Guild Wars 2 teases shield Mesmer, distributes beta keys as in-game loot

    
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Shield-using Mesmers may be one of the new specializations coming with Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns if a new piece of concept art is any indication. ArenaNet posted a picture of a light-armor class with a spiked shield on Facebook, which many players believe to be a Mesmer.

The studio has also decided to take a new route with distributing beta keys for the expansion. Starting on April 28th, special rare portals will drop from enemies in Dry Top and Silverwastes that will flag the looter’s account for beta access.

Not every player is thrilled that ArenaNet is taking this route. Blogger Verene says that eager players will be facing the game’s incredibly stingy loot tables: “The biggest problem is that it’s going to be entirely down to luck. There is no way you can work towards getting one of these beta-granting portals than simply farming in those two zones and hoping you get lucky.”

[Source: Facebook, Guild Wars 2, Under the Pale Tree]
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BigMikeyOcho
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BigMikeyOcho

Sounds like a great way to distribute beta keys, honestly. It’s giving the advantage to people actively playing the game and who want it more than those signing up for just a straight giveaway.

Chaz_Lawler
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Chaz_Lawler

Nordavind “Listen — strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.  Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.” – Dennis

Nyite
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Nyite

Well this lured me back in, guess I’ll have to grind SilverWastes for a bit. Well played, ANET

TerenceHines
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TerenceHines

Sazri BobDobalina tobascodagama i think it means  the rangher is a favourite for botters….

Nordavind
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Nordavind

Sounds like a good way to distribute keys.

Yangers
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Yangers

Don’t see how this is any different from random email sigh ups – and it means active players will get in. Seems like a good idea.

ClassicCrime
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ClassicCrime

and random email invites arent all about luck…? at least it’ll favor people actually playing the game, the alternate is a questionnaire that people will just lie on

or maybe its just me that does that…

Craywulf
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Craywulf

Nyres None of your concerns have any validity, the farming is in one zone so the botting can be more easily monitored. The boost doesn’t effect drop rates, but rate of quality. The beta key is a binary loot. In other words there are not good or bad quality beta keys. You either get one or don’t. I don’t believe boost would effect your chances. I am welcomed to be proven wrong.

As for being a disadvantage to having not participated in season 2 when it was free is not ArenaNet’s fault. Its actually savy business tactic to make a small amount money doing this promotion. People who refuse to log in when the content is free are the ones who blew it. Logging in only takes like 3 minutes of your time. Its a poor excuse to be crying afoul for access to beta keys.

Feydakin
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Feydakin

What a brilliant way to give out beta keys for an established game… it’s even work for a company with multiple games, like Daybreak, FunCom, etc. Looking good!

dead_cell
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dead_cell

Smart way to get players back into the game. Kudos to them!