Tyria’s Point of No Return

A Living World

The return of Living World Season 2 is rapidly approaching.  When the season resumes on November 4, we’ll see the story pick up from the cliffhanger that left one of the world’s leaders fighting for survival, and the races of Tyria preparing for war against the Elder Dragon Mordremoth.  
For Tyrians, the awakening of each of the previous elder dragons led to catastrophic world events: earthquakes, tidal waves, and the raising of a long sunken continent are just some examples of the destruction left in their wake. These have seared their marks into the face of Tyria.
Now another elder dragon stirs deep in the heart of the jungle. The world’s leaders have agreed to turn their attention to this new threat and attempt to destroy it before it can wreak the havoc they’ve seen other elder dragons sow. As season 2 returns, we turn our eyes towards Mordremoth as our next target. We also ponder the meaning of the vision given by the Pale Tree and the role that legends of Tyria’s past may play in a story that is yet to unfold.
Holiday Festivals

As we’ve done in the past, there will be festival releases interweaved into this coming Living World season. Let’s take a quick look at our festival calendar for the remainder of 2014.
This coming Tuesday, October 21, the Mad Realm returns with our annual Halloween release. On December 16, we’ll release our usual holiday-themed festivities with Wintersday. Both of these releases will feature the same content as last year but with refreshed rewards, giving you fun new festival-themed items to earn.
Into the Jungle

The road to war is paved by points of no return. Tyria has already decided to take the battle to Mordremoth. As we go on this journey we’ll learn dark secrets of Tyria’s past, venture into stories with roots deep in the very heart of Guild Wars lore, and visit places that have only been rumored to exist.
Season 2′s final episode will feature an unforgettable end for all of you who go on this journey with us.  So make sure to jump in and join the ride starting on November 4.
We’ll see you in game!

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Overwolf Contest Results!

Greetings, Tyrians!
You fought, you flipped, you streamed! And now, at the end of the World vs. World Streaming Contest with Overwolf, we have our winners:

Here’s what each winner received:
1st Place
  • 8,000 Gems
  • SteelSeries Guild Wars 2 Gaming Headset
  • SteelSeries Guild Wars 2 Gaming Mouse
  • SteelSeries QCK Guild Wars 2 Eir Edition Mousepad
2nd Place
  • 5,000 Gems
  • SteelSeries Guild Wars 2 Gaming Headset
3rd Place
  • 2,000 Gems
Congratulations to our winners and to everyone who participated. If you haven’t watched some of these streamers, go check out their channels!
We’d also like to share a few new Overwolf apps that might pique your interest.
Markers

Markers focuses on placing customizable markers into the game world as well as on the game map. These markers can be created manually, or they can be created from specific sources, such as WvW match information. The markers can even be shared with other players, making it a useful communication tool.
Ahh Dragons WvW

This is a slick and easy-to-use WvW timer that can track the locations of you and other friendly players on the map. Simply generate a key, have everyone enter the key, and you have a mini WvW map with markers representing you and your friends.
GW2 Monster Hunter

The world boss timers—with a logbook! This app was designed for all you boss-hunters in the world of Tyria. It features world boss timers and convenient logbook functionality that enables you to track which bosses you’ve already defeated on a given day.
The Overwolf platform features these useful Guild Wars 2 overlay apps, and you can see more on the Overwolf App Store!

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WvW Fall Tournament 2014: Congratulations, Winners!

After four weeks of intense fighting, filled with hard-fought victories and heart-wrenching losses, the WvW Fall Tournament finally came to an end with six worlds claiming the right to call themselves tournament champions.
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For Europe, we’d like to extend our congratulations to Seafarer’s Rest for a dominant display in gold league, Piken Square for winning silver league, and Miller’s Sound for bronze league. On the North American front, congratulations Blackgate for taking gold league, Yak’s Bend for conquering silver, and a nod to Gate of Madness for taking bronze.
You can find the full list of results on the WvW Fall 2014 Tournament page.
We hope you enjoyed this event, and we look forward to seeing you on the battlefield the next time around!

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On YouTube: Points of Interest Episode 8

Points of Interest was back from a short hiatus last week!  Rubi talked with Content Designer Leah Rivera and Game Designer Teddy Nguyen about dynamic events – one of the best examples of community gameplay in Guild Wars 2. If you weren’t able to join us for the live show, you can watch it now on the Guild Wars 2 YouTube channel.
Subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay on top of our latest video releases!

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Ready Up 23: Updates on balance, Skyhammer, the World Tournament Series, and the WvW Fall Tournament

Come join us for the live broadcast of Ready Up on Friday, October 17, as we discuss a variety of competitive-related topics. First up, we’ll be previewing some profession balance changes you can expect in early November. On the PvP front, we’ll be talking about some upcoming changes to the Skyhammer map and giving an update on the World Tournament Series. Last but not least, we’ll discuss on the WvW Fall Tournament as well as the Adopt-A-Dev Program.
The show will air live on the Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel this Friday, October 17, at 12:00 p.m. PDT (19:00 UTC).
We’ll see you there!

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Halloween Outfit, Minis, and Finishers in the Gem Store!

As the month plods on and we grow closer to that eerie time when the barrier between our world and the next wanes, the Black Lion Trading Company is showing the Mad King’s influence more and more! Read on to learn more about this week’s treats.
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    Raiment of the Lich

    This year, the Black Lion Trading Company is proud to present the ultimate in vintage couture! Pick up the Raiment of the Lich and partake in a fashion statement last seen in Tyria more than 250 years ago.


