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    The best way to break in to raiding is to find meta builds, investigate their usage and see how it applies to each fight. Metabattle is a decent resource but I find the best guides are by players in raiding guilds who post them publicly on their own forums.

    The biggest factor is what you're playing. The most desired classes are Chronomancers and Druids, mostly because Chronomancers provide a niche to apply the most quickness to the raid and alacrity is amazing, and Druids because their glyphs/spirits are invaluable utility dps.

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    Problem for chronomancer is how expensive gearing them is, commander stats are not cheap at all.
    Cod has a new campaign, new weapons, new multiplayer levels every year. Zelda has been recycling the same weapons, villains, and dungeons since the 80's. Zelda recycles enough to make cod blush. The same weapons, villains, dungeons, and princess in every single Zelda for the most part. It's almost as cheesy as bowser vs Mario round 35

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    Aaaand now guildies did a 5 man VG kill D:
    Cod has a new campaign, new weapons, new multiplayer levels every year. Zelda has been recycling the same weapons, villains, and dungeons since the 80's. Zelda recycles enough to make cod blush. The same weapons, villains, dungeons, and princess in every single Zelda for the most part. It's almost as cheesy as bowser vs Mario round 35

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    Aaaand now guildies did a 5 man VG kill D:
    Anet: "Yo we are introducing raids tuned with ascended gear you better gear up now!"

    Like.... everyone should know from Anet history that they over PR things that it's dumb.

    Remember those hard explorable dungeons? Yea LOLOLOLOLOLOL everyone at Anet must suck at video games to ever think Ex. mode was even hard.
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    Well thing is it required tons of coordination to begin with, and some heavy maths yo 8(
    Cod has a new campaign, new weapons, new multiplayer levels every year. Zelda has been recycling the same weapons, villains, and dungeons since the 80's. Zelda recycles enough to make cod blush. The same weapons, villains, dungeons, and princess in every single Zelda for the most part. It's almost as cheesy as bowser vs Mario round 35

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    Doing your daily now gives 2 gold. So that's 2 gold a day for very, very minimal effort. If you're having trouble gearing up, that should help considerably with your funds.

    Regarding gear, you should have at least full exotics (orange quality). You can buy exotics from the trading post for a few gold each, or get exotics by running dungeons (which also gives money, check your dungeon dailies under achievements->general->dungeons->Dungeon frequenter) and trading in the tokens. You can also buy exotics with WvW Badges of Honor, which you get en-masse from achievement chests. There are several other ways to get exotics, but these are probably the most accessible for a new player in pve.

    Getting ascended(pink quality) jewelry is easy enough though, so you should aim for your jewelry (back, 2x accessories, amulet, 2x rings) to be ascended instead of exotic.

    You can buy an ascended amulet with Laurels (laurel vendor is in Lion's Arch), which you periodically get for free from login dailies.
    You can get ascended rings from fractals. Look at your achievements, under the "Fractal of the Mists" tab. There is a "Daily fractal" section. Doing the tier 1 dailies (which are very easy, if you can't handle them you probably shouldn't be raiding) will give you pristine relics, which you can trade in for ascended rings. 10 pristine relics = 1 ring. Each daily gives 1 relic, and there are 3 tier 1 dailies per day (so 3 relics a day, more if you do the higher tiers). If you happen to get really into doings fractals, rings become common drops at the higher scales, but getting to that point would take a fair bit of time and effort.
    The ascended back can also be acquired from fractals for 1350 fractal relics (not the pristine ones). Ascended backs are the hardest/most expensive of your jewelry slots to fill , so if you don't want to farm fractals for one, just buy an exotic or rare(yellow) one from the TP. you won't get spayed over 1 piece being subpar.
    Finally you can buy your accessories for laurels, or guild commendations. Guild commendation can be acquired from doing guild missions each week, which are easy and don't require a huge amount of time (my guild finishes in an hour or so, once a week). Just LF for a guild that does guild missions.

    There are many exotics runes and sigils out there that are very very cheap. 3 silver a pop cheap. Find something sensible and use those if you can't afford better. If you'd like advice on picking, feel free to ask me.

    Regarding what gear/build to use, here's a resource: http://metabattle.com/wiki/MetaBattle_Wiki
    metabattle is not the word of god. You can deviate from or ignore it. But it is a good starting point for new players.
    Click your class, and then scroll down to the raid section to see the builds. Make sure you're actually looking at raid builds.

    You should be building full damage in pretty much all cases. Healers take a bit of healing power. Tanks take a bit of toughness. That's it.
    Think about other MMOs, the dps don't gem vitality in WoW. The dps don't build toughness in gw2, they build for damage.
    Scrapper tank is great, just keep in mind that only 2/6 bosses (Vale Guardian and Gorseval) actually even need a tank.


    When people talk about the game "not being about gear", they are primarily referring to the fact that a) there's no gear treadmill and b) its relatively easy to gear up (at least to exotics, which strictly speaking is all you "need"). That does not mean you can walk into a group wearing garbage and expect everyone to be happy about it. You will outright contribute far less as a result.

    Barely playing a few hours a week, just logging in and doing dailies/guild missions, you can be fully geared in a month. We're talking minimal effort and time investment.
    Put in a bit of effort, and you can do this in a week.

    This should help a lot in not getting kicked from groups.

    Edit: Also, you don't need any masteries for Vale Guardian, Gorseval, Slothasor, or Bandit Trio.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bovinity Divinity View Post
    They said the same thing when GW2 was first pitched/previewed/released.

    Then we got Ascended.

    So...eehhhhh. The general direction of the game just sounds a lot different now.
    We got ascended 2 months after release, and it was a response to the unforseen speed and ease at which people geared. And to this day, it still isn't strictly required for any content, raids included.
    Its been over 3 years, and we've gotten repeated statements that they won't be adding more tier. Let it go.
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    Heck even the legendary armor (when it comes out) will just be of ascended stats, the thing is the commodity of having stat swaps on the go (ad inifinitum was worth it imo just for that)
    Cod has a new campaign, new weapons, new multiplayer levels every year. Zelda has been recycling the same weapons, villains, and dungeons since the 80's. Zelda recycles enough to make cod blush. The same weapons, villains, dungeons, and princess in every single Zelda for the most part. It's almost as cheesy as bowser vs Mario round 35

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