Guild Wars 2 just dropped its massive balance patch and War Eternal Supply Drop Requisition

    
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Happy patch day, Guild Wars 2 players. As promised, ArenaNet has implemented a wide-ranging balancing update for multiple professions and elite professions. Definitely read up on everything that’s changing with your favorite toon! And there’s a no-downed-state event running this weekend in WvW as well.

Perhaps just as importantly, there’s new stuff in the cash shop. Remember the Ritualist class from classic Guild Wars? As rumored, a Ritualist armor set has been ported over to the game as a buyable costume and here have some money ArenaNet. But there’s also a new item in the cash shop called the War Eternal Supply Drop Requisition, and it kinda looks like, well, a season pass, or maybe more accurately a miniature cash-shop subscription.

“When you purchase the War Eternal Supply Drop Requisition, the Black Lion Trading Company will send you a package of valuable items each week,” says the studio. “The first supply drop will arrive as soon as you’ve purchased a requisition, and the others will be delivered every Tuesday through May 14. (Limit one per account.)” Each week comes with an assortment of items, including dye packs, mount licenses, minis, outfit vouchers, weapon choices, boosters, and even cash shop vouchers.

“If you purchase the War Eternal Supply Drop Requisition on April 23, you’ll pay 2,400 gems and receive one supply drop immediately, followed by a new supply drop each following Tuesday through May 14 for a total of four. If you purchase it on May 14, you’ll pay 3,000 gems and receive all four of the supply drops at once. Act now to get the best discount—and to receive your items in the mail as soon as they’re available!”

2400 gems, mind you, is worth about $30 if you’re buying it outright, or you can buy gems for in-game gold. There’s some grumbling on Twitter and on Reddit of course, but we’re not sure this is such a bad idea give the peril the game seemed to be in following the layoffs earlier this year.

It’s not entirely clear at the moment whether we should read anything into the dates being handed out here, but no, we still don’t know exactly when War Eternal itself will launch.

Source: Official site, patch notes
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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

This is a really cool way to drive revenue actually. The transparency is what makes it great. No flood of complaints on week 2 and 3 and 4. Love that there is no RNG either.

With their track record though I am waiting for the two steps back after this great step forward. Hope I’m wrong though.

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Castagere Shaikura

To me, this game gets worse and worse now.

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Songs for Children

How so?

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Alyn

agreed Songs for Children, I would love Castagere to relate how the game has gone downhill for he/her?

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styopa

“Perhaps just as importantly, there’s new stuff in the cash shop”
Unfortunate choice of words, IMO, to suggest cash shop stuff is as important as a major balance and class-function patch.

I’m surprised it’s taken this long for MMOs – particularly the no-sub kind – to recognize the subscription-box monoetization model. It’s a clever way to get people to pay a sub…without it being mandatory. Of course the *value* of what’s in the pack will determine whether the meta believes it is mandatory or no.

They’ll include…”dye packs, mount licenses, minis, outfit vouchers, weapon choices, boosters, and even cash shop vouchers” depends on the loot table, doesn’t it?
– dye packs: how many do you need? I guess to some people it is critical that you get that Royal Rose vs Lipstick vs Spitfire vs Lifesblood red?
– mount licenses: I can see these as quite valuable, as mounts after the 1st are quite hard to get, and the skins are simply unavailable in game without actual $$. I expect they will be the 1% drop rate item
– minis: zzz. They take a thing in-game, shrink the dimensions
– weapon choices – what does that mean, skins? Who doesn’t have a billion?
– boosters: zzz, almost certainly the largest % on the loot table
– cash shop vouchers: I’ll believe it when I see it.

So is GW2 sub free still? Sorta?

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Barnoc N'Draak

Probably depends on what you want. I look at this list the same way a dog looks at a salad, but I do know people who do buy stuff.

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Bruno Brito

It is, because this balance patch was pretty weak.

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Songs for Children

Weak in what way(s)?

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Bruno Brito

It doesn’t fix most of the powercreep issues the game have. GW2 doesn’t have a mere balancing issue anymore, they’re mostly design issues.

I’ll talk about the classes i’ve played: Engineer and Necro. Engineer changes were ok-ish, but they’re not enough. The Blunderbuss change with the bleed is weird, but i kinda get the point. Thing is, any core profession improvement will be a change to it’s elite specs counterparts.

New Locust Swarm being a lifesteal cannot crit anymore. It deals little damage when in full damage gear ( which is the only way to play this game since balance is poop ), and Necro has been the target of several crit nerfs already while other classes are still 100-0 people from range easily (Soulbeast ).

