Hearts of the North

As the days grow short, Tyria prepares for the new year. Decorations pop up around town, and holiday vendors sell seasonal treats. The crisp air carries the scent of gingerbread and peppermintand the occasional flying snowball! Not everything is nog and joy. Again, the gods Dwayna and Grenth clash over who will control the weather during the coming months. This year, however, Balthazar has pledged his support to the followers…

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Skill Balance

For more information on these changes, please see the following. Assassin Black Mantis Thrust: increased activation time to 1 second; increased recharge to 6 seconds. Leaping Mantis Sting: decreased activation time to 1/2 second. Elementalist Mirror of Ice: increased recharge to 45 seconds. Mesmer Empathy (PvP): decreased damage to 15…45. Visions of Regret: split for PvP; retains original functionality. Visions of Regret (PvP): decreased unconditional damage to 10…30; decreased conditional…

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Canthan New Year 2012

The Year of the Dragon is upon us—it’s time for the annual! Help honor the Celestial Dragon, a mythical reptile that will descend from the sky to bestow good luck upon the populace for all of 2012—but only if the traditional New Year’s feast meets the tiny dragon’s high standards! The 2012 Canthan New Year Festival begins at noon Pacific (-8 GMT) on Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 and will end…

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Due to the extraordinary number of contest entries

North American players, rejoice! You now have not just one opportunity, but two, to get your hands on a Guild Wars miniature! As you may be aware, NCsoft Europe recently announced a partnership with various European publications that will give players the chance to acquire one of several Guild Wars in-game miniatures. North American players have an opportunity to acquire an all-new miniature in the PC Gamer Special Guild Wars…

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Guild Wars Wintersday

The Wintersday 2007 Contest offered one Guild Wars player the opportunity to make a significant and historic mark on the annual holiday celebration. Players were invited to get into the spirit of the season and create a piece of concept art for our traditional Wintersday giveaway: a splendid piece of holiday headgear. This special seasonal hat is only available on the final day of the festival when Grenth, Lord of…

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Guild Wars Halloween Art Contest 2008 Winners

The Wintersday Festival invited players to create and submit works of art that represent the special holidays of winter. Hundreds of players accepted that invitation and created some seriously striking seasonal art. Entries arrived from every corner of the globe, in all kinds of media: 2D art, 3D art, pencil sketches, paintings, screenshot compilations, even 3D models! Congratulations and thanks to all who submitted their work. You can review the…

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Congratulations to our winners and a big thank you to all who participated!

The annual Guild Wars Halloween Art Contest gave players a chance to celebrate Halloween, Guild Wars style, by sharing their spookiest creative efforts. You can find the contest rules . We received hundreds of awesome submissions. We were so impressed by both the Halloween spirit and the quality of artistic talent in our community that it was hard to choose the winners. Winners will be notified by email, and we…

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Other Changes

  Second Wind is a skill that has a unique interaction with the Exhaustion mechanic. While it doesn’t see a lot of use it can be fairly powerful under the right conditions. We’ve lowered the casting time and Exhaustion caused by this skill in order to improve its use. Additionally, it now heals the caster to provide some bar compression. Testing revealed that these changes could potentially bring back certain…

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Ride the Lightning and Secnd Wind

  We felt the Mind skills could use some small buffs to better justify their conditional secondary effects and Exhaustion. As a Fire spell it made sense for Mind Burn to at least have an AoE component while Mind Freeze simply didn’t do enough damage to justify its Exhaustion. We’ve reduced the Exhaustion costs on both of these skills in order to make them more usable. Mind Shock is a…

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Reduced Exhaustion Costs

  The Exhaustion mechanic is unique in Guild Wars in that it is a resource that cannot be manipulated by any skill; this makes it one of our strongest balancing mechanisms. However, because all skills that cause Exhaustion cause the same amount of Exhaustion, it often becomes difficult to properly balance the skill’s effectiveness with the fixed Exhaustion penalty. As a result, we usually see players take the single most…

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