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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:01:09 +0000

Welcome to the community showcase, where we celebrate our favorite projects, activities, and other fan works created by Guild Wars 2 players. Read on to check out some of the amazing fan works on display in the Community Showcase Live livestream, and tune in monthly on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel for even more!

We’re moved by this beautiful—and ominous—fan art of Trahearne and Mordremoth from Landylachs.

Trahearne by Landylachs

Roksiel captured the powerful moment before a charge into battle.

Into Battle by Roksiel

This painterly character sketch by The Designs is a testament to asuran might.

Character Concept by The Designs

Vyntiche’s fan-made promo art for the Out of the Shadows release prepared us for the mysteries of Bloodstone Fen.

Out of the Shadows 3 by Vyntiche

Demnasica’s Luminescent Armor cosplay is a shimmering, glowing success!

Luminescent Armor 1 by Demnasica

This intricate sculpture of Eir Stegalkin by Dantert memorializes her dignity and strength.

Eir by Dantert

Primescore shows us the beauty and danger of Bloodstone Fen in their latest video.

RHKim created this lovely piece for a recent episode of the Guild Wars 2 Art Show! Check out the recording to see her work on it, and keep an eye on our streaming schedule for the time and date of the next show.

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We love seeing fans’ works of art, creativity, and community organization from around the world. Keep up the excellent work! Hungry for more Guild Wars 2 fan projects? Ready to show off your own? Head to the official Guild Wars 2 Tumblr and read up on the submission guidelines! You can submit your works via the Guild Wars 2 Tumblr, send us a tweet @GuildWars2, or share on the official Community Creations subforum.

Check out the recording below to see all the fan works in this month’s episode of Community Showcase Live!

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:01:10 +0000

My anniversary sale is on right now, but I’ve still got some brand-new items in stock! Keep checking the Black Lion Trading Company through August 28 for discounts and returning items, and get them while the getting’s good.

  • Peacock Scepter

    This luxurious weapon was traditionally carried by mesmers to enhance their chaos magic, but as long as you know what you’re doing with a scepter, it’s yours. Some people associate peacocks with wrathfulness, which makes a lot of sense if you’ve ever been chased by one.

  • Bloodstone Weapon Set

    Repeat after me: “Inspired by bloodstone.” I don’t want any more investigators in here giving me the stink eye. Do you think I’d sell weapons made of actual bloodstone? I don’t even allow the dust on the trading post! The deep red is a good look, though—very classy.

  • Mini Garm

    I heard Eir Stegalkin’s wolf dragged himself all the way back from the scene of her death, so that’s supposed to be some kind of sign. I don’t buy into superstition, but you can tote this little good-luck companion with you wherever you go. Not guaranteed to work in the jungle, obviously.

  • The Anniversary Sale Continues!

    Starting today, pick up the Ceremonial Plated Outfit, returning at 20% off; the Metallurgic Dye Kit, back at 30% off; or Scarlet’s Grasp and Scarlet’s Spaulders at 25% off, all for a very limited time!

  • Available Now in the Gem Store!

    Log into Guild Wars 2 and press 'O' to access the Black Lion Trading Company for these great offers and more!

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:02:16 +0000

It’s been four years since I first laid eyes on your shining faces, and I figure we should do a little something to celebrate. From now through August 28, keep a close eye on the Black Lion Trading Company for limited-time deals, discounts, and returning items. It’s a once-a-year blowout, so if you see that special something you’ve been waiting for, don’t let it slip through your hands!

I’m starting this party off right by bringing back the Lunatic Guard Outfit and Flame and Frost Dye Kits for two days only. Enjoy the convenience of the Merchant Express for 50% off, Caithe’s Bloom Dagger for 20% off, and the Exalted Glider at 15% off. Check back every day—you never know what I’ll dig out of the vaults or slash prices on.

Oh, and happy anniversary.

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:01:59 +0000

We’ve partnered up with some our fans to showcase their creative and exciting Guild Wars 2-inspired content on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel. Check out next week’s schedule below!

