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Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:01:55 +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 September 26

Wednesday, September 28

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The Guild Wars 2 Art Show – Part I (by Correllis)(English)
8:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Rerun: Watch Correllis as he recreates Bloodstone Fen in impressionistic strokes.
You can also find all the previously created artworks on the Guild Wars 2 Art Show Flickr Album.

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

Thursday, September 29

The Guild Wars 2 Art Show – Part II (by Correllis)(English)
8:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Rerun: Watch Correllis as he recreates Bloodstone Fen in impressionistic strokes.

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, September 30

Achievementhunter on Tour (by GW2Community.de)(German)
4:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Join Stivie, one of Guild Wars 2‘s world class achievement hunters, as he enters the new PvP map.

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

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:52:23 +0000

If you’re headed off to parts unknown today, don’t leave the safety of Lion’s Arch without taking a look at some of my newest items. They’re as mysterious as the Eye of Janthir and at least one hundred times more useful. Guaranteed!

  • Mursaat Robes

    This replica mursaat garb is just as impressive as the real thing. It doesn’t include a fanatical following or the ability to glide through the air, but you can always pair it with our…

  • Mursaat Backpack and Glider Combo

    Descend from on high with these otherworldly appendages. They’ll look chilling, whether they’re sprouting from your shoulders or carrying you safely to the ground.

  • New Hair Colors

    It’s the season of change, so what better time for a new look? Bold autumn shades are in!

  • 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!

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:02:37 +0000

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Our latest release, Rising Flames, is now available to play! You can visit the release page for more details and read the complete release notes on our forums.

As you play this release, consider adding information you find to the official wiki for the benefit of the Guild Wars 2 community! You can find information about how to edit an article or generally contribute to the wiki on this page.

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:01:49 +0000

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Hey, everyone! Matt Pennebaker here, with Mike O’Brien joining me, to talk about the new legendary weapon that came out today, why we suspended them in the first place, and the decision to move forward with them in this direction.

It was a tough decision to suspend work on legendary weapons. We did it because we wanted to put all our energy into creating new content for the game. The old legendary journeys took months to design, write, implement, and test, and they were one of a set of things that was keeping us busy on something other than creating content for everyone.

But even after suspending work on them, the discussion about legendary weapons never stopped on our side. Some players viewed “suspended indefinitely” as code words for “canceled,” but for us, it was more of a time-out while we worked to find a different solution. We wanted to find a way to deliver legendaries without hurting content development to do it. And that led us to this new method of obtaining legendary weapons going forward.

Let’s be straight that the new system lacks a lot of the story and lore of the old legendary journeys. But legendary journeys didn’t need to be that complicated. They were a solution to a simple problem: it was impossible to work toward a precursor. You either had one or you didn’t, and only a lucky roll (or a ton of gold) could get you there. The system of legendary journeys we created to overcome this was very deep and immersive, but they were also very time consuming to make. So we set out to make an alternative method of obtaining a precursor with the following objectives:

  • Legendary weapons should never be hampered by design implementation time. Of course our art team puts a lot of effort and creativity into each new weapon, but having created the art, we should be able to put it into the game in a matter of days.
  • The new system should be balanced with existing legendary weapons. Obtaining a legendary weapon is a show of effort and commitment to Guild Wars 2, and we don’t want to undercut the value of older weapons that people have or are working toward.
  • It should give a way to make progress toward your precursor every time you play. It’s important to know how far you are from your goal and to see that you’re closing in on it when you put effort toward the goal.

With these objectives, we created a new, streamlined system that allowed us to deliver the new legendary Eureka with the second episode of Living World Season 3, Rising Flames, and will allow us to continue delivering new weapons until we complete the set.

