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Jungle Explorer Outfit, Pact Fleet Weapons, and Regional Tournament…

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The Silverwastes may be a tangle, but with our new Jungle Explorer Outfit and Pact Fleet Weapons, the Black Lion Trading Company has everything you need to clear a path in style! And let’s not forget about the tournament still raging in the Mists. Show support for your favorite team with one of our regional World Tournament Series finishers!

  • Jungle Explorer Outfit

    We specially designed this Jungle Explorer Outfit to aid you in your adventures in the Silverwastes as you cut through the encroaching vines. Become a trailblazer with this new combat-ready outfit!

  • Pact Fleet Weapon Set

    Incorporating valuable input from all three of the great orders, we’ve designed a new weapon set that’s sure to tilt the odds in your favor in the battle against the Mordrem! These powerful weapons are available now for purchase with Black Lion Claim Tickets from our Black Lion Weapons Specialists!

  • Regional Tournament Finishers!

    Support your favorite team with these new regional World Tournament Series finishers. Each finisher is themed to represent one of the three major regions: Europe, China, and North America! Show your support by planting this finisher on top of your fallen foes! Players who purchase the winning region’s finisher before the finals will receive three Celebration Boosters the week after the tournament’s conclusion.

  • 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!

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Release Notes for Tangled Paths

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Log in today to continue the adventure of season 2 in Tangled Paths! You can visit the episode 6 release page for more details or read the complete release notes on our forums.

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The ESL Go4GuildWars2 Cups Are Heating Up

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If I had to sum up November’s ESL Go4GuildWars2 Cups in a few words, I’d describe it as entirely unexpected. The November Cup isn’t even half over, and yet we’ve seen titans fall, old rivalries rekindle, and newly formed teams accomplish great feats.

Kings Dethroned and Rekindled Rivalries

European powerhouse the Civilized Gentlemen have impressed us time and time again over the past two years-taking home big wins in events such as the Major League Invitational, the Tournament of Glory, and the World Tournament Series Invitational Qualifier, which earned them a spot at the World Tournament Series Finals in Beijing, China, in December. Favoring a power-focused burst team composition, TCG relies on keen coordination and communication to pull out wins. Unfortunately, as seen over the past two weeks, any lapse in the two aforementioned areas can cost them dearly.

In the first Go4GuildWars2 Cup, the Civilized Gentlemen didn’t even have the chance to make a livestream appearance, being eliminated from the cup extremely early on by relative newcomers Team Champignon in the quarter finals. Team Champignon went on that day to take second place in the inaugural event, losing to German team Made in Meta in the finals.

In week two, the Civilized Gentlemen came back with a vengeance, looking to grab the first place spot and regain their former glory. After three grueling matches in the finals against archrival team Cheese Mode, the Civilized Gentlemen were unable to secure the tie-breaking win on Battle of Kyhlo. TCG team captain Helseth is examining the losses and looking for ways his team can improve going into next week: “This ESL cup was the first loss I took when playing for the current TCG roster in almost a full year’s worth of time now, and it made us finally realize that we need to start actively looking into countering our opponents rather than just trying to win by playing our own game. In the future, we’ll be looking into what playstyle our opponent prefers and how to take them out of their game.”

As for Cheese Mode, team captain Frae feels fairly confident about their performance in the second cup and expects they’ll only get better as they finalize their roster: “You can expect changes for next week, as we were playing with two PUGs and are still missing a last member. For next week, we aim to complete the new five man CM roster and compete as a full team.”

It’s Not a Misspelling

Over in North America, things continue to heat up as two sister teams, the Absurd and World Tournament Series finalists the Abjured continue to duke it out in the cup finals, with the Absurd taking first place in both weekends back-to-back. I know what you’re thinking: Are the names a coincidence? Nope! Due to scheduling conflicts with the World Tournament Series Finals, a few members of the Abjured left the team and formed the Absurd, with priority one being to take their former comrades out at every opportunity. Both teams are packed to the brim with skilled players, and week after week, we’re seeing the strategies employed by each team evolve in an effort to better handle their counterparts.

Caed, team captain of the Absurd and former member of the Abjured, feels that there is a lot of room for the Absurd to improve going into next week: “Despite our unstable roster, we are all experienced players who have their own solid understanding of game mechanics, rotations, and teamwork. Our biggest issues have been team communication and synergy, which has forced us to improvise to try to win even and outnumbered fights… We’ll be looking to increase our map presence by getting everyone to think alike. You’ll likely see us working as a more cohesive team in weeks to come.”

Looking to Sunday

You can catch the next chapter of the November Go4GuildWars2 Cup this upcoming Sunday (and every Sunday after that) on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel. The European Cup kicks off on Sunday, November 16, at 7:00 a.m. PST (16:00 CET), and the North American Cup starts at 1:00 p.m. PST (22:00 CET). Don’t forget, these tournaments are open to anyone, and if the past two weeks have taught us anything, it’s that the outcomes are never as predictable as you might think. You can find more information on signing up at the ESL Go4GuildWars2 Landing Page.

We’ll see you in the Mists!

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Meet WTS Finalists ?The Abjured? and ?The Civilized Gentlemen? on t…

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On this week’s Ready Up, Host Joshua “Grouch” Davis will be joined by members of World Tournament Series Finals teams “The Abjured” and “The Civilized Gentlemen” for a Q&A session where you, the viewers, ask the questions! Do you want some high-level insight on strategy, tactics, or builds? Maybe you’re just interested in what Ostrich Eggs ate for breakfast? Tune in to ask your North American and European representatives those burning questions of yours!

Ready Up will air live on the Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel this Friday, November 14, at 12:00pm PDT (19:00 UTC). We’ll see you then!

Points of Interest

Miss last week’s Points of Interest? You can watch it now on YouTube to see Rubi, Byron, and Bobby talk about the development of the latest Living World episode. They also share some of their favorite fan projects, and Hugh Norfolk joins Rubi to introduce a brand-new segment for Points of Interest!

We’ll see you on Twitch!

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