Streams for the Week of August 22

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Monday, August 22

The Darkxemnas Show (by Darkxemnas) (Spanish)
1:00 PM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Follow Darkxemnas as he engages in some PvE and PvP action.

Choxie’s Ecto Gambling Marathon (by Choxie808) (English)
2:00 PM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Do you feel lucky? Choxie is giving away gold and globs of ectoplasm. He claims it’s for science, but we know it’s for your entertainment.

Tuesday, August 23

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Peachy Party (by Aurora Peachy) (English)
9:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Hang out with Aurora Peachy and chat about the recent update, as well as general game dicussion and giveaways.

Wednesday, August 24

GuildNews Podcast (by Sputti) (German)
10:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
The week in review with the GuildNews crew.

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Thursday, August 25

The Guild Wars 2 Art Show (by Correllis) (English)
8:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Correllis specializes in wondrous and impressionist interpretations of Tyrian landscapes. Come and watch him reshape the world we know into a new magical scenery. This week’s artwork will feature Tyria’s latest addition: Bloostone Fen.
You can also find all the artworks created during our Guild Wars 2 Art Show on the Guild Wars 2 Art Show Flickr Album.

The GuildMag Podcast (by GuildMag) (English)
1:00 PM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
The GuildMag team brings you up to speed on everything that happened this week in the Guild Wars 2 universe.

If you need help converting times into your own time zone, you can use this tool.

Thank you for watching!

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 00:02:07 +0000

I see you eyeing that fancy new weapon, asking yourself, “How long until it goes out of fashion?” The good news is that trends are a cycle, and sooner or later—maybe in five years, maybe in two hundred and fifty years—it’ll be nostalgic. It’ll be timeless. It’ll be the kind of thing people wish they still had hanging around in the back of their wardrobes. So take the plunge.

  • Storm Bow

    Frighten your foes with thunderbolts and lightning*! The privateer I bought the schematic from claimed the original weapon came directly from the realms of the human gods, but if I had a piece of silver for every time I’d heard that line, I’d buy Southsun Cove. It’s plenty sparkly, though.

  • Emissary's Staff

    Legends tell of the envoys—people who mucked up so badly in life that they’re forced to spend eternity shepherding souls to the Mists. Has anyone tipped these slackers off to Ascalon? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Anyway, get a jump start on your Halloween costume with this genuine, imitation-replica Emissary’s Staff.

  • Available Now in the Gem Store!

    Log into Guild Wars 2 and press 'O' to access the Black Lion Trading Company for these great offers and more!

*The Black Lion Trading Company is not liable for injury or death incurred by the use of the Storm Bow. Ensure that you are holding the Storm Bow properly, and do not attempt to destabilize the elemental subjection agent. Avoid bringing your Storm Bow into contact with water, lamp oil, ectoplasm, or necromantic magic.

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 00:01:16 +0000

The Guild Wars 2 World Championship Qualifiers kept us all at the edge of our seats—and often rooting for the underdog—as teams gave it their all to qualify for the World Championship on September 17. With less than two weeks to prepare after the latest balance patch, there was no telling who would claim the six World Championship spots.

The European region had an abundance of nail-biters, with Rank Fifty Five Dragons, Vermillion, the Civilized Gentlemen (TCG), and Orange Logo all making it to the top four. The second-round match between Rank Fifty Five and Vermillion was quite a blowout as Vermillion were unprepared for the deadly duo of Texbi and Zan. This engineer/necromancer combo ran uncontested throughout most of the map, keeping the enemy on their toes.

The Civilized Gentlemen won their winner’s bracket semifinal match against Orange Logo, although it was not entirely convincing. With this win, they were guaranteed a slot alongside Rank Fifty Five in the World Championship. These two teams met in the winner’s bracket finals, where winning would guarantee at least the number-two seed for the European region. Reigning world champions TCG were expected to prevail, but they lost 2–1 in the series after Rank Fifty Five were able to figure out their rotations and counterplay. TCG managed to shut down Zan’s ability to support his teammates early on with consistent moas, but Rank Fifty Five adapted quickly throughout the series and claimed the victory.

