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On this blog you will read my emotions and thoughts around gw2 and my journey through and beyond Tyria – The things I do, the characters I play, the people I do them with, and finally links to guides and bloggers that helped me in my travels. I am far from a professional Blogger so you will find spelling errors and Grammar mistake. I apologise in advance for that!

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Automated Tournaments and Changes in the Heart of the Mists – GuildWars2.com

 

 

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Hello, Tyrians!

In the June 20 update, we’re making substantial changes to the Heart of the Mists by introducing a new way for players to compete as an organized team, a new area where players can gather to celebrate their achievements, and a few other surprises.

Learn all about automated tournaments and the new PvP lobby!

Source: Automated Tournaments and Changes in the Heart of the Mists – GuildWars2.com

New world vs World patch

Those who know me well know that I am very PvE orientated, a casual that tries her best and reward driven. Before the patch I was a modest WvW level of 232. I like WvW but it’s not really a game mode I think of going in to play regularly, I might join for a guild event or because a friend has asked, but that’s about it.

Before the influx of tomes of knowledge and level up scrolls, I used to level my alts in EOTM (Edge of the Mists) and I do prefer the zerg fights over roaming in small groups or on your own.

This is due to me not being the greatest PvP player and I know that I would just get ganked, so I play classes and builds that are geared towards being in a zerg, don’t get me wrong I don’t just stand in a group of people spamming 1111111, but I do need the group of people for protection, I always carry supplies, build for the comm and send him blueprints when I get them, so I guess I’m a more considerate PvE scrub in that game mode lol

This new WvW patch was great for me this weekend. During the day when I am on I sometimes lack things to do. Once I have done my T4s, gathering & the odd little farm I start twiddle my fingers, but this weekend was great as I simply joined a queue whilst I potted around doing my routine stuff and was then ready to participate in World vs World, I spent most of the day Saturday and Sunday running around killing and being killed and managed to get to silver.

The skirmish rewards work a bit like PvP where you have chest after a certain amount of pips are collected: Wood, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Mithril & Diamond (repeatable)

I personally think the patch is great, not only was I levelling a reward track for unique skins, I was also earning pips and gaining levels. The Skirmish chests had various choices of rewards, I personally chose the guild hall decorations, but it gave players a lot of freedom in choice, depending on what they needed.

You can choose the following: Superior Siege Blueprint Case, Improvement and Tactic Pack, Tricks and Traps Capsule, Canned Food Crate, Siege Decoration Case, Unidentified Dye, Transmutation Charge, Badge of Honour (20) & Proof of Heroics (6)

So how does the pip system work?

Pips are earned with each tick if you have achieved at least Tier 3 participation. You earn pips based on – whether you have placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd, your WvW rank, whether you are commanding or not or if you are playing on an outnumbered map.

  • The Skirmish Reward Track is only available in Eternal Battleground and the three Borderlands. Playing in Edge of the Mists will not reward any pips.
  • Every week a maximum of 175 WvW Skirmish Claim Ticket can be obtained, requiring 1450 pips in total. The Skirmish Reward Track resets on weekly WvW reset.

This patch has bought some downsides, one of them being the queues. I personal transferred from DESO server to a lower tier server, so now I am paired with the large servers. I am seeing queues of around 40-60 on bad days and 80-100 on good days.

A friend mentioned this would now be a good time to separate the servers again to reduce the queues, but I think ANet should wait a few weeks as it might die down once the PvErs realise it won’t be a quick grind for armour etc.

Like usual there are a small number of people that ruin it for others. Despite the large queues, the maps might not contain big zergs & lots of roamers like you would imagine, this is because there are people just standing AFK on spawn leeching pips….

You will always get leechers, but ANet need to do more in support of reports etc, people won’t leech if there is a risk in doing it, this also goes for PvP & other events implemented.

Beside all that I had a lot of fun, I played for hours and will most definitely be doing it every weekend and maybe the odd evening if I have downtime from PvE 🙂

If you haven’t entered WvW before, then now is the time to get involved, you never know you might enjoy it! You can even have a live map on your second screen – https://wvwintel.com/

Here are some WvW guides and facts etc:

Reddit

How to play the current WvW Meta for beginners

Quick 10-step WvW overview

A Basic WvW Guide

[WvW] Some Tips for Newcomers

Other 

Meta Battle

GW2 Forums

GW2 Wiki

Get Ready for the June 2017 Competitive Feature Pack! – GuildWars2.com

This recent news looks very interesting. I have always wanted to do more WvW and as I am reward driven, this might be right down my street.

