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    Really enjoying the expansion so far. Story is decent, maps looks good and there's plenty to do. Very excited to try weaponmastery on some of the professions too!

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    Lazy Peon's take on GW2 in his latest video about it is pretty freaking bad.
    God damnit.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lotus Victoria View Post
    Lazy Peon's take on GW2 in his latest video about it is pretty freaking bad.
    God damnit.
    I hadn't seen it until you mentioned it and I went to look...I'm just glad he touched on the thing that always makes me pissed about GW2: You log in, want to do some content, find a build, don't have the gear, go buy it all, blow your bank on it, and you can finally do some content...with one build, on one character, in one form of content.

    It's a silly barrier to entry, and kills any desire to experiment, try stuff, play other modes, etc.

    Just remove gear altogether and do what they do in sPvP. Gear is stupid anyway, you get no enjoyment from getting it, you only get annoyed by not having the prefixes.
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    Lol I know who lazy peon is or that he put out a gw2 video because I saw people laughing at it

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    The Lazy Peon video nailed it, especially the inventory clog and the jankiness of the scripting with NPCs talking over each other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost of Cow View Post
    I hadn't seen it until you mentioned it and I went to look...I'm just glad he touched on the thing that always makes me pissed about GW2: You log in, want to do some content, find a build, don't have the gear, go buy it all, blow your bank on it, and you can finally do some content...with one build, on one character, in one form of content.
    What's the expectation, though?

    That you can just log in and make endless builds with no effort or investment? Short of some MMO's that throw full sets of gear at you basically for free when you reach max level/"current content" GW2 has one of the easiest gearing systems in MMO's I can think of, and if you're just experimenting the barrier for entry for builds is ludicrously cheap if you simply buy rare/yellow gear. Sure, subpar stats but if the goal is just to test a build to see if you want to invest in it as one of "your builds" then it's perfectly functional.

    To boot, with the updated daily system throwing ascended gear and gold at you like nobodies business it's all the easier.

    Yes, it does cost a bit of gold to put together a near-BiS (not ascended/legendary) set of gear that will literally be more than good enough to play through all the content in the game.

    I've seen some chatter about the video and am largely uninterested in it or Lazy Peon and shit, and it seems like based on what folks who did watched have written Peon was painfully incorrect on a lot of topics of criticism, gear included.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost of Cow View Post
    It's a silly barrier to entry, and kills any desire to experiment, try stuff, play other modes, etc.
    I'm not trying to be dismissive but this is just really a weird take because like...this is literally a big part of literally every MMO out there? I can't think of any that allow you to freely acquire and experiment with high end gear like you seem to be describing. All require far more effort and investment to even get to the level of gear that a set of exotics in GW2 will have you at >.>

    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost of Cow View Post
    Just remove gear altogether and do what they do in sPvP. Gear is stupid anyway, you get no enjoyment from getting it, you only get annoyed by not having the prefixes.
    Because gear serves a purpose still. Because part of what made expansions, expansions, was adding new stat combinations for folks to farm up to open up more/different builds. Because acquiring ascended gear is still pretty important for fractals and affords a minimal amount of vertical progression for those that care. Because we're about to get legendary open world armor that will be a long grind of things to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Val the Moofia Boss View Post
    The Lazy Peon video nailed it, especially the inventory clog and the jankiness of the scripting with NPCs talking over each other.
    I don't watch YT shit for the most part, but what was his complaint about inventory, specifically? I recall reading a few folks that commented that apparently he didn't even know about depositing crafting materials and was using 4 slot bags and like...yeah that'll 100% do it if you simply choose to use none of the tools provided to make inventory management less of a chore.

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    What's the expectation, though?

    That you can just log in and make endless builds with no effort or investment?
    Like you can already do in sPvP?

    Yeah, don't try to make it sound TOO crazy.

    Quote Originally Posted by Edge- View Post
    I'm not trying to be dismissive but this is just really a weird take because like...this is literally a big part of literally every MMO out there? I can't think of any that allow you to freely acquire and experiment with high end gear like you seem to be describing. All require far more effort and investment to even get to the level of gear that a set of exotics in GW2 will have you at >.>
    But they don't. In other MMOs I can level a class and play every aspect of it in any content without worry. No issue to try new builds, new content, etc. Sure, there's vertical progression, but that's not locking you out of playing anything. (And at least it usually means that you're progressing something, not just accumulating gold.)

    In GW2 you can play like 1/6th of any given class even after buying a full set of gear, weapons, sigils, runes, whatever. Wanna play another spec, or god forbid another character? Buy gems or grind gold for longer than it would take to just gear up a class in another game.

