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Introducing the World Tournament Series finalists

[ Nov 21, 2014, 6:18 pm ]
On December 5, the top four PvP teams in GuildWars2 will go head-to-head at the World Tournament Series Championship event in Beijing, China, all vying for the lion’s share of the $50,000 prize .. Show More

On December 5, the top four PvP teams in GuildWars2 will go head-to-head at the World Tournament Series Championship event in Beijing, China, all vying for the lion’s share of the $50,000 prize pool. This event represents the first of three championship events occurring in 2014 and 2015, and it’s the culmination of months of competition that began with an open-enrollment tournament with thousands of players participating. The field was whittled down to four finalists after the WTS Invitational Qualifiers in October: two teams from the host region, China, and one team each from North America and Europe. The event in Beijing marks the second time that an international GuildWars2 tournament has taken place, but it’s the first occasion with a cash prize on the line. North America vs. Europe vs. China-who do you stand behind?


The English-language broadcast of the event will begin at 1:00 a.m. PST (10 a.m. CET) on Friday, December 5, on the official GuildWars2 Twitch channel. ArenaNet’s own Joshua “Grouch” Davis will be joined at the desk in Beijing by shoutcaster John “Blu” Mullen. More information on the event will be released over the next few weeks, so stay tuned!


WTS-Cup


Without further ado, we are proud to announce the following team members of the World Tournament Series finalist teams:


The Abjured (North American Team)


True to the meaning of the word, the Abjured was originally founded by players who counted themselves as forsaken or lost, all having been left behind from their previous teams in various circumstances. With a roster that boasts three former members of Team Good Fights, the Abjured already have a strong foundation on which they can stand. Their damage-focused team composition should prove to be quite the challenge for the Civilized Gentlemen.


Phantaram – Elementalist – Having previously played for European powerhouses such as Team Paradigm and The Civilized Gentlemen, Phantaram is the Abjured’s inside man with the knowledge and experience needed to dethrone the competition. Widely considered to be one of the best dueling elementalists in GuildWars2, expect Phantaram to hold his own in one-on-one situations, be a key player in skirmishes, and help dominate team fights by both supporting his allies and dishing out tons of damage.


Wakkey – Elementalist – A solid multi-classer, Wakkey is always willing to adjust his play style to meet the needs of his team. His versatility will allow him to roam the field with impunity, always becoming a strong presence in the heat of battle. A self-described “swag master,” Wakkey’s confidence and jovial personality will help his team stay upbeat through the trials of the World Tournament Series Finals.


Magic Toker – Thief – A former member of Good Fights, Magic Toker’s skirmishing ability is second to none, allowing him to pull off impressive feats such as winning two-on-ones, even in high-level tournaments such as the ESL Go4GuildWars2 Cups. His strong map awareness and keen sense of player rotations will help him keep track of players all across the map, knowing exactly where he needs to be to help his team out with maximum efficiency.


Ostrich Eggs – Engineer – A living definition of “loose cannon” if there ever was one. Ostrich’s volatility is matched only by his genius; he can pull off unfathomable plays possible only through the uncalculated, rogue, and spontaneous yet instinctual gameplay that has become his trademark. If the Abjured can manage to point this rocket in the right direction, they just might take home the win.


Five Gauge – Engineer – One of the main advantages that the Abjured gain by having Five Gauge on their roster is his acutely analytical mindset – a critical component in their ability to breakdown matches, identify weaknesses, and then rectify those issues quickly. Otherwise, in his own words, he goes “ham.”


The Civilized Gentlemen (European Team)


One of the longest standing teams in GuildWars2, the Civilized Gentlemen have flown many different banners during their time together. Whether they’re Team Curse, Team Mist, or the Civilized Gentlemen, one thing always remains the same – their dominance. The Civilized Gentlemen played flawlessly at the GuildWars2 International All-Stars tournament, giving Europe a 2-0 record against North American teams in international competitions – can they make it 3-0?


