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Posted by: Foverine.5342

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https://www.guildwars2.com/en/news/the-first-beta-weekend-event-begins-august-7/

we will be able to play any race, the revenant with all its core specializations and weapons. and the Dragon hunter, reaper, chronomancer, Tempest elite specs!

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Posted by: Inculpatus cedo.9234

Inculpatus cedo.9234

Oooo…how exciting! I wonder what the announcement at Gamescon will be!

I’m looking forward to BWE1, and BWE2 (confirmed). Also, want to explore the new Map Rewards feature, and see how that works, as well as Elite Specializations and Masteries.

Very cool News Blog, and at such an unusual time!

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Posted by: magestik.4132

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Finally we can test specialization, that’s good.

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Posted by: SirMirex.8543

SirMirex.8543

I am pretty excited for this.

My only issue is this… can we or can we not ‘rep’ our guild on our beta characters? That’s the sole reason I got turned off when they allowed us to play Revenant a few weeks back.

I also suppose our main characters won’t be allowed into the Brink either?

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Posted by: Inculpatus cedo.9234

Inculpatus cedo.9234

Pretty sure it indicates Beta characters only. Probably no Guild or live Bank/TP interaction. That would not be fair.

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Posted by: SirMirex.8543

SirMirex.8543

No Guild bank access, Personal bank access, Trading Post interaction I honestly understand and don’t really care about that. It’s pretty easy for ANet to stop us from interacting with this aspect of the game during beta but all I care about is the ability to talk to my guild mates in guild chat while I am playing the beta. Not every guild mate in my guild has HoT so… :/

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Posted by: Khenzo.2465

Khenzo.2465

No Guild bank access, Personal bank access, Trading Post interaction I honestly understand and don’t really care about that. It’s pretty easy for ANet to stop us from interacting with this aspect of the game during beta but all I care about is the ability to talk to my guild mates in guild chat while I am playing the beta. Not every guild mate in my guild has HoT so… :/

And how is this different to any other beta? It’s an actual beta, just on live servers.

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Posted by: VergilDeZaniah.3295

VergilDeZaniah.3295

Can’t wait * jumps*
However, the way it’s formulated makes me think that there will only be 2 BWE…

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Posted by: HarbingerAzrael.5691

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Can’t wait * jumps*
However, the way it’s formulated makes me think that there will only be 2 BWE…

So maybe release is earlier then we thought

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Posted by: VergilDeZaniah.3295

VergilDeZaniah.3295

Can’t wait * jumps*
However, the way it’s formulated makes me think that there will only be 2 BWE…

So maybe release is earlier then we thought

Hopefully, but I don’t think we’ll see it before October. Well, we’ve already waited 8 months, so 2 more won’t change a lot, as long as the game is complete (I’m looking at you, Zhaitan fight!)

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Posted by: Brother Dulfite.5793

Brother Dulfite.5793

Can’t wait * jumps*
However, the way it’s formulated makes me think that there will only be 2 BWE…

So maybe release is earlier then we thought

I, too, thought that when I read that, but maybe they didn’t mean it like that? it sure sounds like it to me!

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Posted by: fluidmonolith.3584

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I wonder, in BWE1 will we be able to make Revenants of any race (well, in reality ‘species’ but all the MMOs seem to call them races), or just human?

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Posted by: skullmount.1758

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Only thing I’m looking forward to trying is the Map Reward System. Might give dragonhunter/reaper a try, but thats about it. Will try the verdant brink events again, but I’m not sure it’ll keep me there for long.

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Posted by: ScribeTheMad.7614

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I wonder, in BWE1 will we be able to make Revenants of any race (well, in reality ‘species’ but all the MMOs seem to call them races), or just human?

They said all races available.

“The short answer is that new content is not going to drive people away from the game.
There is absolutely no evidence to support that it would.” -AnthonyOrdon

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Posted by: ScribeTheMad.7614

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Oooo…how exciting! I wonder what the announcement at Gamescon will be!

I’m looking forward to BWE1, and BWE2 (confirmed). Also, want to explore the new Map Rewards feature, and see how that works, as well as Elite Specializations and Masteries.

Very cool News Blog, and at such an unusual time!

Maybe they’re announcing the release date?! :P

“The short answer is that new content is not going to drive people away from the game.
There is absolutely no evidence to support that it would.” -AnthonyOrdon

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Posted by: Laurence.6751

Laurence.6751

This announcement also implies that there are no more elite spec releases by at least Aug 10th.

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Posted by: Donari.5237

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I’m a bit sad to only have one slot. Now I have to choose whether to test one thing and advance its masteries enough to give feedback on higher tiers, or to smorgasbord the start of multiple things.

I think I’m leaning to testing Chronomancer in as much depth as I can.