    Because gear serves a purpose still. Because part of what made expansions, expansions, was adding new stat combinations for folks to farm up to open up more/different builds. Because acquiring ascended gear is still pretty important for fractals and affords a minimal amount of vertical progression for those that care. Because we're about to get legendary open world armor that will be a long grind of things to do.
    Well yeah, because they still want to give you a reason to buy more gems. Because really, the gear itself serves no purpose. You're never happy to get a drop, you never have a sense of progression, you never get anything of value outside of precursors or something that most people still haven't seen, and the "endgame" has always been cosmetics, achievements, whatever anyway.

    The ONLY purpose is to be a barrier to entry - not even to be a fun progression or something - and it's not hard to see why.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost of Cow View Post
    Like you can already do in sPvP?

    Yeah, don't try to make it sound TOO crazy.
    Yeah. You used to have gear IIRC but I guess they did away with it a long time ago, I noticed that it was gone a while back. But that makes sense for PvP because the whole point is putting folks on the same playing field and that there's no real "progression" like in PvE - it's just PvP.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost of Cow View Post
    But they don't. In other MMOs I can level a class and play every aspect of it in any content without worry. No issue to try new builds, new content, etc. Sure, there's vertical progression, but that's not locking you out of playing anything. (And at least it usually means that you're progressing something, not just accumulating gold.)

    In GW2 you can play like 1/6th of any given class even after buying a full set of gear, weapons, sigils, runes, whatever. Wanna play another spec, or god forbid another character? Buy gems or grind gold for longer than it would take to just gear up a class in another game.
    I'm...confused...what?

    Most other games - barring WoW at least - require different sets of gear for different roles or sub-classes etc. You're not just getting "your set" and then you can do whatever you want without having to earn/buy other gear to support it.

    Buy gems? Gem <-> gold has always been pretty shit and you only do that if you're a whale. Especially with the new daily system shitting gold and ascended gear at you.

    Grind gold for longer than other games? I suck at farming gold and never do it and I've always had more than enough to buy whatever set I need without worry. It's really not terribly difficult to farm 10-20G to buy some basic sets if you want to play those roles. You can earn that in a few days if you actually put some intent behind the farming, even if you suck at it.

    1/6? What does that even mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost of Cow View Post
    Well yeah, because they still want to give you a reason to buy more gems.
    No, not really, and your hyperfocus on gems is weird.

    Most gear that matters is ascended gear, which you need to craft in-game or otherwise earn via in-game currencies and the like. Sure gold can speed that up and all and you can buy exotic versions but again, that's not terribly expensive.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost of Cow View Post
    Because really, the gear itself serves no purpose. You're never happy to get a drop, you never have a sense of progression, you never get anything of value outside of precursors or something that most people still haven't seen, and the "endgame" has always been cosmetics, achievements, whatever anyway.
    I'm happy to get drops. Not necessarily for the stat combos but for the items themselves. My progression isn't through linear power improvements, it's from completing achievements and earning associated rewards. It's from getting the sweet fucking frost ascended frost greatsword from Dragonstorm.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost of Cow View Post
    The ONLY purpose is to be a barrier to entry - not even to be a fun progression or something - and it's not hard to see why.
    To a point, yeah. And putting together your full set of new gear with the new stat combo feels good once it's done.

    You can argue the same for leveling and just about anything else in games that takes time or has any amount of friction. Things which are often pretty important in the overall experience even if people often gripe about them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost of Cow View Post
    Like you can already do in sPvP?

    Yeah, don't try to make it sound TOO crazy.



    But they don't. In other MMOs I can level a class and play every aspect of it in any content without worry. No issue to try new builds, new content, etc. Sure, there's vertical progression, but that's not locking you out of playing anything. (And at least it usually means that you're progressing something, not just accumulating gold.)

    In GW2 you can play like 1/6th of any given class even after buying a full set of gear, weapons, sigils, runes, whatever. Wanna play another spec, or god forbid another character? Buy gems or grind gold for longer than it would take to just gear up a class in another game.



    Well yeah, because they still want to give you a reason to buy more gems. Because really, the gear itself serves no purpose. You're never happy to get a drop, you never have a sense of progression, you never get anything of value outside of precursors or something that most people still haven't seen, and the "endgame" has always been cosmetics, achievements, whatever anyway.

    The ONLY purpose is to be a barrier to entry - not even to be a fun progression or something - and it's not hard to see why.
    Wait you know how can carry multiple sets of gear, unequip said gear, change your build on the fly, even store multiple guilds, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PACOX View Post
    Wait you know how can carry multiple sets of gear, unequip said gear, change your build on the fly, even store multiple guilds, right?
    Hell, the gear stored in your saved sets doesn't even take up inventory room to boot. I've got two different power sets that use identical gear (dragonhunter and willbender, both greatsword/longbow) and I'm strongly considering something like dropping one of those and finding another build to roll with. I almost want to tinker around with some core builds to see how those role after not playing a proper one since like...HoT lol.

