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    [EXPANSION] Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns Discussion

    https://www.guildwars2.com/en/news/a...rs2-expansion/



    Announcing the First Guild Wars 2 Expansion


    We are thrilled to announce our first expansion pack, Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns™! Watch the official trailer for a glimpse at the journey ahead, and then delve deeper into the Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns site to discover the exciting new features we have planned. Also, sign up for our newsletter to stay on top of the latest expansion news.





    All Heart of Thorn news can be found here: https://www.guildwars2.com/en/news/heart-of-thorns



    With so much information about the expac coming out and scattered simply everywhere, I've collected only the information blogs into Feature sections here so you don't have to wade through all the POIs, interviews, livestreams, announcements for stress testing, etc.
    FEATURES REVEALED SO FAR

    Guild Wars 2:
    Heart of Thorns

    Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns™ is the first expansion for Guild Wars 2. Founded on the idea that the journey is the goal, the Heart of Thorns expansion continues the Guild Wars 2 tradition of challenging the conventions of MMOs to fulfill the promise of what online worlds should be.
    Journey deeper into the Heart of Thorns.


    The Mastery System
    We're reimagining progression with our new Mastery system. Explore new training opportunities for your character beyond level 80 and master abilities like hang gliding in the jungle, tearing the bark off of heavily armored Mordrem, or building new collections that earn precursors to a legendary weapon.


    Raids and
    Dungeons

    Ultimate Challenge awaits you in Heart of Thorns. Dive into our 10-person raids to face deadly bosses, or work with your team to claw your way to the top of the Fractal Dungeon leaderboards and prove your skill.



    The Heart
    of Maguuma

    New adventures await you in the heart of the Maguuma Jungle. Confront the growing hordes of Mordremoth's minions, discover allies from ancient civilizations, and battle new enemies.
    Tackle challenging group content.
    Explore new open world jungle maps.
    Experience new events and storylines.
    Test your mettle in new boss battles.



    Specializations
    Evolve your gameplay. With profession specializations, you'll unlock access to a weapon previously unavailable to your profession as well as new traits, skills, and unique mechanics - all of which will transform your profession into something new.



    New Profession:
    Revenant

    Channel legendary powers to slaughter foes and unleash chaos on the battlefield with our brand new profession: the revenant. Enter the field of battle heavily armored and equipped with the otherworldly powers of the Mists.



    Guild Halls
    Your guild has roamed the world together. Now, it's time to claim a piece of it. Work with fellow guild members to claim and grow your own guild hall in the heart of Maguuma.



    PvP: New
    Stronghold
    Game Mode

    Gather supply to hire soldiers. Battle for control of heroes. Man the trebuchet to defend your stronghold, and storm the enemy gates to defeat the guild lord! Use our new guild team feature to team up and battle to the top of the leaderboards. Stronghold offers an entirely new way to play competitive PvP in Guild Wars 2!



    WvW: New
    Borderland

    Experience epic battlefield combat like never before in World vs. World's latest core addition, the new Borderlands map. Navigate treacherous heights with traps that blow your foes to the depths below and ferocious defenders to help keep the enemy at bay. Map objectives will be more important than ever before, as they'll unlock new strategies, tactics, and play mechanics that you'll want to use to your world's advantage!



    Other Features, Important changes



    https://heartofthorns.guildwars2.com
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    Guild Halls! WOOOOOOO!

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    Engineer hammers! WOOOOOOO!

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    Dulfy has livestream notes, I will post a recording of the livestream once it's up.

    http://www.reddit.com/r/Guildwars2/c...estream_notes/


    Also HANG GLIDING woooooooooooooooooooo!
    REVENANT woooooooooooooooooooooo!
    Lore MASTERIES??? WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
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    Rytlock wrecking stuff! WOOOOOOOO!

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    I'd like to see what the Warrior, Guardian and Revant specializations will be. I like Ranger currently, but the nature magic orientation shown as Druid doesn't appeal a lot to me.

    I'm a front line/melee type player. Magic is lame.

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    haha I called the Druid profession with using staff a few times already so happy

    what new profession specialisations did we see?

    Mesmer shield
    Engineer hammer
    Revenant (new heavy profession) with staff, sword,...?
    Ranger staff (= Druid)
    Necro greatsword

    anything else?


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    Well that wasn't hard, got me quite hyped.
    Time to start leveling my alts to 80. Really love how smooth it is to take a break from the game and just play when you feel like it, since there is no sub fee.
    Hi

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    PRECURSOR CRAFTING with epic quests! NEW LEGENDARIES!! Wooooooooooooooooooooo!
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    absolutely surprising to me: flying mounts (at least in the new maps)... didn't expect that


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    Hang gliding, collections for legendary precursors and new legendaries, and greatsword necro were my favorite parts. :P I'm so excited. I hope they give us some info on the release date and the price sometime soon.

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    I saw a spear.... I SAW A SPEARR ON LAAAAAAAANDDD.

    Man I hope it comes to warrior (or mesmer, but doubtful).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maarius View Post
    absolutely surprising to me: flying mounts (at least in the new maps)... didn't expect that
    Not really mounts, hang gliding is a mastery you learn through some kind of challenges. In b4 custom glider wings in the gem store :P


    I'm pretty excited about the new WvW map and mechanics. Was chatting recently with someone that was talking about getting discouraged when they lost their objectives after upgrading them, I said "If you kept the objectives, it would be a whole different game." WvW whole new game with GW2HoT!
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    To be honest, what I'm most excited for is the Lore Mastery. In every game I play I'm a huge lore nerd, and this is really the first game to seem to add a progression path for this sort of player. I thought WoW's archaeology was going to be this, but it was a major letdown. I hope GW2 succeeds.

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    Here's the recording of the stream!

    http://www.twitch.tv/guildwars2/c/5954011
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    Sounds pretty nifty. Time to start saving up those Tomes of Knowledge for as fast a levelling of the new prof as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maarius View Post
    haha I called the Druid profession with using staff a few times already so happy

    what new profession specialisations did we see?

    Mesmer shield
    Engineer hammer
    Revenant (new heavy profession) with staff, sword,...?
    Ranger staff (= Druid)
    Necro greatsword

    anything else?
    I almost want to say that thieves get rifles. I saw a thief like character with a rifle in the trailer but it could have been an engineer.

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    Damn. I hate nature themes.

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    playable 6 weeks from now - at Pax South... YEAH

    (confirmed in the aftershow interview just now)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Maarius View Post
    playable 6 weeks from now... YEAH
    I think that was a playable build 6 weeks from now for PAX East. I don't think that means a release 6 weeks from now. Hopefully I'm wrong.

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