Game updates/March 2014

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Update - March 24, 2014[edit]

Bug Fixes[edit]

  • Updated the monthly achievements for April.

Guild Wars 2 Wiki Notes[edit]

  • The requirements for the Monthly and Monthly PvP for the monthly bonus are reduced from 4 to 2 achievements.
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Update - March 21, 2014[edit]

Bug Fixes[edit]

Guild Wars 2 Wiki Notes[edit]

  • Instant Trait Resets were also removed from the Gem Store at or around this time.
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Update - March 19, 2014[edit]

Bug Fixes[edit]

  • Added an option to Laranthir's conversation to replay the Battle for Lion's Arch: Aftermath cinematic.
  • Fixed an issue in which the loading screen was covering the cinematic when players loaded into Lion's Arch.
  • Fixed an issue in which the cinematic was not playing for all players.
  • Fixed a bug that caused random crashes on the Mac client.

Guild Wars 2 Wiki Notes[edit]

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Update - March 18, 2014[edit]

Living World[edit]

Battle for Lion's Arch: Aftermath Word of Scarlet's demise has spread like wildfire throughout the wards of the city. With renewed vigor, the heroes of Lion's Arch, the Lionguard, and Order forces have driven out the remainder of Scarlet's armies, their morale and ranks shattered. Cheers and celebrations erupted at the refugee camps and nigh across all of Tyria. All the while, the Breachmaker—the enormous airship looming over Sanctum Harbor—continues to drill uncontrollably. As the city fires wane and smolder, the question that arises now is what will become of the once great city of Lion's Arch?

Lion's Arch[edit]

Upon entering the game, players who are level 30 and above will view a short cinematic based in the city. The smoking ruins of Lion's Arch can be found where the city once stood. While Lionguard attempt to secure the remains, refugees take shelter at the relief camps at Vigil Keep, the Durmand Priory, and Stormbluff Isle. Vigil Keep remains as the temporary hub of services and asura gates. Three makeshift bulletin boards now list the following:

At this time, the prospects of the city recovering from this devastating attack are uncertain at best.

Dead End Bar[edit]

Players will also receive mail from Lady Kasmeer inviting them to attend a gathering at the Dead End, the bar nestled in the Eastern Commons of Divinity's Reach. Inside, players can join her and Marjory—as well as Rox, Braham, and Taimi—to discuss the ramifications of Scarlet's attack as everyone takes a hard-earned rest over some drinks.

Trading[edit]

Rumors tell of a merchant interested in items from major events in Tyria's recent history, including Blade Shards. Players are encouraged to hold on to these items if they are interested in trading with her when she appears.

New Features And Content[edit]

Structured Player vs. Player[edit]

  • Added small, medium, and large rank-up chests based on rank achieved.
  • Added the PvP-specific back pieces to the glory reward vendor.
  • Rank points have been increased across all Custom, Solo, and Team Arenas.
  • Rank points gained from win chests at the end of Solo and Team Arenas have been moved.
    • The rank points will now be completely rewarded at the end of the match.

World vs. World[edit]

  • Introducing WvW Spring Tournament 2014!
    • North America and Europe have been split into three leagues each: gold, silver, and bronze.
    • Starting March 28 and running through May 30, the worlds in each league will be matched up against one another.
    • The results of those matchups will contribute to each world's Spring Tournament 2014 score.
    • Matchups will be determined based on performance during the tournament, with the higher-performing worlds matched against one another.
    • At the conclusion of the tournament, players who have completed the WvW Spring Tournament 2014 meta-achievement will receive a reward based on their world's placement within their league.
    • A player's world is considered the world on which they were most active during the tournament.
    • A new achievement category has been added to the Achievements panel for WvW tournament achievements.
      • Eighteen achievements have been added.
      • Completing 10 of the achievements will award players the WvW Spring Tournament 2014 Veteran meta-achievement, a title, and a chest of rewards for their world at the conclusion of the tournament.
      • Each reward chest will have a number of WvW tournament tickets based on the performance of the world during the tournament.
      • Every achievement has a reward chest containing a variety of items, including ascended crafting materials.
    • Transferring worlds during a tournament will prevent players from entering the Mist War for the duration of their current matchup and the following WvW matchup.
    • All spent World Ability Points will be refunded to all characters.

