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    New patch hit. This time with 4 of those DRM maps. The first round of DRMs were straight garbage with an even worse rollout. I think Anet was just ready to end the year and just turned in what they had like a college student who is throwing their hands up on a term paper. It was bad.

    This real is a lot better. The maps are better designed and they introduced some QoL fixes to all DRMs in general. Rewards are have improved a lot. Their vision makes more sense. Champions if definitly the last episode of the "Saga" but the scope of it was too big so they split it, not calling 4 separate episodes because of the way the story is being told. Like they way the last HP movies were split.

    The patch also introduced some core QoL features such of increased drop rates for some items and making others selling - ultimately making gearing a lot easier for new/casual players beyond the two main dps variants.

    Best news, the moved up their release timeline by an entire month. Which means EOD is coming sooner rather than later or greatly improved their workflow (something they'd been struggling with departures+the pandemic).

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    Quote Originally Posted by PACOX View Post
    Best news, the moved up their release timeline by an entire month. Which means EOD is coming sooner rather than later or greatly improved their workflow (something they'd been struggling with departures+the pandemic).
    They moved it from indefinite date in May to late April. For all we know, it might have been May 4 release that's now coming on April 27. And they've already told Champions' release timeline is not connected to EoD development.

    I only did Ebonhawke DRM from this patch and can't really be arsed to play the rest. Overall Champions is one of the worst episodes so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogalicus View Post
    They moved it from indefinite date in May to late April. For all we know, it might have been May 4 release that's now coming on April 27. And they've already told Champions' release timeline is not connected to EoD development.

    I only did Ebonhawke DRM from this patch and can't really be arsed to play the rest. Overall Champions is one of the worst episodes so far.
    It takes less than an hour to play all four of the new DRMs. The Ebonhawk in general is the fastest one. The pre-event takes hardly any time and the rest is just killing mobs as fast as you possibly can. You couldn't give the game an hour?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PACOX View Post
    It takes less than an hour to play all four of the new DRMs. The Ebonhawk in general is the fastest one. The pre-event takes hardly any time and the rest is just killing mobs as fast as you possibly can. You couldn't give the game an hour?
    I gave it more, just outside of this episode's content. DRMs are terrible gameplay-wise and plot took a dive since second part of Drizzlewood. They've obviously had more story planned for IBS, but it got axed to switch most of the staff to EoD development.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogalicus View Post
    I gave it more, just outside of this episode's content. DRMs are terrible gameplay-wise and plot took a dive since second part of Drizzlewood. They've obviously had more story planned for IBS, but it got axed to switch most of the staff to EoD development.
    The first round of DRMs...Anet should feel embarrassed. The second round I feel like the content makes sense. I know they aren't for me but seem like instanced content for people who don't do fractals or raid. The bosses have actual mechanics a player has to respect. While those mechanics are run of the mill for an experienced player they the right kind of challenge for casual players or those who want to ease into the T4s and raids.


    The CMs are a bit more tactical. They aren't super serious but it will make a player used to play some random open world build tweak their set up. I'll respect spoilers but the final DRM boss actually requires a bit of effort on CM. Feels like a T3/easy T4 fractal fight.


    I really hope they pushed more people to EoD too be honest. Champions couldn't be over soon enough. I might be content with this release but still annoyed by this 'Champions' arc in general.

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    Oh nice, I haven't dug into the new update yet and was worried about the new DRM's being as garbage as the first batch. I keep forgetting this came out, it feels like these last updates don't have any of the fanfare and support that previous ones did. Oh well, a project for the weekend when I finally want to take a break from the new POE league.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PACOX View Post
    It takes less than an hour to play all four of the new DRMs. The Ebonhawk in general is the fastest one. The pre-event takes hardly any time and the rest is just killing mobs as fast as you possibly can. You couldn't give the game an hour?
    Hell, I haven't even tried the last updates stuff. I started doing the story on the character I do the stories on and the stuff was just irritating on my Mesmer. I've been painting Necron's and Shasvaasti for a while, so the GW2 updates have just not drawn me in. I do log in daily to skip around a bit, but actual focused gameplay has been weeks. Hell, biggest thing I did lately was a week or so back when Dragon Stand was the event daily so I did it on some alts. Part of that is also that Wintersday is probably my least favorite holiday event too.


    I did see that someone took over Dulfy's site, though I haven't used it lately to see how the quality compares. The format is a bit different and sort of meh, but can't judge the content myself.
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    Holy shit y'all. Big discoveries! I mean, probably not, but I thought it was kinda neat.

    Quickness affects harvesting speeds!

    And considering I'm usually rolling around with a Firebrand build so I can pretty consistently have that up before harvesting any node.

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    When you come back to a game after 3 years and realize you have one of every class at max level, but you don't really remember much about any class - much less what changed over time.

    I'm already an indecisive player to begin with, this just makes it that much harder to settle on something to focus on at first!

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    In other news, the amount of QoL stuff that has been added since I last played is great. Just from the perspective of bag space if nothing else.

    Mounts make some classes not totally miserable out in the open world, too.

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    Yeah, the only character I really remember/know how to play at all is my guardian, though I can get by on my ranger/necro since they're both pretty faceroll. Everything else...not so much. Haven't even finished the main story missions on half of them either, that's a project for one day.

    Adding deposit/compact buttons is great, I keep forgetting they're there since I'm not used to them but it's very handy to be able to dismantle and sort everything with just a few clicks. Copper dismantling machine thing is fuckin great.

    And yes, mounts are great regardless of class/spec. Tons of mobility and flexibility in how you get around, especially as you unlock the optional stuff like gryphon/beetle/dragon. Beetle is fuckin clutch for huge, open zones where you can just zoom around and build up stamina doing jumps off small bumps.

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    Well, still just toolin' around, not doing much.

    Still haven't really clicked with a class. Some of them are stupid effective (Renegade, Weaver, and everything Guardian) but I just don't say, "Wow, that was great!" when playing any of them, even if I do get to solo champions and group events with them. Especially Renegade which refuses to die.

    Lots of sales coming up, it looks like! Maybe I'll grab some neat toys.

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