Guild Wars 2 balances classes and adds spectacular new mounts – for a price

Guild Wars 2 patched in new mounts today, and they’re gorgeous. But don’t get too excited; they’re in gated behind a weird new RNG scheme that’s not remotely as bad as lockboxes (but still may mildly annoy you). You decide:

“For a limited time, the new Reforged Warhound mount skin is available in the Style category of the Gem Store for 2,000 gems.Β The Black Lion Stables are pleased to open their doors and offer new mount adoption licenses. Each license will allow you to claim a random mount skin from the Black Lion Stables, and they are available in the Style category of the Gem Store for 400 gems each.”

If you’re familiar with the way SMITE does some of its RNG promos, the new license is kinda like that: You’re at least guaranteed a mount skin out of these lockboxes, but it might not be the one you want, so you’ll be buying and rolling the dice over and over until you get it. Only there are 30 skins. You might be buying and rolling for a while at 400 gems ($5 a pop, or a discounted rate if you buy 10 or 30 at a time). In case you’re wondering, to buy all 30 right now would run you $120 in real cash, though that’ll go up to $150 once the promo is over. It’s worth pointing out we don’t know the odds for getting any of the mounts, only that you do always get one.

Reddit, however, has erupted much more over the class balancing changes. Basically, nobody is happy, except maybe Weavers. So, a balancing patch then.

We’ve included Anet’s quick videos of some of the mounts down below.

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Thomas

In a moment of weakness I … bought … one of the skins.

Wouldn’t you know it was a skin for the griffon, the only mount I do not have and have no intention of grinding to get. Beware, all ye non-griffon-owners! :(

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Rhapsody

You dont know the odds but you always get one, hmm.

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possum440 .

So many gamer’s with zero self control.

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Xephyr

Nope, I love GW2 and have over 7k hrs in it and will probably continue playing it until the day the servers go offline, but this is BS and Anet deserves to be called out on it.

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Nathan Aldana

Yeah. Lootboxes. Fuck that.

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Bryan Turner

From what I can tell more people are pissed off at the Lock Box Gambling these Mounts are hidden behind, I will not be buying any of these mounts until they are sold ala carte, at a reasonable price 400 gems. my discretion, with no element of RNG.

I am not afraid of spending money in their cash shop, lately I’ve been dropping roughly $40 every 2 weeks in Gems, 4 weeks ago I spent $20 to buy the Spooky Mounts because I knew what I was buying, after PoF was announced I bought the $80 version because it came with the game for $30 $50 worth of gems and Extras ontop of that.

I may even be a whale.

I do how ever have my standards!

On a positive note they buffed Necromancer Power Reaper with massive buffs, we have a long way to go before we are optimal for Raiding, however we have enough burst potential to not be considered charity cases in Tier 4 Fractals.

Oh and to all you whining bitching Warriors and Druids suck it up cry babies, ANet just broke your strangle hold over the PVE Meta and it’s about god damn time, nerfing Phalanx Strength and Grace of the Land was a giant buff for every one that was just considered ‘plus ones’ when it came to Raids.

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Arktouros

The real travesty of the mount skins is they sell you all 30 for 9600 gems but you can only buy 8000 gems at a time.

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Arktouros

The sky’s on fire…Majestic AF

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Castagere Shaikura

RNG i wear this game since HOT does everything i hate and i won’t play it.

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threeknee

The mount licenses are pretty much identical to Smite skin chests. And those were not really a problem. It’s just cosmetic stuff, no reason for an uproar. Especially when actual content updates are free for everyone.

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Peregrine Falcon

Which content updates are free? The story missions and zones for Heart of Thorns, or the story missions and zones for Path of Fire? Those free ones?

Not disagreeing that there’s no reason for an uproar. Just pointing out that the majority of the new content updates are NOT free.

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hugmonster

Why it gotta be RNG?

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Arktouros

You know why.

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Bryan Turner

Because they don’t want big daddy spending his money?<<<