Balance, Bug-Fixing, Polish[edit]

World Polish[edit]

Triple Trouble[edit]
  • Fixed an issue that was causing the Wurm Demolitionist achievement to stall out and prevent the meta-achievement from progressing correctly. The meta-achievement should repair itself when players log in if they meet the criteria for completion.
    • Fixed an issue that caused the event to stall out and fail if all three Wurms were decapitated at the exact same time.
Fractals of the Mists[edit]
  • Changes have been made to the daily reward chests for fractals of the Mists to improve ascended armor and weapon rewards.
    • Ascended armor and weapons now drop more often from all levels of fractals, particularly as the fractal level increases.
    • Ascended armor pieces will drop more often than ascended weapons.
    • Ascended armor pieces will now drop in the form of boxes that contain a selection of stat combinations for a single gear slot.
      • Example: Defender's Chest of Ascended Boots contains a choice of one pair of boots from the following sets: Angchu, Beigarth's, Leftpaw's, Wei Qi's, Zintl, or Wupwup.

Profession Skills[edit]

Thief[edit]
  • Trickery II— 
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     Instinctual Response: Fixed a bug that caused this trait to grant fury and vigor while on cooldown.

Structured Player vs. Player[edit]

  • Rank-up rewards have been changed.
    • Removed the PvP armor/weapon chests.
  • Glory boosters have been removed, and the ability to gain glory has been turned off.
  • Removed the chest rewards given at the end of competitive game modes (Solo and Team Arena).

World vs. World[edit]

  • The Commander buff is now only displayed to friendly players.
  • Added a requirement for players to attain a rank of 14 in order to purchase the Gift of Battle.
    • Added a new NPC, the Battle Master, to sell the gift to players.
  • Added new Battle Historian NPCs to every WvW map to tell players their world's status in current and future WvW tournaments.
  • Applied Strength and Applied Fortitude buffs are no longer removed on down, but they are still removed on death.
  • Updated the Burning Oil Mastery text to be more consistent.
  • Attacking the back inner gate of the Garrison on all the Borderlands maps will now start the repel events and contest the Garrison.
  • The back inner gate of the Garrison has had an increase in defense on all Borderlands maps.
  • Structural vulnerability is now correctly applied to the back inner gate of the Garrison on all Borderlands maps.
  • World bonuses obtained in WvW will once again apply in PvE. Additionally, they will now apply in overflows and while guesting (based on the player's world).
  • Fixed an issue that caused a visual discrepancy in the map UI and the score UI.
  • Edge of the Mists:
    • Updated the team colors for each of the major regions. Overgrowth is now green; Frostreach is now blue; Badlands is now red.
    • Updated the art for the loading screen.
    • Reduced the spawn rate of Aetherblade pirates.
    • Fixed an issue that would sometimes allow Aetherblades to be worth double WXP.
    • Fixed an issue that was preventing the Statuary boss—the Grawl Stoneworker—from gaining Righteous Indignation.
    • Fixed an issue that was preventing one of the gates at Thunder Hollow from being repaired.
    • The Grawl Shaman will now use Swirling Winds totems slightly less often.
    • The max target cap has been increased on many boss skills.
    • Fixed an issue in which supply depots would sometimes appear to have supply when they were actually empty.
    • Fixed a Frostreach bell that wasn't summoning a Spirit of Koda.
    • Mechanical devourers summoned by the Charr Mechanic will no longer grant experience or loot when killed.
    • Reduced the gold cost to start breakout events.
  • Eternal Battlegrounds:
  • Borderlands:
    • The dolyak caravan traveling from the Lowlands camp to the Hills keep will now travel down the center of bridges, rather than along the railings.
    • Fixed an issue in which it was possible to teleport through the reinforced gate at Sunnyhill Tower.
    • Fixed some spawn inconsistencies between the Red World Borderlands and the Blue World and Green World Borderlands.

