Game updates/2013-08-06

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Update 4 - August 6, 2013[edit]

Queen's Jubilee[edit]

  • The Superior Rune of Tormenting's effect of applying Torment on heal now has an internal cooldown of 20 seconds.

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Update 3 - August 6, 2013[edit]

Queen's Jubilee[edit]

  • Fixed a bug where more Centaur Champions were spawning in the Crown Pavilion than intended.
  • Runes of Perplexity now correctly apply confusion to the enemy target instead of the player.
  • The cost of runes sold by the Crown Pavilion merchants in the Queen's Arena have been corrected.
  • Fixed an issue where Aetherblade morale events associated with balloon towers in the open world would stop spawning pirates.

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Update 2 - August 6, 2013[edit]

Living World[edit]

Queen's Jubilee[edit]

  • Fixed the Crowd Favorite Gambit not activating correctly in one arena.
  • Fixed the Tremors Gambit not activating correctly in two arenas.
  • Queen's Gauntlet Tickets are no longer Account Bound and are now Soulbound on acquire.
  • Fixed a crash in the Achievement panel.

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Update - August 6, 2013[edit]

Living World[edit]

Queen's Jubilee[edit]

A celebration to commemorate ten years of Queen Jennah's rule is about to kick off in Divinity's Reach! The queen has commissioned a new gladiatorial arena for the occasion—the Crown Pavilion—as a shining symbol of her people's endurance. Take a hot air balloon ride with dignitaries from across Tyria to the capital of the Krytan nation, and be there for the opening ceremony. Join in the festivities and compete in ceremonial combat in Her Majesty's honor!

Hot Air Balloons[edit]
  • The queen's court has sent out hot air balloons to transport celebrants! Look for balloon towers all over Tyria.
  • Ascend to the top of a balloon tower to claim a royal gift before embarking on the journey to Divinity's Reach.
  • Watch for all-new dynamic events as the balloon pilots may need help keeping everything running smoothly.
  • A special hot air balloon souvenir will be given to players who are festive enough to visit 30 towers.
The Crown Pavilion[edit]
  • The arts district in Divinity's Reach that was destroyed by the Great Collapse has been rebuilt into the Crown Pavilion, a grand arena that will host Kryta's biggest events.
  • Enter the Queen's Gauntlet to battle mighty representations of humanity's most vicious enemies.
  • Visit the emissaries from six major nations of Tyria. A unique set of boons to improve magic find and combat stats will be available to those who wish to represent the emissaries.
  • Earn Watchwork Sprockets, a new trophy from the Watchknights, to purchase rewards from the emissaries. Purchasable rewards include:
    • New Sovereign weapon sets
    • New crafting recipes for runes and sigils
    • Cultural weapon sets
The Queen's Gauntlet[edit]
  • Face increasingly difficult challenges in single combat against a variety of unique bosses.
  • Take a risk with special gambit conditions to earn even more prestigious rewards.
  • Each entry and gambit costs one Queen's Gauntlet ticket. Tickets drop regularly from creatures in the Crown Pavilion and around the world. Players may also purchase tickets from the emissaries in the Crown Pavilion.
Opening Ceremony[edit]
  • Witness the unveiling of the Crown Pavilion in a brand new Living World story instance featuring familiar faces such as Queen Jennah, Logan Thackeray, Countess Anise, Lord Faren, Rox, and Braham.
  • Rumors are running high that the queen will be taking volunteers for the inaugural contest with the Watchknights. There's no telling who might show up!
  • Enter the instanced area simply by visiting the Crown Pavilion for the first time.
Beacons of Kryta[edit]
  • Find torchbearers around Divinity's Reach to activate a special time-limited race to light several beacons around the city.
  • Successfully complete all four torch runs to earn the Flames of Kryta, a permanent item that can be used to illuminate the player's path through darkness.
Achievements[edit]
  • A rotation of Living World achievements has been added to the Daily Achievement category.
  • Completing the Queen's Jubilee meta-achievement awards the player a Mini Watchknight. Completing this meta-achievement requires players to complete 18 achievements from either the Queen's Jubilee category or the jubilee-related dailies.
Exotic Drop[edit]

New Features and Content[edit]

World vs. World[edit]

  • Supply Mastery has been added to the Ranks and Abilities tab.
    • Picking up supply is now instant.
    • Gains swiftness when the entire supply is spent.
    • Gains courier speed and increases movement speed by 50% after picking up supply.
    • Gains a chance to recover some supply after it's spent.
    • Deployed siege sites gain 3 seconds of invulnerability.

