This week in Guild Wars 2, 21-27 September

Well, after six attempts and no rewards, I’ve pretty much given up on the Tequatl fight. The weekend’s big Darkhaven event may have worked in the main instance, but I ended up in an overflow each time, where the success rate was the same as all the previous attempts — never getting down as far as 75%. If I had more time for gaming, this wouldn’t be an issue, but an hour or more cuts too much into my evening’s fun. Fortunately, the Living Story achievements for Boss Week don’t require a win against Tequatl.

I haven’t been champion-farming as such, but as I’ve been trying to gather up more tier 6 materials to get my crafting levels up to 500, I sometimes encounter a champ-farming zerg in Frostgorge. On Wednesday night, I’d just mined an Orichalcum node and saw a player hard-pressed while trying to solo the Champion Troll near Trionic Lattice. I jumped down to help him, tossed some clones and phantasms and distracted the troll. The player I came in to help scampered away, leaving me in the same situation he’d been in … but my brave clones gave me the chance to break contact and extricate myself without further damage … just as a zerg dropped in for a quick visit, so I turned right back and helped kill the champ. Hey, it was practically free loot!

Our Community Spotlight post with in-game events will be posted on Monday.

Official Guild Wars 2 news

Recent GuildMag posts

  • Guild Wars 2 Community Spotlight. “This weekly round-up is intended to help you to publicize your guild or alliance event, and as long as your event is open to the whole Guild Wars/Guild Wars 2 community, we’ll list it here.”
  • Something’s Stirring in Twilight Arbor… “Amidst the twisted undergrowth of Caledon Forest lies a secret facility. Hidden deep within Twilight Arbor, Scarlet and her minions are plotting their revenge. On 1st October 2013, discover what she has planned with the latest Living World release: Twilight Assault.”

