Guildwars 2: Heart of Thorns. Feature Overview.

Heart of Thorns

 

You know the deal by now, no spoilers here, I just thought it may be useful to those looking to purchase the first expansion to Guildwars 2 (and those new to the franchise completely) to outline some of the new features that come along with the new story content.

A whole new world

Well, place, “The Heart of Maguuma” is a jungle region housing 4 open world maps. Within each map are 3 different levels or “biomes” the roots, the floor and the canopy. With this comes new races of creatures, new outposts and a new storyline which takes place after Living World Season 2.

The Mastery system

This system adds progression and rewards for characters who have reached level 80. Certain actions will reward mastery points which can be spent levelling up mastery tracks, these add new features, items or abilities to your character. Gliding or crafting a legendary weapon for example.

Revenant – A new profession

A heavy armour profession that channels energy and abilities from characters in Guildwars’ past, which you can switch between to harness the best skills for the situation you are in.

Elite specializations

A way for those who are level 80 to unlock new weapons, traits and skills. Each profession currently has the option of one specialization, the Elementalist’s being Tempest, and this unlocks shouts for these Eles.

Guildhalls!

Yes, like in Guildwars 1, only not really…so, so much better, but damn expensive to obtain. I shall type a separate post on these as and when I can.

Also, new content for PvP and WvW players (I don’t really explore this very much) and raids for those who want to play more challenging content in a group setting. (Again I will post more on these once I have experienced them more for myself) This is what I know of so far, let me know if I’ve missed anything. See you in game!

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Guildwars 2: Free to play.

Guildwars 2 is free to play.

 

I’ve always thought ArenaNet have been excellent for making such an awesome MMORPG that’s buy to play, where you purchase the game, and then play for free, meaning no monthly subscription. With the first expansion launching soon, they have gone a little further and made the base game free to download and play completely. This allows people who are new to the franchise a chance to try the game, and also, they don’t have to invest a huge amount of money to get the full experience. (They will only have to shell out for the expansion)

There are of course some limitations to free accounts;

  • Fewer character and bag slots.
  • Map chat is disabled, but whisper and local chat are still available.
  • These players can buy and sell on the market but can’t mail gold or items directly to other players, trade gold for gems, or access guild vaults.
  • And, to quote ArenaNet directly “free accounts have some restrictions to prevent them from skipping ahead to places where they could be used to disrupt the game. They must play to level 10 before leaving the starter zones, to level 30 before using LFG, and to level 60 before using World vs. World. They can play PvP immediately but must get to rank 20 before using custom and unranked arenas.”

 

If you have always wanted to give the game a try CLICK HERE to register and start playing. If you’d like to join me, I play on the Aurora Glade EU server.

Within the FAQ, ArenaNet provide a handy table detaling limitations, depending on what content you have purchased, on This page.

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Hearthstone Hunter Deck

Hearthstone Hunter

 

After investing in the Alleria hero skin, I decided that my second class to play as in Hearthstone would be Hunter, I like how quick games with a deck that focuses mainly on hitting the other hero’s “face” can be, and enjoy the different play-style, when compared to Rogue (this is less about combos.) Pictured above is the deck I am currently using, the only ones not pictured are 1 x Tundra Rhino and 1 x Savannah Highmane. It has served me pretty well so far, but I’m still new to the class, and so will tweak and update here when necessary.

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Guildwars 2: Playing as a Guardian.

GW2 Guardian
GW2 Guardian

After 200 hours spent as an elementalist, I felt it about time for a change.  Step forward Sylvarian Guardian. Currently hovering around the level 60 mark, I can honestly say that no part of levelling a second character has yet become a chore. Guardians are possibly the more flexible and forgiving of professions in the game, wearing heavy armour they can feel tanky when armed with a greatsword, but can make awesome support healers when using a mace and shield. At the moment I’m set up running the following traits and switch between those 2 weapon sets, but there are other weapons guardians can wield, including staves.

Zeal

Zealous Blade – Greatsword attacks heal you.
Greatsword power – +5% greatsword damage.

Valor

Defender’s Shield – +90 Toughness when wielding a shield.
Purity – Cleanse a condition from you every 10 seconds.

Honor

Resolute Healer – Generates a Shield of Absorption when you start reviving an ally.

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