Currency Wallet[edit]

  • All players now have a new currency wallet that can be found in the Hero panel. All currencies on a character are transferred to the player's currency wallet when they log in with that character. Players will need to log in with all of their characters to get all of their currency transferred.
  • All currencies are now account bound.

Balance, Bug-fixing, Polish[edit]

General[edit]

Champion Loot[edit]
Improved Effects Culling[edit]
  • In the open world, dungeons, PvP, and WvW, the new effects-culling system will slowly start reducing the detail of each effect in order to increase combat visibility when many effect types are overlapping.

World Polish[edit]

  • Risen nobles: Decreased the damage on the symbol created by their shadowstep skill.

Dungeons[edit]

Dungeon Reward Changes[edit]
  • All bosses no longer directly drop gold.
  • All explorable dungeon paths now give out 1 to 3 gold based on the path. This is an account-based daily reward.
  • All story dungeons now give out 50 silver upon completion. This is an account-based daily reward.
  • Ascalonian Catacombs—Hodgins's Plan: Kendrick's Sarcophagus will not be interactable until "Search the secret room for the scepter" is active.
  • Ascalonian Catacombs—Hodgins's Plan: "Defend Hodgins by destroying graveling burrows" will not activate until "Slay the spider queen" has been completed.
  • Ascalonian Catacombs—Hodgins's Plan: "Find the scepter pieces" will not be active until "Join Hodgins in finding the first scepter" has been completed.
  • Ascalonian Catacombs—Detha's Plan: "Defend Detha from gravelings" will not activate until "Slay the spider queen" has been completed.
  • Ascalonian Catacombs—Tzark's Plan: "Defend the essence collectors" will not activate until "Slay the spider queen" has been completed.
  • Caudecus's Manor—I'll look for the Seraph: Mad Martha will not become hostile until "Overwhelm the bandit defenses" is activated.
  • Caudecus's Manor—I'll look for the Seraph: "Search for the captured sergeant" will not activate until "Place powder kegs near the blocked gate" has been completed.
  • Caudecus's Manor—I'll help you find the missing butler: "Search for the missing servants" will not activate until "Destroy the bandit turrets" has been completed.
  • Citadel of Flame—Ferrah: "Breach the Sanguine Vault" will not activate until "Find a way into the Enkindling Chamber" has been completed.
  • Citadel of Flame—Magg: "Find a way into the ritual chamber" will not activate until "Travel to the ritual chamber" has been completed.
  • Honor of the Waves—The butcher: "Defeat the Ice Dragon minion to continue" will not activate until the doorway leading to its location has been opened.
  • Honor of the Waves—The plunderer: "Defeat the corrupted Son of Svanir" will not activate until "Stop the Svanir vandals" has been completed.
  • Honor of the Waves—The zealot: Icebrood Goliath and guards will not be attackable until the doorway leading to their location has been opened.
  • Honor of the Waves—The zealot: "Defeat Sorge's disciple, Svánigandr" will not activate until the door leading to its location has been opened.
  • Crucible of Eternity—All paths: Mark T-B34RC3 will not be attackable until "Shut down the advanced golem" is activated.
  • Crucible of Eternity—Teleporter: "Defeat the Evolved Husk" will only activate after "Kill Subject Alpha" has been completed and the "Teleporter" path has been selected.
  • Crucible of Eternity—Front door: "Defeat the laboratory specimen" will only activate after "Kill Subject Alpha" has been completed and the "Front Door" path has been selected.