  12. #37872
    Quote Originally Posted by PACOX View Post
    Wait you know how can carry multiple sets of gear, unequip said gear, change your build on the fly, even store multiple guilds, right?
    Not sure what storing gear has to do with any of this? Did I say storing it was a problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edge- View Post
    Yeah. You used to have gear IIRC but I guess they did away with it a long time ago, I noticed that it was gone a while back. But that makes sense for PvP because the whole point is putting folks on the same playing field and that there's no real "progression" like in PvE - it's just PvP.
    You never had to gear in sPvP. It was always just "pop in, play whatever".

    Much of GW2 in general was this way early on - even "real" gear was extremely cheap and easy to get. It wasn't until HoT that they started on this, "New prefixes and new stats that are better and cost a lot more."

    That's part of why this bothers me like it does, it wasn't always this way. All the prefixes were pretty easy to get - mostly with Karma - and there was never a concern about getting all the gear you could ever want. That was the original GW2 design, and part of what sold the game early on. No gearing worries, freedom in builds and classes, focus on the gameplay and not gear. Then they decided on this weird progression-but-not-progression set of systems and now the game feels somehow more restrictive than other games with actual vertical progression.

    I'm...confused...what?

    Most other games - barring WoW at least - require different sets of gear for different roles or sub-classes etc. You're not just getting "your set" and then you can do whatever you want without having to earn/buy other gear to support it.
    If I play a Priest in WoW - regardless of my gear level - all the abilities work. I don't need two different stats to make my DoTs actually work and two more to make my direct damage actually work and another to make my heals work and another to make my buffs worthwhile, and so on.

    No, not really, and your hyperfocus on gems is weird.

    Most gear that matters is ascended gear, which you need to craft in-game or otherwise earn via in-game currencies and the like. Sure gold can speed that up and all and you can buy exotic versions but again, that's not terribly expensive.
    Yes, they put in all those grinds that you can bypass with gold and you just happen to be able to buy gold with cash and it's coincidence. C'mon now.

    It's not that I fault them for it, but can we not pretend like it's not a thing?

    I'm happy to get drops. Not necessarily for the stat combos but for the items themselves. My progression isn't through linear power improvements, it's from completing achievements and earning associated rewards. It's from getting the sweet fucking frost ascended frost greatsword from Dragonstorm.
    Sure, cosmetics and such. So why gate gear so much? It doesn't even really matter and there's no progression, but we gotta have a gold economy to make the sales worthwhile.

    (And no, there's no green or yellow versions of gear with newer prefixes. Again, we know why this is.)
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    ironically anet made it very easy to gear today, not that gearing was ever hard. For years its been about 6g to gear a power dps, a brief farm to gear condi dps, supports ~10g. Its not 5g and 400 badges of honor (a very brief stint in WvW) to farm up a full set of stat select gear.

    Gear has never been an issue in a game that only asks you to farm any particular set once wish countless ways to obtain said stats on a piece of gear. Countless. I have the people who write guides on gearing constantly remind me how many ways the game throws stat options at you.

    Gearing only gets complicated when you're trying to squeeze 1k more dps or cut down on overcaping boon output. Thats when people start mixing stats but the game doesn't require it at all, per the words of the devs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PACOX View Post
    ironically anet made it very easy to gear today, not that gearing was ever hard. For years its been about 6g to gear a power dps, a brief farm to gear condi dps, supports ~10g. Its not 5g and 400 badges of honor (a very brief stint in WvW) to farm up a full set of stat select gear.
    Not entirely sure where you're getting these figures today. It sounds like you're talking about old GW2 where this was possible, but newer gear is more than that per piece and doesn't come from Badge of Honor vendors or anything.

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    Berserker gear is quite cheap, no? Celestial or Condi is a bit more pricey but by no means difficult to get. You just need to play the game..

    Today's patch made it even easier to get gear but I'm fairly sure some will complain they have to do WvW in order to get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scyth View Post
    Berserker gear is quite cheap, no? Celestial or Condi is a bit more pricey but by no means difficult to get. You just need to play the game..

    Today's patch made it even easier to get gear but I'm fairly sure some will complain they have to do WvW in order to get it.
    Zerker is really cheap, yeah. And it's actually used a lot more than I remember in previous metas, looking at the current builds for a lot of classes. Looking at GW2 TP, Scholar runes are way, WAY cheaper than I remember, too.

    Who knows, maybe it's not as bad as I remember it being last time I tried.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost of Cow View Post
    Not entirely sure where you're getting these figures today. It sounds like you're talking about old GW2 where this was possible, but newer gear is more than that per piece and doesn't come from Badge of Honor vendors or anything.

    Why would I say Anet just added a new way to get hear and then use old numbers...