Black Lion Trading Company Gem Store[edit]

New Items and Promotions[edit]

Improvements[edit]

Bug Fixes[edit]

  • Made a slight change to the Zodiac armor skins to make normal maps less defined on the chest portion.

Guild Wars 2 Wiki Notes[edit]

  • The icons for the Assault Knight Power Cores have been updated.
  • The Champion Icebrood Troll in Honor of the Waves Path 1 is potentially bugged. It is said to be the same Troll from Ascalonian Catacombs. This is because it drops a loot bag and AC related loot.
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Update - March 11, 2014[edit]

Bug Fixes[edit]

Guild Wars 2 Wiki Notes[edit]

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Update - March 10, 2014[edit]

Bug Fixes[edit]

Guild Wars 2 Wiki Notes[edit]

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Update - March 7, 2014[edit]

Bug Fixes[edit]

  • As previously implied, each player who participated in any Assault Knight battle will receive a bonus reward chest when all 3 events complete as long as at least one Assault Knight has been defeated.
  • Fixed an issue in which the Assault Knight kill counter would reset incorrectly.
  • Fixed additional bugs related to the health regeneration issue with all Assault Knights.
  • Fixed an issue in which the "In Tune" and "No More Tricks, Scarlet" achievements were not being awarded if the player was downed or killed.
  • The "In Tune" and "No More Tricks, Scarlet" achievements are no longer awarded to players that leave the Prime Hologram encounter before it is completed.
  • Removed Assault Knight health bars from the meta-event UI to avoid confusion.
  • Scarlet has activated additional defenses on the Breachmaker during the Prime Hologram encounter. Thirty seconds into the battle, lasers will target the areas near the entrance portal and the elevator leading to the Breachmaker's interior. Being hit by these attacks will count against the "No More Tricks, Scarlet" achievement.

Guild Wars 2 Wiki Notes[edit]

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Update - March 6, 2014[edit]

Bug Fixes[edit]

  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from receiving loot from the Assault Knights. A reward chest will now be awarded after all three Assault Knight events have finished, and will be given to the corresponding participants even if only one Assault Knight was defeated.
  • To encourage players to split up, the boon from the associated Attunement Pool will now be required in order to damage each Assault Knight, and only 50 players can have the attunement for each color simultaneously.
  • Fixed a server crash during the Prime Hologram encounter.
  • Fixed an issue in which the Synergetic Assault Knight could be pulled into the water.

Guild Wars 2 Wiki Notes[edit]

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Update - March 5, 2014[edit]

Bug Fixes[edit]

Guild Wars 2 Wiki Notes[edit]

  • The Assault Knight Power Cores' descriptions didn't actually change.
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Update 3 — March 4, 2014[edit]

Bug Fixes[edit]

Guild Wars 2 Wiki Notes[edit]

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Update 2 — March 4, 2014[edit]

Bug Fixes[edit]

  • Fixed various server crashes.
  • Fixed an issue in which the Attunement Pools were not appearing correctly after an assault knight was killed.
  • Fixed an issue in which assault knights would reset health when targeting players at the edge of their engagement radius.
  • Players leaving the Scarlet's End instance will now always return to the ground of Lion's Arch.

Guild Wars 2 Wiki Notes[edit]

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Update — March 4, 2014[edit]

Living World[edit]

The Battle for Lion's Arch[edit]

Lion's Arch has been battered and razed, but as long as there are those who'll take up arms for our city, it will not be beaten! Scarlet and her armies—the Aetherblades, the Molten Alliance, and the Toxic Alliance—may have pushed us out of our city, but now the winds have blown her vile miasma out to sea. Lion's Arch belongs to all Tyrians. It's time to regroup and rally, liberate our besieged city, and take the fight to Scarlet to end her menace. Remember this day, for this battle will be worthy of legend!

Captain Magnus the Bloody-Handed

Regrouping and Rallying[edit]

While Lion's Arch is occupied by enemy forces, survivors have established refugee camps near each of the order headquarters.