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Posted by: ColinJohanson.2394

ColinJohanson.2394

Game Director

I’m a bit sad to only have one slot. Now I have to choose whether to test one thing and advance its masteries enough to give feedback on higher tiers, or to smorgasbord the start of multiple things.

I think I’m leaning to testing Chronomancer in as much depth as I can.

You’ll be getting four beta character slots to play with – have fun!

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Posted by: Morfedel.4165

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I’m a bit sad to only have one slot. Now I have to choose whether to test one thing and advance its masteries enough to give feedback on higher tiers, or to smorgasbord the start of multiple things.

I think I’m leaning to testing Chronomancer in as much depth as I can.

You’ll be getting four beta character slots to play with – have fun!

Woot!

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Posted by: Donari.5237

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Wooohoooo! I will have ALL THE FUN! Thanks!

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Posted by: JamesKBarley.6087

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Colin Johanson, you sure know how to hype people!

CHOOCHOOOO

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Posted by: Ardid.7203

Ardid.7203

Wooohoooo! I will have ALL THE FUN! Thanks!

Almost all the fun:

You have Revenant, Chronomancer, DH, Reaper and Tempest. 5 new and diverse sources of fun. We’ll have to let one of them behind. Sounds fair to me.

I’ll just test DH and Tempest and decide who of them will have to wait until HoT release.

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Posted by: Donari.5237

Donari.5237

Ah, but with four slots it seems reasonable to use at least one of them to cycle some alts so as to test out more professions along with race combos — new voice acting, woo! I’m so glad I will be able to spend most of my time that weekend on this (though man, I also want to watch the GamesCon streams).

Now I just have to defeat the creeping crud that is slurping into my system so I’m not dreadfully ill next week. Today a sore throat, tomorrow a fever no doubt ….

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Posted by: Vlad Morbius.1759

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I am so testing the Reaper, I need to know if it’s an improvement on the Necro. I truly hope this is the case but I’m not holding my breath after hearing of the nerfs to chill and certainly jaded today due to Necro issues that have existed for so long.

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Posted by: Wwefan.4982

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I have a question for sir Colin will adventures be in orgional tyria for the beta or are adventures jungle exclusives.

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Posted by: DBZVelena.5186

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I have a question for sir Colin will adventures be in orgional tyria for the beta or are adventures jungle exclusives.

I do believe they are jungle exclusive.

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Posted by: phys.7689

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I think the important part is that they asked some specific questions they want feedback on. That will help people answer the questions they are most concerned with

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Posted by: Xiahou Mao.9701

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I’m a bit sad to only have one slot. Now I have to choose whether to test one thing and advance its masteries enough to give feedback on higher tiers, or to smorgasbord the start of multiple things.

I think I’m leaning to testing Chronomancer in as much depth as I can.

While the revelation of four character slots might invalidate this a bit, remember, Masteries are account-bound. Even if we only had the one beta character slot and had to delete/restart it to try different things, the earned Masteries would be carried over.

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Posted by: Donari.5237

Donari.5237

Xiahou Mao, you are so right. My brain just isn’t tracking right now (incipient illness sucks). Well that just means even happier alt-hopping to try out the same content with various elites to compare their effectiveness.

I do imagine that each new alt will have to go through the SW battle story to continue into the HoT lands, but I could be wrong there.

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Posted by: Kidel.2057

Kidel.2057

YOU
CAN’T
STOP
THE
HYPE
TRAIN

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Posted by: skullfaerie.7203

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That’s awesome! Aw, but how are we going to chose which one not to test? :< Or is it four in addition to the one we currently have?

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Posted by: Donari.5237

Donari.5237

You can test them all! You just have to delete one and start another.

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Posted by: Arewn.2368

Arewn.2368

I guess this means no new elite spec announcement till the 11th at the earliest.

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Posted by: Kidel.2057

Kidel.2057

I’m a bit sad to only have one slot. Now I have to choose whether to test one thing and advance its masteries enough to give feedback on higher tiers, or to smorgasbord the start of multiple things.

I think I’m leaning to testing Chronomancer in as much depth as I can.

You’ll be getting four beta character slots to play with – have fun!

Wait a minute, 4 slots but 5 classes/elite.
Well, I guess 4 is better then 1, but why 4 and not 5? Or you mean 4 EXTRA slots.

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Posted by: Tzozef.9841

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I’m a bit sad to only have one slot. Now I have to choose whether to test one thing and advance its masteries enough to give feedback on higher tiers, or to smorgasbord the start of multiple things.

I think I’m leaning to testing Chronomancer in as much depth as I can.

You’ll be getting four beta character slots to play with – have fun!

Will non-prepurchasers able to participate in the Beta Weekend as well?

