The quasi-monolithic list of changes to the game as part of today’s Living Story content drop have been released, and there are some pretty big things here. Of note, the next chapter of Flame and Frost has been brought into the game, leaderboards for WvW, sPvP and achievement points have been added, a new WvW leveling system has been implemented, new items have appeared in the gem store and an update to the NCSoft user agreement has been made, requiring all players to re-agree to the agreement prior to getting in game.
The update also includes story instances for the Living World. Those are detailed below, and the rest of the biggest updates are included after the jump. If you’ve got about an hour to kill though, you can read the notes directly by going here.
OPEN WORLD: The Molten Alliance has begun spying on the people of Wayfarer Foothills, Diessa Plateau, the Snowden Drifts, the Plains of Ashford, and the Iron Marches. The Vigil have stationed collectors in these areas to reward adventurers who return logs of all data collected by the enemy.
INSTANCES: Living Story instances telling the stories of both Braham the norn and Rox the charr have been added to the world. In-game mails and achievements have been implemented in order to aid guidance to the relevant locations. These instance locations are marked on the world map with a golden portal marker.
Reddit.com/r/guildwars2 is a superb resource. Sure, sometimes you have to sift through some not-so-useful things, but it really is a great stop for any Guild Wars 2 player (after Guild Wars Insider of course). There hilarity, guides, discussion, and anything you could ever want to find…and more.
Well, right now, there is a Discussion of Thieves going on that I wanted to highlight. There been some pretty superb points made, and I’d like to encourage any Lock & Key Reader to head on over and take a gander. Join a discussion, leave a comment, or simply defend the Thief profession form the legions of haters! I personally would like to highlight a couple of the best comments in my opinion:
- From Timbob3799: ”I have a guildie who despises thieves. Then I show up with my warrior in WvW with my warrior and yells for me to get my thief. Lol. For those that prefer a support role over dps/glass cannon, I suggest looking into the “Ninja Medic” build. I’ve ran a variation of this for a while now and it’s quite fun. Not to mention I’m damn near unkillable. I’ve surprised many a GC thief by not going down after they snuck up and back stabbed burst me.”
You don’t miss the Thief until we’re gone…
- From skylortrexler : “Now is my time to shine! http://cloud.steampowered.com/ugc/613881507662289675/AEE11DEE040891AB76C5FA163130655A7ADA8AD7/ Self crafted armor with T1 Medium Cultural Sylvari armor transmuted on it. Running Short bow for multi-enemy encounters and p/p for single target devastation. Skills are Hide in Shadows for the stealth, Shadow Refuge for Team/Self heal and emergency stealth, Signet of Shadows for 25% speed increase, Seed turret for distraction, Thieves Guild for pvp damage increase or Take Root for pve mass distractions.”
First, your thief looks phenomenal. Second, this is almost exactly what my Thief runs with in terms of gear and skills.
So, head on over to the discussion and make your voice heard!
Welcome back thieves. I hope your holiday was full of wondrous food and god times. But it’s time to get back to Tyria! Wintersday may be over, but it’s not as if it has entirely left us. Holiday events always leave a few permanent additions to the world of Guild Wars 2, so I figured me might want to have a bit of a look at them, and see what they might have to offer the Thief.
First and foremost, there were a ton of really excellent Weapon skins available over the Wintersday event. Since they were acquired not only from the Gift Exchange, but from drops, They’re dirt cheap on the auction house.