For those of you who haven’t seen the new system, here’s a brief rundown of how it works:

  • When a new legendary weapon becomes available, speak to Grandmaster Craftsman Hobbs in Lion’s Arch to purchase the first-tier precursor recipe.
  • With the recipe unlocked, play in any Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns™ map to purchase the new, weapon-specific material with that map’s currency (including Unbound Magic).
  • Refine the new material and use it to craft the first-tier precursor.
  • Return to Hobbs and repeat this process for the second- and third-tier precursors.
  • Use the final precursor in the Mystic Forge, with a recipe very similar to the other Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns legendary weapons, to craft your new legendary weapon.

Thank you for your patience with us while we worked on this issue and for your continued support of Guild Wars 2. On a personal note, it’s been very exciting to be working on legendary weapons again, and when you see what our artists have in store, I think you’ll be excited too.

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:02:21 +0000

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Please join us in congratulating Denial eSports, winners of the 2016 Guild Wars 2 Pro League World Championship!

We’d like to thank all our competitors and sponsors for helping to make this event a success!

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:02:47 +0000

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Six teams are about to enter into the most prestigious tournament of 2016—but only one can claim the definitive title of World Champion. Tune in to Twitch tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7) to witness the top Player vs. Player teams fighting for the lion’s share of a $200,000 USD prize pool. Read on for more information on the broadcast, the reveal of the Eternal Coliseum PvP map, and how you can win sweet prizes from our partners.

The Broadcast

The World Championship broadcast will be live on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel at 10:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7). You’ll also be able to catch the broadcast in French and German.

  • Host: James “Kaelaris” Carrol
  • Commentators: Daniel “Jebro” Littleton and Joe “Storm” Nowasell
  • Analysts: Hans “Supcutie” Onsum, Alex “Sindrener” Wallo, and Christian “Heurix” Thomasser

The Reveal

Tune in just before the Grand Finals for an in-depth first look at the Eternal Coliseum—the newest addition to the PvP map pool, coming to the Mists on September 20. The reveal will be followed by a friendly exhibition match featuring players from a variety of top-tier PvP teams.

The Giveaways

Keep your eyes on Twitch chat during the tournament, as we’ll be raffling off Sennheiser Game Zero headsets, Corsair Scimitar mice, and NVIDIA® 9 Series graphic cards.

Those of you who are attending the event in person will receive a World Championship commemorative T-shirt and will have an opportunity to win a variety of Guild Wars 2 swag, Sennheiser headsets, NVIDIA® graphics cards, or Strafe MX Red keyboards from Corsair.

The Story So Far

Looking to learn more about the teams in tomorrow’s competition? We’ve got you covered. Check out competitive.guildwars2.com to see the full list of articles.

We’ll see you tomorrow!

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:01:47 +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 September 19

Tuesday, September 20

Bog Otter (by Bog Otter) (English)
10:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Join Bog Otter for a first glimpse at the latest Guild Wars 2 Living World episode as he analyzes patch notes and jumps into Rising Flames with you.

Wednesday, September 21

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, September 22

The Guild Wars 2 Art Show (by RHKim) (English)
Noon Pacific Time (UTC-7)
RHKim is back and invites you to watch art come to life on her digital canvas! Find out what she’s creating in the latest episode of the Guild Wars 2 Art Show. You can also find all the previously created artworks on the Guild Wars 2 Flickr Album.

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

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:01:52 +0000

Fans of the original Guild Wars® may be familiar with the Ring of Fire island chain, but Ember Bay is new to the world of Tyria. Join members of the ArenaNet development team for a closer look at the creation of this forbidding wasteland—and get ready to explore it yourself when the second episode of Living World Season 3, Rising Flames, arrives on September 20!

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:02:40 +0000

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The World Championship broadcast team has taken a hard look at the contenders, and they’re prepared to make some bold predictions about each team’s expected performance on September 17.

