Guild Wars 2 Expansion – Heart of Thorns

Yesterday the first Guild Wars 2 expansion, Heart of Thorns, was announced at PAX South in San Antonio, Texas. Set to continue where Living Story Season 2 ended, the expansion sees players heading deep into the Maguuma Jungle in pursuit of the Elder Dragon, Mordremoth.

New biomes and mapsHeart of Maguuma

The Maguuma Jungle is billed as having hugely vertical maps, and will cover 3 distinct biomes – the core of the jungle floor, beneath the roots of the trees and in the canopy.

 

Mastering the Jungle11 - Masteries

The jungle is billed as a very different environment to the existing maps in Guild Wars 2. To cope with this, players will be able to train into masteries to help them traverse the jungle and gain access to new content that would be inaccessible. Examples given include gliders to allow you to fly to inaccessible areas and learning to understand the languages of other races who then give you secrets.

Mastery points will be account wide (like WvW points), and will be given for a variety of activities, including existing Guild Wars 1 content.

Introducing the Revenant

18 - Profession Revenant

This brand new class focusses on channelling the heroes of Tyria’s past and using those abilities to destroy their enemies. The full set of heroes will be announced closer to launch, but Mallyx and Jalis Ironhammer have been confirmed on the list. The Revenant is a heavy armor class, and parallels have been drawn between the Ritualist and Dervish of Guild Wars 1.

Specialisations

16 - Specializations

To refresh the existing professions, specialisations will be made available through training. These specialisations will make new weapons, skills and traits available to the professions, including greatsword for necromancers, and rangers will be able to become a staff wielding druid.

Guild Halls

25 - Guild Halls

Finally making it into the game are guild halls. Billed as “a part of the Maguuma for you and your guild to claim” these will be areas to prepare for missions and launch into the new Stronghold PvP mode.

Other headlines

  • No level cap increase
  • No new gear tier
  • New legendary weapons and precursor crafting
  • New WvW borderlands map

The Bottom Line

Heart of Thorns will be a paid-for boxed expansion and not a standalone game. Whilst no date or price has yet been announced, the expectation is that “things will move quite quickly”. To that end, the game will be available to play at PAX East (US) and EGX Rezzed (UK) at the start of March.

 

Excited? Got questions? Join the discussion.

Steam sale starts today!

Hide your wallet, the Steam sale starts today!

From now until Tuesday 2nd December, there’ll be new games on sale to beef  up your library and tempt you to part with your hard earned cash.

Kicking off the sale today is the newly released Civilization: Beyond Earth at 50% off, The Evil Within at 66% off and Don’t Starve at 75% off (less than £3!). These deals will end on the 28th, whilst other deals will change daily.

Come and play Cards Against Humanity

Next Friday 28th November at 8pm UTC, there’s going to be another Cards Against Humanity session.

Details can be found on our forum. Hope to see you there!

Guild Wars 2 Living Story Restarts!

This coming Tuesday, the Guild Wars 2 Living Story will restart with Echoes of the Past. The Pact is preparing for war against Mordremoth, but heroes are uniting in a mysterious land to fight against the Elder Dragon.

The update promises new armor skins, a new statistics combo and skill re-balances, to be followed with another in 2 weeks.

Don’t fret if you don’t have time to play before the next update, just log in to the game to unlock the chapter to play at a later date!

MYST: A Change Of Direction

Panic

As a guild, we’ve adapted and changed over the years to best fit the needs of you lot – the members. Every now and then we like to take a step back and take stock of how things are, what the state of participation and enjoyment is, and to see what we can do to improve the community as a whole.

After talking at length, we’ve decided to switch things up a bit to help focus the guilds efforts and refine what it is we want to provide our members. After monitoring the decreased levels in activity on Guild Wars 2, coupled with the contrasting increase in activity within other games, we’ve decided to remove Guild Wars 2 as our primary focus.

Now before you start running through the streets setting market stalls on fire in protest, allow me to explain. We are not completely leaving Guild Wars 2 as a favoured game, we’re just taking a step back on what we want to provide in an effort to promote the community as a whole. There will still be people playing Guild Wars and the guild will continue to exist within the game itself. Guild missions will not be affected.

Because of these changes and the recent increase of activity in Steam chat, we’ve decided to make the MYST Steam group our focal point for communal discussion to run alongside our forums. As a platform, it helps us all to connect across a multitude of different games so we can keep in touch whilst trying out the latest releases or indulging in some of our most nostalgic titles. Whatever your poison, its a great way for us to all stay in touch. As a result of this shift, we would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to take due care and consideration when talking in this space – It’s there for everyone and no one should feel uneasy or unwanted.

To help kick off our new direction, we’ve decided the best way to get us all playing together would be to organise regular events across the games we love to play. Previous one-off sessions in Team Fortress 2, Unreal Tournament, and many others have proven to be successful in getting us all crammed together in an effort to kill Sven, and we believe this is the best way to to encourage you all to play together and have some fun. Alongside the computer games, we plan on running some RPG and board game nights too, and there’s already a scheduled bout in Cards Against Humanity that you can sign up for now if you’re interested. Be sure to keep an eye on the forums for more information as it comes, and if you think of anything you’d like to get us playing, make sure you tell us.

And that’s it! As always if you have any issues, concerns, or thoughts on what has been said here, or on any other aspects of guild life please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

~ Myst Management

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