I guess the hardcore WvW players won’t like the influx of PvE scrubs though lol.

Anet quote

If you love testing your mettle against your fellow players, June is your month to shine! In the coming weeks, we’ll be releasing updates to structured Player vs. Player and World vs. World, along with the start of PvP League Season 7.

The month of June is all about World vs. World and PvP.

Source: Get Ready for the June 2017 Competitive Feature Pack! – GuildWars2.com

I touched The Tree!! – Wing 4

I originally wrote this to post a week and a bit ago 😦 unfortunately I wasn’t aware Windows 10 stopped supporting Movie maker so had to find new software to edit my boring run through. I also had a small operation so haven’t been around that much, but I am now back in force

When episode 5 hit. I was lucky enough the get my Deimos kill, which meant I had my own cleared instance. 🙂

Friday night I joined several PUG groups to use my heart and try and get that Cairn achievement done.

It was painful as I am still slightly inexperienced myself. The first group I joined was a bit messy so I politely left and then just sat tight in LFG waiting for something to pop up.

I quickly joined a group asking for 150li and when I got in I was a little overwhelmed. Little scrub me was hanging with people that were confidently displaying the silent savoir and deimos demise titles.

Whilst watching chat it became apparent that these guys were also farming the achieve so I let them know I was too. I couldn’t believe my luck as this group was just going to keep trying until all their buddies got it.

The first two goes I didn’t get it, I messed up and missed a port. The other time I DC’d and laid there dead.

The 3rd go was my time. I fucked up everywhere, I was getting bounced about by shards, porting to late to circles and got ported out if stack, but no matter what happened I managed to get back in on time and killed it and my heart achieve pinged.

After a big YES YES YES joyful screams of achievement I went back and in filmed the cleared instance as I did the other wings and touched the tree. (Well…. knelt)

Here is the vid of the cleared instances and the cutscenese.

Enjoy 🙂

 

Expansion and the Leaks

So….

This week has been quite eventful hasn’t it. We get given a load of leaks, Legendary armor,  the next episode of living story and Expansion has been confirmed for this year. We have even had an enemy boob request!

Lets quickly move onto and leave the “Leaks” I must admit I do like the little leak here an there, it keeps me engaged and the hype gets real. It doesn’t take much to excite me, but these leaks this week I think went a bit too far. I personally am in agreement with most of the community that too much information may have spoiled the hype that is due a little later, it might make what ANet say appear more “meh” I also agree that all these people leaking and ignoring the NDA are really wrong and shouldn’t go unpunished.

Last night there was an AMA on Reddit. you can find the full post here but some kind soul has summarised it all for us on the below link!! thanks 🙂 x

The most important thing to note is that MO (Mike O’Brien) did the right thing by acknowledging the leaks and not just ignoring what has gone on this week. I don’t normally agree with a lot of what the user below says but this time in their reply to MO’s comment they got it right.

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MO has also confirmed what everyone has been waiting for, he has confirmed that the Living Story will be announced following Episode 6, people are currently speculating this to be in the fall. I personally would love it to be mid to end of Oct/Nov so I can take some time off work!

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For the next week or so I am going to be busy working my way through the next living story episode and the achievements and explore the new area and obtain some collectibles.

I was lucky this week to get a wing 4 clear so I will film myself running about that as I have done for the other 3 wings and I need to go and touch that tree at some point for the armor collection. Once this is done I have then then get the achievement done on W4B1 and I have enough stuff to make my first set of legendary armor, I will most likely chose light as this is what I use the most (necro in fractals)

 

 

W2 Z3 SAB Tribulation Mode – I did it!!!!!

I am so chuffed, since ANet patched the ice I gave zone 3 another shot. The ice floor room was a little easier but overall it took me over 3 hours to get the whole zone done and I don’t think I ever want to do trib modes in world 2 ever again.

