Guild Wars 2’s next content update already is shaping up to be a groundbreaking one for the fantasy title, bringing a new look to Lion’s Arch and activating core specializations for each class. With those specializations also come a number of changes to combat, which are the focus of a dev blog today.
The combat tweaks will be mostly focused on making movement skills more reliable and improving the way that conditions stack and function. Condition-based builds will need to be aware that the devs are both nerfing and buffing the system: “We will significantly lower the base damage on damaging conditions while increasing how much they scale with the condition-damage stat.”
The team is also streamlining the player wallet, adding room for more types of currency including spirit shards, which will replace skill points. Current skill points will be converted to shards per-character upon the release of the next patch.