Assuming we won’t get the perks of playing with the Elite Specs and Revenant

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Posted by: Xiahou Mao.9701

Xiahou Mao.9701

Will non-prepurchasers able to participate in the Beta Weekend as well?

Assuming we won’t get the perks of playing with the Elite Specs and Revenant

Non-prepurchasers will only be able to play Stronghold, and then only with Turai Ossa as their hero. The rest of the beta content will be unavailable.

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Posted by: thewaterguy.4796

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I am super excited for this! Could have been a little bit sooner imo, but hey I’d say that the amount of content we get to play around with more than makes up for that!

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Posted by: CorrynnStarr.7942

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man, excited about this for sure, only one downfall…. we are rehashing same old corner of the map again. I know they want to keep the surprise and all, but i think it would increase more testing if they moved to a different 25% of the map. While I will be testing the same map for a little while, eventually I will get bored of it and move to some of the older maps to see what happens there… now that I think on it… thats probly exactly what they want… Well played Anet… well… played….

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Posted by: Wuselknusel.4082

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When will you release the other elite specializations? Keep in mind that the longer you wait, the less time you have to gather feedback and balance properly. Especially the Ranger specialization will need a closer look, since the pet is also a huge factor to consider.

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Posted by: Forgotten Legend.9281

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I’m a bit sad to only have one slot. Now I have to choose whether to test one thing and advance its masteries enough to give feedback on higher tiers, or to smorgasbord the start of multiple things.

I think I’m leaning to testing Chronomancer in as much depth as I can.

You’ll be getting four beta character slots to play with – have fun!

My revenant thanks you. My Tempest thanks you. My Reaper thanks you! My Chronomancer thanks you! My Dragonhunter would thank you, but will probably be deleted to be rerolled into my Chronomancer. (it would have been the other way around if the Chronomancer hadn’t travelled back in time to change my mind…)

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Posted by: Just a flesh wound.3589

Just a flesh wound.3589

Before the beta might be a good time to move ascended armor, trinkets and weapons into your bank for your beta char(s) to use. They’ll get copied and you’ll have your full set to play with.

Be careful what you ask for
ANet may give it to you.

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Posted by: Wwefan.4982

Wwefan.4982

I guess this means no new elite spec announcement till the 11th at the earliest.

Why does it mean this last time I checked anet said nothing about not revealing anything next week just wait till next week actually begins before saying this.

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Posted by: Arewn.2368

Arewn.2368

Why does it mean this last time I checked anet said nothing about not revealing anything next week just wait till next week actually begins before saying this.

The 11th will be the soonest Tuesday (their typical info-dump day) after the beta. The beta will feature all of the currently announced elite specs. It would be fairly odd timing for them to announce and hype up a new elite spec, and then immediately have a beta featuring the other ones, but not it.
I didn’t say it was impossible, I just find it unlikely and odd, thus the reason I opened my phrase with “I guess”.

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Posted by: Emtiarbi.3281

Emtiarbi.3281

I guess this means no new elite spec announcement till the 11th at the earliest.

Why does it mean this last time I checked anet said nothing about not revealing anything next week just wait till next week actually begins before saying this.

According to the blog post, they will reveal a feature of HoT the next week. It seems like we will have to wait until 11th for the next spec teaser (hopefully)

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Posted by: Donari.5237

Donari.5237

I dunno, I’d have no problem with their saying “Hey, and while you’re testing what we have so far, here’s what’s next to look forward to!”

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Posted by: Wwefan.4982

Wwefan.4982

I guess this means no new elite spec announcement till the 11th at the earliest.

Why does it mean this last time I checked anet said nothing about not revealing anything next week just wait till next week actually begins before saying this.

According to the blog post, they will reveal a feature of HoT the next week. It seems like we will have to wait until 11th for the next spec teaser (hopefully)

Again why can’t they reveal an elite spec next week did a dev say they aren’t revealing an elite spec no remember Anet like to suprise us just don’t give up hope.

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Posted by: Zaoda.1653

Zaoda.1653

I look forward to playing Revenant with the addition of weapon swap and Shiro. Also looking forward to playing Chronomancer, and perhaps a bit of Dragonhunter’s longbow skills. Probably won’t bother with Tempest and Reaper.

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Posted by: eduardo.1436

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My asura revenant dual sword and melee staff is ready!

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Posted by: Inculpatus cedo.9234

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Probably, as well as marketing, because of all the threads/posts where people have stated they wanted information more readily available about certain features/events, etc., like the upcoming BWE1. There’s always calls for more information put in-game, so this pretty much kills two birds with one stone. /shrug

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Posted by: Astraea.6075

Astraea.6075

I’m so happy I pre-purchased HoT last night.