(Maybe zone 1, but what’s the point of just doing one zone, I would have to do all zones to get the tokens to make weapons to make it worth it so I won’t be doing any!)

I now have the achievement ticked off, I have 1 yellow weapon and I can buy the dusk boom box, I already have the moto infusion from world 1 trib modes and I really couldn’t care about the other infusion, I have so many anyways!

They are so long and so unforgiving, one little slip or miss click can set you more further back than world 1.

Connoisseur of Pain

I decided to log in as invisible so I cannot be distracted by guild chat etc  – there were places that took me 30 mins to get past and I got sweaty hands, there were places that made me scream “OMFG I forgot about this bit”, it bought back memories from when I was collecting all the baubles from the achievement last year 😦

There were a few places I had to get past that actually made me cry, as I had got so far I couldn’t give up and I just had to plough though it and carry on through the pain.

When I got to the Storm Wizard I unclenched my butt cheeks and killed the little fella, and as soon as I got the chest and the AP flashed up I ran to the kitchen and treated myself to a nice strong cold vodka and coke!

My game client crashed the first 5 mins in and I had to restart, if this had happened further in god knows what I would have done, but I imagine I would have smashed something close by.

For all those people that put in the practice and got the time of the runs down to 10 to 30 mins, I hold my hat off to you all! Well done!

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Super Adventure Box 2017

Super Adventure Box is back!!

I got all excited, I bought the glider and the mini’s and set out to finish what I started last year. Last year was the first proper shot at S.A.B and I have to complete world 1 and 2 in both normal and infantile. I only managed to get world 1 done in infantile last year as I was going after the Moto Infusion.

This means I had to do world 2 in Tribulation mode this year and I knew it was going to be hard.

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But…..OMG I didn’t think I would struggle this much. Knowing what I know now, I sorta wish I bought the levels last year knowing you cant this year, just to have the infusion, but never mind.

As it stands today I have managed to get Zone 1 and 2 done, 1 was ok and 2 I quit and re did the following day as I had one too many vodkas. It was painful took a few hours but did it, it was then I realised I might not be good enough to master these zones in tribulation to get them done quick enough to obtain 16 of each coins to unlock the yellow weapons and get the blue infusion.

So off I went to World 2, Zone 3 in tribulation mode – it was tricky but I did find it a little easier than Zone 2, until I reached the spot where there is a whole floor of ice and spikes and little squares that are safe, I was here for hours and was just sliding around and had no control.

SAB Woes

So I ditched it and I don’t think I could bring myself to go back until they patch the ice problem. I read on Reddit that this is not intended to be as bad and they are planning to patch it, so until then I will not be going back.

This morning I went back into World 2, Zone 2 to feed the cat for your home instance, you had to carry a piranha back to the cat that is in the tower with all the ramps and darts… you have to drop and pick up the piranha every few seconds or its explodes and disappears. this took me a while,  but I finally did it and I now have a cat in my home instance with a Moto Infusion and an S.A.B title.

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Cute huh?

I run world 1 and 2 on a daily basis to get baubles and furniture coins from the shop, doing this also gives you a chance of a weapon box drop.

While I am there I also fit in the dailies. if you repeat the daily every day, after 8 days you get a reward chest, this gives you a choice of Kaiser weapon skin and this year 8 Crimson tokens to unlock the Red weapons. I recommend you at least try to fit this in if you have not got time to do tribulation etc.

Once I have made further decorations for my guild hall, I will update my S.A.B area, cant wait to do the new decor 🙂

As always, Dulfy has it covered http://dulfy.net/2017/03/30/gw2-super-adventure-box-2017-guide/

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Super Adventure Festival is Coming Soon! – GuildWars2.com

OMG!! I have been ill and just came back online to see this. Can’t wait!!

Think inside the Box.

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Source: Super Adventure Festival is Coming Soon! – GuildWars2.com

It’s that time of year—dust off your best jumping boots, take up your pointy stick, and get ready to experience Tyria’s most cutting-edge technological edutainment system: Moto’s Super Adventure Box! Explore a whole new virtual world in beautifully-rendered, three-dimensional graphics. Go on an epic quest to save Princess Miya. Prove your strength against wizards, assassins, and giant frogs. And if all of that sounds a little too tame for you, prepare to die (repeatedly) in the punishing Tribulation Mode!