Helseth – Mesmer – As the captain of Team Mist, Helseth is charged with determining the overall strategy for his team as well as calling the shots in the heat of battle. Helseth has spent the past two years perfecting his mesmer play and you could certainly say that he is reaping the rewards of his efforts. His superior positioning and precise mechanical skill make him a deadly adversary, spiking down enemies in a split second with the help of his teammate Sizer. Looking for big plays? Keep your eye on this one.


Tage – Guardian – At one time believed by many to be unbeatable, the Civilized Gentlemen’s bunker guardian Tage has long served as the backbone of the team, often helping his team conquer insurmountable odds to secure a victory. The North American team consists of some of the strongest damage dealers in the competitive side of GuildWars2 – but what will happen when they match up against this immovable object? Don’t expect anything out of the ordinary from Tage – he’s already extraordinary.


Sizer – Thief – The quintessential thief, Sizer’s strong map awareness and sense of player rotation will allow him to create opportunities to capture the enemy team’s unprotected capture points, forcing them to split up to compensate. Additionally, Sizer’s high mobility will allow him to quickly rotate into team fights, always giving his team the upper hand.


R O M – Warrior – ROM is no stranger to extreme competition, having played for multiple top teams such as Cheese Mode, Made in Meta, Chieftan Ninjas, and most recently Team Mist. As a devout theory-crafter, ROM prides himself in having creating multiple builds and playstyles that are now used by players across GuildWars2.


Denshee – Elementalist – Denshee has tested his mettle in both North America and Europe, having played at the highest competitive levels in both regions. Perhaps Denshee’s greatest contribution to the Civilized Gentlemen is his ability to play multiple professions, allowing him to shore up weak points of his team’s composition. This flexibility will help his team adapt to the differences in playstyle between each region.


Team Prime (Chinese Team)


The word Prime can be literally translated as “the young and the best’, and that’s the perfect definition to Team Prime, whose teammates are all young, energetic, and extremely talented in GuildWars2 PvP.


Fuctin – Engineer – Fuctin is a professional engineer with wild playstyle, having been winning various top places in all kinds nation-wide tournaments since the launch of GuildWars2 in China.


Maw – Ranger and Necromancer – Maw’s calmness and stable playstyle make him one of the toughest foes on the battlefield.


Red- Thief – This skillful thief master has an aggressive playstyle and has achieved many awards from weekly and WTS online tournaments.


Elf – Engineer – Elf is extremely good at playing engineer and is known as one of the star players of GuildWars2 in China. Elf played professionally in previous weekly tournaments in China.


Dong Cheng – Warrior – Dong Cheng’s focus on warrior makes him the strongest front line on the team, and he is also one of the star players of GuildWars2 with many warrior fans in China.


Team SALA (Chinese Team)


Nocturne – Previously known for his mastery of the guardian, Nocturne has recently branched out into damage dealer professions. He has won a lot of GuildWars2 nation-wide tournaments in China.


November – Guardian – November is a skilled guardian player, and like his teammates, has won many tournaments in GuildWars2 China.


Honeyzz – Warrior – He may be new to the arena of GuildWars2 international competitive play, but Honeyzz’s skill at playing warrior will soon make his foes notice what a formidable foe he is in both one-on-one and group fighting.


Crazythree – Elementalist – Another new GuildWars2 PvP player, Crazythree focuses on playing a deadly Elementalist. He was also a former teammate of Team Prime, having fought with them to secure their place in the World Tournament Series Finals.


Jiazi – Necromancer – Jiazi is famous for his various playstyles and flexible tactics, has a lot of fans and has performed notably at qualifiers of GuildWars2 in China, despite his relative newness to the game.

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Go with the Flow

[ Nov 21, 2014, 6:18 pm ]
Match flow in PvP is affected by everything from team formation and arena queuing to the way players actually enter matches. I’m happy to announce that the process players use to enter PvP arena.. Show More

Match flow in PvP is affected by everything from team formation and arena queuing to the way players actually enter matches. I’m happy to announce that the process players use to enter PvP arenas has been completely revamped to improve match flow!


