launch diary

Flameseeker Chronicles: One week into Guild Wars 2’s Path of Fire

I’ve had my hands on Guild Wars 2‘s second expansion for a week and some change now and have built up a more solid picture of Path of Fire in that time. I have to say that I’m still just as impressed as I was when I wrote my first launch diary entry: I’ve completed the main story at this point (though I’m getting ready to rerun it again to bank achievements I missed on the first run-through), and aside from my launch weekend issues and some niggly mechanics along the way, I’ve been blown away by the quality offered in terms of story content, mount mechanics, and the new elite specialisations.

In this edition of Flameseeker Chronicles, I’ll continue my launch coverage by discussing some more in-depth points that I’ve noted now that I’ve had a full week of play time (although it’s been over a week, the EU connection issues largely killed the first few days for me), and I’ll also look at some not-too-surprising but still greatly appreciated benefits the expansion has had on Central Tyria and Heart of Thorns zones. Please note that there will be some spoilers below, both through images used and inferences to story encounters, even though I’ll make an effort to avoid them for main story arcs.
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Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns launch diary: Gaining masteries and lessening the grind

I’ve had the whole weekend with Heart of Thorns now, and I’m progressing very nicely in both the story and masteries. I’ve still yet to unlock an elite specialization, but I’m not actively chasing Hero Points at this stage because I’m putting so much effort into event chaining, furthering my personal story, and grinding experience. There’s so much to do that I know it’ll take me weeks and weeks to feel on top of things again, which is the perfect way to feel when a new expansion has just launched.

Many people have concerns with how Guild Wars 2‘s first expansion’s progression is structured, though, so I’m dedicating this launch diary entry to dissecting the mastery system and discussing if there are ways in which we can contextualise the system and also minimise those complaints.

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