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    Quote Originally Posted by Val the Moofia Boss View Post
    Once you reach max level and you own an expansion, you can start earning mastery exp, which you need to level up essential masteries like Gliding or Mounts, as well as map specific masteries like being able to breathe poison gas in HoT maps or spiderman swinging in Draconis Mons. Or quality of life stuff like auto-looting.

    If you don't own any expansions, then leveling up just gives you Spirit Shards, a currency that isn't very useful.
    Ok, I did recently get the two expansion bundle and have a mount, so I'm guessing it'll be useful for that. Not sure I want to deal with a guild for a 10% boost, but at least I know it's there. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VMSmith View Post
    Not sure I want to deal with a guild for a 10% boost
    There are many casual guilds that never ask anything of you, and you can be in 5 guilds at once. I've been a part of two guilds and never once had to talk to anyone, and if I came back and found I was kicked out of one, no biggie, I can just port to the other's hall to get the buff back again, or join another casual guild and get it. Literally just ask in Lion's Arch's map chat for an invite and there you go.

    The 10% boost helps quite a lot for completing the Core Tyria masteries, as you can't easily farm exp from adventures there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Val the Moofia Boss View Post
    Doing arbitrary grinds for legendaries or doing fractals over and over for minor stat boosts... for what purpose?
    Because you enjoy the content. Because you want to earn achievements/rewards from it. Because you want to earn gold you need for other things.

    I mean, I still go back to Drizzlewood regularly because I absolutely love the events in those zones.

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    If you come into Gw2 with a WoW mentality you won't have a good time and you'll end up doing things like buying gold with gems.
    The game is all about playing what you enjoy and farming as a way to keep doing what you enjoy in a more comfortable way.
    "Mastery Haste will fix it."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geckoo View Post
    If you come into Gw2 with a WoW mentality you won't have a good time and you'll end up doing things like buying gold with gems.
    The game is all about playing what you enjoy and farming as a way to keep doing what you enjoy in a more comfortable way.
    I'd buy into that if the game didn't require that farming to do the things you enjoy.

    Also, I don't know what "WoW mentality" means other than some kind of weird game vs. game way of dismissing opinions.

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    https://www.guildwars2.com/en/news/l...ves-next-week/

    Next week:

    Second batch of the S1 episodes - focus on Mai Trin if you want some EOD backstory

    Third Strike CM - I've enjoyed the previous CMs but the rewards are trash. Hoping they get better.

    First Gen 3 legendary variant.

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    Old Lion's Arch should be the default LA players go to until they progress the story.

    I'd imagine it would be hard for its destruction to be impactful if players only spend a few minutes there in story instances and hang out in completely different version of it that is unrecognizable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost of Cow View Post
    I'd buy into that if the game didn't require that farming to do the things you enjoy.

    Also, I don't know what "WoW mentality" means other than some kind of weird game vs. game way of dismissing opinions.
    The game's content is all very accessible, requiring very little grind to get into.
    Reaching level cap isn't very time consuming, and certainly isn't difficult. Plus they throw level boosters at you all the time, including a level 80 booster with each expansion purchase.
    And there's no gear treadmill, so you can just slap on a set of full exotic gear and be ready to go for pretty much everything, forever. A few days of dailies will net you enough gold to buy a full set off the trading post. And it's only slightly inferior to ascended gear (the best stats), perfectly useable even in raids.

    There's plenty of grind in the game, to be sure, but it almost never bars you from playable content. The exception I guess would be a few of the mounts.

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    I picked up Guild Wars 2 for free via Nvidia's GeForce NOW program recently so I've been digging into the base game a bit. Only level 20 as I haven't had a ton of time to play up until this week but I have to say that the game plays so much like I remember the OG Guild Wars game being like.

    I guess I can't get a mount any time soon, walking everywhere feels like a bit of a chore but the amount of fast travel points definitely makes getting around much quicker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rennadrel View Post
    I guess I can't get a mount any time soon, walking everywhere feels like a bit of a chore but the amount of fast travel points definitely makes getting around much quicker.
    If you don't have Path of Fire, then you want to have your class' 25% movement speed signet equipped at all times.

    If you have Path of Fire but don't want to do the story out of order/spoil yourself just so you can obtain the raptor mount, then you can grind in WvW for 10 hours to get the Warclaw mount, which can be used in PvE. Switch to a ranged build and just follow your team's zerg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Val the Moofia Boss View Post
    If you don't have Path of Fire, then you want to have your class' 25% movement speed signet equipped at all times.

    If you have Path of Fire but don't want to do the story out of order/spoil yourself just so you can obtain the raptor mount, then you can grind in WvW for 10 hours to get the Warclaw mount, which can be used in PvE. Switch to a ranged build and just follow your team's zerg.
    I don't have access to anything other than the Living World updates from the base game. I guess you can buy all of the expansions in a bundle so I'll do that at some point when I've progressed further into the game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rennadrel View Post
    I don't have access to anything other than the Living World updates from the base game. I guess you can buy all of the expansions in a bundle so I'll do that at some point when I've progressed further into the game.
    If you have Amazon Prime or look on the GW2 discord you'll be able to nab a -50% code for the PoF/HoT bundle. I think it makes the price ~$10-15. I believe EOD gives people access to to the first two mounts and glider, but you have to skip most of the story to access them and theres no way to get the other mounts without buying the PoF/HoT bundle, its also a lot less content for someone starting out. So if you had to only pick one expac, I owuld got with the PoF/HoT bundle.

    Bit of an side not: they are currently testing trial mounts with their A/B tests (basically live beta tests). New players (new accounts) are randomly granted trial access to raptors. Probably something the are playing with for their Steam release.
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    It doesn't look like Amazon Canada offers the expansions as a bundle. In fact, the only purchase of Guild Wars 2 is the Standard Edition or the Gem Pack. The Heart of Thorns expansion apparently is just a CD and doesn't come with the actual code (seems like a scam on Amazon's part to be even allowing such a product to be sold). I'll have an ask on the Discord server though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rennadrel View Post
    It doesn't look like Amazon Canada offers the expansions as a bundle. In fact, the only purchase of Guild Wars 2 is the Standard Edition or the Gem Pack. The Heart of Thorns expansion apparently is just a CD and doesn't come with the actual code (seems like a scam on Amazon's part to be even allowing such a product to be sold). I'll have an ask on the Discord server though.
    I mean Prime Gaming/Twitch.

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    https://www.guildwars2.com/en/news/t...dow-and-death/

    Brief look at how the gen 3 legendary variants will work. Apparently they anticipate people will be able to craft all the legendaries without enough effort. Hopefully that means some of the timegates (they are soft timegates) will be eased in the future.

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