Rosters


The concept of PvP rosters has been completely removed. Players queueing by themselves will no longer need to create and submit a roster to play, and the days of teams forming parties just to invite them to a PvP roster are over. Instead, players can simply queue with their party or queue alone. This change means that anyone can queue their party for ranked or unranked arenas, which will prompt the other party members to confirm. Since parties stick together through the match flow process, they can easily queue over and over with no need to recreate rosters for every match! To accommodate these changes, the PvP UI has had a major overhaul.


Rosters


Match Prompts


We’ve heard loud and clear from the community that AFK players are mucking up matches. We’ve taken the most popular suggestions from the community and added them to the match flow, including prematch ready checks and match-start alerts.


When a match has been found, a distinct sound will alert players who have the game minimized or are looking away from their screens. The game will also flash on the task bar if sound is muted. For the players who have walked away from their computers, or for players who simply forgot they were in queue and no longer want to play, the ready check finds and replaces them before the match even starts.


Match Prompts


These changes to match flow will help prevent players from going AFK and provide a better overall experience by requiring players to actively accept a match. Players will no longer be automatically pulled into PvP matches when the queue pops. To ensure players are ready to accept, they will now be asked to be in the Heart of the Mists and ready to play when they queue. This also means that when a player sends or accepts an invite to queue up for PvP, they will also be prompted to go to the Heart of the Mists.


Since players will now queue directly from the Heart of the Mists, some core services (e.g., bank, trading post, laurel vendor) have been added there to provide more tools to manage your character between matches as well as help make the Heart of the Mists a more enjoyable social hub for PvP players.


Dishonor


The Dishonor system exists to make players think twice about leaving games or going AFK in a match.


Each instance of undesired behavior will immediately result in a timeout and increase the player’s dishonor stat. During a timeout, both unranked and ranked arena matches are unavailable. Dishonor is now a long-term effect that wears off slowly. The purpose of dishonor is to increase timeout durations. The more players misbehave and the higher dishonor they accumulate, the longer their timeouts become. First-time offenders with no previous dishonor will have short timeouts, but the severity of timeouts ramps up quickly as dishonor lingers on an account.


Leaving matches at any time or declining a match-ready prompt will result in a timeout and an increase of dishonor on an account. Dishonor does not apply in custom arenas.


Dishonor


Map Voting


We’re giving power to the players with a brand-new map selection system! Each time a match starts, all ten players will each get to choose their favorite map from a random subset. Once players finish voting, the final map is picked by a weighted roll. The more a map is chosen, the more likely it is to be picked. For example, if six players choose Battle of Kyhlo and four choose Legacy of the Foefire, there is a 60 percent chance that Kyhlo will be selected and a 40 percent chance that Foefire will be selected. This means players will always have a chance to play on their favorite maps.


Map Voting


All these features and upgrades will lead to an even better PvP gameplay experience.


I look forward to seeing you all in the Mists!


Evan

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In-game currencies other than gold and karma, soul-bound items

[ Nov 23, 2014, 6:18 am ]
http://massively.joystiq.com/2014/11/21/the-daily-grind-do-special-currencies-in-mmos-annoy-you/#comments A nice thread on in-game currencies. Personally, they irritate me.  The game does h.. Show More
http://massively.joystiq.com/2014/11/21/the-daily-grind-do-special-currencies-in-mmos-annoy-you/#comments

A nice thread on in-game currencies.



Personally, they irritate me.  The game does handle dungeon currencies well, in that they don't take up any space in your inventory.  That, however, is reserved for the billions of bloodstone dust/bricks, soul-bound items, et al, that you have the option of a) waiting for an item down the road that might need them, B) flush them in the Mystic Toilet in the hopes you might get something good, or c) trash them.  If you could trade them, it would give the opportunity for others who need/want these items to buy them.  As for the other currencies, they seem to just be ways of getting people to play content the devs made good for only one or two play-through's, otherwise.



