Each class has a core mechanic that they need to manage, and that helps give them that little bit extra in terms of gameplay. Warriors have their burst skill, Elementalists have their attunements, Necromancers get Death Shroud and Mesmers get shatters.
The shatter mechanic is used to provide a variety of effects either on the Mesmer directly or on the target assigned to the Illusion being shattered (more on that in a minute). From my experience so far, you’ll want to use shatters early and often, so it’s important to understand what each one does. (more…)
Weapon and Device Kits are staples of the Engineer and have really defined our play-style. They’ve also sparked a lot of controversy because we don’t get a weapon-swap skill like every other profession, except Elementalists. They don’t count though…they can make stuff explode with their minds. They don’t need extra weapons.
Today I want to take a short look at some of the positive and negative points that people come up with for these kits. Some short analysis later, I’ll make my decision on how I feel about the whole thing. Y’know, because my word is law, right? This is true, and the law requires you to read on!. (more…)
The StompCast crew are back again with another episode, this time featuring, you guessed it – Team Paradigm! We’ll mix it up next time, I promise! Tune in as Cigs, Xeph, Phantaram, and I (Nord!) discuss BWE3, condition damage, Legacy of the Foefire, and more!
World versus World is an incredible amount of fun, and is absolutely the most robust, balanced and well-executed world PvP system I’ve experienced in a MMO. It can be a little daunting the first time you step into the Eternal Battlegrounds. With all of those keeps, towers and supply camps just waiting to be pillaged, it’s hard to know where to start. The goal of this article is to help you get your bearings with some basic offensive tips.
Salutations! I, the All-Knowing Quaggan, have returned to answer more of your questions. This week, only one question was submitted for me, so I am pleased to report that I will be demanding your attention for only a brief amount of time. This pleases me because I have a bottle of white wine over here delicately positioned in front of two seasons of American Gladiators reruns.
I have been trying to learn about your culture prior to your arrival in my world, and I must say, you are most entertaining – entertaining in the educationally-deficient puppy walking into a fence with repeated success kind of way, but nonetheless entertaining.
My skritt slaves are in place and ready to transcribe my nobel responses to your singular question. If you wish to ask me a question of life, love and luxury for next week, I can be reached on Twitter at @AllKnowingQuagg or by email, at AllKnowingQuaggan@gmail.com. Comments to this page would also suffice.
Greetings and saluations,
How squishie are Quaggan’s? They look soooo squishie!
From a distance, quaggan are very, very squishy. Then again, most of my kind aren’t very bright and spend their days eating the most ill-nutritious meals imaginable – even when they no longer have the storage capacity for such things.
Mrs. All-Knowing and I are a different breed of quaggan, however. We exercise daily, schedule within our availability routine, serial tickle fights and – as the saying goes – swimming, swimming, swimming all summer long. We look much like your American Gladiators. These rolls in the areas immediately surrounding my chin? They are pure muscle, and I use them to crush rocks when I smile.
Mrs. All-Knowing is an unforgiving force of nature. She was once approached by Destiny’s Edge to save the entirety of Tyria, but she for whatever reason prioritized a bottle of skotch over cementing her legacy in a manner that would be about as solid as my own ripped, unforgiving fitness.
In preparation for this year’s Dragon*Con, Koreena created this incredibly awesome quaggan backpack to accompany her throughout the convention. While we cannot condone the tethering of quaggan to any individual, it’s hard to deny just how cool this piece of work really is. Now if we could only teach it to tell a few jokes…
There is no wrong way to level in Guild Wars 2. You’re free to roam wherever your interests take you. Taking your time to complete every zone is encouraged and rewarded. But, having said that, there are going to be players like me who want to blitz through those early levels as quickly as possible. For us, there is one thing above all others that will help us level quickly: Speed!
“If you ain’t first, you’re last!” — Logan Thackeray
Thanks to the waypoint system it’s already pretty quick and easy to get around in the world of Tyria, but there’s a catch: you have to discover those waypoints first. Since there are no mounts to speak of, that means a lot of running. Any time that can be shaved off in the gaps between waypoints, renown hearts, and dynamic events, all adds up when it comes to leveling. If you’re one of the first players into the 15-25 zones, moving faster can mean gathering and selling iron ore while everyone else is selling copper. The wider the gap between you and the pack, the more profitable it becomes. You’ll be wearing all the coolest-looking gear long before your friends, and isn’t that what MMOs are all about?
That’s where the Swiftness boon comes into play. It increases your movement speed by 33%, stacks in duration, and works on land and in water. It can help you catch up to an enemy or escape overwhelming odds. It will dramatically speed up your leveling process.
Some professions have weapons which provide it, some have utility skills, and some have both. Some are reliable, while some are random. Whatever your profession, if you want to go fast, you’re going to need have Swiftness.
Lucky for you, I’m here to tell you how with a list of sources by profession.
Just in case today’s event wasn’t enough for you fear not! ArenaNet posted on their Facebook page the following:
Thank you for all your help in today’s Stress Test!
We will be conducting a Stress Test on Friday, August 10 from 4:00 PM PACIFIC Time to 8:00 PM PACIFIC Time.
REMEMBER: We will be actively working on the game during the event, so you might experience connectivity problems or discover features that are not working as designed. Any issues you experience are a result of the rigorous conditions of the stress test, and are in no way representative of the state of the game at launch. By participating in this stress test, you’re helping us make Guild Wars 2 a better game. Thanks for your cooperation—we’ll see you in-game!
* Stress Tests are open to those who have PRE-PURCHASED the game.
* Characters will not be wiped for tomorrow’s Stress Test.
Hopefully this will help put the servers to an even greater stress as people that have to work during the day should be able to enjoy a little of the Guild Wars 2 goodness.
Many of us have a PC that is just capable of running the games that we own. You know, like if you turn all the settings way down and squint a lot, it looks phenomenal. For the most part our “classic” PC does the job, but along comes a shiny new game that we just absolutely have to play. In this case its Guild Wars 2. However, a small voice in your head laughs derisively as it reminds you that your PC often has trouble just loading up the Guild Wars 2 Web page let alone a modern MMO. What to do? Fear not, Guild Wars Insider will guide you to the bleeding edge of computing!
Throughout MMO history one archetype has been feared for its ability beyond all others. In every jungle, battleground, or frontline in Azeroth, Rogues were feared for their ability to appear from nowhere, mete out excessive brutality, and disappear just as quickly as they arrived.
While we may share some things with the Rogues of other games, we Thieves cannot claim to have the same sort of Stealth as some of our predecessors but that doesn’t mean that our own version of Stealth is without merit. When it comes to using stealth in GW2 we need to be quick on our feet and thinking tactically.