Profession Skills[edit]

General[edit]
  • Reaper of Grenth.png
     Reaper of Grenth: This skill can now be cast on the move. Added an unblockable skill fact to indicate its functionality.
  • Prayer to Lyssa.png
     Prayer to Lyssa: Fixed a bug that allowed Lyssa to grant more than one boon or condition.
  • All signet skills now play their overhead bang effect at the start of the skill to help telegraph these skills.
Elementalist[edit]
  • Tornado.png
     Tornado: Added a duration skill fact. This skill can now be used while moving.
  • Glyph of Renewal.png
     Glyph of Renewal: Improved the readability of this skill so enemies can see it more clearly when players are casting it.
  • Magnetic Wave.png
     Magnetic Wave: This skill is now blockable.
  • Signet Mastery Signet Mastery: This trait will now properly reduce the recharge of Signet of Restoration in PvP.
  • Arcane Power.png
     Arcane Power: The buff provided when this skill is activated will now properly display the remaining number of charges.
  • Trait III.png
     Arcane Retribution: Increased the duration to 30 seconds to be consistent with Arcane Power. The buff provided when this skill is activated will now properly display the remaining number of charges.
  • Arcane Shield.png
     Arcane Shield: Added the buff to the skill fact. The buff provided when this skill is activated will now properly display the remaining number of charges.
  • Final Shielding Final Shielding: The buff provided when this trait is activated will now properly display the remaining number of charges.
Engineer[edit]
  • Packaged Stimulants Packaged Stimulants: This trait now properly increases the duration of the boons provided by the Med Kit skill Throw Stimulant instead of lowering the recharge.
  • Elixir X.png
     Elixir X: This skill will now display the proper skill facts when underwater.
  • Mortar Shot.png
     Mortar—Mortar Shot: Fixed a bug that caused this skill to have increased recharge time when Elite Supplies was traited.
Guardian[edit]
Mesmer[edit]
  • Counter Blade.png
     Counter Blade: The projectile velocity has been doubled and is now wider with an increased effect size.
  • Phantasmal Duelist.png
     Phantasmal Duelist: This skill now has its range increased with Duelist's Discipline. Fixed a bug that enabled the duelist from being cast at 1200 range at all times.
  • Illusion of Life.png
     Illusion of Life: Updated the animation and effects on this skill to make it easier to read when it is being cast in combat. The timing and effectiveness remains unchanged.
  • Polymorph Moa.png
     Polymorph Moa: This skill should now animate when used with a greatsword.
  • Veil.png
     Veil: This utility skill now acts as a light field as its description indicates.
Necromancer[edit]
  • Fetid Ground.png
     Fetid Ground: Added a radius skill fact.
  • Well of Blood.png
     Well of Blood: Added a radius skill fact.
  • Wail of Doom.png
     Wail of Doom: Increased the spell effect to better represent the actual spell area.
  • Tainted Shackles.png
     Tainted Shackles: This skill's damage tooltip now displays the appropriate damage.
  • Doom.png
     Doom: Added an effect that plays on the necromancer when this skill is used.
  • Reaper's Mark.png
     Reaper's Mark: This skill now uses a distinct animation compared to the other mark skills on staff to help improve readability when this skill is cast. The timing and effectiveness of this skill remains unchanged.
  • Summon Bone Fiend.png
     Summon Bone Fiend/
    Rigor Mortis.png
     Rigor Mortis: Added a range fact to these skills.
  • Reaper's Touch.png
     Reaper's Touch: Updated the skill fact to display the proper regeneration amount.
  • Crimson Tide.png
     Crimson Tide: Fixed a bug that allowed this skill to ignore line of sight.
Ranger[edit]
  • Entangle.png
     Entangle: Updated the damage and immobilize skill facts to reflect the actual amount of pulses.
  • Sharpening Stone.png
     Sharpening Stone: Counters will no longer decrement on every attack going, but only on attacks hit, evaded, missed (from blind), or blocked. The buff provided when this skill is activated will now properly display the remaining number of charges.
  • Trait III.png
     Keen Edge: The buff provided when this skill is activated will now properly display the remaining number of charges.
  • Precise Strikes Precise Strikes
    [sic]
    : This trait now functions correctly with Remorseless.
Thief[edit]
  • Shadow Assault.png
     Shadow Assault: Fixed a bug that caused this skill to have a longer than intended range. It will now properly match the range skill fact.
  • Assassin's Signet.png
     Assassin's Signet: The buff provided when this skill is activated will now properly display the remaining number of charges.
  • Nine-Tailed Strike.png
     Nine-Tailed Strike: Updated this skill's skill facts.
  • Concealed Defeat Concealed Defeat: Fixed a bug that caused this trait's effect to have a longer than intended recharge.
  • Basilisk Venom.png
     Basilisk Venom: The buff provided when this skill is activated will now properly display the remaining number of charges.
  • Devourer Venom.png
     Devourer Venom: The buff provided when this skill is activated will now properly display the remaining number of charges.
  • Ice Drake Venom.png
     Ice Drake Venom: The buff provided when this skill is activated will now properly display the remaining number of charges.
  • Skale Venom.png
     Skale Venom: The buff provided when this skill is activated will now properly display the remaining number of charges.
  • Spider Venom.png
     Spider Venom: The buff provided when this skill is activated will now properly display the remaining number of charges.
Warrior[edit]
  • Signet of Might.png
     Signet of Might: The buff provided when this skill is activated will now properly display the remaining number of charges.
  • Counterblow.png
     Counterblow: This skill will now properly set its recharge with the Sundering Mace trait when players strike an enemy after blocking.

