1. #37541
    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty123456 View Post
    If you got gold or are willing to buy gems then trade for gold all the other professions are a cakewalk in comparison as you can just buy what ever you need from the ah. Also depending on how many chars you have you could possibly have quite a few of the boosters that increase crafting crit exp from their birthday rewards boxes and logins and stuff so make sure to use them when you want to actually max crafting. The last 25-50 or so points are typically the hardest and will cost a bit as you cant just rely on making 100 dowels or what ever so make sure you have your crafting boost up when your doing em.
    I've got enough gold to max out at least a few, just...no desire to spend the time doing it. Between needing to look at guides, a lot of buying/selling and standing around crafting etc. it's just not something that holds much appeal to me : /

    It's firmly a "me" issue.

    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty123456 View Post
    I would just leave an alt in the Bjora Marches map and do the two major event chains and grab chests every every day or two. You'll be able to trade in for the other currencies in no time and you shouldn't get burnt out like you might if you constantly try to grind the currency. Also the bounty board or what ever its called you can get for your home instance can help a bit. I kinda preferred doing that over the new zone.
    Should probably do that with on of my alts. I've always been loathe to camp them out in a zone like that, but to your point it's likely far faster and less grindy/annoying than doing it in each individual map.

    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty123456 View Post
    Also if you do go to the ah you can buy the new zones achievement things for like 5 silver if you wanna try an knock out a bunch in one or two goes on the map. I'm not sure if theres a set amount of them though so it might not be a good idea to go and buy a hundred ash legion reports or whatever they are called then end up needing to sell them on the ah for even cheaper than you bought em for.
    Thankfully I managed to get them all via drops, all the achieves are fully unlocked so I'm just in the "slowly complete them as I'm getting badges" phase of things. It's quite enjoyable for me, I like getting lots of rewards for being helpful in non-combat things. Really, really glad that they have quite a few options to be of assistance behind the front lines, even if many still revolve around combat in some fashion.

    Edit: Only thing I don't like about the zone is the use of the vigilance/valor/resilience masteries. Really feel like it adds absolutely nothing to the narrative or gameplay and is a pointlessly tacked on addition for the sake of doing something with masteries. I wasn't a big fan of them to begin with but they sorta kinda had a point. I get that they sorta correspond to some of the legions you're fighting and that's not bad, but it just feels...boring AF.

    Really, really hoping they move away from this nonsense sooner rather than later and don't turn this into a persistent thing beyond Icebrood Saga.
    Last edited by Edge-; 2020-06-09 at 12:29 AM.

  2. #37542
    Quote Originally Posted by Edge- View Post
    I've got enough gold to max out at least a few, just...no desire to spend the time doing it. Between needing to look at guides, a lot of buying/selling and standing around crafting etc. it's just not something that holds much appeal to me : /

    It's firmly a "me" issue..
    I can understand. Yeah it does get boring runing from the broker to the crafting stations. If you ever decide to and don't have any instant 80 tickets you might want to do it on a lower level alt as you can get crazy levels from it with the boosters and stuff.

    Quote Originally Posted by Edge- View Post
    Should probably do that with on of my alts. I've always been loathe to camp them out in a zone like that, but to your point it's likely far faster and less grindy/annoying than doing it in each individual map.
    It's crazy easy to get the ice with chest skills. Today I did the raven quiz, 1 raven puzzle and just a few nodes and like 5 chests I found on the map and got enough to make almost 3 32 slot bags. I woulda got a fuckton more but the meta events weren't up when I logged in and I didn't wanna play much.

    Quote Originally Posted by Edge- View Post
    Edit: Only thing I don't like about the zone is the use of the vigilance/valor/resilience masteries. Really feel like it adds absolutely nothing to the narrative or gameplay and is a pointlessly tacked on addition for the sake of doing something with masteries. I wasn't a big fan of them to begin with but they sorta kinda had a point. I get that they sorta correspond to some of the legions you're fighting and that's not bad, but it just feels...boring AF.