Fan articles and blog posts

  • Under the Pale Tree — Crafted ascension. “So as it turns out, life has kept me a bit busy. I didn’t really spend any time with Super Adventure Box, and I’ve yet to defeat Tequatl. But there is one thing I’ve been working on from the recent patches, and that is ascended crafting.”
  • Guild Wars 2 Hub — Cursed Shore Champion Farming Guide. “In this guide we present to you the most efficient method that the Guild Wars 2 community uses to farm Cursed Shore. Please note that some farming leaders might do a slightly different route, but the vast majority will follow the exact pattern below. I would recommend that you set your graphics to “low” so that you load quickly after Waypointing, so you can keep up with the pack otherwise the Champion you are moving to next will be dead before you get there.”
  • Twitter — @DragonSeasonCom. “Here’s what you need to bookmark today. @GuildWars2 Patchnote Search: Lots of props to the creator! ~Tilion”
  • Bio Break — One very dead Taco. “I’ve been a little behind the curve of the rest of the Guild Wars 2 community this week in regards to the new, improved, will-most-certainly-kick-your-butt Tequatl battle. Time just hasn’t worked out for me to do it that often, especially when there’s a long wait between these fights. I get antsy just waiting around since I only have so much time to game every night.”
  • MLG — New Arena: Guild Wars 2. “Major League Gaming is very excited to announce the launch of the Guild Wars 2 Arena for the PC! Guild Wars 2, a game that needs no introduction, has been one of the most frequently requested arenas here on MLG since its release in August of 2012. After gauging interest and compatibility, we couldn’t be happier to deliver this news to our users!”
  • Twitter — @Paeroka. “1 year of Warhammer: 1000 screenshots. 1 year of #GuildWars2: 7000 screenshots. ^^”
  • — Tequatl the Sunless strategy guide. “A guide to the newly revamped Tequatl the Sunless fight introduced with the Tequatl Rising patch. Video guide is now available.”
  • Twitter — @Thirdsphere. “Got to admit…Tequatl is way more interesting now…if you like being a dragon’s chew toy. #guildwars2”
  • Kill Ten Rats — The Ebb and Flow of Tequatl. “I was in Disney World when Tequatl hit. It was interesting to see the race for world first from an out-of-game, and by the time I returned on Friday the meta had mostly solidified around the updated world boss fight. Across the weekend I felt I had a pretty good look at the event and the community surrounding it.”
  • Twitter — @DragonSeasonCom. “A wild event appears! @D_Witherheart plans to march towards Mount Maelstrom coming Saturday: ~Tilion”
  • — Tequatl’s Revenge! “The latest bad boy to enter Guild Wars 2 is a souped up dragon in the form of Tequatl who presents a series of new challenges for players. We have some thoughts to share about our experiences with Tequatl’s revenge.”
  • — Editorial: A Guild Wars 2 Expansion Wish List. “Is it happening, or isn’t it? Whether ArenaNet will admit it or not, we’re hard-pressed to believe that a boxed expansion to Guild Wars 2 isn’t coming in the next year or so. So today, we’re listing out five things the staff of want to see in an expansion.”
  • — Twilight Assault. “Next week’s content for Guild Wars 2 will have players going back to an old dungeon with Twilight Assault. Trouble is stirring in the Twilight Arbor dungeon and all the rumors point to the devious Scarlet Briar. Players will meet up with Caithe in an attempt to stop Scarlet’s plans, “but it will take daring, wits and weaponry to put an end to the mischief.””
  • Twitter — @ScarletBriar. “Oh no, not Caithe! Whatever will I do? Oh, look…my leaves are trembling!
  • Massively — Flameseeker Chronicles: Guild Wars 2‘s dragon evolution. “I’m praying to Grenth — not just because he’s lord of the dead and my human Necromancer’s supreme master but because being in Sparkfly Fen during a Tequatl-stomping session has been threatening to down my usually robust computer and I’m hoping Grenth will take mercy on it. That, or I could just upgrade it. Every little bit helps, though.”
  • Twitter — @DragonSeasonCom. “@thevalliants’ workbook to ascended crafting has gone through quite a few updates recently. Check it out!… ~Tilion”
  • Reddit — Tequatl Intermission Champion Train. “Want to farm Champions while you wait for Tequatl without losing your spot in Sparkfly Fen? Here’s a list. We tested them in this order, and there’s a wait time at the end of the chain for respawns, but haven’t tested with the Champ Spider included yet. If do Spider too, might be long enough for no wait.”
  • Sisters of Tyria — Update-ish. “New comic coming up right after this post! I took a little break from making these comics after creating my Anniversary post for the GuildMag’s awesome Blog Carnival, which took a lot out of me since I learned about it pretty late [the planning took some time too, bleh].”
  • Sisters of Tyria — Too much Grape Juice. “Well now the Karma boosts no longer work the way it used to anymore! Lots of people were clicking furiously just before the patch hit that made this change. What about our characters, how exactly do they cope with consuming a copious amount of liquid karma.”
  • Inventory Full — Going On A Bear Hunt. “Yak’s Bend has downed Tequatl, which I know from reading the internet, not from being there when it happened. As more servers get their first kill, a certain amount of debate seems to be taking place around tactics, organization and competence. The wiki now boasts a very detailed walkthrough.”
  • Why I Game — SAB – Informal Stats and Iterated Improvements. “Over the past couple days, I’ve been watching the stats on my quick reference bauble guides with a good amount of curious interest.”
  • Reddit — In honor of the new LFG tool, here are some dungeon guides I made. “With the release of the new LFG tool, I thought it would be helpful to create “casual” dungeon guides to some of the most commonly run dungeons. I find that most players are willing to help new players (as long as they say something), but you can get ahead of the curve with these guides!”
  • Reddit — Tequatl: Hylek Turrets tips. “All turrets should have Tequatl’s ‘head target’ on their Ctrl-T *focus target. Regularly throughout the fight you will drop target on Tequatl, so its important to re-select (using T select focus target) to launch turret abilities. “
  • Reddit — Looking for feedback on my web app that organizes all the GW2 dyes on color wheels by cloth, leather and metal (HSL & HSV).
  • Inventory Full — The One That Got Away. “After a hard day’s dragon-slaying there’s nothing relaxes an adventuring sort like a spot of fishing. Well, I say “dragon-slaying”. In my own case, of course, I mean “dragon-fighting”. No actual dragons died, especially not that one that’s dead already yet manages to look so exceptionally well on it.”
  • Reddit — Tequatl Leaderboard – Has your server caught on?
  • Why I Game — Tequila Sunset. “I’m writing this post from my lofty view of several dozen backs of bookah knees while perched atop a purple flying saucer, alternately being amazed that so many people are content to stand around in one spot doing absolutely nothing for one and a half hours, and somewhat stunned that I have just joined them.”
  • Guild Wars 2 Trading Post — Reliable Gold Per Hour. “I’ve been following the advice of my recent five stage flipping article to make gold in Guild Wars 2. So far things are going really well, and I’ll be writing up a detailed report on the forum as soon as I’ve finished selling everything. For now, let’s focus on helping you pick your markets.”
  • Guild Wars 2 Hub — World versus World: Bloodlust and Ruins of Power Guide. “In this brief guide, we tell you all you need to know about the latest addition to World versus World: Bloodlust and Ruins of Power.”
  • Guild Wars 2 Hub — Guide for the LFG Tool! “With the LFG Tool now available to everyone we here at the Hub thought it might be good to show everyone how it works and what nifty things are going on about it. Jump on in to find out more!”
  • — Bone Pick and Deathly Dye pack in the Gemstore. “GW2 Gemstore was updated today with Bone Pick, a new unlimited mining tool, and the Deathly Dye pack, which has a chance to give out six new dyes.”
  • Guild Wars 2 Hub — Twilight Assault! “It’s time again, readers! The two week cycle has come and now we have the newest Living World update just around the bend. Jump in and read all about it!”
  • Guild Wars 2 Hub — Free Trial Week and Sale! “ArenaNet has announced today that they are doing the longest free trial period to date, and to top it all off they are offering their biggest sale of Guild Wars 2 to boot! Get in here and read more!”
  • — Twilight Assault coming October 1. “Twilight Assault will be the name of the next patch coming to GW2 on October 1, which features a new path in Twilight Arbor dungeon.”
  • Reddit — The Tale of Devon Carver. “Every developer had his words, and Devon had chosen his carefully. “Leagues are coming.
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