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Oct
2012

GW2 HALLOWEEN: The Great Scavenger Hunt, Act 2

The March of the Mad King continues and so does Magister Tassi’s quest for knowledge. If you completed Act 1, then you already know of the Mad King’s history of jealousy, deceit and cowardice; but Magister Tassi is not satisfied.  Now, she sends you deeper into the world looking for more of the story of Mad King Thorn!

Luckily, you do not have to go on this quest alone.  The great community at the Guild Wars Insider forums has put together a very good guide to help you in your travels.  Thanks is given to strangpork for putting together the information!

Click here for the Act 1 of the GuildWars 2 Scavenger Hunt

Spoilers past this point…

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26
Oct
2012

GW2 Halloween: Mad King’s Clocktower Jumping Puzzle Guide and Video

The Mad King’s Clocktower can be one of the most difficult and frustrating jumping puzzles you’ll ever encounter. In fact, after a solid hour of trying… we gave up and just decided to use Stealth’s video as a winning example.

We do have a few pieces of advice to add:

  1. You can often jump to a platform before it’s animation completes. A perfect example is the circular disk that appears after the first pause, you may jump on it before it fully flips to a flat surface. The minute that the animation begins, the platform is essentially there… and a second head start can mean the difference. 
  2. Not all platforms must you jump to. Some can simply be accessed by running across from a higher platform. Jumping loses just a split second over a flat out sprint. Again… every fraction of a second counts when you’re being chased down by the mists.
  3. Turn off “Camera Shake” in the graphics options. It’s helpful… trust me.
  4. Turn off “Double Tap To Dodge” in the options as well… the last thing you need is to do some useless tumbling.

Click here for more of our Shadow of the Mad King Guides. Updated daily… sometimes more.

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26
Oct
2012

GW2 Halloween: A Reaper’s Rumble Guide

The Reaper’s Rumble event is ArenaNet’s play on the DOTA or MOBA style of gameplay.  Gameplay functionality consists mostly of minion creation, resource management, and multiple lanes of battle.  This event consists of two teams in a small map each trying to protect their mausoleums while taking out the other team’s, how you achieve this is dependent upon the chosen strategy of your team. Upon death, players encounter a 20sec timer before respawning back at their side’s rally point. Read on to learn more about your abilities, the map, and even a few tips and tricks!

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26
Oct
2012

GW2 Halloween: Lunatic Inquisition Guide

The Lunatic Inquisition event pits two teams (Villagers vs Lunatic Advisors) against each other in a Hunger Games style points race, much like the scoring you see in PvP. For those of you who participated in the final Beta Weekend prior to launch, you’ll recognize the gameplay mechanics from the final event: hunt or be the hunted. 

Scoring – Villagers:
Villagers can win the round by collecting objects and turning them in to 1 of 4 gatherers, or by simply surviving long enough against their spectral foes. Every minute throughout the match, you contribute 7 points to your team by simply… well, not being dead. You also gain 5 points for each item you turn in, and a 10 point bonus for evading a Lunatic attack. Whenever a Villager dies, they come back as an Advisor, their points however still remain active. The bright side of being a villager in this bleak world – you’re fast, faster than any Advisor and you have the ability to stealth.

Scoring – Lunatic Advisors:
Advisors can wind the round by eliminating/turning all the Villagers or through several underhanded ways such as causing fears or making villagers obey the commands of Mad King Thorn. As a Lunatic you must understand the tricks at your disposal to win the match. You may be slower than the other team, but you can make up a lot of ground through teleports and shortcuts across the middle of the map. (more…)

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26
Oct
2012

GW2 Halloween: Meta Event Madness!

NOTE: As we get pictures, better directions, and other additions, we’ll be adding them to this guide. Stay Tuned!

The Halloween festivities in Tyria are bringing with them not only candy  scares, and cheap plastic spiders, but a whole bunch of new meta events, all focused on the return of Mad King Thorn. They take place in three zones: Queensdale, Kessex Hills, and Gendarren Fields  No doubt many people will be milling about, and madness will be rushing about, so it’ll pay off to know what you are getting into.

Read on for all the gory details…

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26
Oct
2012

Act 2 Starts at 12 Noon PST

ANet is ramping up the second Act of the Halloween festivities today at 12 Noon PST. Here is what ANet had to say on the Official Forums today:

It’ll happen at noon (PST) today. There will probably be a build to address some things, but the phases start completely independent of builds.

Click here for the original post, and make sure to stay tuned to GWI for more updates to our Halloween Guides page!

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26
Oct
2012

Death Becomes You: Terror from the Deep

Many of us have heard the call to battle, to charge into the Mists and slaughter our fellow man, charr, or tiny bat like creature.  Though I love nothing more than to stand on top of ancient building to lauch deadly dark claws at my enemies or on the fields of battle mowing people down with an axe, sometimes we have to we have to fight somewhere truly despicable — the water.  

Many of us hate the Raid on the Capricorn for a number of reasons, mostly the water and sharks.  I have spent many an hour splashing in puddles of death (doesn’t sound as menacing as I was hoping to) and I have a quick and dirty guide for how to reign supreme in the depths of underwater PvP.

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25
Oct
2012

GW2 Podcast Round-Up: October 25th

Here is your weekly round-up of the latest podcasts/vlogs and make sure to follow through after the break to watch all the favorites on one page.

Featured This Week:

If you see we might have missed a episode, show, or even your show, let us know by emailing us news (at)guildwarsinsider.com or dropping us a tweet on our twitter page.

 

All Roads Lead to Orr #05 – Personal Stories

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25
Oct
2012

Update Notes For 24 October

A small update was released with this week’s maintenance patch.  Perhaps the most important change is the addition of the Mad King chests to the Mystic Forge! You can find the recipe in the notes.

GENERAL UPDATES

  • Added Mad King Chests to the Mystic Forge. These chests always have Halloween items such as candy corn, Halloween crafting materials, and Halloween tonics. There’s a rare chance they may also have Halloween skins for weapons and shoulders.
  • Added a Mystic Forge recipe to create Mad King Chests: 1 Piece of Candy Corn, 6 Mystery Tonics, 1 Boost (of any kind), and another Boost (of any kind).
  • Tactician Footi will now properly build her cannon after being resurrected in Cursed Shore.
  • Removed all hidden trick-or-treat bag nodes from Lion’s Arch.
  • Halloween-themed PVP items now salvage into the correct materials.

Find the official post here.

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24
Oct
2012

GuildWars 2 Paid PvP Tournaments Are Now Live

A few hours ago on the official forums, ArenaNet’s Jon Peters had this to say about paid PvP Tournaments in GuildWars 2

We have pressed the magic button and paid tournaments should be live within 5 minutes. Thank you all for your patience and enjoy.

You can find the original thread here

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