Storm Jebro Heurix Sindrener Supcutie Waffle Sputti Fari
1st R55 DNL DNL DNL DNL R55 R55 R55
2nd DNL VERM R55 R55 AA DNL DNL AA
3rd VERM R55 AA AA R55 AA AA VERM
4th AA AA VERM VERM PZ VERM VERM DNL
5th PZ NL PZ PZ VERM PZ PZ PZ
6th NL PZ NL NL NL NL NL NL
  • R55—Rank Fifty Five Dragons (EU)
  • DNL—Denial eSports (EU)
  • VERM—Vermillion (EU)
  • AA—Astral Authority (NA)
  • NL—Never Lucky (NA)
  • PZ—Team PZ (NA)

Final Thoughts

The general consensus seems to be that Denial eSports and Rank Fifty Five Dragons are the top contenders in the tournament. If they meet, it would be in the semifinals, so there could be some exciting matches fairly early in the tournament. However, only one team will move on to the finals. This has created some debate as to whether Team PZ, Vermillion, or Astral Authority will move on and potentially take on Europe’s top talent in the grand finals.

While no one has brushed Team PZ aside, several of the analysts had a hard time deciding whether to place Astral Authority or Vermillion at the number three spot. It’s a tough call considering how well Astral performed during the qualifier, and given the events that led to Vermillion grabbing the second seed for Europe and then getting blown away by Rank Fifty Five Dragons, it’s a bit of a toss-up at this point. Although we know how dominant Rank Fifty Five Dragons can be, Vermillion is clearly a contender for the title in this tournament but will have to take down two of the top teams from North America to have a shot at the crown.

We can’t ever rule out an upset taking place, given what we’ve seen in past tournaments. I believe that Denial eSports&emdash;formerly the Civilized Gentlemen—set the standard for what is expected of teams during the Pro League Season 2 Finals with Drazeh’s surprise warrior build. It showed us how much preparation goes into becoming a top-tier contender and how valuable having a trick up your sleeve can really be.


Join us on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel on Saturday, September 17, at 10:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7) for the World Championship broadcast.

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:01:58 +0000

The World Championship Qualifier determined which teams will compete in the Guild Wars 2 World Championship on September 17. Read on to see commentator Joe “Storm” Nowasell’s highlights from the event!


#5—

Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy and Never Lucky had two thrilling games, but game three panned out for Never Lucky. Tarcis of Ez Pz made quite an incredible play—one of the best all weekend—as he found himself in a 1v1 situation with less than 100 health, trying to battle his way back into the fight.


#4—

The Civilized Gentlemen (TCG, now known as Denial eSports) and Rank Fifty Five Dragons were down to the wire in game one, with TCG holding a lead and making a push for the lord. With Zan’s massive resurrection power, Rank Fifty Five was consistently able to get their lord out of the downed state. This created a sticky situation for TCG, who needed to come out on top in the fight at the lord—or lose the game after devoting all of their resources to the cause.


#3—

Team PZ, the massive favorite for the series, was already down 1–0, with their hopes for better seeding on the line in game two. Although Never Lucky was down a significant amount, they put many resources toward grabbing the tranquility effect. If captured, this would give them a needed boost of momentum to take the lead as Team PZ began a dangerous cycle of funneling players down to the effect.


#2—

Another base race seemed to be the case for the Civilized Gentlemen (TCG). They were forced to defend against Orange Logo, who were down a significant amount but could win if they grabbed the kill. They had the advantage in time; TCG were slow to react and make their own push for the lord, but they sneaked Denshee back to defend. His immense healing power on elementalist gave his team a 1–0 lead by buying them some time on the other end.


#1—

With one point left to go to give Rank Fifty Five Dragons the 2–0 sweep, Vermillion grabbed a decap at the last second to give them some hope of pulling a classic “Vermillion Comeback” on Temple of the Silent Storm. We’ve seen it before, and they were hoping to prove they could do it again as they fought for the tranquility effect and managed to find a three-cap without needing it. Rank Fifty Five had over two hundred points of breathing room, but with staggered respawns and three nodes to the opposition, things were looking rough for them in the final minutes.


Don’t miss the World Championship on September 17, beginning at 10:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7). You can watch the event—and catch a preview of the upcoming Eternal Coliseum PvP map—live on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel.