Play for $50,000 USD at the Next World Tournament Series Championship at PAX East

The next World Tournament Series Championship takes place on March 7, 2015, at PAX East in Boston, Massachusetts. Those who step up to the challenge could play for ,000 USD in cash prizes!

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What is the World Tournament Series?

The World Tournament Series is a global PvP event that includes players and teams from three different regions: North America, Europe, and China. Each team is ultimately competing for the opportunity to play for cash prizes and glory at the World Tournament Series Championship-a LAN event hosted in one of the three participating regions. The first championship event was held in Beijing, China, in December 2014, with North American team the Abjured taking home the crown.

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How do I get my team involved?

There are three main components to the World Tournament Series: securing an invitation to the World Tournament Series Invitational Qualifier, the Invitational Qualifier itself, and the World Tournament Series Championships.

Here are the details below about each leg of the series.

Qualifying for the World Tournament Series Invitational Qualifier (WTSIQ)

  • Your team can qualify for the WTSIQ by placing first or second in one of the January ESL Go4GuildWars2 Weekly Cups. The applicable cup dates are January 4, January 11, January 18, and January 25. The cups occur at 7:00 a.m. PST (16:00 CET) in Europe and 1:00 p.m. PST (22:00 CET) in North America. Your team must follow all of ESL’s rules and regulations regarding their cups, so make sure to read through their guidelines very carefully before competing to ensure you don’t run into any issues.
  • Your team must earn either first or second place in a weekly Cup to qualify for the WTSIQ, but you are encouraged to play in every cup as your overall standing in the monthly cup will affect your seeding in the WTSIQ event.
  • If a team that has previously qualified for the WTSIQ places in the top two again, the next team below them that has not yet qualified will be invited.

The World Tournament Series Invitational Qualifier

  • The top two teams from each week’s Go4GuildWars2 Cup will be invited to the World Tournament Series Invitational Qualifier for a total of eight teams per region.
  • The World Tournament Series Invitational Qualifier will take place on February 7 in both North America and Europe and will be double-elimination style.
  • Teams who qualify for the WTSIQ will need to meet certain eligibility requirements before they can compete:

    • All participants must be at least 18 years of age (or age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence, whichever is greater);
    • All participants must be legal residents of the European Union (for the purposes of this tournament, Iceland, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, and Turkey will be deemed part of the European Union), the United States, Canada, or Mexico;
    • All participants must be current residents or citizens of the region their teams are representing. The tournament organizer reserves the right to require proof of residency or citizenship (as applicable). Failure to provide proof in a form acceptable to the tournament organizer may result in disqualification.
  • Teams may find substitutes and execute roster changes between the time they qualify for the Invitational Qualifier and the start of the event, but they must have 3/5 of the original roster present to compete. If a team attempts to replace more than two members, they will need to requalify in another cup. Teams also may not recruit members of other teams that have already qualified.
  • To ensure that there are an even amount of teams playing in the World Tournament Series Championships, the region hosting the event will be represented by two teams. For the World Tournament Series Championships in Boston, North America will send two teams, Europe will send one team, and China will send one team.

World Tournament Series Championship in Boston, Massachusetts

  • The top four teams will take a trip to Boston, Massachusetts, to attend PAX East and play in the World Tournament Series Championships with ,000 USD on the line!
  • Airfare, hotel, and a per diem will be provided to all players courtesy of ArenaNet.

We’ll be releasing more information on the World Tournament Series in Boston over the next few months, but for now it’s time to get your team together and start competing in the ESL Go4GuildWars2 Cups, happening every Sunday!

We’ll see you in the Mists.

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Points of Interest Wraps Up 2014 This Friday

For the final Points of Interest of 2014, Rubi’s going on a guided tour of the new log-in reward and daily achievement systems. Guild Wars 2 Game Design Lead Mike Zadorojny and Gameplay Programmer Lester Bloom will show off the new systems and share a behind-the-scenes tale or two from its creation.
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Hugh Norfolk is in to check Rubi’s PvP 101 homework as well as set up for some PvP over the holidays. We’re going to do a quick recap of the basics to make sure everyone’s ready to jump in, and then it’s off to the unranked arenas!
Hop on the Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel  this Friday, December 19, at 12:00 p.m. PDT (19:00 UTC). We’ll see you then!

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Gifts Mail Delivery, Arctic Explorer Outfit, and New Wintersday Weapons in the Gem Store!

Wintersday has arrived, bringing with it brand-new offerings at the Black Lion Trading Company. This week, we have an outfit to protect you from the cold, a mail carrier that makes every piece of mail you send look like a gift, and a sharp new Wintersday weapon set. Also, for a limited time, receive a bonus Personalized Wintersday Gift in every Black Lion Chest you open!
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    Gifts Mail Delivery

    Make every mail you send special with Gifts Mail Delivery. With this mail carrier selected, your mail will be delivered at the feet of the recipient and burst open in a shower of magic and wonder.


  • Arctic Explorer Outfit

    It’s getting colder outside, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying the festivities! Bundle up with this Artic Explorer Outfit that is sure to keep you warm. Don’t be fooled by its stylish appearance-this outfit is combat-ready, too.
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    Wintersday Weapon Set

    This weapon set features a blend of winter wonders folded into black iron and polished to perfection. Each weapon is embellished with a handcrafted snow globe that swirls with a wintery blizzard in every movement.


  • Royal Pass (2 Weeks)

    For ultimate convenience during the festivities, we offer the Royal Pass (2 weeks). This magic ticket will teleport you into the Royal Terrace, which features merchants, crafting stations, a Mystic Forge, and of course, access to the Black Lion Trading Post.
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  • Available Now in the Gem Store!

    Log into Guild Wars 2 and press 'O' to access the Black Lion Trading Company for these great offers and more!

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Introducing the Wintersday Competitive-Event Schedule

There’s no better way to show off your holiday cheer than bashing in some skulls in PvP and WvW! Join us in the Mists between December 16 and January 13 to take part.
World vs. World: Sneak Attack

Come join in the World vs. World Sneak Attack! From December 16 through January 13, with every player kill in WvW, you’ll gain a point toward your world score. Use a finisher while your world has Borderlands Bloodlust to earn your world another point toward victory. To be extra sneaky, objectives under attack will not display white swords for the duration of this event. Creep in under the radar to shake things up or patrol your objectives and raise the alarm to your world to keep sneaks off your assets. To celebrate this event, we are introducing the Mist War Summons effect, which will give players +15% WXP, +50% magic find in WvW, and +15% experience on kills in WvW.
This special event gives us an opportunity to freshen up play by bending the rules of WvW, and we’re excited to try out some new things and offer improved rewards for a limited time.
PvP: Ladder Test Season

We’ve made substantial changes to the way our PvP matchmaking and leaderboards work, and we’d like your help in experimenting with these newly improved systems. Between December 16 and January 13, head into Ranked Arena and compete for the top spots on the leaderboard  to earn PvP-exclusive prizes, including the Glorious Hero’s armor, which is available only through top placement on the leaderboard or in tournament play.
The top-ranked players on the ladder in each region will earn the following prizes:

  • Top 250: Mini Llama
  • Top 20: One piece of Glorious Hero’s armor
  • Top 5: Two pieces of Glorious Hero’s armor
We’ll see you in the game!

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The Abjured Take the World Tournament Series in Beijing, China!

The day of reckoning has passed, and one team alone stands victorious. ArenaNet, in conjunction with KongZhong, our Chinese publishing partner, is proud to announce that the Abjured, representing North America, have been crowned the very first World Tournament Series champions!

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After Team Prime and Team SALA were eliminated in the semifinals, the Abjured and European team the Civilized Gentlemen faced off in some of the most heart-stopping tournament matches in Guild Wars 2 history. After three grueling games, the Abjured, led by team captain Phantaram, secured the final win on the Temple of the Silent Storm, marking North America’s first-ever win in an international event. For the Abjured, the moments that followed will not be soon forgotten-standing center stage, the North Americans hoisted the ,000 USD check and first-place trophy high above their heads to the tune of thunderous applause, blaring music, and flashing lights.

After the tournament, the bus ride back to the hotel was one of mixed emotions-the Abjured basked in their victory, faces glowing with excitement and pride. The European and Chinese teams sat together solemnly, quietly contemplating the decisions and missteps that cost them their chance at glory. As the bus approached the Chinese teams’ hotel, the silence was finally broken as Nocturne, captain of Team SALA, turned and addressed the North American and European teams just before exiting the bus, a fiery glint in his eyes. “We’ll see you in North America!” Nocturne declared, to which the teams remaining on the bus returned cheers of encouragement, welcoming the challenge. In that moment, the night became a celebration of not only the Abjured’s victory but a celebration of all the players involved in the event-a salute to the trials and tribulations that brought these individuals together, regardless of the final outcome. As much as this tournament was about creating fierce competition and bringing players together with the singular goal of besting each other in combat, it was heartwarming to see the comradery shared between the players, each from different walks of life, all ultimately united in their passion for Guild Wars 2.

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We’re committed to making Guild Wars 2 a truly unique experience for our players, both in the game and out, and we would like to thank all of our loyal fans for helping make the World Tournament Series possible. A special nod goes out to all of our new friends on the Abjured, the Civilized Gentlemen, Team Prime, and Team SALA. We are grateful to have all of you along with us for this journey as we shift our eyes forward to the World Tournament Series in North America and tournaments beyond.

You can join us in congratulating the Abjured on the official Guild Wars 2 forums.

We’ll see you in Boston.
Josh and the ArenaNet team

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Introducing the New Daily Achievement System

Content-Driven Achievement Rewards

With the Wintersday festival coming on December 16, we’re releasing a new version of the daily achievement system. With this new system, we want to give players the opportunity to try things they may not normally experience and feel like the rewards they earn for doing so mean something. Rather than having a generic reward for all achievements, each one will give players something that is thematically tied to the content they’re playing. Completing a fractal daily achievement will get you an extra pristine fractal relic, some additional agony resistance , and a tome of knowledge; taking a tower in WvW for an achievement will grant you World vs. World experience and additional badges of honor; or capturing a point in PvP will give you additional reward track progress. We want the rewards to help drive players to the content, not general rewards for all achievements.

To help accomplish this, we’ve broken the daily achievements into three distinct categories based on their game types: PvE, WvW, and PvP. Additionally, we’ve created a separation of easier achievements like “Killing 3 Players in WvW,” and more challenging ones like “Win 1 Match in PvP as a Mesmer” or “Defeat the Shatterer.” Easier achievements are quicker to accomplish, but harder achievements will give players greater rewards.

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As part of this change, we removed achievement points from the individual dailies. In the past, if you wanted to max out your achievement points, you’d have to do all ten daily achievements in a day and run all over the world. Instead, we’ve created a new meta-achievement for completing any combination of three daily achievements from any category. Completing this meta-achievement will award you a flat 10 achievement points that count toward your daily achievement point cap. So now players concentrating on achievement points only need to ensure they finish three daily achievements. Players will earn rewards other than achievement points if they complete additional achievements; you can do more achievements if you’re excited about the additional rewards, but you don’t have to feel pressured to do all of them every day to reach your achievement point max.

With the launch of this new system, December will be the last month to include monthly achievements. The monthly achievements provided larger goals to players but were still fairly generic and repetitive, and they don’t fit well with the new reward paradigm. Because some of you have already made progress on your monthlies, we will leave them in for this final month, allowing you to earn bonus laurels.

Finally, in a release coming early next year, we will merge the existing daily and monthly achievement point caps into one pool. This will allow players to continue working toward the maximum point totals for the daily achievement system without the existence of monthly achievements. “What about the rewards from the existing daily and monthly achievements? What about the laurels and Mystic Coins?” you might be asking. Well, fear not!

Log-in Rewards

One of the things we want to do is reward players for being fans of Guild Wars 2. So we’ve moved the original rewards from daily and monthly achievements, thrown in some new items for good measure, and combined it all into a new bonus system that rewards players just for logging in to the game. The first time you log in each day, you’ll receive a new bonus reward. The items on this new reward track are not only a combination of the previous daily and monthly achievement rewards but also some additional items we’ve added, including bags full of trophies needed for crafting and an exotic equipment chest guaranteed to give you an item for the profession of your choice.

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One way to think of this is like a holiday calendar that gives you a new present from ArenaNet each day. There are 28 individual rewards on the track, each one building toward an epic chest containing a permanent 1% increase to account gold find and your choice of either ascended crafting materials, materials necessary for crafting your legendary weapon (including mystic clovers), an additional sum of laurels, or tomes of knowledge.

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Missed a day because of work, vacation, or a work vacation? No worries, your progress is still there! The next time you log in, you’ll pick up where you left off. The system will only reset once you’ve claimed the 28th and final reward.

With the new daily achievement and log-in reward systems, players should have more things to do each day and feel more rewarded for being a hero. Happy achievement hunting, and we’ll see you in Tyria!

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Season 2 Returns on January 13

A few months ago, we announced that Guild Wars 2‘s Living World experience was launching on a path that would result in our story-and the whole world of Tyria-reaching a point of no return. We’ve since ventured into the heart of Glint’s lair, discovered secrets in the depths of the Durmand Priory, witnessed the fall of the leader of the Zephyrites, recovered the last known dragon egg only to have it stolen out from under us by a longtime friend, and searched through the first memories of the sylvari race in our hunt to find her.
Our story now finds the Pact’s fleet of airships poised to launch their assault into the jungle, and our band of heroes standing before a sealed cave marked with ancient runes. On January 13, Living World Season 2 will return to take you beyond that seal, and you’ll discover moments that will forever change the course of Tyria.  
Holiday Events

As we count down to January 13 and enjoy the holiday season, we’ll feature a number of exciting events across our core game modes in Guild Wars 2. On December 16, our annual holiday festival, “A Very Merry Wintersday,” will make its return at its new home in Divinity’s Reach. Queen Jennah has graciously agreed to host the event to celebrate the Pact Fleet’s coming assault into the jungle, and to lighten the burden on Lion’s Arch during its rebuilding efforts in the wake of the city’s destruction.
Starting December 16, and running through January 13, we’ll host our first-ever test ladder season in Player vs. Player! Using our new matchmaking and ladder formulas, you can battle your way to the top of the ladder in PvP for the next four weeks to earn prestige, honor, and prizes!
Hot on the heels of our inaugural World Tournament Series finale event in Beijing, we’ll be bringing you more top-tier PvP action with the first-ever ESL monthly championship. Join us on December 10 to watch top teams in North America and Europe compete for over $3,000 (USD) in prizes, broadcast live from the ESL HQ studios in Los Angeles and Cologne. This marks the beginning of a partnership with ESL that will continue to bring you exciting monthly championship events from the top PvP teams and PvP shoutcasters in the world.
In World vs. World, from December 16 to January 13, we’ll feature our first non-tournament WvW event, the WvW Sneak Attack. Join us as we turn the rules of WvW upside down for four weeks. Every player you kill in WvW will gain your world a point. Earn an extra point by using a finisher while your world has Borderlands Bloodlust. Objectives under attack will not display their customary white sword, and the Mist War Summons buff will give you an extra +15% WXP gain, +50% Magic Find in WvW, and +15% experience on kills in WvW. If all goes well, this will be just the first of many special events in WvW.
The Final Countdown

Exciting events and content are coming to Guild Wars 2 over the holidays as we count down to the pivotal moment of Living World’s second season on January 13. We hope you’ll join us for the ride; you won’t want to miss it.
We’ll see you in Tyria!

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The ESL Go4GuildWars2 Monthly Finals Take Place This Wednesday

Tune in to the Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel on Wednesday, December 10, and witness the top PvP teams from the November Go4GuildWars2 Cups clash in a fight to take home the lion’s share of the combined $3,000+ (USD) cash prize pool.
The action kicks off at 10:00 a.m. PST (1:00 p.m. EST, 18:00 UTC) with the European finals as veteran Guild Wars 2 shoutcaster Jebro is joined by e-sports legend James “Kaelaris” Carrol, live from ESL Studios in Cologne, Germany.
At 4:00 p.m. PST (7:00 p.m. EST, midnight UTC), Joshua “Grouch” Davis, fresh from his trip to Beijing, will be joined by Dan “Frodan” Chou for the North American finals, live from ESL Studios in Los Angeles, California.
Here’s a preview of the top-seeded teams going into the finals event:European FinalsPlaceTeamPoints1stMade in Meta2502ndThe Civilized Gentlemen2203rdCheese Mode200North American FinalsPlaceTeamPoints1stThe Absurd4202ndThe Abjured3803rdBoreal Esports155
You can find the full list of participating teams on the Global ESL Go4GuildWars2 home page.
We’ll see you there!

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Join the ArenaNet Team at PAX East in March for the Next World Tournament Series Event

After putting our very first World Tournament Series event in the books just a few hours ago in Beijing, China, the ArenaNet team, in partnership with our Chinese publishing partner KongZhong, is happy to announce that the next World Tournament Series event will take place in early March at PAX East in Boston, Massachusetts. Just like the tournament in Beijing, there’s $50,000 up for grabs!
In the coming weeks, we’ll provide more information on how you and your team can participate, but for now, it’s time to build those team rosters, jump into PvP, and get practicing! You’ll have plenty of time to experiment and refine your strategy as the qualifying events aren’t set to kick off until early January.
When creating your teams, make sure to keep in mind the following eligibility requirements:

  • All players must be at least 18 years of age (or age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence, whichever is greater);
  • All players must be able to provide proof of eligibility to travel to the United States (such as an international passport);
  • All players must be legal residents of the European Union, Iceland, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey (for the purpose of this tournament, residents of these countries will also be deemed part of the European Union), the United States, Canada, or Mexico; and
  • All players must be current residents or citizens of the regions their teams are representing.
We look forward to seeing you and your team on the battlefield!
Josh

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Points of Interest Is Live on Twitch This Week

We’re venturing into Caithe’s past this week to track down her motive for taking Glint’s egg, which gives us a lot to talk about on Points of Interest. Leif Chappelle and Josh Foreman will be dropping by for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this update.
Join Points of Interest live to be part of the discussion with Leif and Josh, check out the latest in Guild Wars 2 fan projects, and see how Rubi’s faring on the PvP side in PvP 101 with Hugh Norfolk.
Tune in to the Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel this Friday, December 5, at 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time (19:00 UTC). We’ll see you then!
Ready Up

On the final Ready Up of 2014, Josh is joined by PvP Programmer Evan Lesh for a tour of the PvP infrastructure changes coming on December 2. Don’t miss the Lesh Prince’s glorious bugle!
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We’ll see you on Twitch!

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