    Really what would I have to gain from telling such a lie?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PACOX View Post
    Why would I say Anet just added a new way to get hear and then use old numbers...

    Really what would I have to gain from telling such a lie?
    Well I didn't say you were lying. I know it's MMO-C but not every discussion is intended to be a fight. Just that what you were saying sounded like the older systems in the game, not what I remembered from more recent stuff.

    When you said "today" I thought you meant as in, "In current GW2" and not "they changed something literally on this day" so that was a misunderstanding, too.

    Edit: Well would you look at that: https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/TEI..._Vendor_System
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scyth View Post
    Berserker gear is quite cheap, no? Celestial or Condi is a bit more pricey but by no means difficult to get. You just need to play the game..

    Today's patch made it even easier to get gear but I'm fairly sure some will complain they have to do WvW in order to get it.
    5g and 400 badges of honor for armor. Just shy of 2 hours of gameplay of you only get badges from the skirmish cheats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost of Cow View Post
    Much of GW2 in general was this way early on - even "real" gear was extremely cheap and easy to get. It wasn't until HoT that they started on this, "New prefixes and new stats that are better and cost a lot more."
    I mean...they're not, though? They can open new builds, but the stats aren't "better" necessarily. Ye-olden Berserker builds that have existed since vanilla are still strong. The more recent stat combos do cost more, you're right, but it's still hardly prohibitively expensive unless you want to have gear with every stat combo on it or something, lol.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost of Cow View Post
    That's part of why this bothers me like it does, it wasn't always this way. All the prefixes were pretty easy to get - mostly with Karma - and there was never a concern about getting all the gear you could ever want.
    That mostly exists still and you can earn plenty of gear of more recent stat combos in-game. There's still little concern about getting gear unless you don't play at all, you're broke, but you want to instantly get like 2-3 sets of gear.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost of Cow View Post
    That was the original GW2 design, and part of what sold the game early on. No gearing worries, freedom in builds and classes, focus on the gameplay and not gear. Then they decided on this weird progression-but-not-progression set of systems and now the game feels somehow more restrictive than other games with actual vertical progression.
    I don't get this at all when I play, hence why I continue to argue that short of a game like ESO (which also uses horizontal gear progression with new stats/set bonuses coming through expansions) there are few if any other MMO's that have barriers of entry as low as GW2 does in terms of gearing.

    And I don't think, "Gear costs nothing! It's basically free!" was ever a part of the design intent, just the horizontal gear progression (which hasn't stopped power creep but oh well)

    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost of Cow View Post
    If I play a Priest in WoW - regardless of my gear level - all the abilities work. I don't need two different stats to make my DoTs actually work and two more to make my direct damage actually work and another to make my heals work and another to make my buffs worthwhile, and so on.
    rofl what

    If you play a priest in WoW - pre gear changing stats when you change specs - you'd gear for pure healing power as a healer. Sure you can still do damage, but you deal dick for damage. And if you geared for pure damage you can still heal and all, but your heals would suck even if you're specc'd for it.

    Same for GW2. If you have a zerker set you can still play a condi build...your damage will just suck. I'm unsure how you view these two things as different and not the exact same scenario playing out in two different games.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost of Cow View Post
    Yes, they put in all those grinds that you can bypass with gold and you just happen to be able to buy gold with cash and it's coincidence. C'mon now.

    It's not that I fault them for it, but can we not pretend like it's not a thing?
    To a point, yeah. But many recipes need to be earned in-game to craft the ascended gear etc. anyways.

    You continue to be hyperfocused on the gems <-> gold exchange that gets far less use than you probably think it does. I'm not pretending it's not a thing, but you appear to be of the opinion that it's central to these kinds of decisions made by Anet which seems inaccurate.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost of Cow View Post
    Sure, cosmetics and such. So why gate gear so much? It doesn't even really matter and there's no progression, but we gotta have a gold economy to make the sales worthwhile.
    "So much"

    Again, it's barely gated and if you play even casually you should have more than enough gold to instantly buy a full set of the latest stat combo on exotic gear. Why gate it? Because they need to continue to add sinks for all the crafting materials people are endlessly acquiring which is sorta the core loop within the game. To give many people something else to work towards in the expansion beyond just cosmetics and achieves if they want to.

    Seriously, I don't like dismissing criticism but it's incredibly hard to take, "Gear is expensive!" as a serious criticism for GW2. It is, again, arguably the cheapest and easiest to gear a character of any MMO I've played in the past few decades and can think of off the top of my head. Short of something like ESO which is close but loses because you have to track down player merchants to find the gear you want sometimes, I can't think of a game that's remotely as easy as, "Log in, spend a few dozen gold you farmed up in maybe a week or that you got from a few days worth of daily missions and whatnot, enjoy your new set of gear that opens up a new build option for you."

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