In the match between Orange Logo and Vermillion, the winner would take the third World Championship spot and the loser would go home with nothing. Orange Logo looked like they had an edge on Vermillion early in the series, but they lost out on several key moments, which gave Vermillion the momentum to grab a 1–0 series lead. Vermillion continued their dominance in Legacy of the Foefire by outnumbering and forcing staggered respawns, which ultimately sent Orange Logo packing.

Although all three teams qualified, they would still fight for seeding. Vermillion had to match up against the Civilized Gentlemen, who grabbed a quick—albeit close—1–0 lead in the series. Vermillion bounced back in game two and grabbed a large lead early on. That lead slipped through their hands later, allowing TCG to force them into panic mode, but after a failed lord rush, Vermillion tied up the series 1–1. Game three was a series of unfortunate events: TCG lost Drazeh halfway through the game, which allowed Vermillion to move on to the grand finals and a rematch with Rank Fifty Five.

This rematch would be nearly identical to their first match, and Rank Fifty Five once again crushed them across the board. Vermillion had a few sparks of hope with Argi and Snowball bringing their own engineer/necromancer duo, but Rank Fifty Five prevailed and took home the number-one overall seed for the European region. This will give them a very deserving first-round bye at the World Championship.

North America was a roller coaster, as expected. The day started out with Never Lucky taking Team PZ for quite a ride with their newly reformed roster. Olrun of Never Lucky brought out the first daredevil thief we’ve seen in competitive play for quite some time, proving to be a nuisance for Team PZ early on. This allowed them to grab the first game of the series, but they fell short in the next two and lost the series 2–1, moving Team PZ into the winner’s bracket finals.

Astral Authority cruised by their opponent Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy 2–0. With Tarcis added to the Ez Pz squad and Wakkey moving to guardian, things seemed a bit off-balance at first, giving Ez Pz a way into the first game early on. However, any doubts were swiftly swept under the rug as Astral powered through the rest of the first game and stayed consistent throughout game two. Immediately following the winner’s bracket finals against Team PZ, Astral took a quick 2–0 victory and moved into the grand final, pushing Team PZ down to the loser’s bracket.

Ez Pz and Never Lucky met to battle for the third spot in the World Championship. Ez Pz took a convincing game one, but Never Lucky bounced back in game two with a 13-point victory. Shortly afterward, Never Lucky sealed a strong game three, securing a spot in the World Championship. Facing off against Team PZ in the next round for better seeding, Never Lucky pulled an incredible 2–0 upset with an absolutely devastating comeback on Temple of the Silent Storm. They went on to battle Astral in the grand final.

Astral had a few hiccups in the grand final but managed to take the series and the number-one seed for the North American region. Never Lucky took the second seed. Never Lucky created an almost entirely new roster between the end of Season 2 and this qualifier, and they not only qualified, but they also took down Team PZ. This proves them to be worthy contenders in the North American scene.

Find the full list of results and a bracket preview for the World Championship here.

Be sure to join us live from the ESL Studios in Burbank, CA, on September 17 to witness the top six teams in the world battle it out for $200,000 USD. Purchase your tickets here at Eventbrite, and stay tuned to the official Guild Wars 2 website for more information in the coming weeks!

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:10:44 +0000

Join host Gaile Gray and her developer guest for the next episode of Community Showcase Live on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel! They’ll showcase artwork, fan projects, videos, and crafts, all created by the amazingly talented Guild Wars 2 community.

Community Showcase Live will air on Wednesday, August 17 at noon Pacific Time (UTC-7).

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 00:01:51 +0000

We’ve partnered up with some our fans to showcase their creative and exciting Guild Wars 2-inspired content on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel. Check out next week’s schedule below!

Streams for the Week of August 15

Tuesday, August 16

Mikei Talk (by Mikei the Mighty) (English)
2:00 PM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Wondering what Episode 2 will bring? So is Mikei—join the speculation in his weekly podcast.