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Trailer: Seeds of Truth Begins December 2

[ Nov 25, 2014, 6:18 pm ]
Next Tuesday, December 2, the story of Living World season 2 continues in the Seeds of Truth release! You’ll have two weeks while the release is live to log in to unlock free, permanent acces.. Show More

Next Tuesday, December 2, the story of Living World season 2 continues in the Seeds of Truth release!



You’ll have two weeks while the release is live to log in to unlock free, permanent access to the story of Seeds of Truth.


Subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay on top of our latest video releases!

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Give the gift of Guild Wars 2 and Save 50% until December 7

[ Nov 26, 2014, 6:18 pm ]
This holiday season, from November 26 to December 7, were chopping the price of the Guild Wars 2 Digital Heroic Edition and Digital Deluxe Edition in half*! Now is the perfect time to pick u.. Show More

This holiday season, from November 26 to December 7, were chopping the price of the Guild Wars 2 Digital Heroic Edition and Digital Deluxe Edition in half*! Now is the perfect time to pick up this award-winning MMO, for yourself or a friend, and experience a truly Living World where your actions make a difference!


Act now and take advantage of the Guild Wars 2 Black Friday prices!


*Offer applies only to Digital Heroic Edition and Digital Deluxe Edition purchased through buy.guildwars2.com from 12pm Pacific Time November 25, 2014 through 11:59pm Pacific Time December 7, 2014.

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Mine-r-Tron and Mini Chickenado in the GemStore!

[ Nov 25, 2014, 6:18 pm ]
With our new Mine-r-Tron permanent mining tool, you won’t miss out on any precious ore nodes while adventuring in the Silverwastes! Be sure to check out our ongoing Pre-Black Friday sales wi.. Show More


With our new Mine-r-Tron permanent mining tool, you won’t miss out on any precious ore nodes while adventuring in the Silverwastes! Be sure to check out our ongoing Pre-Black Friday sales with 30% off Character Slot Expansions, Storage Expanders, and Upgrade Extractors, available only through November 27. Read on for details about this week’s offerings.












  • Mine-r-Tron



    I’m excited to offer our latest and greatest talking-golem gathering tool: Mine-r-Tron, the most enthusiastic gathering golem yet! This little vocal assistant can’t wait to mine ore of every type for you.






  • Mini Chickenado



    Don’t ask how we turned this swirling chaotic mess into a mini-just appreciate that we did! Back by popular demand, this Mini Chickenado may cause a mess but it’s sure to turn some heads. Grab it today and stand out from the crowd.







  • Available Now in the Gem Store!


    Log into GuildWars2 and press 'O' to access the Black Lion Trading Company for these great offers and more!





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Join us on Wednesday this week for a special edition of Ready Up

[ Nov 25, 2014, 6:18 pm ]
Do you remember the teaser we put out on the episode 25 of Ready Up? It’s time to find out what it was all about! Join Competitive Events Manager Joshua “Grouch” Davis and PvP Gamepl.. Show More

Do you remember the teaser we put out on the episode 25 of Ready Up? It’s time to find out what it was all about! Join Competitive Events Manager Joshua “Grouch” Davis and PvP Gameplay programmer Evan Lesh as they talk about (and show off) the upcoming changes to PvP.


You can find us on the Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel this Wednesday, November 26, at 12:00pm PST (19:00 UTC). Note the date change because of Thanksgiving holidays: Wednesday instead of Friday!


Points of Interest


Last week’s episode of Points of Interest featured a visit from Teddy Nguyen and Peter Fries to dig into the making of Tangled Paths, and our first official edition of PvP 101 from Hugh Norfolk. We also shared some insight into the character of Canach straight from John DiMaggio, the voice of Canach. If you missed the live show, we’ve got it available now on YouTube!



Subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay on top of our latest video releases!


We’ll see you on Twitch!

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