  • Creepy Mini 3-Pack

    This year’s spooky mini bundle includes the Mini Glowing Bat, Mini Mad King Head, and Mini Candy Corn Skritt!
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    Halloween Finishers

    Take the spirit of the season with you into Player vs. Player and World vs. World with our returning Halloween-themed Mad King and Scarecrow Finishers!


  • 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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Watch the Tournament of Glory Finals this weekend for a chance to win a precursor weapon!

Hundreds of teams signed up for the Tournament of Glory one month ago, and after four harrowing qualifiers, we’re down to the top eight teams per region. This weekend the top players in Guild Wars 2 will be fighting not only for the exclusive Glorious Hero’s armor, but also for pride and respect – something that does not come easily or without great sacrifice. For these teams, ultimate victory is a mere three tournament rounds away.
Schedule and Livestream Information

October 11 – European Tournament of Glory Finals
9:00 a.m. PDT (12:00 p.m. EDT, 16:00 UTC)
October 12 – North American Tournament of Glory Finals
12:00 p.m. PDT (3:00 p.m. EDT, 19:00 UTC)
To celebrate this weekend’s tournament, we’ll have a few goodies lined up for our players and viewers. For starters, make sure to tune into the tournament livestreams and pay attention to Twitch chat for a chance to win a precursor of your choice or a cute and cuddly Mini Llama. These giveaways will be on every language’s stream, so show some support for your favorite hosts!
Additionally, for the entire weekend of the event we’ll be enabling the “Call of the Mists” bonus in PvP maps. This bonus grants all players +10% increased PvP rank point gain, +15% reward track progress, and an additional +100% magic find while in Heart of the Mists (and yes, this works on all reward track boxes). This is the perfect time to jump into PvP for the first time and maybe grab some cool rewards while you’re at it!Tournament of Glory FinalsNorth American TeamsEuropean TeamsHashtag BelieveRead it BackwardsAPeX PrimeCheese ModeSharks with LazersPeanut Butter Jelly TimesCognitive GamingHigh ImpactThe AbjuredMade in MetaEvil VillainsRealize U Got No Real LifeTeam BlacklistedErotic Solitude LegendsThe Uncivilized Rough BoysThe Civilized Gentlemen
Teams to Watch Out For

North America

APeX Prime – With a team history that includes first place in the inaugural Tournament of Legends, as well as second place in Tournament of Legends 2, APeX Prime is sure to be a strong contender in this weekend’s event. Their craving to regain the throne will be an undeniable boost to this team’s performance this weekend.
The Abjured – This volatile team has taken the North American competitive scene by storm, going nearly undefeated in recent scrimmages and Team Arena matches. If this group can manage to keep their tempers under wraps they’re destined to go far (perhaps too often).
The Uncivilized Rough Boys – A team that has flown under the radar in recent weeks, The Uncivilized Rough Boys (the apparent arch nemesis of Europe’s The Civilized Gentlemen) are a wildcard. This team is focused on precise and tactical engagements, with enough coordinated burst damage to take down an elder dragon in three seconds flat.
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Europe

The Civilized Gentlemen – The undisputed kings of the European competitive scene, The Civilized Gentlemen have a long history of success under their belt, including the Tournament of Legends, the MLG Guild Wars 2 Invitational, and the International All-Stars Tournament. Their refined team strategy and individual skill makes them the team to beat this weekend.
Cheese Mode – With a stacked roster of skilled players, Cheese Mode’s team fight and skirmishing potential is second to none. Even though the team has endured a few roster changes over the past few weeks, don’t discount their ability to adapt and improvise at a moment’s notice.
Made in Meta – Made in Meta has been around for a very long time in various iterations, always a top competitor. In 2013, they claimed the number one spot in Curse’s Masters of the Mists tournament, as well as the ESL Test Cup. We’re looking forward to watching Made in Meta reclaim their former glory.
Beyond the Tournament of Glory Finals

All of the teams in the Tournament of Glory Finals, assuming they are eligible, have also earned invitations to the World Tournament Series Invitational Qualifier that takes place on October 25 and 26. Consider the Tournament of Glory Finals as an early preview of that action!
See you there!

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Come celebrate the 50th ESL Weekly Cup this Thursday!

We’d like to cordially invite you to join us tomorrow in celebrating the 50th tournament of the ESL Weekly Cup a PvP tournament hosted by our community organizers and shoutcasters each week, with hundreds of players and teams from all levels of skill having taken part over the last year.
As part of the celebration, our hosts will be giving away Mini Llamas and gem codes throughout the livestream, which starts at 11:00 a.m. PDT (20:00 CEST) on the guild wars 2 Official Twitch channel.
A special shout-out to all of our ESL admins and organizers for making this event possible for our players over the past year!
We’ll see you there!

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Tireless Harvesting Minions and Glowing Green Mask in the Gem Store!

The air is getting chilly, leaves are beginning to fall, and there’s a definite hint of spookiness around Tyria! The Halloween celebration may not be coming back until later this month, but I just can’t contain myself – the Black Lion Trading Company is already bringing you some ghoulish items. Read on to learn more!
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    Bone Gathering Tools

    Gather in spooky style with our Tireless Harvesting Minion and Tireless Logging Minion tools! These specters are our newest additions to our permanent gathering tools collection. We’re also bringing back the grisly Bone Pick so you can round out your permanent gathering collection!


  • New—Glowing Green Mask

    Make a statement with the Glowing Green Mask, a universal helm skin that lights up your eyes with an eerie green flame.
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    Ending Soon

    This is the last week for you to pick up Taimi’s Dye Kit directly from the Gem Store! You’ve also got just two days left to get your hands on the Minis 3-Pack Sets 1 and 2.


  • 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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