are more focused on socialisation than in-game progression. Obviously, in all guilds, there exists a mixture of the two, progression and socialisation, but in different dozes.

Unfortunately, I feel that GW2 guilds miss both of these elements. I’m sure most of you have logged in to find an eerily quiet guild, even though a good few members were online at the time. Or perhaps, you’ve logged in to find only a handful of you representing the guild, while the rest were representing other guilds. Whether the feature to join multiple guilds and switch between them is responsible entirely for a lack of socialisation between members in guilds is debatable. Though, there is no denying that this unique feature is partially to blame.
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The Line of Kings – Lore Edition

The Line of Kings – King Doric 

The lineage of the Krytan throne is fragmented at best, but we do know it all began with King Doric. He was the first king of the united human kingdoms in Tyria. Crowned during the Season of the Phoenix in Ascalon, he ruled over one kingdom that spanned through Ascalon and Lion’s Arch. All modern royalty in Tyria, including Kryta, are descendants of Doric himself.

During 1 BE, when the gift of magic led to wars among the mortal races, Doric journeyed to Arah, as chronicles  in Lore book ‘Thadeus Lamount’s History of Tyria’.

‘Wars broke out immediately as the magical races fought for dominance. So much destruction was wrought that humans found themselves at the edge of extinction. When all seemed lost, it was King Doric, the leader of the united human tribes himself, who made the long trek to Arah, the city of the gods, on the Orrian peninsula. He gained an audience with the creators and begged them to help, to stop the wars and bring peace to the land once again…” Please click the image to read the full article. 

 

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