Reaper’s Touch rework was needed. The skill was godawful, glitchy, clumsy and overall bad. That being said, i’m still not seeing where Necro is “solid”, according to Anet. They’re ok roaming now cuz of mounts, but only if they dumpster everything on top of you before you disengage. They’re great at ZvZ, and they’re ok at pubstomping. They still suck at competitive pvp because of easy reaplication of boons and passive/active defenses and mobility. Half the classes disengage the Necro and reengage while we wait for our awful cooldowns. Staff is still a really weird weapon with a dysfunctional autoattack. We’re still brought down by design decisions of not having mobility because “NeCRoS HaVE a SEconD Hp bAr!!one” which is also resource that you lose over time when shrouded and a pain to fill.

This patch was a step in the right direction, but with where the game is now, it’s not enough, therefore, weak. GW2 has been up for 6/7 years now, and balance was always godawful, and i say that being aware that balance in MMOs is a pain, but Anet is really over the top.

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Alyn

Well-stated Bruno!

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imayb1

So is GW2 sub free still?

Absolutely. This package of stuff is all optional fluff, honestly. It doesn’t come with anything necessary for playing the game. Even the ‘convenience’ boosters are … well, garbage to me. Any player that’s been around for a month or two has loads of these things just from playing normally. It’s not like they offer a true advantage. As you point out, no one needs 100 variant shades of red dye, either. I agree the minis are a snore, too. There’s just no purpose to those things.

The big draw of the package are skins– mount skins, weapon skins, outfit skins. It’s all about the fashion wars, for some. ;) GW2’s normal skins aren’t that bad, either. It’s not like you need to hit the cash shop to look good.

I agree with others on this one: stating exactly what you’ll get with no RNG and offering a nice discount for anyone who might normally make these aesthetic purchases is a good way to drum up some funds for them.

The cash-shop vouchers have been released before. I like them, actually. You click the voucher to choose your thing– and last time I bought one, it was to get a very seasonal item that was not otherwise available at the time, plus the voucher cost less than the item normally sells for. It was a win for me.

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Paragon Lost

Those who complain when mmorpgs developers come up with ways to bring in income obviously do not want to play that mmorpg for a long period of time and therefore be ignored.

If an mmorpg developer does not have a monthly subscription fee then they have to come up with other ways to generate ongoing income people. If they can’t the damn game won’t be around to play.

You all who don’t want to help support the mmorpg that you play, need to stfu about complaints about income generating plans that mmorpg developers come up when they still allow you to access the game day in and day out for nothing.

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Mordyjuice

None of us are complaining though.

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Paragon Lost

It was mentioned in the article. I’m talking about those people. I didn’t say the posters here.

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Mordyjuice

I see what you mean.

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Mordyjuice

To be fair I suggested something like this on the forums before I was slain by White Knights and Gestapo Mods, I basically suggested a subscription with goodies from the Black Lion Store.

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TomTurtle

A nod to Cantha. My heart!

There are some neat new mount and Branded weapon skins you can preview in-game right now that are pretty good including a fennec fox looking jackal skin.

The new bundle doesn’t appeal to me, which is probably a good thing after all the March sales and premium mount skins I got lately.

The wait for Caithe’s requiem story and the last episode is rough. At the rate we’re going, I’d love to see a trailer next week with the episode the following week, but I worry it’ll be a while longer.

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Greaterdivinity

I’m actually pretty down with that new war eternal thing. The prices are up-front, with a discount for early buyers, we know exactly what we’re buying, and some super quick napkin math pegs it at quite a discount at around $30.

I’m alright with them creating more monetization opportunities like this as long as it continues to not include RNG lockboxes and stuff. Kinda tempted to grab it, actually.

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Dug From The Earth

I was ready to jump all over anet for this… but, as you said… its all the things we tell companies we want to happen when it comes to micro transactions.

No RNG. Transparency, and value over buying separately.

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McGuffn

I don’t get why the price goes up each week. It isn’t like there are blind-buy items in it.

Also some of the stuff in there is junk. The minis in week one are the worst, and personally I also don’t think i can even use the glider combo thing unless they update it with newer sets.

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Greaterdivinity

It’s to drive early sales so folks feel they’re getting a “deal” if they buy in early. It’s a pretty common pricing tactic, “Buy now before the price goes up!”

Yeah, some of the stuff isn’t too valuable (those mini’s are also used to create upgraded versions of themselves though) but overall there’s definitely a lot of bang for your buck.

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ThreeOSix

The thing is tho, if you look at each item in the 4 week package, there are only two new items, the exotic breed mount license and the branded weapon set. Everything else can be purchased right now on the gem store. If you were to buy all the items on the gemstore it would cost you 3,850 gems (this isn’t including items that drop from bl chests or the onyx skins that only drop from a 2k gem box). So even by week 4 if you got this package for 3k gems, you are STILL saving gems. This is probably one of Anet’s better mtx packages.

But also, the overall value of the whole package def comes down to the individual. Some folks could care less about cosmetics so obviously for them it’s a waste. If cosmetics are your thing and the major stuff in the package interests you then yeah it’s def a solid buy.