Structured Player vs. Player[edit]

  • Removed the Tournament panel.
  • Added an Arenas tab to the PvP panel.
    • Replaced "Rated Matches" with "Team Arena." The rankings and leaderboard are the same.
    • Added a Solo Arena. Only individual players may queue for the Solo Arena; players will also have a separate ranking and leaderboard from the existing Team Arena.
  • Moved the Custom Arena browser to the PvP panel.
  • Added a Leave button to PvP games.
  • PvP games can now be joined from any location in the game, including outside of the Mists.
  • Leaving PvP will send players back to their last non-instance location.
  • Spectators can now see the currently selected target of the player being followed instead of their autoattack target.
  • Leaving rated arena games will punish players with a Dishonorable debuff. Each stack of dishonor lasts for 72 hours. If a player has the maximum amount of dishonor (5 stacks), they will be prevented from joining rated games.
  • Players in an arena game cannot switch characters after the game has started.
  • Added a Finisher tab to the Hero panel. Use the Finisher tab to choose and activate a finisher.
  • Finishers may now be unlocked either permanently or on a limited, per-use basis.
    • Using a finisher item now adds five uses of that finisher. Each finisher use is consumed when players successfully use the finisher on a downed enemy.
    • Using a permanently unlocked finisher will never consume it. Players may switch between any unlocked finishers at any time outside of combat.
    • Rank finishers are now unlocked permanently and automatically when players achieve a new rank in PvP. Rank reward chests will no longer contain Rank Finisher items.
  • Updated the capture point progress animation for all maps.
  • Heart of the Mists: Replaced two of the training golems with indestructible training golems.
  • Skyhammer: The cannon can no longer be reconfigured while the player is in stealth or invulnerable.
  • Skyhammer: Updated a couple of spectator camera positions.
  • Temple of the Silent Storm: Increased the cooldown of Mediation on Ferocity from 2 minutes to 4 minutes and increased the buff duration from 45 seconds to 2 minutes.

World vs. World[edit]

  • Keep and castle assault events are now group events and will count towards monthly achievements.

Black Lion Trading Company Gem Store[edit]

New Items and Promotions[edit]

Election results are in![edit]

Guild Wars 2 Wiki Notes[edit]

  • Clicking the Achievement tab through the Hero Panel would cause the game to crash.
  • The exit instance/dungeon icon above the minimap has been fixed so that items and coin you receive do not cover the exit button.
  • Karma rewards are now also displayed in the incoming items list above the minimap, and both incoming karma and coins now indicate their quantity in this feed.
  • Graphical settings were reset with this update. You'll want to check your settings and reset them appropriately.
  • Risen Priest of Grenth has been promoted to Legendary rank.
  • Some Veteran and Champion Risen foes gained new abilities.
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