At these locations, refugee camp directors can apprise players of the situation and show a flashback of the initial attack on Lion's Arch. While the Captain's Council oversees relief efforts, the Lionguard are making preparations for a counterattack. Also, heirlooms and found belongings can still be turned in for items.

Liberating Our Besieged City[edit]

Help the Lionguard reestablish a foothold near the three city entrances at Trader's Forum, Postern Ward, and Fort Marriner. After defending each point, order representatives will arrive to sell combat bonuses—Vigil Valiance, Priory Aethershield, and Quickness of Whispers. Members of each order will be granted a discounted price on their respective bonus.

Throughout the city, miasma canisters are still guarded by Scarlet's armies. Stopping all three miasma deployments simultaneously will earn bonus rewards. Moreover, Scarlet has secured different areas of the map by deploying her champions.

Taking the Fight to Scarlet[edit]

Arriving on each hour, Scarlet's legendary assault knights will show up at three locations and hover for several minutes before descending to attack.

Defeating the three assault knights simultaneously is the key to reaching Scarlet's airship, the Breachmaker. And players will not stand alone, for Tyria's heroes have come together and will fight alongside the players—Rox and Braham, Marjory and Kasmeer, and Captain Ellen Kiel and Heal-o-Tron.

Arriving upon the Breachmaker, players should expect an all-out battle against Scarlet's defenses to reach Scarlet herself. She's always got a trick up her sleeve, so come prepared. Be sure to pack consumables, food, utility buffs, and a favorite finisher. This may be our best and only chance to put a stop to Scarlet's villainy.

For the brave who battle their way to the Diverse Ledges, they can meet up with Lionguard Turma. Her latest scouting report states that she's found a new type of portal but is unable to access it without special equipment derived from Scarlet's technology.

Rewards and Achievements[edit]

Alliance supply bags will continue to be found on the defeated troops of Scarlet's armies. These bags often contain Refugee's Belongings, Blade Shards, and the occasional Refugee Child's Drawing for luck. Rarely, the satchels can contain items such as Quaggan Tonics, Captain's Airship Passes, and Powerful Potions of Slaying Scarlet's Armies.

Defeating all three miasma deployments simultaneously will award champion loot and 10 Blade Shards. Additionally, level 80 players will earn Empyreal Fragments, Dragonite Ore, and a rare chance for ascended gear.

Legendary Assault Knights will drop 5 Deluxe Gear Boxes and a chance at an Assault Knight Power Core, which can be used to color the Tempered Spinal Blades back item. Defeating all three knights within 6 minutes will award several masterwork items, a luck bonus, 1 Obsidian Shard, and 5 Blade Shards.

Players who ascend to the Breachmaker and finish the story will earn a new title and a unique helm skin to display proudly. Not only that, but by defeating Scarlet's defenses, players will additionally earn several masterwork and rare items, 15 Dragonite Ore, 3 Obsidian Shards, another chance for Assault Knight Power Cores, as well as a chance for rewards from previous Living World releases and a rare chance for one of two new unique rifles.

Additionally, completing the "This Is My City!" meta-achievement rewards a container of desirable items, including a 5-skill-point Scroll of Knowledge, 1 Essence of Luck, 5 Obsidian Shards, 50 Blade Shards, a five-use Guild Shield Finisher, and a rare item. Note: Aetherblade enemies across Tyria now have an added chance to drop Blade Shards. This addition to their drop list is permanent.

Aftermath[edit]

A small release will be available on March 18, which will provide an epilogue to recent events. That release will show the aftermath of what players have experienced in the Battle for Lion's Arch and will conclude the current story arc.

Balance, Bug-Fixing, Polish[edit]

World Polish[edit]

World Bosses[edit]

Black Lion Trading Company Gem Store[edit]

New Items and Promotions[edit]

Improvements[edit]

  • The Consumables category of the Gem Store has been replaced by the Special category. This category holds non-service items, many of which are unique to the Black Lion Trading Company.
  • The Minis category of the Gem Store has been replaced by the Toys category, which now includes minis, musical instruments, and more items that are just for fun.

Guild Wars 2 Wiki Notes[edit]