Lava Lounge Pass, Pirate Corsair Hat, and Cosmic Logging Tool in the Gem Store

I’ve got an eclectic mix of goods in stock this week, which means there’s something for everybody. Take a break in our new lounge, inspire the respect and fear that a pirate captain is due, and harness the power of space to chop down trees—just because you can. Why not? It’s all you, cub.

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    Lava Lounge Pass

    Get away from all the burning, searing, fatal volcanic heat of Ember Bay in the Lava Lounge, where you can relax, access amenities and services, and rest your eyes. Purchase a two-week pass to try it out or a permanent pass to kick back anytime.

  • Pirate Corsair Hat

    Do you know what separates a pirate captain from a deck swab? Efficiency. That’s why this dashing hat comes with an eye patch, so you can let the world know this isn’t your first time on deck.

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    Cosmic Logging Tool

    Show the nearest tree who’s boss with our newest logging tool. No hatchet? No problem. A handy black hole will gather your lumber and transport it into your bags. Try not to look directly into the void.

  • 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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Community Showcase Live: September

Join host Gaile Gray and her developer guest for the next episode of Community Showcase Live on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel! They’ll showcase artwork, fan projects, videos, and crafts, all created by the amazingly talented Guild Wars 2 community.

Community Showcase Live will air on Wednesday, September 28 at noon Pacific Time (UTC-7).


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BLTC Maintenance: 26 September 2016

Last Post: Sep 26, 2016 22:49

The Black Lion Trading Company will be undergoing a scheduled maintenance this evening, Monday, September 26, 2016 starting at 8:00 pm Pacific time and ending at approximately 8:30 pm Pacific time. During this maintenance window both the Gem Store and the Trading Post may be briefly inaccessible. Please note that the Currency Exchange and client purchases are not expected to be impacted.

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The ArenaNet Streaming Schedule for the Week of September 26

We’ve partnered up with some our fans to showcase their creative and exciting Guild Wars 2-inspired content on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel. Check out next week’s schedule below!

Streams for the Week of September 26Wednesday, September 28

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The Guild Wars 2 Art Show – Part I (by Correllis)(English)
8:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Rerun: Watch Correllis as he recreates Bloodstone Fen in impressionistic strokes.
You can also find all the previously created artworks on the Guild Wars 2 Art Show Flickr Album.

GuildNews Podcast (by Sputti) (German)
10:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
The week in review with the GuildNews crew.

Thursday, September 29

The Guild Wars 2 Art Show – Part II (by Correllis)(English)
8:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Rerun: Watch Correllis as he recreates Bloodstone Fen in impressionistic strokes.

The GuildMag Podcast (by GuildMag)(English)
1:00 PM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
The GuildMag team brings you up to speed on everything that happened this week in the Guild Wars 2 universe.

Friday, September 30

Achievementhunter on Tour (by GW2Community.de)(German)
4:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Join Stivie, one of Guild Wars 2‘s world class achievement hunters, as he enters the new PvP map.

If you need help converting times into your own time zone, you can use this tool.
Thank you for watching!


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Mursaat Token Bug Fix and Localized Text

Last Post: Sep 22, 2016 00:27

We have released a hotfix for the following bug:

Mursaat Tokens that were previously blocked, have been moved to accessible locations.

While we have corrected this bug, there is currently an issue with our pipeline that prevented localized text (German, French, Spanish) from being included in this bug fix.

We chose to release the bug fix to the functionality of Mursaat Tokens as soon as we could, rather than delay it.

The team is currently working on the issues with the localized text and this will be corrected as soon as possible.

Thanks for your patience and understanding.

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Announcing the Winners of the 2016 Guild Wars 2 World Championship

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<p>Please join us in congratulating Denial eSports, winners of the 2016 <em>Guild&nbsp;Wars&nbsp;2</em> Pro League World Championship!</p>
<p>We’d like to thank all our competitors and sponsors for helping to make this event a success!</p>