This year’s Super Adventure Festival begins on March 30, and ends on April 20.

 

 

 

New PC build

I have always had make do PC’s, they have always been custom built. I have never just gone to PC world and picked one off the shelf, but I have always had the best I could get for the money I was willing to spend or could afford to spend.

This time round I have gone to Overclockers as me and the bf can’t be arsed to fit it, I chose my custom build PC with a little help from a friend and put a much larger budget towards it – three times what I would normally pay!

Bye bye AMD and hello Intel!

This is what I have treated myself to:

  • Aerocool P7-C1 Midi Tower Gaming Case – Black
  • Gigabyte GA-Z270-Gaming K3 Intel Z270 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard
  • Intel Core i5-7600 3.50GHz (Kaby Lake) Socket LGA1151 Processor – Retail
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 AMP Edition 8192MB GDDR5X PCI-Express Graphics Card (ZT-P10800C-10P)
  • Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 PC4-21300C16 2666MHz Dual Channel Kit – Black (CMK16GX4M2A26
  • Corsair Hydro Series H80i v2 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler (CW-9060024-WW)
  • Samsung 250GB 850 EVO SSD 2.5″ SATA 6Gbps 32 Layer 3D V-NAND Solid State Drive (MZ-75E250B/EU)
  • Seagate BarraCuda 1TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache HDD – OEM (ST1000DM010)
  • Super Flower Leadex II 750W 80 Plus Gold Modular Power Supply – Black
  • Asus Xonar DGX 5.1 PCI-Express Sound Card with built in Headphone Amp
  • BitFenix Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic Connect 15 LED-Strip 30cm – Blue
  • Microsoft Windows 10 64-Bit DVD – OEM (MS-KW9-00139)

For the GPU I went 1080 as I do plan to eventually replace one of my monitors with a 4k and this will allow me to play Guild Wars 2 at max settings, where I have been told a 1070 with a 4k on max might have little less FPS.

I have to wait over 7 days, I am going to have a nice clean install and move over programs that I want and need from my old PC, move over GW2 on my small SSD and reuse the odd DVD writer etc –  I AM SO EXCITED!!

I will see GW2 in the full beauty it deserves and keep some healthy FPS up. I will also benefit from shadowplay as I often wish I could click a button and record what I just seen, my PC used to crash when recording sometimes.

Last but not least this was a hard decision as I felt guilty using some cash my dad left to buy this. He knows Gaming was my passion and I hope he approves of my purchase.

Thank you dad, R.I.P x x x x

R.I.P Scarlet Briar, another year on :(

Another year has passed that marks the death of Scarlet. I always mark her death as the date of the patch release, Battle of Lions Arch, when we killed her. 04.03.2014

Anyone close to me will knows I adored Scarlet and the era of the game she was involved in. I was relatively new to the game when Scarlet popped up and she grabbed my attention from the beginning and have found it hard to forget.
A lot of people said the story of scarlet was poorly written, it may well have been, but there was some incredible content.

Scarlet bought us the tower of nightmares, that’s now a fractal! She bought us The Twisted Marionette that I believe will be released as a new fractal soon! Fun fact – I still have that wallpaper as my desktop wallpaper.

Scarlet also bought open world battles, we witnessed the Lions Arch fall, we rescued loved ones and we witnessed the rebuild of the city.

We can even go as far to say that scarlet bought the first ever lesbian kiss! In my eyes she’s a big deal!!!!

One of my friends suspects Queen Jennah is actually scarlet

Quote from the wiki –

Scarlet Briar, born Ceara, was the secondborn sylvari responsible for the destruction of Lion’s Arch, and the subsequent awakening of Mordremoth in 1327 AE.

I have some soundcloud clips on my side bar of scarlet – have a listen and if you haven’t got it already found and grab her journal in game!

Fun facts

  • She wore Magitech armor.
  • Scarlet had a unique hairstyle originally not available to players. It was added later in game.
  • Scarlet’s voice actress is Tara Strong.[3]
  • Scarlet could be seen holding Quip during Scarlet’s Playhouse instance.


 

Last year’s reddit post – some amazing comments – Link

Breachmaker mini game – Link