Wednesday, August 17

GuildNews Podcast (by Sputti) (German)
10:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
The week in review with the GuildNews crew.

Into Battle by Roksiel

Community Showcase Live (ArenaNet) (English)
12:00 PM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Host Gaile Gray and a special developer guest show off the Guild Wars 2 community’s incredible talent!

Thursday, August 18

The GuildMag Podcast (by GuildMag) (English)
1:00 PM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
The GuildMag team brings you up to speed on everything that happened this week in the Guild Wars 2 universe.

Friday, August 19

The 18-Hour Stream (by Ron Claude) (German)
11:00 PM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Prepare for an 18-hour marathon stream of Guild Wars 2 PvE! Play alongside Ron Claude to clear maps, participate in giveaways, and much more.

If you need help converting times into your own time zone, you can use this tool.

Thank you for watching!

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 00:01:53 +0000

On the latest episode of Guild Chat, host Rubi Bayer was joined by Game Designer Andrew Gray, Narrative Designer Ross Beeley, Gameplay Programmer Ben Newell, and VFX Artist Franco Galletta to talk about the design and implementation of the story in the Living World release Out of the Shadows.

The story begins as players are called to Hoelbrak to attend a memorial for their friend Eir Stegalkin, who lost her life in the battle against Mordremoth. The instance not only needed to be a respectful send-off for a beloved character, but also set the tone for the return of Living World. The writers wanted to strike a good balance between mourning for the fallen, concern over the fate of Logan and Zojja, and the tone of a norn memorial, which focuses on celebrating the life and legend of the dead.

In Rata Novus, Taimi lets the Pact Commander into her secret lab. This instance needed to pick up on story threads from Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns™, remind players of the state of the world, and progress the story. Ross said that Canach and Taimi are two of his favorite characters to write, and Taimi is feeling out her new role as the team’s “queen of research.”

The next parts of the story guide players on a tour through the new zone, Bloodstone Fen. Taimi places a communication device in the Pact Commander’s backpack and introduces players to a new Mastery, which unlocks a skill called Counter Magic. Franco wanted the visual effects for the skill to portray an intense flood of bloodstone-touched energy, which reflects the out-of-control state of magic in the map.

Ben said that Andrew approached him to hook up ley lines so players with the Ley Line Gliding Mastery could use them for travel. When he saw how tedious the process would be, he created a brand-new tool to streamline ley-line creation. That tool even helped the raid team add more ley lines to Stronghold of the Faithful.

Bloodstone Fen is full of visual effects and information to help players piece together a snapshot of what happened before and during the explosion. Ominous shadow shapes in the Cavern of Unseen Lights were based on the real-life phenomenon of atomic shadows. Wild magical storms pop up in midair to cause hazards for gliders and can even turn them into moas (that are, unfortunately, flightless birds). Pockets of unbound magic hover in the sky. Andrew said players can follow the unbound-magic nodes to survive the map’s diving platform, which originally created an endless loop between the platform and the portal at the bottom. Mercifully, Andrew decided not to trap divers in eternal torment.

If you missed the episode, you can check out a recording below!

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 00:03:16 +0000

August 28 is the anniversary of Guild Wars 2, and we’d love to celebrate four years of playing, adventuring, and exploring alongside the fans. Whether you’re saving the world from the perils it faces or helping build the community, there is no Tyria without you!

Throughout the month, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite moments on social media—from launch to the present—and we want to see and share yours, too. Do you have screenshots, videos, and memories of your time in Tyria? Tag them with #GW2BDay on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram!

On September 2, we’ll host a PAX West Community Event where fans can hang out with the developers for a night of food and fun here in Seattle. We’ve held similar events in previous years, and we’re always happy to have a chance to meet and make friends with members of the Guild Wars 2 community. To learn more about the event and how you can get a pass, please see this forum thread.

Whether you’re able to join us for the community event or not, don’t miss the celebratory livestream on August 26, where we’ll look back at four years of Guild Wars 2 and the contributions from the best online community.

Thank you for making Tyria your home, and we look forward to many more years of fun and adventures with you!