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Legendary Weapons

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<p>Hey, everyone! Matt Pennebaker here, with Mike O’Brien joining me, to talk about the new legendary weapon that came out today, why we suspended them in the first place, and the decision to move forward with them in this direction.</p>
<p>It was a tough decision to suspend work on legendary weapons. We did it because we wanted to put all our energy into creating new content for the game. The old legendary journeys took months to design, write, implement, and test, and they were one of a set of things that was keeping us busy on something other than creating content for everyone.</p>
<p>But even after suspending work on them, the discussion about legendary weapons never stopped on our side. Some players viewed “suspended indefinitely” as code words for “canceled,” but for us, it was more of a time-out while we worked to find a different solution. We wanted to find a way to deliver legendaries without hurting content development to do it. And that led us to this new method of obtaining legendary weapons going forward.</p>
<p>Let’s be straight that the new system lacks a lot of the story and lore of the old legendary journeys. But legendary journeys didn’t need to be that complicated. They were a solution to a simple problem: it was impossible to work toward a precursor. You either had one or you didn’t, and only a lucky roll (or a ton of gold) could get you there. The system of legendary journeys we created to overcome this was very deep and immersive, but they were also very time consuming to make. So we set out to make an alternative method of obtaining a precursor with the following objectives:</p>
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<li>Legendary weapons should never be hampered by design implementation time. Of course our art team puts a lot of effort and creativity into each new weapon, but having created the art, we should be able to put it into the game in a matter of days.</li>
<li>The new system should be balanced with existing legendary weapons. Obtaining a legendary weapon is a show of effort and commitment to <em>Guild&nbsp;Wars&nbsp;2</em>, and we don’t want to undercut the value of older weapons that people have or are working toward.</li>
<li>It should give a way to make progress toward your precursor every time you play. It’s important to know how far you are from your goal and to see that you’re closing in on it when you put effort toward the goal.</li>
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<p>With these objectives, we created a new, streamlined system that allowed us to deliver the new legendary Eureka with the second episode of Living World Season 3, Rising Flames, and will allow us to continue delivering new weapons until we complete the set.</p>
<p>For those of you who haven’t seen the new system, here’s a brief rundown of how it works:</p>
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<li>When a new legendary weapon becomes available, speak to Grandmaster Craftsman Hobbs in Lion’s Arch to purchase the first-tier precursor recipe.</li>
<li>With the recipe unlocked, play in any <em>Guild&nbsp;Wars&nbsp;2:&nbsp;Heart&nbsp;of&nbsp;Thorns&trade;</em> map to purchase the new, weapon-specific material with that map’s currency (including Unbound Magic).</li>
<li>Refine the new material and use it to craft the first-tier precursor.</li>
<li>Return to Hobbs and repeat this process for the second- and third-tier precursors.</li>
<li>Use the final precursor in the Mystic Forge, with a recipe very similar to the other <em>Guild&nbsp;Wars&nbsp;2:&nbsp;Heart&nbsp;of&nbsp;Thorns</em> legendary weapons, to craft your new legendary weapon.</li>
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<p>Thank you for your patience with us while we worked on this issue and for your continued support of <em>Guild&nbsp;Wars&nbsp;2</em>. On a personal note, it’s been very exciting to be working on legendary weapons again, and when you see what our artists have in store, I think you’ll be excited too.</p>

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Rising Flames is Live

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<p>Our latest release, Rising Flames, is now available to play! You can visit the <a href="https://www.guildwar...-2016/">releasepage</a> for more details and read the complete <a href="https://forum-en.guildwars2.com/forum/info/updates/Game-Update-Notes-September-20-2016">release notes</a> on our forums.</p>
<p>As you play this release, consider adding information you find to the official wiki for the benefit of the <em>Guild Wars 2</em> community! You can find information about how to edit an article or generally contribute to the wiki on <a href="http://wiki.guildwar.../Help:Contents"target="_blank">this page</a>.</p>

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Mursaat Robes, Mursaat Backpack and Glider Combo, and New Hair Colors!

<p>If you’re headed off to parts unknown today, don’t leave the safety of Lion’s Arch without taking a look at some of my newest items. They’re as mysterious as the Eye of Janthir and at least one hundred times more useful. Guaranteed!</p>
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The ArenaNet Streaming Schedule for the Week of September 19

We’ve partnered up with some our fans to showcase their creative and exciting Guild Wars 2-inspired content on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel. Check out next week’s schedule below!

Streams for the Week of September 19Tuesday, September 20

Bog Otter (by Bog Otter) (English)
10:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Join Bog Otter for a first glimpse at the latest Guild Wars 2 Living World episode as he analyzes patch notes and jumps into Rising Flames with you.

Wednesday, September 21

GuildNews Podcast (by Sputti) (German)
10:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
The week in review with the GuildNews crew.

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Thursday, September 22

The Guild Wars 2 Art Show (by RHKim) (English)
Noon Pacific Time (UTC-7)
RHKim is back and invites you to watch art come to life on her digital canvas! Find out what she’s creating in the latest episode of the Guild Wars 2 Art Show. You can also find all the previously created artworks on the Guild Wars 2 Flickr Album.

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Thank you for watching!


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