    Really, really hoping they move away from this nonsense sooner rather than later and don't turn this into a persistent thing beyond Icebrood Saga.
    Unfortunately I'm guessing its going to stay as they carried mushrooms and stuff from HoT. Hopefully it's just minimal but since its actual dmg I'm not sure.

  3. #37543
    Jesus...32 slot bags would be nice! I just upgraded to 24's on my main guardian to deal with the inventory wars in the new zone, because holy hell does it throw a ton of shit at you.

    I'm gonna try to use the Bjora zones to learn how to play my revenant I think, forgot that apparently you need to do the story to fully unlock them both or something so just slowly working through that. On the bright side, the story missions give some of the zone currency as a reward so that's nice! Hopefully I can power through the last part of the skyscale grind without too many problems.

    As for the mushrooms...IMO that's different. That's very much a "one and done" thing, and they're just alternative means of transportation that make some of those old HoT masteries somewhat useful again. Somewhat, because mounts are still far superior in most instances.

    It's that they keep expanding the masteries and integrating the powered up version into zone boss fights etc. If you show up late and don't have the right color powered up, you'll be useless during certain break bar situations no matter how much you're spamming your abilities : /

  4. #37544
    Quote Originally Posted by Edge- View Post
    Jesus...32 slot bags would be nice! I just upgraded to 24's on my main guardian to deal with the inventory wars in the new zone, because holy hell does it throw a ton of shit at you.
    I think it's much easier to just gold-to-gems bag slots, it gives more slots than upgrade to 32 slot bag and price is not much bigger.
    Last edited by Rogalicus; 2020-06-10 at 06:05 AM.
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  5. #37545
    Quote Originally Posted by Rogalicus View Post
    I think it's much easier to just gold-to-gems bag slots, it gives more slots than upgrade to 32 slot bag and price is not much bigger.
    Probably. I'm still poor AF, usually hovering around a few hundred gold (I loathe farming gold without a single legendary) so it's out of reach for me as a super-duper casual player. These 24's are plenty fine for my guardian since I've got an extra slot or two (plus I think I've got one of the 30 slot bags from...something?), I just still wish we didn't have to play Inventory Wars so often in general but that ain't happenin.

  6. #37546
    Quote Originally Posted by Edge- View Post
    Jesus...32 slot bags would be nice! I just upgraded to 24's on my main guardian to deal with the inventory wars in the new zone, because holy hell does it throw a ton of shit at you.

    I'm gonna try to use the Bjora zones to learn how to play my revenant I think, forgot that apparently you need to do the story to fully unlock them both or something so just slowly working through that. On the bright side, the story missions give some of the zone currency as a reward so that's nice! Hopefully I can power through the last part of the skyscale grind without too many problems.

    As for the mushrooms...IMO that's different. That's very much a "one and done" thing, and they're just alternative means of transportation that make some of those old HoT masteries somewhat useful again. Somewhat, because mounts are still far superior in most instances.

    It's that they keep expanding the masteries and integrating the powered up version into zone boss fights etc. If you show up late and don't have the right color powered up, you'll be useless during certain break bar situations no matter how much you're spamming your abilities : /
    I think(not 100% on this) that you could also park an alt in the portal room that opens up after completing the first side of the maps meta event. I don't think you get kicked out when the storm kicks up again. That would give you 3 chests daily for a 10 second log in. And depending on how many alts you got you could potentially log em near the larger chests so if you do get sick of doing the metas/raven tests you could still get quite a bit of ice each day by spending a couple seconds logging on each toon.

    Also if you have any teleport to friends you can usually get free rides to zones by using the lfg tab and skip any story stuff you don't wanna do.

    Yeah it's gunna suck for people if they keep on with the lasers mastery. Especially when they locked like 99% of the mastery points behind achievements.

  7. #37547
    UGH I'm 6 points away from completing all these masteries and I've gotten all the map and story ones plus some of the faster achievement ones like the weapon collections. Seems like I'm going to need to grind all the legions and find two other mastery point achievements to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty123456 View Post
    UGH I'm 6 points away from completing all these masteries and I've gotten all the map and story ones plus some of the faster achievement ones like the weapon collections. Seems like I'm going to need to grind all the legions and find two other mastery point achievements to do.
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    Yeah Im the last mastery. I can go back an grind older maps or grind the current one. The grinds would be considered 'content' if only Anet knew how to market them like bigger studio such as Blizzard.

    This season isn't so bad if you consider that the rollouts are faster but the content shorter (of behind things that would be seasons/story iterations in other games). The worst flaw of GW2 has always been selling itself in a market where its the 'alternative' game. They had the same problem with GW1 but the field wasn't as crowded.

    Grinding the Legions is basically a rep grind in any other game, which people would tolerate. In GW2 for some reason, it feels like a chore even though they throw rewards at you for doing it.

  9. #37549
    Quote Originally Posted by PACOX View Post
    Yeah Im the last mastery. I can go back an grind older maps or grind the current one. The grinds would be considered 'content' if only Anet knew how to market them like bigger studio such as Blizzard.

    This season isn't so bad if you consider that the rollouts are faster but the content shorter (of behind things that would be seasons/story iterations in other games). The worst flaw of GW2 has always been selling itself in a market where its the 'alternative' game. They had the same problem with GW1 but the field wasn't as crowded.

    Grinding the Legions is basically a rep grind in any other game, which people would tolerate. In GW2 for some reason, it feels like a chore even though they throw rewards at you for doing it.
    I think the main problem is almost all the rewards you ever get is small amounts of a bunch of different types of low level shit that is mostly useless. Sure some of it can be used to create ascended mats but they are time gated so everything feels like a massive grind for almost no gain.

  10. #37550
    Yeah...the mastery grind is not something I'm looking forward to. I'm factoring in the 4 I'll eventually get from the warband emblem completion stuff in the new zone, but I'll still need to get another 6 just to max out the Simon Says masteries.

    And then see how many PoF mastery points I'll need to ear to get the Skyscale stuff after I finish grinding that out.

    I really, really, really, really don't like how masteries transitioned from something that was a standard part of progression and wasn't terribly difficult to complete during normal PoF to feeling more and more like I actually have to go do a bunch of annoying achievements I have minimal interest in if i just wanna bloody keep up with mastery progression.

  11. #37551
    POF Mastery I've got a pretty big surplus on, so I'd think you shouldn't have a big problem with that really. There's plenty of extra points laying around and gained during story stuff.

    The newer season went to it's own mastery that seems to require doing 90% of stuff, which is one of the reasons I'm not very invested in it. I also hate "NPC/ Boss kills you with one shot in cutscene" crap, and GW2's writing always tends to the "yeah, I'd never say/ agree to that" level.
    "I only feel two things Gary, nothing, and nothingness."

  12. #37552
    Man, seriously, Drizzlewood Coast is my freakin jam. I've been lucky and logged in just before the map meta the last few times I played so rewards galore. But I really enjoy the buildup to the fight, the meta fight is pretty fun (not hard, but fun), and the boss-race at the end is enjoyable. Also realized that the boss race at the end takes keys to open all those chests, which I never knew as I was apparently loaded up with them until I ran out last night!

    Also, I never noticed, but when the artillery barrage event or whatever happens to reset the map there's some rad background noise/music. Sounds almost like low whizzing of artillery flying around and muted explosions, but the way they mixed it makes it sound very musical, with deep strings and percussion. Just happened to have volume up high enough without music playing while it was going on and it was super cool.

    Though that one boss in the northwest corner that phases every 25% and jumps to rooftops...fuck that boss, so insanely annoying -_-

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    The Drizzlewood artillery barrage sounds like the Purge and its great.

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